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places where i have heen, there is not any appearance of failing; and the people have been so well pleased with your goods and fair dealing, that I have obiained many new orders. I have likewise received a dividend of twelve saillings in the pound of the effic's of Mr. Cam. bric, the linen-draper, al Derby, who failed last year, and there is seill something remaining, so that upon the whole your loss will not be so great as was at first expected. I have finished your business in this town, and set. off' to-morrow for Liverpool, where I shall.expect to hear from you, if you have any thing particular to transact before I return, and am, sir, with duty and respect,
Your obedient and faithful servant,
and am extremely glad to hear of your success. Indeed it has, as you observed, been greater than I expected. Tam much pleased with your honest fidelity, in transacting my business with so much care and industry: and as you are now at Liverpool, I shall take this opporiunity of intrusting you with an affair of importance. There is daily expected at that port, the ship Nightingale, Captain Roberts, laden with sugar and indigo from Jamaica : and as I am informed the proprietors are desirous of disposing of the whole cargo by private contract, when you have examined the goods, I leave it to your own discretion to purchase the whole, as I think it must be an excellent good bargain. If you have not money sufficient, give them an order on me for the remainder, payable at sight. I leave the whole to your 'self, and shall expect to hear from you soon.
From a merchant's clerk in London, to his master in the
UR not hearing from you these three weeks has made us
has been carried on in the same manner in which you left it: but yesterday an order came from New York for goods to the amount of five thousand pounds and upwards. You, know the American credil, and therefore I would not do any thing till I heard from yourself. If you please to write by next pose I shall abide by your directions, and every thing shall be conducted by your order. We would not wish you to return before your health is fully reestablished, although we long to see you every day. All the fainily are well, and am,
Your obedient faithful servants
The merchant's answer. Mr. Thompson, YOL TOURS I received this day, and am pleased to hear that
business succeeds so well. I always confided in your fidelity, and am glad to find that I have not been deceived: I am much better in my health than when I left London, although it is not perfectly. re-established, but I hope itwill be so in a short time. Concerning the American order, I am extremely glad to hear of it, not only on my account, but also of trade in general. Their credit to be sure is long, but I would rather trust to our brethren in that part of the world, two years, than those, who are our natural enemies, one month. You may give orders for the different goods wanting, to be got ready as soon as possible, and before they are completed I hope to be in town. I am much pleased to hear that all my servants are concerned for my weloføre, as it will at all times give me the greatest happiness to make their different situations as comfortable as is consistent with a state of servitude.'
I am, your affectionate mastera
Recommending a man-servant. Sir, HE bearer has served me with integrity and fidelity
these three years, but having a desire to settle in Lon
don, he left my house about a week ago, and by a letter received from him this day, I find you are willing to employ him on my recommendation, and it is with the great. est pleasure that I comply with his request. His behaviour, while with me, was strictly honest, sober, and diligent, and I doubt not but it will be the same with you: I have sent this inclosed in one to himself, and if you employ him I hope he will give satisfaction.
I am, sir, your hùmble servant.
The Answer. Sir,
RECEIVED your obliging letter in recommendation of him into my family. I doubt not, from what you say, of his giving satisfaction; and you may be assured of his being treated with humanity, and rewarded according to his merit.
I am, your humble servant.
LETTER LXII. From a country shopkeeper, to his friend in London, de
siring him to send him some goods. Sir,
yet, I hope, abated, although Providence has placed us many miles distant from each other. I have heard of your success in London, and it is with pleasure I can assure you that I am comfortably settled here. But you know that our returns are slow, and profits small, and therefore, however willing, I am not in circumstances sufficient to defray the
expense of a journey to London, in order to purchase goods at the best hand; which has been attended with some loss, besides a considerable expense, Relying, therefore, on your former friendship, I have presumed to solicit your assistance, to purchase, from time to time, what goods I'may happen to wani from London, for which an order shall be remiuled on delivery. At present I have only sent for a few articles, as you will see by the inclosed." 'I doubt not of your gelling them as good and cheap as possible ; and if
there is any thing I can do to serve you in this part of the counlry, you may depend on its being executed with the utmost fidelity and dispatch.
I am, sir, your sincere friend,
being so comfortably settled. There is a pleasure in looking back to those youthful days we spent together in harmless amusement, and it gives me great pleasure to think that I have it in my power to be any
way of service to my friend. The goods you ordered are sent in the Lichfield waggon, directed to you. They are good, and as cheap as any to be had in London, and I hope you will be a considerable gainer. With respect to your kind proffer of service, I heartily thank you, and shall, as occasion requires, trouble you with something of that nature.
In the inean time be sure to command me in every thing wherein I can serve you, as it will give the greatest pleasure to your sin. cere friend.
LETTER LXIV. From a country shopkeeper, to a dealer in London, cont.
plaining of the badness of his goods.
HEN I first began to correspond with you, it was my W
fixed resolution to act with integrity and honour, expecting the same in return. I must, indeed, confess, that the goods you sent me for some time were as good as any I could purchase from another, and so far I had not any reason to complain. But now the case is quite different: the: two fast parcels you sent me are so bad ihai I dare not offer them to my customers. From what, sir, does this proceed? have 1 ever been deficient in my payments? nn, you dare not accuse me with any thing of that natyre. However, I am obliged to tell you, that unless you send me others in their room,' I must either withdraw mỹ correspondence, or shut up my shop. You may choose which you please, and let me beg to have your answer by return of post, as I am in immediate want of those goods, and in danger of losing my customers by a delay.
In so doing you will oblige, &c.
goods sent you were so bad. I know I had some such in my warehouse, but was determined to sell them at a low sale, without ever thinking of their being sent to any of my customers, particularly so valuable a correspondent as yourself. By some mistake my servants have inadvert. ently sent them, for which I ani extremely sorry; but, in order to make you amends, I send by this day's waggon those which I had originally intended for you, at my own expense. I hope you will excuse this, and be assured you shall never be served in such a manner for the future.
I am, sir, your humble servant.
From a tradesman in distressed circumstances, desiring a
letter of licence.
Sir, IT T. is now above ten years since I first had dealings with
you, and during that time you well know that my payments were regular, but at present, am sorry that my affairs are so perplexed, that it is not in my power to comply with the just demands of my creditors, nor even to pay them any ihing until my affairs are settled: for that reason, sir, I have sent to you, desiring a letter of licence for only twelve months, in which time I hope to be able to settle my affairs to their satisfaction; but if they will not comply with this, I am utterly ruined. Your answer is impatiently expected by
Your obedient bumble servanl.