From Anthony Garvey
[ca. Feb.? 1785]
I received the letter your Excellency honored me with of 29th. December; the China ware is arrived here Some time. The Cases being Plumbed stopped their Expedition, as there was no Cocketts. I wrote some time ago to Mr. Barclay for them. As soon as I receive some, shall load the Ware on the first boat to your Excellency’s address and advise you of the departure; I was afraid if delaying longer that you might be uneasy for the fate of the Vessel it was loaded on.
I have the honor to be with great respect Sir Your Excellencys most humble & very obedient Servant,
The thing cant be sent untill Mr. Barclay sends the Cocket; I wish you would drop him a line about it and urge his forwarding it soonest possible.
RC (MHi); undated; endorsed. This letter was written some time before 24 Mch. 1785 when the china was finally shipped, as Garvey notified TJ in his letter of 26 Mch., q.v.
Cocket: A certificate under seal issued by customs officials to merchants signifying that merchandize has been entered and duty has been paid (OED description begins A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles, Oxford, 1888–1933 description ends ).