The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: March 31

WILLIAMSBURG, MARCH 31, 1779.
For sale, best brown sugar, French rum and coffee, by the hogshead or bag, blue cloth suitable for negroes, and a few pipes of wine. I will give cash for bills on France, Holland, England, or the West India islands. Any Gentle men that have money due them, and cannot ascertain the amount, I will take their bills conditionally, and charge no damages on protests. Goods will be exchanged at a moderate price, for a few hundred pounds of new feathers. SAMUEL BEALE.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Nicolson) April 2, 1779
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About this entry:

Merchant Samuel Beale occupied the premises of Tarpley's Store. After Tarpley's death in 1764, the building had been used for for several purposes by a variety of owners and renters. Feathers, especially goose feathers, were a premium commodity used for mattresses and pillows.

Sources: CWRR Tarpley's Store

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