Frost family business records
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Extent8 linear feet (70 volumes, 1 carton, 4 boxes)
Records of George Frost, Sr., include accounts of voyages financed by his uncle William Pepperell to Europe before Frost came of age and joined Pepperell's counting house, and ledgers, daybooks, and letters related to operation of general stores in New London, Connecticut, and New Castle and Durham, New Hampshire; consignment sales in Newfoundland; shipping and shipbuilding; and mill operations and lumber trade. The volumes show import and sales of West Indies commodities like molasses, sugar, and rum, salt and indigo from Europe, and powder, shot, hardware, and dry goods from Great Britain. There are accounts of vessels owned by Frost, including the schooner Miriam and brigantine Postilion, and the schooner Flying Fish, which he commanded on voyages to the West Indies and Canada. Some accounts concern and spinning, weaving, and sewing done by women. The Frost family probably enslaved at least one man, and some accounts with customers or other merchants were balanced by labor of slaves. One account book indicates Frost was involved in the transport of an African boy to America in 1753. There are additionally references to the family's land investments in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and accounts of a farm Frost owned, as well as some records of legal fees associated with Frost's tenure as a justice.
George Frost, Jr.'s records include ledgers and daybooks for the Durham general store, where he carried on his father's business, as well as stores he opened in Barrington and Northwood, New Hampshire. Frost, Jr., sold general merchandise and lumber, and his accounts also show charges for his legal services as magistrate and management of the family's property in Chichester, New Hampshire.
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By: Brooke McManus
Preservation and description of 18th century material in the collection were supported by the Colonial North America at Harvard Library Project.
- Frost family. Frost family business records, 1727-1884: A Finding Aid
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