Guide to the David Lockhart Letter, Apr. 25, 1740
Collection number: MS 117
(1 oversize item)
About David Lockhart
David Lockhart of Tenerife, Portoratava, Canary Islands
About the David Lockhart Letter
An April 25, 1740 letter written by David Lockhart of Tenerife, Portoratava, Canary Islands sent to John McCarrick and George Simpson. It instructs the two men how to smuggle Canary wine into Massachusetts. The ship Oratavo set sail from Tenerife, Canary Islands in April 1740. In July, authorities sighted the ship off Cape Cod, Mass., and, due to its suspicious behavior, ordered her in for examination. They discovered that the Oratavo (a.k.a. the Providence), John McCarrick, and George Simpson were involved in illicit trade, contrary to the British government’s Navigation Act of 1663. The authorities seized the men and the cargo and discharged them only after they had paid the proper fees.
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David Lockhart Letter, Apr. 25, 1740, MS 117, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Donated: Mrs. Carroll Towle, Aug. 1, 1979 (Accession number: 016)