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Augustine Heard & Company



Merchant family from Ipswich, Massachusetts, principally engaged in the China trade. Augustine Heard (1785-1868) established Augustine Heard and Company in 1840 and the business was carried on by four of his nephews. The firm's main office was at first in Canton; from 1857 in Hong Kong. Branch offices were established in treaty ports of China and Japan such as Foochow, Shanghai, and Yokohama. The firm finally wound up in bankruptcy in 1875.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Augustine Heard & Company invoices and receipts

Collection Identifier: Mss:766 1846, 1867-1875

The materials in this collection, nearly all invoices and receipts, provide insight into the daily business operations of Augustine Heard & Company in China between 1867 and 1875.

Benjamin Newton business records

Collection Identifier: Mss:766 1843-1864

The business records of China trader Captain Benjamin Newton includes financial records and correspondence detailing his business dealings, 1836-1864.

Papers concerning Franklin Blake and Augustine Heard & Co.

Collection Identifier: Mss:766 1844-1873 B636
Scope and Contents: The collection primarily consists of letters Franklin Blake sent to family members while working as an agent of Augustine Heard & Co. in Hong Kong and other Asian ports in the 1860s and 1870s. There are also several documents related to Augustine & Heard Co. that are not directly related to Franklin Blake. Also included is a small ferrotype of Blake taken by L.A. Richardson of Boston, Massachusetts. More detailed description of the materials can be...

Elizabeth Heard papers

Collection Identifier: Mss:766 1829-1864 H435

The Elizabeth Heard papers contain correspondence sent to her by her sons and brother-in-law Augustine Heard, while they were in China working for the family firm, Augustine Heard & Company.

Forbes family business records

Collection Identifier: Mss:766 1803-1942 F693

Business records of the Forbes family of Milton, Mass., commission merchants engaged in the China trade during the nineteenth century. Records include correspondence, financial material, and business papers relating to the China trade.

J. Howard Nichols papers

Collection Identifier: Mss:766 1856-1905

Personal and professional papers of China trader and textile manufacturing firm treasurer J. Howard Nichols, 1856-1905.

Ship Shirley and Bark Solomon accounts and logbook

Collection Identifier: Mss:733 1869-1877 S558
Scope and Contents:

Account book of the Ship Shirley on voyage between Hong Kong and San Francisco, California (1869), and account book and logbook of the Brig Solomon on various voyages between 1873 and 1877. Captain Henry W. Ferguson mastered both vessels.

Thomas Hunt & Company business records

Collection Identifier: Mss:761 1863-1869 H943

Correspondence and business records of Hong Kong, China based ship chandlery and commission merchant Thomas Hunt & Company.

William Appleton and Company records

Collection Identifier: Mss:766 1840-1889

The business records of Boston, Massachusetts shipping merchant William Appleton and Company and successor firm Samuel Hooper and Company, 1813-1889.