Captain Turner writes to grandfather, Colonel Luke Drury, about voyage


Date Written

Sept. 25, 1807

Larkin Turner was 25 years old when this was written.
The recipient, Luke Drury, was 70 when it was received.

It was written 215 years, 11 months, 29 days ago.
It was a Friday.

Charlestown the 25th Sept 1807

Honoured Grandfather,

I embrace this opportunity of informing you of my good health & safe arrival which was affected about 10 days ago since which time I have been very much engaged in discharging our cargo &in consequence of which I have not wrote till this time. I have it in asituation as soon as circumstances will permit to come to pay you a visit at Marlborough if the ship does not immediately set out for another voyage, which is not concluded, though Mr. Gray has it in asituation if so, it will be to India and a long voyage. I shall regret it very much if I can't have the pleasure of seeing you before I embark however you shall hear from me often by letter. Tell Lydia that I should have wrote her to her sepperately but time would not permit but I must refer it till the first opportunity. You will have the goodness to give my love to my sister, my grandmother, and to Mr. Goulding and family and finally to all inquiring friends. The particulars of my voyage I shall refer everything. I shall only observe that I have made____good voyage if my business will permit. I shall be to Marlborough next week.

From your dutiful grandson,

Larkin Turner

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