His Excellency Richard Caswell, Esq.
Since I had the honour to left your State I never was favoured with any favors—I take this opportunity to acquaint your Excellency, that I am intended to depart from this province, in three weeks time direct to Amsterdam through the North Canal in the Big Liberty now loading with rice and indico. My going direct to Holland, and not via Westendun is, that my friends acquainted me of the risque in the Westendun, and the underwriters made no difference in the premium to there or Holland, and my being sooner in Holland in order to able me to serve my friends and the different States which have honoured me with their agency. With the last letters I have from Holland the price of the tobacco of Virginia was 8¼ pence pr. lb. and by the arrival of a vessel in this port last week direct from Nantes dated 28th December 1777 I, got a letter from my friend, which mention the price of the tobacco 70 livres the 100 lb.; rice 20 livres and 10 sol.; indigo 6 liv. 10 sol. a 8 liv. 10 .