The National Archives (PRO) CO 194/5: 97 [NAC Microfilm copy, Reel B-208], Extract of a letter from Mr. Elisha Dobree to Captain Taverner, 5 March 1713-14 [Rec'd, Read 20 March 1713-14]1

I have this day received a letter of my ffriends of St Malo who write me that the ffrench ships continue to goe for St Peters this year, under the pretext of their having still their habitations, & will dispose of none, they having retracted their mind of selling or disposing of them. God send you there, & you shall know their mind, but hope if so, shall not be granted, & Suppose that you have good order to the Contrary. I wish you a good Voyage & remaine,

Your most Humble Servant

Elisha Dobree


1The dates are in the Julian or Old Style; it was then still customary for the year to begin on 25 March, not 1 January. Thus, this letter was written in what we would regard as 1714, though by the Julian reckoning, 1713 had not yet come to an end (hence the references to 1713-14).