Major shipping objective to find ports with low fees; suggests Ireland and Portugal

Date Written

June 28, 1803

Edmund Kimball was 40 years old when this was written.
The recipient, Captain John Moulton, was 40 when it was received.

Edmund Kimball died 44 years, 5 months, 10 days after writing this.
It was written 215 years, 10 months, 23 days ago.
It was a Tuesday.

Newburyport
28th June 1803

Captain John Moulton,

Sir, yours by the 21st by Mr. Clarck came safe to hand. I have nothing particular to advise you of, hope before you receive this you will have a good freight engaged. If not, opinion is that had better procure one as soon as one can be obtained that will due to take.

It is the opinion here that there will be no war at present. I wish you to obtain one where you can be sure the port charges will be low as you must [have] ben misinformed respecting your charges at Havre, the last voyage.

There is no port in Europe where the charges are so low as Ireland and Portugal wich is very essential wen freights are low. Except you can git as much more on your freight that will pay the extra expenses and long distances as we cannot always chuse our ports. I leave the business to your judgement. Your charges in New York the last voyage I find as prase is $191.27. MacStevens account including commission is 146.98 wich makes the whole amount $338.25. Capt Adam’s Brig Harriet including commissions was but $125. Capt Taylor’s Brig Hero including commissions was but $110.

I mention those vessels on account as I think there must be an error in your account or Mc Stevens as we calculated we had every necessary on board for a 6 month voyage & saltted provisions for 12 months.

I have had no advise respecting the remittance.

Sir, Respectfully yours,
Edmund Kimball

P. S. I advise you to ship coffin before Captain patch. See him if you like him.

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