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Lopez handwrote, dated and signed these orders in 1773 to Captain Daggett of the sloop Two Brothers to sell his cargo in Cape Fear in North Carolina
Manuscript letter signed: "Aaron Lopez" and "Brotherton Daggett" as captain of the sloop Two Brothers,1 page, 7¾x12½. Newport, Rhode Island, December 7, 1773. To Capt. Brotherton Daggett. In part: "The Sloop Two Brothers now under your Command being ready fitted for the Seas you are to embrace the first fair wind & make the best of your way to Cape Fear where on your safe arrival dispose of your Cargo for the most it will fetch & invest its proceeds in such of that Countrys Produce as you may judge most advantageous for the Interest of the Voyage. Annexed you have Colo William Drys Note of Hand for £60 Proclamation Money payable in Naval Stores at the prevailing Market Price-Pray use your best endeavories to obtain payment for this Note & as the Colo is generally backward in paying his Debts, I rely on your particular close application to him from the moment you arrive, that he may not put you off, as he did already the last year this same Note when presented to him by a neighbour of yours...Wishing you a successful Voyage." Added at the lower left in manuscript: "I think it best that you don't [sic] let Colo Dry know but what this note is become yours & that it will be a great disappointment to you if he should suffer you to come away without the pay. Acknowledge the above to be a true copy of any instructions which I promise to comply with." Signed: "Brotherton Daggett". Newport, Rhode Island was founded in May 1639, becoming an important colonial seaport and a haven for religious freedom after the settlement of Roger Williams in Providence. The first Jews settled there in 1658 and in 1763 the Touro Synagogue, the first in the U.S., was established. These attributes attracted AARON LOPEZ (1731-1782), who arrived with his family in 1752 from Portugal, where he would have been forced to convert to Christianity. He became a wealthy merchant and leader in the Jewish community. Aaron and his nephew Moses owned 27 square-rigged vessels, including whaling ships, but lost nearly all of them during the Revolutionary War. Lopez lent money to the American government during the Revolutionary War and evacuated Newport when it fell to the British in 1778. He drowned while returning four years later. Lopez's vessels frequently engaged in the "triangular trade," unsavory by modern standards: selling New England products in Africa in exchange for slaves, who were then carried to the West Indies and sold to buy products desired in New England. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Ink smudged at elaborate paraph. Rippled at top edge. Edges are irregular. Folded three times horizontally and unfolded. Slightly torn along folds. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: Circa 1731
Died: Circa 1782

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