The Tea Trade

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Posted by E Lane on September 11, 1998 at 06:52:13:

: That's better. Perhaps your tactic can be explained by that new fad in the colonies ...
democracy? If so, best you learn quickly that democracy has NO place in Mohicanland. We
Traders know well the dangers of allowing too much freedom to the masses.

: As for the sleepy townsfolk of Mohicanland; they stay as they lay. While the citizenry is
lulled into a false sense of security and la la land, we can carry out our schemes (which ARE
in the best interest of all concerned ... namely myself, the Dutch Trader, the French Trader,
the Canadian Trader , and MAYBE, the English Trader?).

: Now, do you have fine English Black Tea?

: Sincerely,

: E. Lane

Tea -- ah, that gift of the gods, that most wond'rous herb from which springs that wond'rous
beverage. Do I have tea? Is our soveriegn King the second of his name? I have tea, but
moreover, I can bring back from Angletaire any tea of your choice: Pekoe, Ceylon,
Darjeeling, Earl Grey (who hasn't even been born yet), you name it, I can get it! I will soon
be trading with those fine purveyors, Messrs. Forntum and Mason.

As for the best interests of Mohicanland, I seek nothing but to embrace Mohicanites
everywhere (some more than others...). Although, those Frenchies can't be trusted, and I
should be remiss if I didn't warn one and all to beware the French Trader.

I am your humble servant,
English Trader

Dear English Trader,

You may pay homage to your sovereign, His Majesty King Georgie II, to your heart's content. All I want is his tea. What is a colony without a good supply of English tea? Ceylon, Pekoe, ... any of the fine black teas will do. But who is this Earl Grey who stamps his title upon our beverage before his time? No, send him to the tower, along with his tea.

Do hurry. We've heard ugly rumours that King Georgie has gone mad and wishes to levy a heavy tax upon our goods!

As for my reputable colleague, the French Trader, it will do well to remind you that St. Luc de la Corne has been known to trade within the English colonies and Robert Rogers, before his career as a Ranger, has dallied in a bit of trading with the French colonists as well. Currency is curency, after all.

Let us know quickly when we can expect the ship that bears our tea.

E. Lane

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