5 May 1840 Dover Whitby Shipping last day prestamp FLS ex Wellburn
Lot 138 in our auction Saturday 9th July 2022

                         Dover Road, May 4,1840

Hon Sir

             The wind still continues at E to NE and thick with Fog I have this day taken a Pilot as I feel confident he will save some time in making the passage knowing the sets of tide better than myself I have agreed with him for ten pounds I trust it will meet with your approbation I was tempted to do so for the Benifit of all in as much I have informed you that I was short handed and Every day that Im out of cours I incur Expence you may depend upon all being done to push her down the Weather Permitin I will stand into Whitby as far as safety will permit I will have the Burger at the Main Royal Mast head so that you may be apprised of her arrival off your Port trusting this will find you in health

                               Rem Your Obe Ser

                                      Edw Hough

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