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April 4, 1760. Partly Printed Document Signed “Ignatus Webber” as Master of the Schooner “Spry” one page, 9” x 5.25”. Newport, April 4, 1760. Completed in manuscript. On laid paper. Uneven right edge. Fine condition.In full, “Shipped by the grace of God, in good Order, and well conditioned, by Aaron Lopez in and upon the good Schooner called the Spry where of is Master under God for this present voyage Capt Ignatios [sic] Webber and now riding at anchor in the Harbour of Newport and by Gods grace bound for Boston to Say Twenty Boxes SpermaCity Candles for Acct & risk of the Shipper Consign to Mr Henry Lloyd Merchant there being marked and numbered as in margent, and are tobe delivered in the like good order, and wel conditioned at the aforesaid Port of Boston (the Danger of the Seas on ly excepted) unto Saide Mr Henry Lloyd orto his assigns, he or they paying fraight for the said Goods, As Customary with primage and avarage accustumed. In Witness where of the Master or purser of the said Ship hath affirmed this and more Bils of Loading, al of this tenor and date on being accomplished, the other to stand void. And so God send the good Ship to her desired Port in safety…”IgnatiusWebber (1733-1783) appears as master on a list of prisoners sent to Boston in the cartel “Snow Drift” from Halifax, September 30, 1778. A cartel was a ship employed in the exchange of prisoners. From 1780, Webber was captain of the privateer “Commerce” in the Revolutionary War. The ship is recorded as having 12 guns and 40 men.The article “Early Jewish Residents in Massachusetts” by Lee M. Friedman, (Baltimore: American Jewish Historical Society, 1915) mentions Lloyd: “Aaron Lopez, the great Newport merchant, carried on a considerable trade with Boston. He had a resident agent there for many years in the person of Henry Lloyd. There was almost a daily exchange of letters between them, and many of his young Jewish clerks were sent from Newport to Mr. Lloyd in Boston … It was no uncommon thing to find young Jews temporarily in Boston attending to business for their employers.” In 1774, Henry Lloyd (c. 1710-1796) was one of the addressers of Governor Thomas Hutchinson and was then described as “merchant and contractor for the troops.” He went to Halifax in 1776, and was proscribed and banished in 1778. For his remaining years, Lloyd lived in London.
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