On This Day: 2 December 1683

On this day in 1683, Captain Thomas Bowrey was held up by the weather on board the Adventure on the river at Narispore. His Deare Friend, James Wheeler wrote to him commiserating and sending him four bottles of claret plus one of brandy to cheer his spirits in this dolefull unexpected rain. The letter gives a rare insight into Bowrey’s character.

Wheeler stressed that the most important thing was to stay safe until the weather improved. It was easy to overshoot a port in hazy weather. Wheeler felt certain that Bowrey would heed his advice because he had always found him as careful as he was industrious. Wheeler believed that Bowrey always acted honestly.

Wheeler then demonstrated his confidence in Bowrey’s experience by asking his advice about whether or not he should bleach some cloth he wanted to sell locally.


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