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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:761 1843-1863 M849

S. Griffitts Morgan business records


Ships' papers, correspondence and financial and legal records pertaining to commission merchant S. Griffitts Morgan of New Bedford, Mass., 1841-1865.


  • 1841-1865


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


7 linear feet (19 volumes, 10 boxes)

The S. Griffitts Morgan business records consist of financial and legal records, correspondence and ships' papers relating to the business activities Samuel Griffitts Morgan. The financial and legal papers contain bills, receipts, account records, sales, and invoices relating to the purchase, shipment and sale of goods and commodities. The correspondence includes both personal and professional letters sent to and from Morgan. Much of the business correspondence deals with the shipment of goods, economic news and the purchase and sale of goods. The ships' papers contain bills of lading, receipts, account records, invoices and bills for all goods and materials related to specific ships that Morgan was supercargo of.

Also included are a number of personal letters written to Morgan in San Francisco by female family members [in Philadelphia], including his mother, H. G. Morgan, his sisters Rebecca, Helen, and Ann, and his sister-in-law, Heloise. The topics of the letters include family news, financial situations, and family squabbles.

Letters from his mother discuss her feelings about slavery and abolition, as well as their work to support the Union in the Civil War, especially by making socks for the soldiers.

Biographical Note:

Samuel Griffitts Morgan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1816. He moved to New Bedford where he worked as a clerk in the office of his uncle, Charles Waln Morgan. He later was partner in the firm Pope & Morgan a commission business based out of New Bedford. In 1849 he was sent by commission merchant Thomas Hathaway on the ship John Jay to San Francisco as supercargo. In San Francisco he established the firm Morgan & Hathaway. Grinnell, Minturn & Co. of New York were the largest consignors of Morgan and Hathaway. Morgan conducted business with Nye, Perkins & Company of Canton, China and firms in Valparaiso, Chile for whale oil, turpentine and other commodities. Morgan returned to New Bedford and died in 1893.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  1. Series I. Financial and legal records, 1841-1861
  2. Series II. Correspondence, 1849-1865
  3. Series III. Ships' papers, 1849-1854

Physical Location



Gift of Mrs. R. H. Morgan, 1928.

Morgan, S. Griffitts, 1816-1893. S. Griffitts Morgan Business Records, 1841-1865
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Repository Details

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