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Edward Bridgen and James Waller to Elizabeth (Murray) Smith, 15 March 1770 J. M. Robbins Papers, Courtesy, Massachusetts Historical Society. Page 1 (letter addressing Elizabeth's plans to send her niece Polly to America to become a shopkeeper; comparison of shopkeeping in London and America; generous offers of assistance and credit)

Transcription:

Dear Madam
We recd your favour of the
12th Inst in Answer to which we think your 
Judgment good Relative to Miss Murray
the Principal Shops in this City ask from 
80 to One Hundred Guineas for one year
and will not take less, and we are of Opinion
as she is not to set up in London that it
would be so much money lost, her being
a year in Boston as you wisely Observe
will make her Acquainted with the People
before she Enters largly into Business,
and as you intend being on the Spot 
Miss Murray must do well; As to any
Asistance in our Powers you Dear Madm
whilst life may command us, and we
Assure you it will give us great Pleasure
to render any Servises to a Relation of
Mrs Smiths, Doctr Murray and you are
Welcome not only to have Credit from us
for Two Hundred Pounds but for as many
Thousands as you like till Miss Murray 
comes of age, let us know the Articles
she will take out for her Venture and 
we will take Perticular care and have
them ready in Time, and shall be as good
and Cheap as any that ever was sent

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