Peter Lyons letter to John Norton, 1771 July 15


Peter Lyons letter to John Norton, 1771 July 15


Peter Lyons letter to John Norton, merchant of London, England. Lyons thanks Norton for the sale of his tobacco but complains of the low quality of goods sent from Norton's suppliers.


John Norton and Sons Papers, MS 1936.3


Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation




Folder 43


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Williamsburg July 15th. 1771

Dear Sir

I received your several favours this
Spring with very pleasing sales for the Tobacco
shipt you last Year, and am much obliged to
you for your care in disposing of them at so
good a price. I wish your Tradesmen would be
as attentive in furnishing the Goods but they are
extremely negligent or deceitful, for they send us
Goods at the highest prices that are coarse and bad,
so that they are scarce fit for use, and I assure you
that We can buy here much better Goods at the
same price currency, that they charge sterling, and
I believe your Son is convinced of it, for he desired
Mrs. Lyons to return her Cambrick & Hankerchiefs,
but she did not choose to trouble you with them,
however I beg you will not buy anything more
for me of the same Tradesmen.

I ordered some Tobacco to be shipt you in

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Lyon and lodged Notes at the Warehouses but it
seems Captn. Goosley could not take them, so they
remain for Robinson, who is daily expected, and by
him shall write you more fully, and for the the present
conclude with respects to Mrs. Norton & your Family

Dr Sir
Your most obedt Servt.
Petr. Lyons

Rain every Day - Corn fine
but Tobacco ruined

Address leaf

John Norton Esqr.

P the Lyon
Capn. Goosley

Virginia 14 July 1771
M: Goosley Ex'd
Recd: 12 September

wroter her 22d Feby
P Goosley

Original Format

Ink on paper




Lyons, Peter, 1734 or 1735-1809, “Peter Lyons letter to John Norton, 1771 July 15,” John Norton & Sons Papers, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, accessed January 15, 2019,