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Order books of Russell & Co, 1872-1880. V. 3 contains small orders and letters from persons in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Hankow, Yokohama, and Amoy regarding orders for dinner sets, satin bed spreads to be embroidered in colors, black wood curio stands, and oil paintings, among other things.
Box 26a contains unbound papers including financial material, agreements, deeds, leases, legal claims, and reports. Financial material includes accounts current, promissory notes, insurance, invoices, bills, receipts, bills of lading, freight lists, and orders. Legal material includes claims, contracts, deeds, leases, certificates of inspection, and powers of attorney. Box 26b contains unbound papers includes sales accounts, orders, correspondence, petitions, and material pertaining to the steamers White Cloud, Williamette, and Eureka.
Another American firm, with ties to Boston, operating in China at the time, Russell, Sturgis, & Company, a branch of Russell & Sturgis of Manila, was headed by Warren Delano and Russell Sturgis, later head of the London banking firm Baring, Brothers. The Chinese business affairs of Russell & Sturgis (Russell, Sturgis & Co.) were looked after by John Perkins Cushing. After Cushing departed China, Robert Bennet Forbes, then partner in Russell & Company, coordinated a merger between the Canton branch of Russell & Sturgis and Russell & Co. with Delano becoming a partner in the later in 1840. Russell & Co. continued to trade in silk, tea, porcelain, and to lesser degree opium for the 19th century until it's dissolution in 1891. Many well known China traders worked for or were partners in Russell & Co. including multiple generational members of the Sturgis and Forbes families.
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