Today’s document is endorsed on the reverse Capt. Bowrey’s Contract for Building with Mr Wells. Unusually, it does not appear to be in Bowrey’s hand.
In the same way that a decade or so ago people had telephone voices, Bowrey had his best handwriting used when he believe that the document was to have a wider audience. He used it in his Bay of Bengal manuscript and some of the Dictionary word lists. He may have used it for today’s document but I think that the endorsement sounds like it was written by someone else, possibly a public notary.
His signature is not on the document which is signed by Richard Wells and witnessed by Elizabeth Collingwood at the Jerusalem Coffee House and William Buston (or Bufton) a public notary. It is an agreement between Richard Well, shipwright of Rotherhithe, and Thomas Bowrey, merchant of London, to build the Mary Galley for £150 down payment and £150 when completed.