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That's quite close, I believe... but, at the lastIt is indeed wonderful that these letters have been preserved and thanks is due to the OP for presenting them for future reference.
I know from long experience how difficult it can be to transcribe old letters and as one or two parts of the first letter were not very clear, I am attaching below my own transcription of that letter. It differs only slightly from that posted by the OP but perhaps may clarify one or two points.
Dear Sir, Jany. 20th 1835
The watch which you have lately taken apart & cleaned |made by L. Mallet| was purchased by me many years since at what I have considered a very great price - viz. Three hundred Dollars. I think it possible I may be induced to part with this watch and I should like to be able to say in what manner this watch differs from others so as to make its cost so much exceed the ordinary price of even fine watches. You will therefore much oblige me if you will add at the foot of this letter any observations on the subject which your very close examination of it has enabled you to do. My own knowledge of these matters amounts to nothing, all I know of the watch is that is cost the above sum here and was invoiced at fifty Louis D'ors and has been for the 20 years I have worn it a first rate time piece.
Yours respt. [respectfully]
Yr. ob. Svt. [your obedient servant]
Mr. W.H.C. Riggs
Watch Maker, So. Front Street,
(A Louis D'or was a French gold coin.)
I hope this transcription may be of help and/or interest.
Cheers, Allan.The next edition will be out soon. Thank you for the observation. Has always nice to hear from you Lloyd.
The next edition will be out soon. Thank you for the observation. Has always nice to hear from you Lloyd.
The interest in these letters grows, I do hope that one day they will be complete, though I have to say JTD, LloydB, and others have brought them very close to completeness. The last letter still keeps me awake at night. I had thought the Concordia was the ship they were talking about. but the research by JTD proves the letter says "Cambria". The Concordia fits the dates and the story, so I am off to find a Cambria in American waters at that time."You will confer upon us a favour by informing... "
The last letter is dated early May 1846[snipped]
but the research by JTD proves the letter says "Cambria".
That is how they say- great work Lloyd. Sorted out that little problem nicely. ( I will now go back to 1775-Prescot)Cambria was the replacement for the wrecked Columbia.
She held the Blue Riband for the fastest westbound Atlantic
voyage from July 1845 until America won the record in