Robert Archer

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Robert Archer
Person Robert Archer
First name Robert
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Last name Archer
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Occupation Grocer
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Res parish Saint Olave Old Jewry
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1613
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/72 f.354v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Jun 23 1658
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Robert Archer, a forty-five year old Grocer of Saint Olave Old Jury, London, deposed in the High Court of Admiralty in June 1658. He was examined upon a libel in the case of "Benjamin Ballenger against Kate and others".

His deposition concerned the weight of hogsheads of sugar brought from Barbados at the end of the year 1656. He contrasted net and gross weights, stating that a hogshead of sugar without the hogshead at that time and from that place weighed about four and a quarter hundred weight, and that the sugar and the hogshead together weighed about five hundred tons. He stated that Muscavado sugar from Barbados "unpurged and before excise payd" could be sold in London in April and May 1657 for thirty-seven shillings per hundred weight.[1]

His expertise was the result of "being a Grocer by trade" and "now trading cheifly in sugars in London", which he had done for the last ten years. He referred to his account books to confirm the prices and weights of the sugars in his testimony.

Robert Latham (1983) has an entry for the Archer family of Bourn near Cambridge in the companion volume to the complete edition of Samuel Pepys' diaries. He identifies "The fair Betty" Archer from this family, who was admired by Pepys in his undergraduate days. He states that her sister Mary ("said to be worth £1000") married Clement Sankey, ex-Fellow of Magdalene, in 1669. He further states that their uncle lived in the Old Jewry and "was possibly Robert Archer, citizen and grocer, of that street, who occurs in a will of 1659."[2]

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  1. HCA 13/72 f.354v
  2. Robert Latham, The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Companion (Berkeley, Los Angeles (1983), p.10, viewed 27/07/2016