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Slave Trade Pack - Doc 1/2

Slave Trade Pack - Doc 1/2

1.2Indent or order for goods to be sent from England to Africa for
resale by William Douglas, 1799.



Denomination

Prime Cost

Amount

Coast Price

Amount

700 Bonny Blue [Romals?]

12/-

420

"

"25/875""

700 Allejar Guinea Stuffs, without
the Border

5/

175

"

"12/6d43710

150 Plaid, or Dutch Red Bejutapants

19/-

142

10

"50/375

150 Chelloes

22/-

165

"

"45/-33710"

150 Blue Bafts (fine, not [Byrampots?])

18/

135

"

"40/300

150 India Topseils

17/-

127

10

""300""

150 Allejar Cottons 7

7/6

56

5

"15/11210"

150 Narrow Striped Niccamees

18/-

135

"

"42/6d31815"

100 Glasgow, or Manchester Dames, 8 Hfs
the Colours, Red + Blue, to be very deep

21/-

105

"

"40/-200""

50 Pieces 4/4 Irish Linen, 1250 yds, @ 3/-
per yard for the whole quantity

3/-

187

10

"...375""

50 Pieces Scotch Cambric

25/-

62

10

"...125""

50 Dozen 4/4 Black Barcelona Hfs

30/

75

"

"...150""

1,000 Dozen Large Dutch Knives, real, if to be procured, but if not, of the manufacture of Birmingham,best finish (Manufacturers name Bird)

2/-

100

"

"10/-500""

£

1,886

5

"

Add 10 p Cent, for Freight, Insurance
to cover +ca, +ca

....

207

9

9

Amount Prime Cost + Charges

£

2.093

14

9

Amount of Gross Sales

£44065.

Profit

£2,312103

Deduct for Freight, Insurance, to cover
and Loss in Smelting Gold, Ex=
pences of Assaying +ca, provided
no Bills are to be procured at the
time of Remitting......17½pCt

71
99181½

Nett Gain

£132121½

Errors Excepted
Cape Coast Castle, Africa, 1st April 1799
Verte Wm A Douglas

Remarks
NB I wish the Bonny Blue [Romals?] to be as narrow in the Check as possible. The Plaid Bejutapants to be also very narrow in the Check, and the Colours, Blue and Red, to be very deep. The Chelloes to be of the small Check, and as fine as possible. The Blue Bafts I beg you particular attention to, as the Manufacturers (I do not wish to implicate Manufacturers in general) are apte to Palm [Byrampots?] on the Buyer In Bafts, which denomination of Goods will not bring in as much by 10s/- per Piece as the Bafts. The India Topseils to be as close in the Texture as possible. The Allejar, or Natue Cottons I wish to be as large in the Dice, and the Dice to be of as deep a Colourand as distinct as possible.

The Niccamees to be of the new Pattern, or Narrow Stripe. The linen of as fine a quality as the Price will afford, the Portuguize Traders, for whom it is intended, being nice discriminators of this Article. The same remarks apply, with equal force, to the Scotch Cambric. The Black (no other Kind will do) Barcelonas to be as thick as can be procured, the [Form?] and the Natives, for both of whom they are intended, having had much commerce in this commodity.W.A.D.

PS Since writing the above, I have been much pressed by some of the Principal Traders here to order an Assortment of Beads. I therefore beg leave to make up the Amount of my Indent £2,000 in that article. From the Statement of the Cost in Europe, and the Selling Prices to the Natives here, you will see what an advantageous article Beads are to import to this Market. - Once more farewell - Should you see any of my African friends at Derby (which most likely will be the case) I have to beg that you will not let them know what I have indented for, as there are several articles in my Indent that it would not strike every one to Order, such for instance, as the Dutch Knives and Beads. Secrecy, you are not to be told is highly essential where an opposition exists, and at no place does opposition exist in a greater degree than at this Castle. W. D.


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