William, Thomas & Charles Cole

by Rosalind Boon 7 June 2018

I have a newspaper cutting from the Brighton Herald of 19/10/1833 which states that a schooner ‘Ranger’ was ‘lately launched at this place and will sail from London in a few days for the coast of Africa , and will take out Octavius Temple, Esq., the newly appointed Governor of Sierra Leone, vacant by the recall of Lieut.-Col. Finley. This ship will have on board a large quantity of merchandise for Mr. W. Cole, merchant, at Freetown, who has been 17 years in that Colony, and is well known here; as is also his brother Mr. T. Cole…… a younger brother, Mr. C. Cole, has lately arrived at Littlehampton…..’
My question is, have the Cole brothers left any trace in Brighton? I am hoping so, if they were well known in the town – William was a big time merchant in Freetown, so it is likely that he bought much of his cargo in Brighton. All were born in Deptford, but their father hailed from Littlehampton. Thank you all for your time, Ros

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