Canada: The Fourteenth Colony,
THE relationships between Levy and Hart, and between Hart and Jacobs, and in general the attitudes of the merchants to one another, were not as peaceful as one might think. The obvious and logical fact was that all businessmen in a frontier civilization were very dependent on one another, particularly so the Jews. They were few in number, were frequently linked through marriage, had common problems and a common "guild" spirit, and, consequently, had no obvious choice but to hang together and help one another. This was true, but only to a limited extent.
Business rivalries and personal affronts, real or imagined, tended to magnify and make bitter the difficulties in personal relations. The result was that quarreling was common, litigation frequent, and mutual hatreds were quick to flare up, even among the dozen or more Jewish merchants.
In the above letter to Hart, dated November 14, 1761, Jacobs courteously and graciously informed Hart at Three