I guess I have something of an answer to my question of how good of an agent Mabbott was. I found another letter with no news, just an update on the response to one of Hull’s petitions. It sounded fairly positive; Hull was getting some extra security for its shipping.
More fighting with the Dutch, news about fighting on the continent, and the expedition to Jamaica. I kind of wish I was actually doing something on any of these. I’m almost done with the newsletters, though. 19 more photos to look over. I’m not expecting any huge revelations, but I think this has been worthwhile. I can at least prove that Mabbott had access to the Commons’ Journal, and I can talk about some of his work as an agent. He seems to have been something of a professional at that.
I just found another bit of evidence that I’m pleased with (unrelated to the above newsletters). A newsletter that Mabbott most likely received was partially reprinted in the Moderate. It’s not a smoking gun, but it is another piece of evidence to show Mabbott’s hand in the newsbook. Now I should check to see if it is in the Perfect Diurnall. But that will have to wait for tomorrow; it’s time for bed.