Ship letter from Havana to wife



Date Written

April 10, 1804

Bennet Munro was 28 years old when this was written.
The recipient, Sarah Munro, was 27 when it was received.

Bennet Munro died 4 years, 10 months, 12 days after writing this.
It was written 219 years, 5 months, 23 days ago.
It was a Tuesday.

Havana, April the 10 1804
Dear loving wife,

These few lines will inform you that I am well hoping them will find you & all friends well. I have this day but yours by St. Pitman one dated the first of March and the other the fourth which gave me great satisfaction to think that I have one that thinks it worth these panes to write a few lines to inform me of your welfare & the business I have left behind. I have sent $30 by Capt. Wordwell in the Brig. Nancy and one gar [jar] of honey which he will deliver when sent for of the crew’s safe. I have wrote by the Brig. before but she not sailing so soon as I expected and rec’d yours. I thought it my duty to give you a few lines informing you that we have in sixty hogsheads of molasses and one stop taken in on account of the Bovines that I mentioned before that was taken away but I am in hopes to begin to take in a [?] as soon as they can’t hurt us. We have herd of the Ship Reck of Capt. Earl. In the ship that the letter were sent by and I shall inform you of the [?] of Capt. [?] from the coast. Mr. Ponces is well as I have been informed. You mentioned of two sudding deth [sudden death] from [?]. I am very sorry to hear. I have nothing more to inform you at present but my respect to all friends and especially your sister Phebe.

I remain your loving husband,
Bennet Munro

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