Letter: John Thomas, 1 Bute Buildings, Docks, Cardiff to Captain Jones

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      GB 221 WDC/1/3/7/5/86
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      GB 221 WDC/521
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      [1887 May]
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LETTER: John Thomas, 1 Bute Buildings, Docks, Cardiff to Captain Jones. He notes contents of his letter. (entry 517) Firstly he explains why he insisted upon having the men tried by Naval Court. In his opinion paying their wages etc. and liberating them would be no satisfaction after the way they had conducted themselves, and it would encourage the others to do the same. Secondly an explanation about the 40 milreis for assisting in getting the ballast on board. The account shows 61.250 for discharging and taking in ballast. The two men were taken to the prison on 30th January and from that date up to February 13 whenever a lighter would come alongside he had to engage men at 2 ½ milreis each per day. There were 80 tons of coal in the ship when they commenced taking in ballast. One morning at 6 a.m. a lighter came alongside for coals. He went on shore to hire two men as the consignees office was not open at that hour. He went to the ship's chandler and asked him to get two men which he did and paid them and charged same in ship's account. It was the mate's mistake in not entering them in the Log Book. Thirdly re. the stevedore charge, which in Captain Jones's opinion was too high. He refers Captain Jones to the stevedore's a/c at the time he himself was at Brazil and at Pernambuco in the "Lord Tredegar" loading sugar. Any Ship Master who has been at Natal would agree that what was paid was the usual charge, and the usual charge for taking the ballast away is one milreis per ton and neverless. Regarding Captain Jones's request for the voucher for Naval Court. The Consul refused to give one and refused to give up the ship's papers until he paid, but the Consul entered the statement and cost of court in the Official Log Book. He can get a voucher for the £15.16s.8d. by applying to the Board of Trade but would probably have to pay for it and by the tone of Captain Jones's letter he gathers that Captain Jones feels he (Captain Thomas) deserves to have to pay for it. He does not wish to pay for the vouchers as he feels it has cost him enough in the past 5 months. He encloses bill of lading, crews a/c and stevedore's a/c at Guarapes. Captain Jones will see by the a/c that two men were hired. He intends leaving Cardiff on Wednesday for Pembrokeshire to stay with his father for a week or two as he is not well. He trusts he will receive a reply to this letter as soon as possible.

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