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Charles W. Morgan Collection, 1796-1862



Correspondence, 1796-1861

Box Folder
1 1 Deeds executed at New Bedford, Mass and Newport, RI, 1798-1832
2 Deeds and Quit claims for properties in New Bedford, 1830-1832
3 General Business Papers, including indentures for seamen on Ship EMILY MORGAN, and deeds to land, 1833
4 Receipts for payment of loans and insurance premiums, also promissory notes and duty bonds for goods shipped to New Bedford, 1834 Jan - Apr
5 Promissory notes and payment receipts, 1834 May - Dec
6 General business papers including certificates for Charles W. Morgan as life member of American Seamen's Friend Society, receipts for payment of loans, deed for pew in Meeting House, bond for forming a company to purchase government lands and other Midwestern real estate, 1835-1836
7 Bonds of Indemnity for assault and battery of John McCraken to Ephraim Harding and George Dexter while on board Ship CONDOR, receipts for debt payments, agreement to pay William W. Swain two dollars per lamp per year for contract with government for supplying oil for lighthouses, and miscellaneous receipts, 1837-1838
8 Receipts for stock purchases and notes paid, 1839-1840
9 Receipts for insurance, notes, etc, 1841
10 Lease agreements on store rentals, notes for loans, protest against Fulton Bank for payments due and other general receipts, 1842
11 Receipts for insurance premiums, notes and stocks purchased, 1843-1844
12 Notes for loans, receipts and insurance policy, and papers concerning sale of Ship MAGNOLIA, 1845
13 Receipts, life insurance policies and a deed to a cemetery lot, 1846-1847
14 Financial statements; notes due and paid, value of real estate, ship's inventory, stock, ship's cargo. Morgan states that he is over extended in business, thus damaging his credit, 1848 Jan
15 Articles of Agreement with Banks for loans, and payment receipts. Morgan is using properties and vessels as collateral for bank loans, 1848
16 Insurance policies on factory, whale oil manufacture and bleaching house, cooperage, and barn. Also contains Morgan's account of a trip to Pennsylvania to visit his iron works, 1848 Mar - Dec
17 Receipts for money received from Eagle Bank, 1842 Mar 7 - Jul 6
18 Letters, from C.W. Morgan to his friend, partner, and fellow Quaker, William Logan Fisher relating to business and personal matters, 1822-1824
Box Folder
2 1 Bank releases of C.W. Morgan's land upon completion of mortgage payments, also a lease to Charles H. Leaonard for oil and candle works, yards, sheds, etc., called the "Marsh Works," and receipts, 1849-1850
2 Receipts, deeds, etc., 1851-1853
3 Insurance policies, stock certificates, and an estate settlement for which Charles W. Morgan was administrator, 1854-1858
4 Bills of Lading for sperm oil shipped from Australia and other places to New Bedford, 1859-1860
5 Estate papers; Charles W. Morgan and Elizabeth Rodman, 1861-1872 and undated
6 Insurance policies, on the Ships ABIGAIL, CONDOR, HECTOR, PIONEER, RUSSELL, THOMAS DICKERSON, and WAREHAM, and the Barks PIONEER, and RUSSELL, and the Brig CHARLSETON PACKET, 1831-1856
7 Bills of sale, Ship ABIGAIL; Brig AGATE, Bark Benezet, and Bark BALTIC, 1834-1856
8 Bills of sale, Schooner CATHERINE, Ship CHARLES, Ship CHARLES W. MORGAN, Brig CLARICE, Bark CLARICE, Ship CONDOR, Sloop CORINTHIAN, 1833-1837
9 Bills of sale, Ship EMILY MORGAN, Ship FENELON, Ship FRANCES HENRIETTA, HAYWARD P. CUSHING, Ship HECTOR, Ship HERCULES, Ship HESPER, 1825-1856
10 Bills of sale, Schooner JASON, Schooner JANE, Bark LEWIS, Ship MAGNOLIA, Schooner MASSACHUSETTS, Ship MASSACHUSETTS, Ship MILWOOD, Schooner NAPOLEON, Bark OSPREY, Schooner ONECO, 1820-1849
11 Bills of sale, Brig PARTHIAN, Brig PIONEER, Bark PIONEER, Propeller POTOMCHA, Bark PRESIDENT, Brigantine PRESIDENT, Schooner REGULATOR, Ship RODMAN, ship ROSCOE, 1823-1842
12 Bills of sale, Brig TROY, Propeller WAMSUTTA, Ship WAREHAM, Schooner WILLIAM BROWN, Ship WINSLOW, Bark WINSLOW, 1820-1854
13 Plots of land in New Bedford and Fall River, Massachusetts and descriptions of land owned in Williams County, Ohio and Eaton, Monroe and Hillsdale Counties in Michigan, undated
Box Folder
3 1 Bill of Sale for Land sold to Charles W. Morgan and tax receipts, 1840-1843
2 Tax receipts for Western Lands, 1844-1845
3 Tax receipts and letters regarding buying and selling of western properties, 1846-1847
4 Advice by appraiser and agents on purchase and use of western properties, also tax receipts, 1848
5 Recommendations by George G. Pope to Morgan to sell some of his Western properties due to the fact that many prospective buyers were going instead to California, undated
6 Letters regarding the building of a saw mill in St. Joseph's, Michigan, 1850 Jan - Jun
7 Papers relating to Western Land, 1850 Jul - Dec
8 Deeds for land in St. Joseph's County, Michigan, 1851 Jan- Feb
9 Receipts for labor an sawmill at St. Joseph's Hillsdale County, Michigan, 1851 Mar
10 Receipts for labor an sawmill at St. Joseph's, Hillsdale County, Michigan, 1851 Apr 1 - Apr 15
11 Tax receipts and receipts for labor on sawmill at St. Joseph's Hillsdale County, Michigan. Morgan sells some properties, 1851 Apr 16 - Apr 30
12 Papers regarding St. Joseph's, Michigan, sawmill, 1851 May
13 Papers regarding St. Joseph's, Michigan, sawmill, 1851 Jun 1 - Jun 24
14 Papers regarding St. Joseph's, Michigan, sawmill, 1851 Jun 25 - Jun 30
15 Papers regarding St. Joseph's, Michigan, sawmill and tax receipts for other properties owned by Morgan, 1851 Jul - Dec
16 Papers and correspondence regarding problems with St. Joseph's Mill dam due to flooding, 1852 Jan - Jun
17 Papers concerning St. Joseph's Mill property and decision made by Morgan to sell, 1852 Jul - Sep
18 Papers regarding problems at saw mill, now called Morganville Mills; dam keeps breaking, 1852 Oct - Dec
Box Folder
4 1 Papers relating to Western Lands; including correspondence from and regarding Richard W. Drinker who has offered to act as agent for New Bedford businessmen owning property in Michigan and Ohio. The Morganville Mill property is put up for sale, 1853
2 Papers relating to Western Lands, letter that mentions the death of Morgan's brother Thomas W. Morgan, 1854
3 Letters and papers regarding general business at various mills in Morgan's western properties. Work proceeding on gristmill at Morganville, the saw mill is now running well, 1855
4 Sale of property at Bridgewater, Williams Co, Ohio and Fall River, MA., 1856-1864
5 Paper relating to Wareham Iron Works, 1838-1839
6 Papers relating to Duncannon Iron Company, PA, 1837-1849
7 Papers relating to Duncannon Iron Company, PA, including a statement of assets and liabilites, 1850-1864
8 Papers relating to Acushnet Paper Mill, Fall River, MA and deeds and insurance policies for properties in New Bedford, MA., 1837-1864
9 Papers relating to William Coffin Estate, 1829-1833
10 Papers relating to William Coffin Estate, 1834
11 Papers relating to William Coffin Estate, including claims against the estate, 1835
12 Papers relating to William Coffin Estate, 1836 and undated
13 Papers relating to Estate of Lewis D. and Catherine Dixson, contains inventory of household articles, 1847-1852
14 Papers relating to Benjamin Rodman Estate, contains list of liabilities against estate, 1827-1833
15 Papers relating to Benjamin Rodman Estate, 1834
16 Papers relating to Benjamin Rodman Estate, 1835-1846
17 Various vessel accounts with William G.E. Pope, 1848-1861
18 Scattered papers, including a letter concerning slavery and a petition to Congress regarding whaling, 1833-1861
19 Personal letters to C.W. Morgan, mentions sister Rebecca's death, Schooner JANE, and Ships MAGNOLIA and RODMAN, 1833-1851
20 Personal letters, C.W. Morgan to his wife Sarah Rodman Morgan. One letter gives an account of the death of Thomas W. Morgan (Charles W. Morgan's brother,) and the other family news. Mentions made of Ships ABIGAIL, MAGNOLIA, and HECTOR, 1840-1858
21 Personal letters from Sarah Rodman Morgan to C.W. Morgan regarding news of family and friends. Mentions Ships CHARLES W. MORGAN, ABIGAIL, and MARY ANN, 1840-1856
22 First letter is undated but written to Sarah when she was seventeen. Includes a printed copy of an article by Alfred Rodman Hussey about the life of Charles W. Morgan, and several letters of condolence on the death of Isabel;,Sarah and Charles W. Morgan's daughter, 1810-1866
23 Letters to and from Samuel Rodman Morgan, 1819-1852

Volumes, 1817-1862

Volume
1 Diary, 1818 Nov 1 - 1819 Jan 24
2 Diary, 1841 Jan 1 - Dec 31
3 Diary, 1848 Oct 8 - 1850 Feb 23
4 Diary, 1850 Feb 24 - 1851 Jun 7
5 Diary, 1851 Jun 8 - 1852 Nov 27
6 Diary, 1852 Nov 28 - 1854 Jan 21
7 Diary, 1854 Jan 22 - 1855 Aug 4
8 Diary, 1855 Aug 5 - 1857 Mar 31
9 Diary, 1858 Jul 11 - 1859 Nov 13
10 Diary, entries between February 5 and April 7 written by his wife, 1859 Nov 14 -1861 Apr 7
11 Letter copybook, regarding supplying oil to lighthouses, 1833 Mar 16 - 1838 Mar 30
12 Letter copybook, regarding supplying oil to lighthouses, 1838 Mar 30 - 1840 Nov 10
13 Letterpress copybook copybook, 1852 Nov 1 -1853 Dec 26
14 Letterpress copybook, 1853 Dec 26 - 1855 Jan 16
15 Letterpress copybook, 1855 Jan 16 - 1856 Dec 31
16 Letterpress copybook (letter of request to by the MORGAN back in this copybook), 1857 Jan 1 - 1858 Jan
17 Letterpress copybook, 1858 Feb 1 - Oct 4
18 Letterpress copybook, 1858 Oct 5 - 1859 Dec 13
19 Cashbook, 1842 Dec 1 - 1846 Jul 30
20 Cashbook, 1846 Aug 1 - 1851 May 31
21 Cashbook, entries similar but totals different than in Vol 20, 1848 Aug 1 - Dec 16, 1850 Apr 16 - 1851 May 28
22 Cashbook, 1851 Jun 1 - 1856 Feb 29
23 Cashbook, 1856 Mar 1 - 1861 Apr 6
24 Waste book, 1842 Dec 31 - 1850 Nov 30
25 Waste book, 1858 May 3 - 1862 Apr 4
26 Ship outfits, cargos, and crew list book, 1836-1843
27 Ship outfits, cargos, and crew list book, 1843-1853
28 Invoice copybook, outward bound vessels, 1843-1861
29 Memorandum Book of whale oil received and shipped, 1852-1854
30 Memorandum and petty cash book; many accounts with H.H. Barrow & Son and records of th sale of Candle Paper, 1848-1858
31 Memorandum and petty cash book, accounts with Fisher, Morgan & Co. and H.H. Barrow and Son, 1858-1861
32 Receipt Book, 1854 Jul 7 - 1861 Mar 14
33 Notes and bills receivable and payable, 1847-1858
34 Crew account book, Ship RODMAN, 1851-1855
35 Journal, 1842 Apr 5 - 1848 Mar 31
36 Account book, 1848 Apr 1 - 1862 Apr 4
37 Ledger, 1842-1851
38 Ledger, 1848-1861
39 Diary (3 vol.), 1817 Nov 30 - 1818 Feb 17
40 Small diary of miscellaneous nots and information, 1851 May - 1852 May
41 Small diary on the first half of a business trip to northern New York (see letter copybook, vol 11, for additional information), 1833 Sep 9 - Sep 30
42 Small diary on the second half of a business trip to northern New York (see letter copybook, vol 11, for additional information.), 1833 Oct 2 - 16
43 Account book of, 1820-1835

* Funding for digitization provided by: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation