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Letter, Thomas Lane, London, to John Easson 
Discussing Easson's account with William Bogdani, his pay, and business with Box & Austin.
Date: 29 August 1749
Reference no.: Easson family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 3478 A/4

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Letter, Joshua Peirce, Portsmouth, to John Easson 
Regarding mill stones to be shipped from Portsmouth to Boston by Captain George Janvering [Janverin], care of John West, for shipment to Annapolis; and bill for £172-14-0.
Date: 9 October 1749
Reference no.: Easson family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 3478 A/5

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Letter, Thomas Lane, London, to John Easson 
Replying to a letter from Easson dated 17 November, regarding trade and Easson's account with him; sent via Samuel Austin, Boston.
Date: 10 March 1753
Reference no.: Easson family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 3478 A/17

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Letter, John Avery to Francis Johonnot 
Giving an opinion regarding insurance liability on the sloop Wren and cargo, which was lost in 1751 and not properly insured. Easson was a partner in Dyson & Company, the company that owned the cargo. Avery concluded that "Captain Mauger" ought to share in the loss sustained by his failure to obtain insurance through the proper channels. Undated but ca.1753-54.
Date: ca.1753-54
Reference no.: Easson family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 3478 A/21

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Letter, Lane & Booth to John Easson 
"I am sorry to find you have been so much harassed by the French this last Winter and that you are so great a sufferer by their depredations. However we Flatter our Selves you'l be Releived on the Arrival of Lord Loudon…". Partial letter, undated but ca.1753-54.
Date: ca.1753-54
Reference no.: Easson family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 3478 A/22

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Letter, Joshua Mauger, Annapolis Royal, to Major Philipps 
Regarding the loss of the sloop Wren and the appointment of arbitrators in Boston. Partial letter.
Date: 1 April 1754
Reference no.: Easson family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 3478 A/24

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Letter from A. Castaing, Louisbourg 
Written presumably to John Easson; refers to an unnamed schooner "Sold by the Indians before the Governor or I could have time to get her"; also requests [although trade is prohibited] that a vessel be loaded and sent to Louisbourg with ten or twelve horses, boards, moose skins, hand barrows, shovels, etc. "because the Kings works are to be Set on mmediately."
Date: 19 May 1754
Reference no.: Easson family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 3478 A/27

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"Copies of Mr. Anthony Costaign's letters to us" 
Four-page document containing synopsis of business dealings with Anthony Castaing in Louisbourg. Louisbourg, 19 May 1754: a schooner had been sold by the Indians, so he [Castaing] had no vessel to send wine, rum, and molasses [prohibited trade] but he requested that horses, boards, moose skins, hand barrows and shovels be sent to him. 14 August 1754: difficulties regarding disposition of the vessel and its cargo. 7 September 1754: Castaing has been unable to sell the vessel, which has gone on to Boston, loaded with additional goods; nor has he been able to sell the horses and building material, since work on the fortifications has not yet begun. 7 September 1754: unable to sell the sloop at the price asked and it goes to Boston; number of vessels come from New England to be sold, only one horse sold. Invoice enclosed for goods loaded on the sloop and consigned to Mr. Ben Hallowell, Boston. King's work not yet begun is reason for no sales. (two small pieces missing.)
Date: 7 September 1754
Reference no.: Easson family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 3478 A/34

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Letter to "Mr. Hallowell" 
Refering to a wood contract and the need to procure a larger vessel capable of carrying 50 to 55 cords per voyage, between April and October.
Date: 24 September 1754
Reference no.: Easson family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 3478 A/35

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Letter, Major Erasmus J. Philipps, Annapolis Royal, to Joshua Mauger 
Regarding Capt. Mauger's failure to obtain insurance on the sloop Wren, and agreeing to accept £150 as a settlement from him. John Easson and Daniel Dyson signed their approval.
Date: 26 November 1754
Reference no.: Easson family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 3478 A/37

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Letter, B. Hallowell, Boston, to Dyson & Easson 
Preparing for a new season of trade, but "we have an embargo that no vessel shall sail before the 15th of next month."
Date: 25 February 1755
Reference no.: Easson family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 3478 A/40

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Copy of letter, Dyson & Easson to Mr. Hallowell 
Asking for information about the sloop Dove which is feared lost after four days at anchor off Green Point. Dyson and Easson are concered about insurance on the vessel, for which Hallowell was responsible.
Date: 15 February 1756
Reference no.: Easson family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 3478 A/47

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Letter, Thomas Lane, London 
Regarding company's change in name; and about acting for Mrs. Cowley's interests in London and Minorca. Letter is unsigned and incomplete.
Date: 26 May 1756
Reference no.: Easson family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 3478 A/49

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Letter, Benjamin Hallowell, Boston, to Dyson & Easson 
A lengthy letter regarding recent business dealings and items disputed by Dyson and Easson, including the sale of beaver pelts, the sloop Dove, damaged goods, etc. Very instructive regarding colonial trade, commerce and mercantile relationships.
Date: 9 November 1757
Reference no.: Easson family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 3478 A/52

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Statement, Francis Johannot, Boston 
Concerning a verbal agreement made April 1751 at Annapolis Royal with John Easson, Major Erasmus Phillips and Daniel Dyson. Notarized by John Hill.
Date: 8 September 1763
Reference no.: Easson family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 3478 A/63

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