The wholesale grocer George Crosfield of Liverpool responds to a retail customer who’s complained of short measure by suggesting that some may have gone missing in transit:-
Respected Friend Mr Thomas,
We have received thy favour with Bill amount fifty-five pounds and are much obliged. The Rice and Sugar was correctly weighed when it left our warehouse as our Clerk can certify and no mistake because it agreed with the weight charged us (ie for carriage).
It might be that there was not sufficient allowance for the crafty Carter.
Sugar market is steady.
Yours respectfully, Geo Crosfield