A wealthy early modern London merchant asked his agent to send him '2 or 3 apes' from Africa, but didn't write the 'r'. The order was interpreted as 203 apes, the first cargo of 80 of which arrived with the promise of more to come.
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"We took risks, we knew we took them; things have come out against us, and therefore we have no cause for complaint. "
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