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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:301 1650-1685 L989

Records of the iron works at Lynn, Mass.

Legal records, 1650 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains a list of evidence in the lawsuit between the Undertakers of the Iron Works in New England and agent John Gifford, including attachments on his property, a bond of John Saunders to Philip Read for court costs, and articles of agreement between Gifford and the Undertakers for him to manage the iron works, dated 1650.

Previously labeled pages 1-19.

Correspondence, and legal and financial records, 1650-1651 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains correspondence and records, dated 1650-1651, including a letter from iron works investors John Becx, William Hickocke, and Joshua Foote to Henry Webb and William Tyng, informing them John Gifford was to replace Richard Leader as managing agent at the iron works, an account of bar iron sold by William Shelbye to individuals and shipped to London, and a deed from John Knowles to John Becx and Co. for about 20 acres of land in Lynn.

Previously labeled pages 21-35.

Correspondence, 1652 Digital

Scope and Contents Copy of correspondence to John Gifford, dated 1652, from Nicholas Bond, John Becx, and other investors in the iron works, with instructions for operating the factory. The letter references allowances of food and clothing, and debt of indentured workers, procurement of coal, and accounting for production and sales of iron. They also write about Gifford's absenteeism, during which time a fire broke out at the factory, and the appointment of commissioners -- Robert Bridges, Joshua Foote, William...

Accounts current, 1652 Digital

Scope and Contents Accounts current of the iron works, dated 1652, containing disbursements of the forge, slitting mill, and bog mine; hire of indentured Scottish workers; expenses related to cutting wood; and bar iron sold to Samuel Bennett, William Brown, blacksmith and inventor Joseph Jenckes, Sr. (baptized 1599-1683), and others.

Previously labeled pages 57-72.

Accounts current, 1651-1652 Digital

Scope and Contents Accounts of bar iron sold to Massachusetts Bay Colony Governor John Endecott (1588?-1665), Henry Webb, Samuel Bennett, Andrew Mansfield, and Salem merchant George Corwin, among others, and accounts current of the iron works, dated 1651-1652. Includes company disbursements like supplies, materials, and provisions for Scottish indentured workers, and hiring general labor, masons, and men to work the furnace and mine. There are also accounts of bar iron sent to the forge, furnace, and slitting...

Accounts current, 1651-1652 Digital

Scope and Contents Accounts current of the iron works, showing operational expenses and payments, accounts related to the slitting mill and the forge, and bar iron sold, dated 1651-1652.

Previously labeled pages 93-108.

Accounts current, 1651-1652 Digital

Scope and Contents Accounts current of the iron works, showing operational expenses and payments, dated 1651-1652. Includes accounts of laborers and suppliers, bogg mine and rock mine accounts, court expenses in Salem, and food for Scottish indentured workers. A number of entries relate to carting and wharfage of boards, and purchasing and sawing wood: Lynn carpenter John Tarbox (died 1674) earned wages for 94 days of work, and two Native American men, Anthonie and Thomas, were paid for providing or cutting 39...

Accounts current, 1653 Digital

Scope and Contents Accounts current of the iron works, showing operational expenses and payments at Braintree and Lynn, dated 1653. Includes accounts for wages of workers, and medicines for Scottish indentured servants, some of which were purchased from Goody Burt, who was later accused of witchcraft in 1669. There are also farm accounts, lists of debts, and accounts of bar iron sold. Blacksmith Samuel Harte was paid for use of his tools, over a year of work, and for teaching his trade to John Clarke, a Scottish...

Accounts current, 1653 Digital

Scope and Contents Accounts current of the iron works, showing operational expenses and payments at Braintree and Lynn, dated 1653, including carting iron and other labor such as work done on house windows by a Salem glazier, and cutting firewood, as well as court costs in the lawsuit between the Undertakers of the Iron Works and John Gifford, forge accounts, and medical expenses in Boston for sick Scottish workers.

Previously labeled pages 181-216.

Legal and financial records, 1653 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains accounts and legal records, dated 1653. There is an account of Francis Perry copied from John Gifford's journal, for varied labor performed by Perry and his sons; Perry later sued John Becx and Co. and John Gifford for unpaid wages. Also includes court documents related to the lawsuit between the Undertakers of the Iron Works and John Gifford, such as a petition to the Massachusetts General Court by Robert Bridges, Henry Webb, and Joshua Foote, on behalf of the iron works, to present...