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Edward Wigglesworth business records

Collection Identifier: Mss:766 1758-1765 W676

Edward Wigglesworth was a commission merchant in partnership with William Blair Townsend in Boston before his appointment as the second Hollis Chair of Divinity at Harvard College in 1765. The Edward Wigglesworth business records, dated 1758-1773, consist of two daybooks and a ledger containing general store and commission sales and expenses related to the business of Townsend & Wigglesworth.

William Blair Townsend letter and receipt books

Collection Identifier: Mss:766 1743-1805 T752
Scope and Contents: The collection consists of two volumes, which date from 1743 to 1805, spanning his whole career as a merchant. Volume one is a letter book containing Townsend's business correspondence from November 23, 1743 to December 12, 1774. Most of the letters were written to American (many in North Carolina) and British (predominately in London) merchants. His earliest letters document his efforts to establish himself as a trader. Over time his letters turn to illustrate the common problems faced by...