Today’s document is a rare one within Thomas Bowrey’s papers. It is one apparently written in anger to him by his friend and business partner Nathaniel Long.
The letter relates to the St George and, at this stage, is not an incident in Bowrey’s life that I have studied in any detail. In addition, the full contents of the letter are not yet clear. It uses notation I have not yet deciphered, part of it is badly faded and, although the writing is neat, was clearly written without the care usually used by Major Long.
Despite this, it is clear that Bowrey imposed on Long and then let him down badly. Long obviously feels that Bowrey is totally to blame for what happened. Yet he ends the letter by saying that he believes that Bowrey’s action may be to his [Long’s] advantage. I do know that their friendship and business partnership continued after 1700 and Bowrey remembered Long in his Will with a memorial ring.
It is all very intriguing.