"To Messrs Eben Backus & J Perkins
I have Inclosed a Memom of Such articles as we Shall want if you Send a Vessel this way. if you Send Cattle Send plenty of Hay as I have bought another pair of Cattle & Shall be Glad of Some Good English Hay, how Cattle will answer at Halifax is Quite unCertain if you send any that are not fat Let them be young Cows or Heifers - if Carew Comes Sooner than you ... please ... Send Some of the most material Articles by him.
10 bbl pork Check flannel 1/2 Doz Gall measures
Flower yarn Stockins 1 Doz 1/2 Gall Do.
Bread 8 dozn Mens Shoes 1 Dozn do Coffee pots
Corn 4 Dozn Womens do. 1/2 Doz 3 pint do.
Rye 3 Dozn boys 1 Doz Quart pots
Meal 6 doz. Brass Shoe 1/2 Doz Gall Tin Kittles
Butter Buckles 1 Dozn points
Cheese 1 m. hhd Hoops 1 Doz half pints
Hogs Lard Some good hay 1 Doz Gill do.
Molasses Dryed Apples 1/2 Dozn pound cannisters
Syder Brown thred 1/2 Doz 1/2 pound do.
R Tow Cloath 1 Dozn porringers
Sugar Oznabrigs 1 Dozn Small Dippers
1/2 bb Linseed Oyl Check Linin 2 Dozn Lamps with
1/2 Ct Spanish Brown Stuffs Spouts
1/2 C Spanish White Large wooden Bowles 1 Dozn pepper Boxes
10lb White Lead pen knifes 1/2 Doz Lanthorns
1 Doz. Scythes midle Shod Shovels 2 Coopers Axes
Size half Bushels 6 Broad Axes
Frying pans 3 Doz Narrow Do.
In mean time I Remain
with Great Respect Gentln Your most Hbl Servt
When I left you Last by a mistake I Left a Bundle of Goods on the Counter Containing 4 yds Shalloon 6 yds Flowered Linin 8 yrds white Fustain & 10 yds Red Baize which were Charged to me June 21st and also 4 pound Tea in papers which I do not find Charged and also three potts & two Bottles of paints and oyl Pray Send those Articles and five or six pounds of Tea and Several Articles mentioned at foot p Mr Headley.
3 Gross Cod Hooks
1 m 30d Nails
6 m pump Nails
20 lbs Pepper
15 yds Bed Tick
The Bundle of Goods Left
my Pots & Bottles paints"
Excerpt from the Diary of Simeon Perkins 1804-1812, vol 5, page 394, published in Toronto by the Champlain Society in 1978.