On this day in 1694, Bowrey’s good friend, Nathaniel Long, signed a document releasing Bowrey from all his debts and other demands to Long from the begining of the World. This all encompassing release has been catalogued with the other papers on the ship St. George but as it predated Bowey’s abortive voyage on this ship, it seems unlikely. It also predates the tour the pair took to Holland and Flanders in 1698. In fact, chronologically it appears to be the first document relating to Long in Bowrey’s papers. Thus, the reason for the document is a mystery.
Nathaniel Long came from a prominent family recorded in the records of the parish church now known as All Hallows Barking by the Tower. His son, Edward, was later to be one of the unfortunate members of the crew of the Prosperous imprisoned at Surat in 1703 (see 24 March post).