On This Day: 6 June 1711

On this day in 1711, Joy Meers the widow of Sampson Meers assigned her power of attorney to Jacob Meers. At the time of his death, Meers had interests in two packet boats sailing between Bristol and New York, the Royal Anne and the Bristol, as well as the ship Worcester. Sampson also had a number of debts and Joy assigned all of Sampson’s possessions, even his clothes, to Jacob for him to use to settle the debts.

This document confirms the relationship between Jacob and Sampson Meers. The two London merchants were brothers. The document also demonstrates the financial distress still being caused by the seizure of the Worcester to some of her owners seven years after their loss. It may explain why Thomas Bowrey never stopped trying to obtain redress. Although his financial position was secure, others were still suffering.

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