Posted by Dutch Trader on September 18, 1998 at 12:38:27:
In Reply to: Re: Salty Tongued One posted by E. Lane on September 17, 1998 at 21:10:07:
: Greetings Dutch Sailor, I mean, Trader ...
: Salt on everything, you say? Not at all. I am trying to see this in a positive light. However, my long time Trading Partner from across the SALTY SEA starts sending dispatches to other traders in regards to goods intended for me, then says "you'll get yours", and I am to shrug this off as merely friendly relations and good commerce practice? Ah, Dutchie of the Salty Sea, but I am no fool! Whatever is offered elsewhere is less for me, no? And I must wait as if I am merely a common citizen to boot? Something is amiss ....
: And how is it your YOUNGER trading acquaintances have successfully managed to get you to do their bidding? Are you losing sight of your duty? Have you no will? Or have they got the GOODS on you? Could this be extortion? Blackmail? Does make one wonder ...
: However, in honor of our long time arrangement, and dare I say, friendship, I'll allow you time to make good your word. If the Delftware and the Chocolat arrive at port before the harvest moon (or is it Halve Maan?), then I'll question your intentions and dealings no more. If my ship does not come in, well ... we may have real trouble in the colony.
: By the way, I overheard your public exchange with that charlatan soothsayer, Mdme. Claire Voyant. I don't believe the wench has ever heard of a Dutch Oven. If she had, she wouldn't have tried that pear & partridge pie scam on you. (I think she was plagiarizing from the King's four and twenty blackbirds pie.)
: I too look forward to the continuation of our booming Trade agreement. The Mohicanland citizenry are getting low on their supplies and will be wanting necessaries.
: E. Lane
How did we get to this? I meekly apologize for creating all these wrong impressions here. Naturally, I will handle your goods with the utmost urgency and priority. Expect your ship to sail in shortly. Not only it will bring you chocolates and Delftware, but i've also added a supply of clay pipes and tobacco. On the house of course! Can we still smoke the peace pipe? This agreement is too good to let go.
Oh, and can you inform our northern partner, the Canadian Trader, that so called sightseeing Sassy aka Mme. Clair Voyant is waiting for an answer? Maybe she has never seen a Dutch Oven, but she sure is loaded. CT must take advantage of that. There will be something in it for me... for us I mean!
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