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Augustine Heard & Company

 Organization

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 7 Collections and/or Records:

Augustine Heard & Company invoices and receipts

Collection Identifier: Mss:766 1846, 1867-1875
Overview: 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
Overview: The business records of China trader Captain Benjamin Newton includes financial records and correspondence detailing his business dealings, 1836-1864.

Elizabeth Heard papers

Collection Identifier: Mss:766 1829-1864 H435
Overview: 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
Overview: 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
Overview: Personal and professional papers of China trader and textile manufacturing firm treasurer J. Howard Nichols, 1856-1905.

Thomas Hunt & Company business records

Collection Identifier: Mss:761 1863-1869 H943
Overview: 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
Overview: The business records of Boston, Massachusetts shipping merchant William Appleton and Company and successor firm Samuel Hooper and Company, 1813-1889.