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ITEM — Box: 26, Folder: 14 Identifier: Mss:766 1694-1960 File

Foreign marketing, 1694-1800 Digital

Scope and Contents

Contains assorted accounts and correspondence of merchants engaged in shipping and foreign trade, dated 1694 to 1800. Included are a 1694 fragment of an account book of an unidentified Boston merchant; 1747 receipt in Marblehead from Nicholas Bartlett, master of the schooner Eagle, for fish received from Ebenezer Stacey, which he would sell in Barbados; and a 1783 account current of Jonas Hartwell and Moses Brown of Beverly, Massachusetts, with charges to Hartwell mainly for trucking and freighting goods in Boston, Newbury, and Sudbury. Also includes a number of undated, unidentified accounts against various tradesmen, merchants, politicians, and ships such as Governor Thomas Cushing (1725-1788), John Chipman, of Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, shipwright Moses Tyler, John Winthrop, Caleb Coffin and Tristram Coffin of Nantucket, the brig Harrison, Mary Billings of Falmouth, and the Plymouth Company.

There are letters from Charles Wheeler in Nevis to an unknown recipient about his order to Boston tanner Henry Bridgham to deliver the net proceeds of sugar and purchasing horses; from Dr. Nathaniel Coffin of Boston to merchant Samuel Avery of Groton about the arrival of Captain Daniel Brown with molasses on the account of Joseph Marchand; and from John Paine to Captain George D. Smouse in Boston in 1800 about remittance and molasses trade. Smouse also notes the arrival of a schooner in Wiscasset on which “all hands had been down with the smallpox,” and were quarantined on the vessel “at the vineyard 10 days.”

Also contains a 1729 decree of the Lord Mayor of London, England, related to the debts of Giles Dulake of Tidmarsh and Samuel Appleton of Boston to John Everett and Thompson Hayne of London, and an invoice of goods shipped to Tidmarsh and Appleton.


  • 1694-1800

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Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information regarding access procedures.


.25 linear feet

Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

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