Charles W. Morgan Collection (Coll. 27)


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Overview of the Collection

Biography of Charles W. Morgan

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Index to Personal and Corporate Names (in Volumes 11 and 12 only)

Detailed Description of the Collection

              

Overview of the Collection

     Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
     Creator: Charles W. Morgan
     Title: Charles W. Morgan
     Dates: 1796-1861.
     Extent: 1200 pieces
     Abstract: This is a collection of correspondence, letterpress and letter copybooks, diaries, ship's outfitting books, invoice book, marine insurance policies, journals, ledgers, wastebooks, deeds, memorandum and petty cashbooks, and other account books, dealing mainly with Morgan's interests in management of whaling ships and contract with U.S. Treasury Dept. to supply whale oil to lighthouses. It also includes material on his investments in western lands (Ohio and Michigan, 1840-1862); papers relating to Wareham Iron Works (Mass., 1838-1839), Duncannon Iron Company (Pa.,1837-1864), Acushnet Paper Mill (Mass., 1837-1864); estate papers of William Coffin (1829-36), Lewis D. and Catherine Dixon (1847-1852), and Benjamin Rodman (1827-1846); correspondence and other papers of his wife, Sarah Rodman Morgan; and accounts (1848-61) with business associate William G. E. Pope. Vessels represented include ships EMILY MORGAN, CONDOR, MAGNOLIA, ABIGAIL, CHARLES W. MORGAN, FRANCES HENRIETTA, RODMAN, and MARY ANN.
     Identification: Coll. 27

Biography of Charles W. Morgan

Excerpted from "Charles W. Morgan" by Virginia T. Coope (Log of Mystic Seaport, v. 34, no. 4):

Charles Waln Morgan was born in Philadelphia on September 14, 1796, one of six children of Thomas and Anne Waln Morgan.

At 21, Morgan began a trip west with his cousin, Richard Wells, which was made partly for business, partly for pleasure. In the journal he kept of the trip, Morgan described cities and downs in detail, architecture, prosperity of the people, and cultural activities.

On June 3, 1819, Charles married Sarah Rodman, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Rodman of New Bedford. Soon after arriving in New Bedford, Morgan was made a partner in the town's leading whaling firm, operated by William Rotch Sr. and Charles's father-in-law Samuel Rodman. He began investing in New Bedford whaling ships in 1820, and by 1841 had managed fifteen different whaling vessels. He also owned lesser shares in eighteen whalers between 1821 and 1845. Ashore, Morgan owned a candleworks that produced spermaceti candles. Between 1833 and 1840, he obtained a ready market for his whale oil through a contract to supply the oil that illuminated American lighthouses.

By 1841 Charles and Sarah had four daughters and one son and lived on County Street in New Bedford. Morgan's business affairs were extensive and varied. He had purchased property in New York, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan, as well as a large amount of land in New Bedford. He was part owner of the Pocasset Cotton Mill in Fall River, of which Samuel Rodman had been president and principal stockholder; also invested in the Acushnet Paper Mill; iron works in Duncannon, Pennsylvania; a nail factory in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania; coal fields; and railroads. He was president of the Bedford Commercial Bank, an incorporator of the New Bedford Institution for Savings, and an investor in various insurance companies.

Morgan was involved in such philanthropic pursuits as Friends Academy, which he helped found; the New Bedford Free Public Library; the Lyceum, which he helped found in 1828; the New Bedford Temperance Society; the Port Society to benefit sailors; and the Unitarian First Congregational Society which he joined not long after settling in New Bedford, despite his Quaker upbringing.

Charles W. Morgan died on April 7, 1861 at the age of 64.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division

Restrictions on Use

    

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division. See also: Mystic Seaport's copyright notice.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.

    

Persons:

Coffin, William--Estate
Dixson, Catherine--Estate
Dixson, Lewis D.--Estate
Morgan, Sarah Rodman, 1793-1888.
Pope, William Greenleaf Eliot
Rodman, B. (Benjamin), 1794-1876--Estate

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Abigail (Ship)
Charles W. Morgan (Ship : 1841)
Condor (Ship)
Duncannon Iron Company
Emily Morgan (Ship)
Frances Henrietta (Ship)
Magnolia (Ship)
Mary Ann (Ship)
Rodman (Ship)
Wareham Iron Works

Subjects:

Decedents' estates--Massachusetts
Insurance, Marine
Iron industry and trade--Massachusetts--Wareham
Iron industry and trade--Pennsylvania--Duncannon
Lighthouses
Paper mills--Massachusetts--Acushnet
Real property--Michigan
Real property--Ohio
Ships--Equipment and supplies
Whale oil
Whaling--Massachusetts--New Bedford

Document Types:

Account books
Cashbooks
Deeds
Diaries
Insurance policies
Journals (accounts)
Letter books
Letterpress copies

Occupations:

Merchants--Massachusetts--New Bedford
Shipowners--Massachusetts--New Bedford

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 27, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Index to Personal and Corporate Names (in Volumes 11 and 12 only)

     NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about Charles P. Allen in Volume 11, Page 117 of the collection.
    
    
    
     Anderson, John 11:219 (1837 May 1), 11:221 (1837 Jun 9), 12:16 (1838 May 28), 12:24 (1838 Jul 30), 12:70 (1839 Mar 18)
     Armstrong, William H. 11:95 (1834 Jul 15)
     Bancroft, George 12:29 (1838 Sep 12), 12:34 (1838 Sep 12), 12:41 (1838 Sep 12), 12:46 (1838 Oct 25), 12:58 (1838 Dec 11)
     Barclay & Livingston 11:71 (1833 Dec 10), 11:85 (1834 Apr 19), 11:99 (1834 Sep 24), 11:120 (1835 Mar 23), 11:129 (1835 Jun 1), 11:200 (1836 Oct 21), 11:209 (1837 Feb 7), 11:235 (1837 Dec 21), 12:17 (1838 Jun 25), 12:54 (1838 Nov 23), 12:68 (1839 Mar 5), 12:90 (1839 Jul 4)
     Barrow & Prior 11:23 (1833 Jul 17), 11:32 (1833 Jul 17), 11:34 (1833 Jul 17), 11:68 (1834 Jan 16), 11:130 (1835 Jun 9), 11:134 (1835 Jun 18), 11:137 (1835 Aug 19), 11:139 (1835 Aug 21), 11:189 (1836 Jul 7), 12:29 (1838 Aug 25), 12:42 (1838 Oct 8), 12:43 (1838 Oct 24), 12:57 (1838 Nov 30), 12:59 (1838 Dec 12), 12:59 (1839 Apr 24), 12:85 (1839 Jun 6), 12:88 (1839 Jun 20), 12:89 (1839 Jun 22)
     Bates, Simeon 11:37 (1833 Aug 14)
     Blin, Enos 11:47 (1833 Oct 10), 11:78 (1834 Mar 11), 11:84 (1834 Apr 19)
     Blount, Thomas 11:136 (1835 Aug 8)
     Bois, Blanc 11:11 (1833 Apr 20)
     Boners, H.K.M. 11:221 (1837 Jun 9)
     Bradlee, Joseph 11:4 (1833 Jan 9)
     Bradlee, Josiah 11:18 (1833 May 14)
     Braly, George 11:242 (1838 Mar 1)
     Breedlove, James W. 11:184 (1836 May 27), 11:184 (1836 May 30), 11:186 (1836 Jun 25), 11:214 (1837 Apr 7), 11:236 (1838 Jan 22), 12:29 (1838 Aug 24), 12:38 (1838 Sep 24), 12:41 (1838 Sep 29), 12:58 (1838 Dec 11), 12:74 (1839 Apr 24), 12:76 (1839 Apr 29), 12:79 (1839 May 1)
     Brent, George 11:194 (1836 Sep 10), 11:203 (1836 Oct 26), 11:211 (1837 Mar 9), 11:233 (1837 Dec 16), 12:74 (1839 Apr 24)
     Brown, Daniel P. 11:116 (1835 Jan 29), 11:208 (1837 Jan 7)
     Brown, S. 11:50 (1833 Dec 3), 11:72 (1833 Dec 10), 11:74 (1834 Jan 16), 11:77 (1834 Feb 26), 11:100 (1834 Sep 29), 11:101 (1834 Oct 1), 11:104 (1834 Oct 17), 11:107 (1834 Nov 26), 11:113 (1835 Jan 5), 11:171 (1836 Mar 23)
     Buffalo Lighthouse Keeper 11:12 (1833 Apr 20)
     Burgess, Joseph 11:103 (1834 Oct 7)
     Campbell, John 11:87 (1834 Apr 26), 11:94 (1834 Jul 2), 11:120 (1835 Apr 7), 12:10 (1838 Apr 24)
     Cape Poge Lighthouse Keeper 11:163 (1836 Jan 22)
     Carr, D.S. 11:39 (1833 Aug 19), 11:41 (1833 Aug 30), 11:89 (1834 May 28)
     Carrall, John 11:20 (1833 May 15), 11:45 (1833 Oct 24)
     Champion, Reuben (Jr.) 11:116 (1835 Jan 31)
     Chandler, John (Sr.) 11:4 (1833 Feb 20), 11:78 (1834 Mar 15), 11:93 (1834 Jun 9), 11:106 (1834 Oct 31), 11:121 (1835 Apr 8), 11:129 (1835 Jun 5), 11:131 (1835 Jun 16), 11:139 (1835 Sep 1), 11:150 (1835 Nov 12), 11:176 (1836 Apr 7), 11:183 (1836 May 27), 11:209 (1837 Feb 18)
     Chandler, Joseph P. 11:99 (1834 Sep 26), 11:111 (1834 Dec 24)
     Churchill, Henry 11:118 (1835 Mar 3), 11:121 (1835 Apr 8)
     Clark, Archibald 11:123 (1835 Apr 13), 11:129 (1835 Jun 1), 11:143 (1835 Sep 14), 11:243 (1838 Mar 28), 12:27 (1838 Aug 8)
     Cleavland Lighthouse Keeper 11:12 (1833 Apr 20)
     Clifton, G.W. 12:19 (1838 Jul 17)
     Coffin, Jared 11:234 (1837 Dec 18)
     Cooper, C.C. 12:20 (1838 Jul 19), 12:30 (1838 Aug 25), 12:73 (1839 Apr 29)
     Cornelius Grinnell, Jr. & Co. 11:73 (1833 Dec 12)
     Corning, Malachi 11:11 (1833 Apr 19), 11:45 (1833 Oct 24), 11:78 (1834 Mar 11), 11:177 (1836 Apr 13), 11:218 (1837 Apr 26)
     Crawford, Ingoldsby W. 11:5 (1833 Mar 4), 11:75 (1833 Jan 29), 11:114 (1835 Jan 10), 11:147 (1835 Oct 15), 11:164 (1836 Jan 2), 11:201 (1836 Oct 25), 11:206 (1836 Nov 15), 11:208 (1837 Jan 7), 11:239 (1838 Feb 16), 11:241 (1838 Feb 28), 12:13 (1838 May 12), 12:21 (1838 Jul 23), 12:40 (1838 Sep 29), 12:57 (1838 Dec 6), 12:62 (1838 Dec 25), 12:65 (1839 Jun 18)
     Cushman, Caleb 11:38 (1833 Aug 14), 11:46 (1833 Oct 24), 11:145 (1835 Oct 7), 11:199 (1836 Oct 17)
     Daggett, Peter 11:37 (1833 Aug 12), 11:50 (1833 Dec 2)
     Dell, James 11:132 (1835 Jun 17), 11:138 (1835 Aug 18), 11:142 (1835 Sep 12), 11:166 (1836 Jan 28), 11:169 (1836 Feb 13), 11:172 (1836 Mar 23)
     Derby, Charles 11:129 (1835 May 28)
     Doty, B.S. 11:124 (1835 Apr 22)
     Douglas, Barney N. 11:9 (1833 Apr 17)
     Dowing, Felix 11:137 (1835 Aug 18), 11:188 (1836 Jul 7), 12:9 (1839 Sep 3), 12:21 (1838 Jul 23)
     Drown, Daniel P. 11:154 (1835 Dec 12), 11:156 (1835 Dec 31), 11:210 (1837 Feb 18), 11:212 (1837 Mar 28), 12:65 (1839 Jan 28), 12:78 (1839 Apr 29), 12:91 (1839 Nov 18)
     Dunham, Isaac 11:48 (1833 Nov 20), 12:28 (1838 Aug 20), 12:32 (1838 Sep 10), 12:83 (1839 Jun 4)
     E. & G.W. Blunt 11:237 (1838 Feb 12), 11:239 (1838 Feb 18)
     Eaton, Timothy 11:1 (1833 Mar 16), 11:8 (1833 Apr 12), 11:17 (1833 Apr 20), 11:24 (1833 May 23), 11:28 (1833 Jun 30), 11:30 (1833 Jul 9), 11:31 (1833 Jul 13), 11:72 (1833 Dec 13), 11:74 (1834 Jan 18), 11:79 (1834 Mar 26), 11:99 (1834 Sep 19), 11:102 (1834 Oct 2), 11:139 (1835 Aug 22), 11:140 (1835 Sep 3), 11:142 (1835 Sep 7), 11:161 (1836 Jan 15), 11:183 (1836 May 11), 11:190 (1836 Aug 13), 11:192 (1836 Aug 29), 11:226 (1837 Jul 24), 11:227 (1837 Aug 7), 11:237 (1838 Feb 6), 12:7 (1838 Apr 19), 12:17 (1838 Jun 25), 12:26 (1838 Aug 6), 12:28 (1838 Aug 17), 12:28 (1838 Aug 22), 12:33 (1838 Sep 10), 12:36 (1838 Sep 18), 12:39 (1838 Sep 25), 12:43 (1838 Oct 23), 12:47 (1838 Oct 30), 12:48 (1838 Nov 2), 12:59 (1838 Dec 11), 12:70 (1839 Mar 16)
     Eewer, George 11:28 (1833 Jun 12)
     Ellery, Christopher 11:88 (1834 May 2)
     Ellis, William H. 11:148 (1835 Oct 223), 11:215 (1837 Apr 14)
     Faunir, A.B. 11:194 (1836 Sep 9)
     Filshugh, B.C. 11:192 (1836 Aug 27)
     Fish, Grinnell & Co. 11:22 (1833 May 15)
     Flecher & Brothers 12:69 (1839 Mar 12), 12:87 (1839 Jun 10)
     Floyd, Gabriel J. 12:46 (1838 Oct 27)
     Folger, Aaron 11:109 (1834 Nov 29)
     Follet & Bradley 11:159 (1836 Jan 6), 11:185 (1836 Jun 3), 11:218 (1837 Apr 26), 11:226 (1837 Aug 2), 12:14 (1838 May 16), 12:37 (1838 Sep 22), 12:64 (1839 Jan 16)
     Fort Gratiot Lighthouse Keeper 11:12 (1833 Apr 20)
     Fort Niagara Lighthouse Keeper 11:12 (1833 Apr 20)
     French & Coffin 12:26 (1838 Aug 4), 12:47 (1838 Oct 29), 12:49 (1838 Nov 5), 12:50 (1838 Nov 15), 12:55 (1838 Nov 23)
     Frick, William 12:21 (1838 Jul 23), 12:64 (1839 Jan 16)
     G.S. Deblois & Co. 11:47 (1833 Nov 1), 11:103 (1834 Oct 14)
     Gallo Island Lighthouse Keeper 11:12 (1833 Apr 19)
     Gay Head Lighthouse Keeper 11:164 (1836 Jan 22)
     Gennissee Lighthouse Keeper 11:12 (1833 Apr 19)
     Gibble, James E. 12:27 (1838 Aug 17), 12:53 (1838 Nov 20)
     Gibbs, Henry 11:10 (1833 Apr 19), 11:20 (1833 May 15), 11:23 (1833 May 15)
     Gibbs, Rowland T. 11:127 (1835 May 23), 11:177 (1836 Apr 14), 12:10 (1838 Apr 23)
     Gibbs, William 11:83 (1834 Apr 19)
     Gibbs, William H. 12:83 (1839 Apr 19)
     Gier, M. 11:102 (1834 Oct 6)
     Gills, William H. 11:216 (1837 Apr 26)
     Goodwin, & S.E. Cones 11:157 (1835 Dec 31), 11:170 (1836 Feb 23)
     Gordon, Adam 11:190 (1836 Aug 9), 12:23 (1838 Jul 23), 12:31 (1838 Sep 10), 12:71 (1839 Mar 25)
     Gordon, Martin 11:44 (1833 Oct 21), 11:79 (1834 Mar 27)
     Gould, Jacob 11:19 (1833 May 15), 11:69 (1833 Dec 9), 11:76 (1834 Feb 24), 11:123 (1835 Apr 21), 11:193 (1836 Sep 9), 11:194 (1836 Sep 9), 11:196 (1836 Sep 22), 11:205 (1836 Nov 11), 11:207 (1836 Nov 31), 12:18 (1838 Jul 16), 12:19 (1838 Jul 17)
     Grand River Lighthouse Keeper 11:12 (1833 Apr 20)
     Grinnell, Minturn & Co. 12:70 (1839 Mar 18)
     H. Meech & Co. 11:11 (1833 Apr 19)
     H.Y. Chapman & Co. 11:144 (1835 Sep 28)
     Hacker, Anson 11:74 (1834 Jan 16)
     Hadwin & Barney 11:114 (1835 Jan 9), 11:171 (1836 Mar 8)
     Havens, T.B. 12:33 (1838 Sep 10)
     Hawes, Samuel W. 12:98 (1839 Jun 27)
     Hazard, S.R. 11:27 (1833 Jun 12)
     Henry & George Barclay 11:48 (1833 Oct 26)
     Henshaw, David 11:6 (1833 Mar 28), 11:49 (1833 Nov 25), 11:100 (1834 Sep 26), 11:106 (1834 Nov 6), 11:116 (1835 Jan 19), 11:135 (1835 Jul 28), 11:140 (1835 Sep 3), 11:151 (1835 Nov 19), 11:158 (1835 Dec 31), 11:206 (1836 Nov 15), 11:232 (1837 Nov 20)
     Hogan, John R. 12:11 (1838 Apr 26), 12:17 (1838 Jul 9), 12:34 (1838 Sep 13)
     Hood, Charles 11:89 (1834 Apr 26), 11:95 (1834 Jul 2)
     Horse Island Lighthouse Keeper 11:12 (1833 Apr 19)
     Howland, Jonathan (Jr.) 11:86 (1834 Apr 21), 11:205 (1836 Nov. 15), 12:13 (1838 May 12), 12:14 (1838 May 12)
     Howland, Joseph 12:54 (1838 Nov 23)
     Hoyt, Jesse 12:8 (1838 Apr 16), 12:17 (1838 Jul 9), 12:20 (1838 Jul 21), 12:26 (1838 Aug 7), 12:53 (1838 Nov 17), 12:73 (1839 Apr 23), 12:85 (1839 Jun 6), 12:87 (1839 Jun 18)
     Hussey & MacKay 11:12 (1833 Dec 10), 11:66 (1834 Jan 8), 11:67 (1834 Jan 13), 11:117 (1834 Jan 31), 11:119 (1835 Mar 13), 11:166 (1836 Jan 23), 11:168 (1836 Feb 2), 11:174 (1836 Mar 26), 11:183 (1836 May 24), 11:188 (1836 Jul 6), 11:218 (1837 May 20), 12:9 (1838 Apr 29), 12:68 (1839 Mar 8), 12:75 (1839 Apr 29)
     Hyde, A.W. 11:46 (1833 Oct 10), 11:47 (1833 Oct 24)
     Isaccs, John M. 11:6 (1833 Mar 28), 11:26 (1833 Jun 8), 11:33 (1833 Jul 23), 11:35 (1833 Jul 23), 11:96 (1834 Jul 24), 11:133 (1835 Jun 17)
     J. & D.H. Carey 12:89 (1839 Jun 24)
     J.H. Field & Co. 11:187 (1836 Jun 30), 12:77 (1839 Apr 29)
     J.T. Trowbridge & Co. 11:13 (1833 Apr 19), 11:22 (1833 May 15)
     John O. Dickey & Co. 11:217 (1837 Apr 26), 11:228 (1837 Aug 30), 11:229 (1837 Sep 25), 12:7 (1838 Apr 12)
     John S. Gilliland & Co. 11:28 (1833 Jul 1), 11:29 (1833 Jul 9), 11:48 (1833 Oct 26), 11:67 (1834 Jan 8), 11:197 (1836 Sep 24), 11:199 (1836 Oct 13), 11:222 (1837 Jun 13)
     Johnson, Levi 12:37 (1838 Sep 22), 12:63 (1839 Jan 4)
     Joseph P. Bradlee & Sons 11:106 (1834 Nov 15), 11:107 (1834 Nov 25), 11:219 (1837 May 26), 11:223 (1837 Jul 13), 11:229 (1837 Sep 27), 11:231 (1837 Nov 3), 12:32 (1838 Sep 10), 12:61 (1838 Dec 20)
     Josiah Bradlee & Co. 11:29 (1833 Jul 4), 11:140 (1835 Sep 3)
     Langstaff, O.D. 11:136 (1835 Aug 10)
     Lester, Charles F. 12:75 (1839 Apr 29), 12:80 (1839 may 30)
     Lewis, Winslow 11:2 (1833 Mar 26), 11:9 (1833 Apr 18), 12:2 (1838 Mar 31), 12:42 (1838 Oct 23), 12:46 (1838 Oct 26), 12:48 (1838 Nov. 1), 12:49 (1838 Nov. 2), 12:61 (1838 Dec 22)
     Little Watts Island Light Keeper 11:68 (1833 Jan 13)
     Littlefield, William 11:127 (1835 May 13), 11:160 (1836 Jan 12), 11:197 (1836 Sep 24), 11:201 (1836 Oct 23), 12:45 (1838 Oct 24), 12:176 (1838 Apr 6)
     Low, H.V. 11:24 (1836 Jun 21), 11:185 (1836 Jun 21)
     Lyons, R. 11:176 (1836 Apr 6), 11:197 (1836 Sep 24)
     Lyons, T.H. 12:6 (1838 Apr 6), 12:27 (1838 Aug 17), 12:38 (1838 Sep 22)
     Mahons Ditch Lighthouse Keeper 11:30 (1833 Jul 10)
     Marett, Philip 11:25 (1833 May 22)
     Martin, Ambrose 11:35 (1833 Aug 15), 11:151 (1835 Nov 20), 11:158 (1835 Dec 31)
     Mason, Noah 11:110 (1834 Dec 17)
     Mathew Crosby & Son 12:47 (1838 Oct 27)
     Mays & Follet 11:46 (1833 Oct 24), 11:47 (1833 Oct 10), 11:67 (1834 Jan 8)
     McDonald, D. 11:76 (1834 Feb 10)
     McGregor, Alexander M. 11:226 (1837 Jul 24), 11:227 (1837 Aug 7), 11:228 (1837 Aug 28), 12:18 (1838 Jul 11)
     McIntosh, John N. 11:109 (1834 Dec 3), 11:111 (1834 Dec 19), 11:122 (1835 Apr 11), 11:219 (1837 May 25)
     McNeil, D.B. 12:34 (1838 Sep 10)
     Merrill, Edward 11:8 (1833 Apr 17), 11:33 (1833 Jul 23), 11:35 (1833 Jul 23), 11:66 (1834 Jan 4)
     Millikin, Alexander 11:66 (1833 Dec 23)
     Mispullion Creek Lighthouse Keeper 11:30 (1833 Jul 10)
     Morgan, Thomas W. 11:69 (1833 Dec 3), 12:86 (1839 Jun 6)
     Munn, John G. 11:126 (1835 Apr 27), 11:209 (1837 Feb 18)
     N. & W.W. Billings 11:115 (1835 Jan 19), 11:160 (1836 Jan 12), 11:165 (1836 Jan 22), 11:168 (1836 Feb 2), 11:200 (1836 Oct 20), 11:241 (1838 Feb 28)
     Negro Island Lighthouse Keeper 11:144 (1835 Sep 18)
     Norton, John P. 11:96 (1834 Aug 1), 11:98 (1834 Aug 20), 11:98 (1834 Aug 25), 11:108 (1834 Nov 26), 11:110 (1834 Dec 16), 11:113 (1835 Jan 7), 11:114 (1835 Jan 9), 11:120 (1835 Apr 7), 11:144 (1835 Sep 28), 11:148 (1835 Oct 29), 11:159 (1836 Jan 6), 11:164 (1836 Jan 21), 11:170 (1836 Feb 16), 11:174 (1836 Apr 1), 11:197 (1836 Sep 23), 11:220 (1837 Jun 1), 11:222 (1837 Jun 12), 11:228 (1837 Sep 13), 11:236 (1838 Jan 9), 11:239 (1838 Feb 19), 11:242 (1838 Mar 6), 12:12 (1838 May 2), 12:50 (1838 Nov 8), 12:71 (1839 Mar 25), 12:81 (1839 May 30)
     Osborne, John P. 11:98 (1834 Aug 12), 12:14 (1838 May 12), 12:62 (1838 Dec 24)
     Oswego Lighthouse Keeper 11:12 (1833 Apr 19)
     Otter Creek Lighthouse Keeper 11:12 (1833 Apr 20)
     Outer Thunder Bay Lighthouse Keeper 11:11 (1833 Apr 20)
     Owen, James 11:160 (1836 Jan 12)
     Parkinson, Robert 11:18 (1833 May 15)
     Peak, John 11:105 (1834 Oct 25)
     Pitcher, Thomas 11:120 (1835 Mar 24)
     Pleasonton, Stephen 11:1 (1832 Mar 26), 11:3 (1832 Nov 16), 11:4 (1833 Jan 30), 11:5 (1833 Mar 4), 11:7 (1833 Apr 1), 11:26 (1833 May 21), 11:32 (1833 Jul 16), 11:41 (1833 Aug 27), 11:51 (1833 Sep 11), 11:52 (1833 Sep 11), 11:53 (1833 Sep 11), 11:54 (1833 Sep 11), 11:55 (1833 Sep 11), 11:56 (1833 Sep 11), 11:57 (1833 Sep 11), 11:58 (1833 Sep 11), 11:59 (1833 Sep 11), 11:60 (1833 Sep 11), 11:61 (1833 Sep 11), 11:62 (1833 Sep 11), 11:63 (1833 Sep 11), 11:64 (1833 Sep 11), 11:65 (1833 Sep 11), 11:73 (1833 Dec 12), 11:75 (1834 Jan 31), 11:77 (1834 Mar 11), 11:80 (1834 Apr 1), 11:81 (1834 Apr 1), 11:91 (1834 Apr 1), 11:92 (1834 Apr 1), 11:93 (1834 Apr 1), 11:93 (1834 Jun 18), 11:96 (1834 Jul 29), 11:103 (1834 Oct 17), 11:104 (1834 Oct 25), 11:112 (1835 Jan 5), 11:118 (1835 Mar 9), 11:119 (1835 Mar 11), 11:137 (1835 Aug 8), 11:141 (1835 Sep 7), 11:142 (1835 Sep 9), 11:146 (1835 Oct 8), 11:152 (1835 Nov 28), 11:162 (1836 Jan 5), 11:169 (1836 Feb 13), 11:174 (1836 Mar 26), 11:182 (1836 Apr 27), 11:189 (1836 Aug 6), 11:192 (1836 Sep 2), 11:202 (1836 Oct 25), 11:211 (1837 Mar 17), 11:213 (1837 Apr 7), 11:214 (1837 Apr 10), 11:224 (1837 Jul 17), 11:225 (1837 Jul 21), 11:234 (1837 Dec 19), 11:238 (1838 Mar 15), 11:242 (1838 Mar 19), 11:243 (1838 Mar 30), 12:1 (1838 Mar 30), 12:3 (1838 Mar 31), 12:11 (1838 May 1), 12:12 (1838 May 7), 12:15 (1838 May 22), 12:16 (1838 May 28), 12:19 (1838 Jul 17), 12:22 (1838 Jul 23), 12:25 (1838 Aug 1), 12:30 (1838 Sep 3), 12:35 (1838 Sep 17), 12:43 (1838 Oct 24), 12:51 (1838 Nov 17), 12:63 (1839 Jan 4), 12:66 (1839 Mar 4), 12:72 (1839 Apr 12), 12:73 (1839 Apr 19), 12:76 (1839 Apr 29), 12:77 (1839 May 23), 12:79 (1839 May 25), 12:80 (1839 May 25), 12:82 (1839 Jun 3), 12:84 (1839 Jun 3), 12:91 (1839 Oct 15), 12:92 (1840 Nov 10)
     Pope, Enos 12:55 (1838 Nov 24)
     Presque Isle Lighthouse Keeper 11:12 (1833 Apr 20)
     Pringle, J.R. 11:128 (1835 Jun 1), 11:188 (1836 Jul 5)
     R.P. Lee & Co. 11:156 (1835 Dec 15)
     Reed, John 11:88 (1834 May 14)
     Roberts, John N. 11:113 (1834 Jan 6)
     Robeson, Andrew 11:7 (1833 Apr 2)
     Robinson & Co. 11:5 (1833 Mar 7), 11:6 (1833 Mar 13)
     Russell & Hawes 11:216 (1837 Apr 11), 11:217 (1837 Apr 26), 11:220 (1837 Jun 6), 11:227 (1837 Aug 10), 11:227 (1837 Aug 22), 11:230 (1837 Oct 27), 11:233 (1837 Dec 16), 12:8 (1838 Apr 12), 12:16 (1838 Jun 2), 12:20 (1838 Jul 19), 12:38 (1838 Sep 22), 12:49 (1838 Nov 5), 12:50 (1838 Nov 16), 12:60 (1838 Dec 15)
     Russell, George 11:115 (1835 Jan 19)
     S. Williard & Son 11:126 (1835 May 4), 11:145 (1835 Oct 9), 11:183 (1836 May 2), 11:203 (1836 Oct 26), 11:204 (1836 Nov 2), 12:42 (1838 Sep 29)
     Sandusky Lighthouse Keeper 11:12 (1833 Apr 20)
     Shaw, Thomas S. 11:97 (1834 Aug 12), 11:100 (1834 Sep 26), 11:109 (1834 Nov 27), 12:31 (1838 Sep 4)
     Sherburne, Jacob 11:133 (1835 Jun 30)
     Smead, Levi P. 11:195 (1836 Sep 22)
     Smith & Macy 11:14 (1833 Apr 19), 11:21 (1833 May 15), 11:24 (1833 May 29 ), 11:35 (1833 Jul 31), 11:40 (1833 Aug 26), 11:43 (1833 Oct 21), 11:70 (1833 Dec 9), 11:79 (1834 Mar 20), 11:82 (1834 Apr 19), 11:100 (1834 Sep 26), 11:101 (1834 Sep 29), 11:124 (1835 Apr 25), 11:143 (1835 Sep 14), 11:149 (1835 Nov 10), 11:155 (1835 Dec 14)
     Smith, Macy & Russel 11:173 (1836 Mar 23), 11:176 (1836 Apr 8), 11:178 (1836 Apr 9), 11:179 (1836 Apr 15), 11:180 (1836 Apr 21), 11:191 (1836 Aug 27), 11:198 (1836 Oct 3), 11:208 (1837 Jan 21), 11:210 (1837 Feb 28)
     Sodus Bay Lighthouse Keeper 11:12 (1833 Apr 19)
     Southwick, Pitts 11:94 (1834 Jun 17), 11:118 (1835 Mar 2)
     St. Joseph River Lighthouse Keeper 11:11 (1833 Apr 20)
     Starckweather, Samuel 11:40 (1833 Aug 25), 12:7 (1838 Apr 9), 12:26 (1838 Aug 7), 12:37 (1838 Sep 15), 12:69 (1838 Mar 8), 12:77 (1839 Apr 29)
     Stevens, William M. 11:212 (1837 Mar 25), 11:238 (1838 Feb 15)
     Stinson, Samuel 11:47 (1833 Oct 23)
     Stuart, D. 11:31 (1833 Jul 10), 11:69 (1833 Dec 2)
     Swartwat, Samuel 11:16 (1833 Apr 20), 11:34 (1833 Jul 23), 11:111 (1834 Dec 17), 11:128 (1835 May 20), 11:130 (1835 Jun 9), 11:135 (1835 Aug 8), 11:159 (1836 Jan 5), 11:182 (1836 Apr 27), 11:207 (1836 Dec 12), 11:216 (1837 Apr 17)
     Symon, Martin M. 11:231 (1837 Nov 3), 11:232 (1837 Dec 9)
     T. & W. Fletcher 11:8 (1833 Apr 10), 11:10 (1833 Apr 18), 11:23 (1833 May 17), 11:45 (1833 Oct 23), 11:49 (1833 Dec 2), 11:67 (1834 Jan 13), 11:85 (1834 Apr 19), 11:90 (1834 May 29), 11:94 (1834 Jun 18), 11:119 (1835 Mar 11), 11:123 (1835 Apr 21), 11:130 (1835 Jun 11), 11:144 (1835 Sep 17), 11:147 (1835 Oct 14), 11:151 (1835 Nov 16), 11:171 (1836 Mar 23), 11:190 (1836 Aug 22), 11:193 (1836 Sep 9), 11:199 (1836 Oct 11), 11:211 (1837 Mar 4), 11:211 (1837 Mar 20), 11:212 (1837 Apr 6), 11:222 (1837 Jun 13), 11:223 (1837 Jul 6), 11:225 (1837 Jul 21), 11:243 (1838 Mar 29), 12:6 (1838 Apr 5), 12:11 (1838 May 2), 12:42 (1838 Oct 9), 12:69 (1839 Mar 8)
     Tarpaulin Cove Lighthouse Keeper 11:165 (1836 Jan 22)
     Tibits Point Lighthouse Keeper 11:12 (1833 Apr 19)
     Tower, David 11:49 (1833 Nov 25)
     Trowbridge & Grant 11:180 (1836 Apr 21), 11:191 (1836 Aug 27), 11:204 (1833 Nov 8)
     Trowbridge, Elias 11:26 (1833 Jun 8), 11:28 (1833 Jul 1), 11:36 (1833 Aug 3), 11:77 (1834 Feb 24), 11:84 (1834 Apr 19), 11:95 (1834 Jul 11), 11:111 (1834 Dec 29), 11:125 (1835 Apr 25)
     Tucker, George W. 11:132 (1835 Jun 16), 11:165 (1836 Jan 22), 11:167 (1836 Jan 29), 11:178 (1836 Apr 11), 11:186 (1836 Jun 29)
     Turtle Island Lighthouse Keeper 11:12 (1833 Apr 20)
     Vinal & Johnson 11:49 (1833 Nov 20)
     Walker, William 11:85 (1834 Apr 19), 11:85 (1834 Apr 28)
     Watch Hill Light Keeper 11:66 (1834 Jan 4), 11:75 (1834 Jan 20)
     Watson, David 12:65 (1839 Jan 29)
     Watson, Samuel 11:5 (1833 Mar 4)
     Wendell, Abraham 11:20 (1833 May 15), 11:86 (1834 Apr 19)
     West, James 11:36 (1833 Aug 6)
     Whiteham, William A. 11:229 (1837 Sep 13)
     Whitehead, W.A. 11:131 (1835 Jun 16)
     Whitely, H. 12:24 (1838 Jul 21)
     Whitford, John P. 11:99 (1834 Sep 26)
     Whitridge, Thomas 11:67 (1834 Jan 13), 11:199 (1836 Oct 11), 12:28 (1838 Aug 22)
     Whittle, Conway 11:25 (1833 May 30), 11:80 (1834 Mar 29), 11:97 (1834 Aug 12), 11:148 (1835 Oct 23), 11:200 (1836 Oct 24), 11:222 (1837 Jun 27), 12:23 (1838 Jul 23), 12:66 (1839 Feb 12), 12:71 (1839 Mar 25)
     Willard, Simeon (Jr.) 11:68 (1834 Jan 3), 11:90 (1834 May 29)
     Williard, Simon 11:7 (1833 Mar 29), 11:10 (1833 Apr 18)
     Winans, Stephen 11:19 (1833 May 15), 11:46 (1833 Oct 24)
     Winslow, Jeremiah 11:109 (1834 Dec 12)
     Wood & Trumble 11:2 (1833 Jan 12)
     Woodbury, Levi 12:3 (1839 Jun 3)
     Woolverton, Stephen 11:138 (1835 Aug 18), 11:149 (1835 Nov 10), 11:172 (1836 Mar 23), 11:190 (1836 Aug 13), 11:198 (1836 Sep 24), 11:209 (1837 Jan 21), 11:230 (1837 Oct 27)
     Yeo, Sarah 12:12 (1838 May 5)

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Correspondence; 1796-1861.

                                                           
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11 Deeds executed at New Bedford, Mass and Newport, RI. Images
2 Deeds and Quit claims for properties in New Bedford. Images
3 General Business Papers, including indentures for seamen on Ship EMILY MORGAN, and deeds to land. Images
4 Receipts for payment of loans and insurance premiums, also promissory notes and duty bonds for goods shipped to New Bedford. Images
5 Promissory notes and payment receipts. Images
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. Images
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. Images
8 Receipts for stock purchases and notes paid. Images
9 Receipts for insurance, notes, etc. Images
10 Lease agreements on store rentals, notes for loans, protest against Fulton Bank for payments due and other general receipts. Images
11 Receipts for insurance premiums, notes and stocks purchased. Images
12 Notes for loans, receipts and insurance policy, and papers concerning sale of Ship MAGNOLIA. Images
13 Receipts, life insurance policies and a deed to a cemetery lot. Images
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. Images
15 Articles of Agreement with Banks for loans, and payment receipts. Morgan is using properties and vessels as collateral for bank loans. Images
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. Images
17 Receipts for money received from Eagle Bank. Images
18 Letters, from C.W. Morgan to his friend, partner, and fellow Quaker, William Logan Fisher relating to business and personal matters. Images
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21 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. Images
2 Receipts, deeds, etc.. Images
3 Insurance policies, stock certificates, and an estate settlement for which Charles W. Morgan was administrator. Images
4 Bills of Lading for sperm oil shipped from Australia and other places to New Bedford. Images
5 Estate papers; Charles W. Morgan and Elizabeth Rodman. Images
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. Images
7 Bills of sale, Ship ABIGAIL; Brig AGATE, Bark Benezet, and Bark BALTIC. Images
8 Bills of sale, Schooner CATHERINE, Ship CHARLES, Ship CHARLES W. MORGAN, Brig CLARICE, Bark CLARICE, Ship CONDOR, Sloop CORINTHIAN. Images
9 Bills of sale, Ship EMILY MORGAN, Ship FENELON, Ship FRANCES HENRIETTA, HAYWARD P. CUSHING, Ship HECTOR, Ship HERCULES, Ship HESPER. Images
10 Bills of sale, Schooner JASON, Schooner JANE, Bark LEWIS, Ship MAGNOLIA, Schooner MASSACHUSETTS, Ship MASSACHUSETTS, Ship MILWOOD, Schooner NAPOLEON, Bark OSPREY, Schooner ONECO. Images
11 Bills of sale, Brig PARTHIAN, Brig PIONEER, Bark PIONEER, Propeller POTOMCHA, Bark PRESIDENT, Brigantine PRESIDENT, Schooner REGULATOR, Ship RODMAN, ship ROSCOE. Images
12 Bills of sale, Brig TROY, Propeller WAMSUTTA, Ship WAREHAM, Schooner WILLIAM BROWN, Ship WINSLOW, Bark WINSLOW. Images
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. Images
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31 Bill of Sale for Land sold to Charles W. Morgan and tax receipts. Images
2 Tax receipts for Western Lands. Images
3 Tax receipts and letters regarding buying and selling of western properties. Images
4 Advice by appraiser and agents on purchase and use of western properties, also tax receipts. Images
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. Images
6 Letters regarding the building of a saw mill in St. Joseph's, Michigan. Images
7 Papers relating to Western Land. Images
8 Deeds for land in St. Joseph's County, Michigan. Images
9 Receipts for labor an sawmill at St. Joseph's Hillsdale County, Michigan. Images
10 Receipts for labor an sawmill at St. Joseph's, Hillsdale County, Michigan. Images
11 Tax receipts and receipts for labor on sawmill at St. Joseph's Hillsdale County, Michigan. Morgan sells some properties. Images
12 Papers regarding St. Joseph's, Michigan, sawmill. Images
13 Papers regarding St. Joseph's, Michigan, sawmill. Images
14 Papers regarding St. Joseph's, Michigan, sawmill. Images
15 Papers regarding St. Joseph's, Michigan, sawmill and tax receipts for other properties owned by Morgan. Images
16 Papers and correspondence regarding problems with St. Joseph's Mill dam due to flooding. Images
17 Papers concerning St. Joseph's Mill property and decision made by Morgan to sell. Images
18 Papers regarding problems at saw mill, now called Morganville Mills; dam keeps breaking. Images
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41 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. Images
2 Papers relating to Western Lands, letter that mentions the death of Morgan's brother Thomas W. Morgan. Images
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. Images
4 Sale of property at Bridgewater, Williams Co, Ohio and Fall River, MA.. Images
5 Paper relating to Wareham Iron Works. Images
6 Papers relating to Duncannon Iron Company, PA. Images
7 Papers relating to Duncannon Iron Company, PA, including a statement of assets and liabilites. Images
8 Papers relating to Acushnet Paper Mill, Fall River, MA and deeds and insurance policies for properties in New Bedford, MA.. Images
9 Papers relating to William Coffin Estate. Images
10 Papers relating to William Coffin Estate. Images
11 Papers relating to William Coffin Estate, including claims against the estate. Images
12 Papers relating to William Coffin Estate. Images
13 Papers relating to Estate of Lewis D. and Catherine Dixson, contains inventory of household articles. Images
14 Papers relating to Benjamin Rodman Estate, contains list of liabilities against estate. Images
15 Papers relating to Benjamin Rodman Estate. Images
16 Papers relating to Benjamin Rodman Estate. Images
17 Various vessel accounts with William G.E. Pope. Images
18 Scattered papers, including a letter concerning slavery and a petition to Congress regarding whaling. Images
19 Personal letters to C.W. Morgan, mentions sister Rebecca's death, Schooner JANE, and Ships MAGNOLIA and RODMAN. Images
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. Images
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. Images
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. Images
23 Letters to and from Samuel Rodman Morgan. Images

Volumes; 1817-1862.

Volume
1 Diary; 1818 Nov 1 - 1819 Jan 24. Images
2 Diary; 1841 Jan 1 - Dec 31. Images
3 Diary; 1848 Oct 8 - 1850 Feb 23. Images
4 Diary; 1850 Feb 24 - 1851 Jun 7. Images
5 Diary; 1851 Jun 8 - 1852 Nov 27. Images
6 Diary; 1852 Nov 28 - 1854 Jan 21. Images
7 Diary; 1854 Jan 22 - 1855 Aug 4. Images
8 Diary; 1855 Aug 5 - 1857 Mar 31. Images
9 Diary; 1858 Jul 11 - 1859 Nov 13. Images
10 Diary, entries between February 5 and April 7 written by his wife; 1859 Nov 14 -1861 Apr 7. Images
11 Letter copybook, regarding supplying oil to lighthouses; 1833 Mar 16 - 1838 Mar 30. Images
12 Letter copybook, regarding supplying oil to lighthouses; 1838 Mar 30 - 1840 Nov 10. Images
13 Letterpress copybook copybook; 1852 Nov 1 -1853 Dec 26. Images
14 Letterpress copybook; 1853 Dec 26 - 1855 Jan 16. Images
15 Letterpress copybook; 1855 Jan 16 - 1856 Dec 31. Images
16 Letterpress copybook (letter of request to by the MORGAN back in this copybook); 1857 Jan 1 - 1858 Jan. Images
17 Letterpress copybook; 1858 Feb 1 - Oct 4. Images
18 Letterpress copybook; 1858 Oct 5 - 1859 Dec 13. Images
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. Images
27 Ship outfits, cargos, and crew list book; 1843-1853. Images
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. Images
40 Small diary of miscellaneous nots and information; 1851 May - 1852 May. Images
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. Images
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. Images
43 Account book of; 1820-1835. Images