On This Day: 25 March 1704

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.

 

 

 

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