The Ranger returned in August to offload sugar, molasses, and salt before taking on a return cargo of dried cod, timber, furniture, and candles.
Handing Richard his share of the profits, Captain Hodges asked, “How would you like to see a bit more of the world?”
“What are you thinking?”
“After your Mary has the child, I propose sending you and the Ranger to Cadiz. No reason we can’t get salt from the source. You’ll sail out with the best quality cod fish and come back with oranges and handkerchiefs. What do you say?”
Richard’s smile was so broad, he could hardly speak. With the profits from his personal adventure cargo, he could save to go into business for himself. Richard reached out his hand. “We have a deal, sir.”
Mary, however, was less enthusiastic about the agreement.
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