New England, 1779-1791
ABOUT a year and a half before the DePass letter, Lopez received a note from another friend, Captain Joseph Anthony. Since 1770, and possibly earlier, the Captain, who commanded his own sloop, had been in constant touch with him. Engaged primarily in the coast run between Newport and Philadelphia, Anthony served as one of the merchant's agents in the latter city. He would send Lopez a sort of newsletter quoting prices of commodities, which he would thereafter transport to Newport in his own sloop.
Both Lopez and Anthony were among those who fled from Newport upon the British occupation. Anthony went to Exeter Township, in one of the eastern Pennsylvania counties, where he scrabbled for a living on a small farm. Learning from a mutual friend, Mr. Josiah Hewes, a Philadelphia merchant, that Lopez was in that city, he wrote him, on January 27, 1779, begging for news of his old friends of Newport.
He was particularly eager to hear from Lopez because