SHIPPED IN GOOD ORDER AND WELL CONDITIONED, BY REYNELL AND COATES IN AND UPON THE GOOD SCHOONER CALLED THE POLLY WHEREOF IS MASTER FOR THIS PRESENT VOYAGE WILLIAM WYER AND NOW RIDING AT ANCHOR IN THE RIVER DELAWARE AND BOUND FOR NEWBURY IN NEW ENGLAND TO SAY, ONE HUNDRED BARRELLS OF COMMON FLOUR, AND FIVE TONS TEN HUNDRED ONE QUARTER AND TWENTY ONE POUNDS OF BARR IRON, ON THE PROPER ACCOUNT AND RISK OF LITTLE AND GREENLEAFE MARCH ANY THERE AND TO THEM CONSIGN BEING MARKED AND NUMBERED AS IN THE MARGIN, AND ARE TO BE DELIVERED IN THE LIKE GOOD ORDER AND WELL CONDITIONED, AT THE AFORESAID PORT OF NEWBURY (THE DANGER OF THE SEAS ONLY EXCEPTED) UNTO THE SAID LITTLE AND GREENLEAFE OR TO THEIR ASSIGNS, HE OR THEY PAYING FREIGHT FOR THE SAID GOODS AS CUSTOMARY WITH PRIMAGE AND AVERAGE ACCUSTOMED. IN WITNESS WHEREOF THE MASTER OR PURSER OF THE SAID SCHOONER HATH AFFIRMED TO TWO BILLS OF LADING, ALL OF THIS TENOR AND DATE, THE ONE OF WHICH TWO BILLS BEING ACCOMPLISHED, THE OTHER TO STAND VOID. DATED IN PHILADELPHIA 3D DECEMBER 1773. WILLM WYER.
[Philadelphia]: Printed by John Dunlap, . Small broadside, approx. 4.5" x 9.5". The text commences with an elaborate and square-bordered relief cut initial S, featuring a three-masted ship flying an American flag with '[Printed by John Dunlap.]' printed directly underneath. Partially printed and completed in manuscript [so indicated by the underlining], with contemporary ink writing, 'GLra98W208A209Flour,' in blank left margin. On verso in ink 'bill ladg ships by Reynell and Coates in Capn. Wyer 100 br of flour & 5 tn 10 u/u?? barr Iron for Little & Greenleafe the 3d dec. 1773.' Very Good.
John Reynell and Samuel Coates were Philadelphia merchants. William Wyer was a sea captain and trader prior to and during the period of the American Revolution. He was later listed as having been one of about 8000 captured by the British and held prisoner on board the Old Jersey some time after April 1780. [One source used: U.S. Maritime Services Veterans web site.]. Item #21499