NORFOLK, April 20, 1775.
The Subscriber begs Leave to inform the Public that he now commands the Sloop Agnes, about 1800 Bushels Burthen, a prime Sailer, and well built, with good Accommodations for Passengers; he proposes to follow the Country Trade in common, and for the most Part, Rappannock River: He will be humbly obliged to all Gentlemen who choose to honour him with their Commands; he purposes to make it his Delight and Study to oblige all who confide in his Integrity. GEORGE BRUCE. N.B. He will never refuse a convenient Freight to New York or Philadelphia, and may at any Time be heard of by directing a few Lines to the Care of Mrs. Ann Winterton in Norfolk.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) April 29, 1775
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Ship master Bruce advertises that he will accept cargo and passengers for the local trade -- mostly up and down the Rappahannock River. "Country Trade" means that he will move cargoes around the Chesapeake area.
Sources: Peter Wrike, interview, 8/16/06