Repairs after 1760 Salem fire
April 28, 1760
Timothy Lindall was 82 years old when this was written.
The recipient, John Osborne, was 43 when it was received.
Timothy Lindall died 5 months, 27 days after writing this.
It was written 260 years, 2 months, 14 days ago.
It was a Monday.
I intended to have rebuilt my warehouse near Oliver Dock the wooden work of which was consumed by the late dreadful fire. [?] gave my grandson, John Borland, orders about it, who applied [?] honor for your direction, who told him he must build the front brick, & being willing to pay due regard to your directions [?] with the workmen about it, masons and carpenters who told him that in as much as there was no light but in the front except a small one in the chamber, it was not practicable to build the front of said warehouse with brick, there must be in the lower room two large doors & [?] of shop windows, & so many windows in the chamber to make light [?] for it the house being about twenty-five foot wide & so necessary [?] requiring more light, that the piers of the brick work would be so tender they would not stand, & without sufficient light it would not lett, that I intreat your [?] he may build the front with wood as formerly, there being no prospect of any building on the southside of it. And I think it not advisable to advance a sum of money to build except it will be convenient to lett, to answer my expense & to accommodate one or more of the inhabitants of Boston & pay somewhat toward, the Publick tax.
I am Honorable Gentlemen,
Your humble servant,
Salem April 28th 1760