On This Day: 22 May 1704

On this day in 1704, Peter Tom wrote to Bowrey from on board the Rising Sun at the Cape of Good Hope saying that until now all his letters on the voyage have contained nothing but bad news but, at last, things were looking more hopeful.

Tom then proceeded to set out their progress from leaving Flushing (where the Rising Sun had been repaired following storm damage). He enclosed a list of the ship’s crew. He claimed that he had the heart and affections of this crew and they were heartyly content. However, their stay at Flushing resulted it being late in the season for the East Indies trade – every silver lining has a cloud.

Tom was wise enough to finish with good news and advised that the ships recently from Bengal (that will carry Tom’s letter) brought news of good prices being paid in India.

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