To the wors his ever honrd & much esteemed friend Capt Matthias Nicolls Secretary at N: Yorke theise present--
Southampton Sept: 28: 1675.
WORTHY SR--Wee the subsccribed prsent our best respects to you hopeing of & much desreing your good health &c: Wee recd your order or warrant for ye making up and sending to you the estimate or waluation of our towne And at length with care and trouble wee hae effected it: and it exactly amounts to twelve thousand five hundred and fourty one poundes xvi8 viiid: Wee have dilligently accompted every mans estate vp, & that is the just totall according to our best inspection; Wee herein send you not the pticulars, for wee conceive that would bee but lost labour to us, and noe advantage, nor more satisfaction, but rather a cumer to you: and therefore according to our former maner to ye High Shereife wee Send you the Sume in gross, which wee hope will be Sufficient, & fully anser your expectation: Wee crave yor favour & pdon that wee could not procure it sooner into your hand; but Hope it will come So Seasonably, that wee having your Order bvy the bearer our loveing friend and much respected, Justice Topping at his returne, may make paymt: in the msot Suiable manner wee can to the Cuntries occations; But corne is but Scarce with most of ye Inhabitatnts & wee desire that Specie may be bee enjoyned in your warrant. Sr wee have presumed to write to the Governr respecting our estimate, and therein what we have Sett ye horse-kinde at, & have made request to him touching that Subject. If his honr bee not wellpleased, Wee desire uor wprpp: to be Instrumentall as you can to excuse our goeing beside that old law or order (which wee can not but thinke now to follow is excessive hard and oppressive) that rates horses and mares one with another at 12lb a peece. Sr there are no many people everywhere, besides outs, doe Soe exceedingly complaione that mare Should be rated atr 12lb ps, hardly the best will give 4lb and many of them not 40s a peece, emboldened us not to accompt them at 4lb a peece one with another whichis more than any one willgive--Yet least it should fallout (contrary to our expectation and belief) that his honr the Governr Should be dissatisfyed, and that wee may deale uprightly, discharge our Conscience for the towne and Duty towards ye Cuntry wee have as afforesaid Sumd up the horses and mares at 4lb 3 years at 3 lb two year'l: at 40s and year'l at 20s pc: And withall we have collected out of all the bill men pticulorly brought in, the just numbers of horses & mares--3 year olds 2 year olds & yearlinbgs: that Soe, if not witestanding our honeble Governr Shall See cause, & it be his please to continue them Still at ye old rate of 12lb a ps: &c. We crave yor faboyr to view the inclosed acct and ad the differecences ob yt wichg remaines (according to ye Sd acct) unto out waluation. And yen ye estimate will bee completed: Sr ift is Desired yt at ye court you will promove the alteration
of valuation of ye horse kind:
Sr Wee are yors to Comand to our power
THOMAS TOPPING CONST
Wee are greived to heare of ye lossof English blood by ye cruell damned pagans and very many are sorry the Indians here have theire guns returned to them.
Source: "Lists of Inhabitants of Colonial New York," by Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan, 1860.
Transcribed by Holice Young,
original webpage creation by Debbie Axtman
Completed July 2001
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