Request for advanced wages for Samuel Scranton to be paid to Sarah Jones by Samuel and William Vernon in Newport, Rhode Island. In turn, Scranton promises to contine work aboard the Othello until the debt is settled.
Receipt for wages paid to Samuel Scranton by Captain John Duncan of the Brig Othello. Includes deduction from wages for 12 gallons rum "taken up from 24th May to Feb'y 9th." On back, note dated March 21, 1771 verifying receipt of payment signed by Boyle Vandeleure of Barbados.