Connecticut Historical Society
The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of Appleton Meech, a merchant and sea captain of Preston, Connecticut. Included are a provision book from his Brig Constitution, travel journals of multiple voyages to South America and China, privateering instructions against Spanish shipping from William P. Ford of Buenos Aires, business correspondence, receipts, and bills of lading. A journal entry some time in May 1815 describes the town and native inhabitants of Wampoo, a village in China, written by a crew member of the Ship Stagg. Also includes legal documents, deeds and financial papers of James Munroe Meech, Benjamin, Joshua and Andrew Huntington, and sketches by Huntington Phelps Meech
Rhode Island Historical Society
Two-thirds of this collection is made up of documents and correspondence. These are generally concerned with privateering in the War of 1812, plantation operations, and politics. The bulk are letters addressed to James DeWolf (1764-1837) and his brother John DeWolf (1760-1841). Account books, cargo invoices, bills and receipts make up an unusually small part of this mercantile collection. The privateer Yankee is quite well-documented by eight account books and a log-book. Other financial records include a few slave invoices, plantation records, and bank shares
Rhode Island Historical Society
Correspondence, accounts, deeds, and ships records of Newport merchants Christopher Champlin, his brother George and son, Christopher Grant Champlin (U.S. Senator) -- Correspondents include trade partners John Coffin Jones (Boston), Abraham Redwood Ellery and local and national politicians. Ship records include accounts for supplying British ships, trade with Europe and the West Indies. Miscellaneous items include Narragansett deeds and depositions
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
The majority of the collection relates the Brig Yankee and its privateering activities during the War of 1812. Other vessels mentioned include: Schooner Alder, Andalusia, Brig Blockade, Carolina, Eliza, Francis, Sloop George, Brig Harriet, Juno, Brig Katie, Brig MacDonough, Man-of-war MacDonough, Brig Maria, Brig Matilda, Schooner Nelly, Rebecca, Shannon, Brig St. Jean Baptiste, Sloop Swallow, Brig Thomas, Brig Tiger, and Brig William. Includes checks and deposit slips with Manhattan Bank of Bristol. R.I. and New York, N.Y. and with the City Bank of New York. Includes a recipe for "bleaching by chemical process, 1815" by Gilbert Manson. Other items in this collection: letters, checks, receipts, bills, officer and crew lists, sailing orders, legal documents, commissions, indentures, clearance certificates
New-York Historical Society
Account books, ledgers, daybooks, invoices, and copies of commercial correspondence, 1758-1781, kept by merchant Charles Nicoll of New York City; including accounts for the wine selling firm of Nicoll Taylor & Co -- Individual volumes include account book, 1753-1760, kept at sporadic intervals and recording sales of cargo in Virginia, invoices of goods shipped to other ports, accounts of joint ventures kept with Alexander Allaire of Philadelphia, retails of shoes and leather, accounts for the fitting out of ships and privateer vessels, and purchases of prize ships. Invoice and letterbook, 1757-1765, contains invoices of sugar, rum, coffee, shoes, and other trade goods shipped to the West Indies, Virginia, Philadelphia, London, and Amsterdam, frequently at the joint risk of Nicoll and Allaire; along with copies of letters of instruction to the captains of the carrying vessels. Account book, 1758-1767, records ships and cargo sold at public vendue; including the prize ships Jason and ... Read More
New-York Historical Society
Typescript, probably created in the early twentieth century, from a 19th century transcription of a letterbook, 1778 March 5-1779 July 30, of Admiral John Paul Jones, to which has been added additional correspondents and extracts from letters and logbooks in the possession of the Naval History Society. Letters, principally written while Jones was engaged in operations in Brest, concern his movements, naval engagements, requests for money and supplies, disposition of captured vessels and prisoners, attempted capture of the Earl of Selkirk, care of the wounded, conditions on shipboard, and outbreaks of smallpox among his crew. Many of the letters additionally touch on Jones's desire for professional preferment and recognition for his accomplishments. Correspondents include: Edward Bancroft, Le Ray de Chaumont, Benjamin Franklin, James Moylan, John Ross, Antoine de Sartine, Jonathon Williams, and many others. Includes partial index
Atlantic County Historical Society
Genealogical materials on the Shaler, Spencer, Warner, Stow, and Whitbread families, including deeds, estate papers, maps, wills, birth, marriage, and death certificates, and Revolutionary War letters of marque -- Places represented include Gloucester County, N.J., and Hartford and Stratford, Conn
Library of Congress - National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
Shipping records and ships' papers, documenting whaling voyages and world wide trade, chiefly generated by masters of vessels owned by Peabody or in which he had interest, including captains William Johnson and Hiram Putnam; miscellaneous papers containing crew list of brig the Mexican after it had been sold to owners in Gloucester, Mass.; and other materials. Vessels represented include ships Bengal, Catherine, China, Cincinnatus, Eclipse, George, Naples, and Sumatra; brigs Dawn and Leander; and barks Cynthia (a non-Peabody vessel) and Sally. Of particular interest is the 1804 protest of the ship Cincinnatus reflecting its arrest by the British in 1803 during the war between Great Britain and France
Atlantic County Historical Society
Materials relating to privateering during the American Revolution out of Chestnut Neck and the Mullica River, N.J., and the battles of Chestnut Neck and Little Egg Harbor (1778) -- Includes research papers concerning dives for two sunken prize vessels which were named the "Bead" and "Cramer" wrecks (1974-1988); reports of Capt. Patrict Ferguson, leader of the British 70th and 5th Foot (Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) regiments, sent to Sir Henry Clinton (1778 Oct. 10 and 1778 Oct. 15); letter (1778 Oct. 9) from Commander Henry Colins (sometimes found as Collins) to Rear Adm. James Gambier; documents concerning the New Jersey Court of Admiralty; and pension applications of Davis Denike, David Denike, Zephaniah Steelman, Jeremiah Leeds, Zadoke Bowen, Samuel Sooy, and other American naval personnel. British and American vessels represented include the British sloop (flagship) Zebra; sloops Peggy, Marydunceo, Comet, Chance, Venus, and Lark; brigantine Speedwell, brig Recovery; and ... Read More
Maine Historical Society
McLellan family information, including correspondence, charts, and typescripts -- Includes postcard from Hugh D. McLellan (historian, Gorham, Me.) to Stephen Maybery (Mayberry?) of Cape Elizabeth (1876 Jan. 24); and information about privateering and Scottish Americans. Persons represented include Alexander McLellan, Mary Larrabee McLellan, and Edith McLellan Hale