On This Day: 26 May 1708

On this day in 1708 Bowrey paid John Eliot 54 shillings (£2/14/-) to reimburse him for his expenditure whilst serving as the surgeon on the Mary Galley.

The receipt is written on the reverse of a note to Bowrey of the same date. The note, signed by Joseph Tolson, the captain of the Mary Galley, certified that Eliot had spend 12 Rupees on Midisons (medicines) for use on the ship. Tolson could certify this because Eliot had told him several times.

I do wonder why telling his captain several times whilst on the voyage was considered more valid than just asking Bowrey for the money.

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