On This Day: 20 May 1696

On this day in 1696, John Middleton wrote to Bowrey from Bombay.

John Middleton was Bowrey’s cousin and was writing with good news. They had arrived on 14 May the previous year and their voyage to India had been good.  From Bombay they had sailed to Persia and back again. Back in Bombay, they learned that all trade had ceased because a pirate was plundering shipping.  The French had stopped trading with Goa for the same reason.

Bowrey had, himself, been attacked by the pirates on the Malabar Coast in 1680 and would understand why trade had ceased. Middleton was thankful that he had not had such an experience.

Middleton’s ship was about to set off for China to pass away time until peace had been restored. He was looking forward to returning home and wished to be remembered to his relations.

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