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Alan4discussion's Avatar Jump to comment 14 by Alan4discussion

Comment 13 by CEVA34

There were 2 points to my comment:-

  • There are probably maritime and trade records of names of ships, cargoes, and the dates they docked in various ports.

  • Voyage lengths varied considerably seasonally and according to weather.

  • Therefore it is probably possible to check which specific ships started at a port near Wallace and when they docked in England. There may also be some record of which ship carried the letter or any accompanying materials. There could be an absence of ships on that route at specific times. These would be the obvious things to check.

    As long as the trade is uninterrupted, the time an individual ship takes doesn't matter.

    Actually it does. If the voyage took - X months from the date on the letter, that would be specific evidence.

    Sat, 10 Mar 2012 14:10:12 UTC | #925877