On This Day: 11 June 1712

On this day in 1712, Jacob Meers assigned a limited power of attorney to Captain Thomas Bowrey. A year before, Joy Meers had assigned her power of attorney over the property of her late husband, Sampson, to Jacob (see 6 June). It was this power that Jacob was now assigning to Bowrey.

By this time, Bowrey was working closely with Jacob Meers on a proposal made to the King of Prussia and connected with the slave trade on the East Coast of Africa. Yet, today’s document demonstrates that both were still fighting for compensation for the seizure of the Worcester. Now, Bowrey had taken on the packet boat business between Bristol and New York – an area in which he had no previous experience.

This is an indication of the complexity of Bowrey’s business affairs.


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