On this day in 1695, Bowrey purchased East India Company stock worth £200 from Samson Mears. Mears was a Jewish merchant born in the Netherlands but, by this time, living at St Mary Axe, London.
Mears was probably connected both to the family of the same name in New York as well as Jacob Mears who acted as Bowrey’s agent in Prussia many years later. At that time, Jacob Mears visited Cleeve Prior, the manor house belonging to Thomas Bushell, the nephew of Bowrey’s mother-in-law, Frances Gardiner.
This is yet another tantalising glimpse to Bowrey’s complex relationships with friends, relatives and acquaintances in a simple document. Many of these will never be completely unravelled but I shall do what I can.