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Jamaica Kingston 1 January 1833

Thomas Mayhew esq

Dear Sir, Your favour with respect to the purchase of Chiswick Land is with Mr. Forsyth who undertook to reply to it and furnish the articles you wish to be sent. My commercial connexion with that Gentleman terminated on the 31 ultimo but we continue colleagues in various concerns which we thought most for the interest of our friends to arrange insuch away that each of our services may be turned to best account.

In this way the management of Chiswick will continue in me while Mr. Forsyth will ship the Produce, supply the Property and keep the accounts. This arrangement we hope to prove to be advantageous and we trust will be satisfactory.

The estate I think will produce 150 hhds this year which is [] fully equal to the labor the people are able to accomplish. The Holidays have passed with the greatest mirth and good humour among our people I Remain

Dear Sir Your obedt Servant J Townson

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Jam:a Kingston

Dear Sir I feel great pleasure in saying that our Seasons are promising and the prospect of the Sugar Crop such as to give every reasonable hope for a fair return - provisions are plentifull and our people enjoying the blessings of abundance.

The advance in Sugar will be felt this year by the proprieters of Chiswick in the quantity of Produce that will be at Market - The West Indian [?with?] the 43 [??] the remainder of last years Crop and the seasons are so favorable for the manufacture of Sugar that the [] will take [] by the first of March - The Estate is doing very well but the supplies have been rather beyond what they were the year before - this may not happen again for some time but there will occasionally be a call for some extras which cannot be dispensed with in the same way as in English Farming

I remain Dear Sir Your faithful & obt Sevt

J. Townson

Thomas Mayhew Esq

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Jam Kingston Jany 1. 1835

Dear Sir

In answer to your esteemed favour of the 14th of October concerning the interest of the Chiswick Estate I have to acquaint you that the Machinery required is to enable the property to make more Sugar within a given time - thereby facilitating the manufactory of the crop in the short space allowed for Labor by the Abolition Act - At present the canes are expressed by the Laborious operation at a Cattle Mill which with difficulty is brought to produce liquer to boil five Hhds of Sugar per week -- a quantity quite inadequate to the purpose - formerly we made an average of eight Hhds per week with a continuous exertion from Monday morning to Saturday night and now we are limited in our right from the Laborer to 45 Hours for a week accompanied with so many interruptions that it becomes a matter of interest to consider how the work can be better accomplished - Should things remain quiet and orderly the remedy for getting over our difficulty about the Crop appears to furnish a Horizontal Sugar Mill and Steam Engine to make better weeks work to finish the Crop early and turn the Labour of the people to the cultivation of the

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