On This Day: 17 April 1695

Sometimes while studying Bowrey’s papers I wish that I could exert the same blind eye that Richard Carnac Temple did. If I did, I could write that today’s receipt is the only document referring to the John Galley and demonstrates that, despite the volume of documents, much of Bowrey’s life remains undocumented.

Unfortunately, I cannot do that and am compelled to write that Bowrey bought from John Travers a quantity of brass collers and manilloes. The manilloes were Portuguese bead bracelets using for trade. The collars may be for an innocent purpose and the intended trade nothing to be ashamed of but I cannot help thinking that this purchase may have been in preparation for a slave trade voyage.

With no other information about the John Galley there is no way of knowing but there is no denying that Bowrey was involved in dealing in slaves at various times and this may be another instance.

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