Antigua July 29th 1813
I feel equally disappointed and mortified at not being able to send you more than the two inclosed Bills one for £150 the other for £50 making together £250 Sterling which is the whole I have been able to receive by this Packet. You have also the duplicate of the Bill sent you in my last of the 27th June for £76 Sterling before this I was in hopes of being on my passage to England but the not being able to settle your accounts has prevented me but I trust by the next Packet or at furthest by the following one to finally close them; I shall then take my passage in a Packet. My own Private Accounts I shall unavoidably be obliged to leave unsettled. I have written to St Kitt’s respecting Mr Rawlins’s business, have not yet received an answer, but suppose I shall by the return of the Mail Boat.
I am sorry to say we are stricken (?) very dry at Barbuda they have not had a drop of water in the Cistern for the last four months. On Friday last we had a pretty severe Gale. I was in hopes it would have been attached with rain but it went off without it, the Gale was not sufficient to do us any injury; I was obliged to send a small Vessel which was there to sea she returned in the Evening with her sales & rigging much damaged; she fortunately had on board a load of Corn for Antigua which prevented her been driven to Leeward. Notwithstanding the drought I have pleasure to say that the stock as yet have not suffered they have been constantly fed on Hay, & are now making the risks look small but I trust we shall have enough to last us much longer than the dry weather can possibly last fortunately both the North & South sides of the Island have had occasional showers, it is only the middle which is suffering. I am
Your Most Obedient Humble
(signed) John James
Reference: Gloucestershire Records Office, Microfilm no.351, Section no.6, D1610 C24
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