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 7 Collections and/or Records:
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.
Overview: The business records of China trader Captain Benjamin Newton includes financial records and correspondence detailing his business dealings, 1836-1864.
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.
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.
Overview: Personal and professional papers of China trader and textile manufacturing firm treasurer J. Howard Nichols, 1856-1905.
Overview: Correspondence and business records of Hong Kong, China based ship chandlery and commission merchant Thomas Hunt & Company.
Overview: The business records of Boston, Massachusetts shipping merchant William Appleton and Company and successor firm Samuel Hooper and Company, 1813-1889.