On this day in 1705, the Bishop of Bangor wrote to Thomas Bowrey commiserating over the loss of the Worcester.
When I first came across this letter, I was puzzled about why a Bishop should write to Bowrey about this matter or anything else. Those of you following this blog will know that John Evans, now Bishop of Bangor, was previously employed as a chaplain by the East India Company and Bowrey had known him in Hugly. It was not Evan’s exemplary service with the Company that recommended him for the post of Bishop. They disapproved of his trading on his own behalf and associating with interlopers. Evans remained in India for 10 years after Bowrey returned home.
In this letter, Evans is trying to find a place for a 20 years old acquaintance, a sober young man, who would like to learn the art of navigation and was looking for a ship’s captain to take him.