§ From Robert Hooe and Company1
13 December 1804, Alexandria. “We forwarded by Capt. Johnson the Goods recd for you by the Unity, vizt. 4 frails2 Figs, Two of Almonds, a package of dryed fruit, a Box of Oranges, & four nests of Baskets.3 We hope you recd. them in good order. A Bill of the expences we paid is annexed.”4
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1. The merchant firm of Robert T. Hooe and Company was based in Alexandria, where Col. Robert T. Hooe (d. 1809) also served as mayor (Miller, Artisans and Merchants of Alexandria, 1:212).
2. Frail: “A kind of basket made of rushes, used for packing figs, raisins, etc.; the quantity of raisins, etc. (30 to 75 lbs.) contained in this” (OED description begins Oxford English Dictionary. description ends , 2d ed.).
4. At the foot of the letter is a list of charges totaling $4.76, including entry fee, $0.15; duty, $4.27; drayage, $0.13; and wharfage, $0.21.