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Mss:733 1773-1814 S642

Smith, Albert, 1763-1823, and Thomas Smith. Albert and Thomas Smith papers, 1773-1823 (inclusive): A Finding Aid

Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:733 1773-1814 S642
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Albert Smith and Thomas Smith
Title: Albert and Thomas Smith papers
Date(s): 1773-1823
Quantity: .42 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection consists of records maintained by brothers Albert Smith (1763-1823) and Thomas Smith (born 1775), merchants and shipmasters in Hanover, Massachusetts, related to voyages of cargo ships, from 1773 to 1814. The collection also contains legal documents, mainly related to Albert Smith's service as a justice of the peace, and personal and professional correspondence.

Provenance:

Gift of Charles H. Taylor.

Processing Information:

Processed: May 2016
By: Brooke McManus
Preservation and description was supported in part by the Arcadia-funded Colonial North American Project at Harvard University.

Conditions Governing Access:

Appointment necessary to consult collection.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Albert and Thomas Smith papers. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Biographical Note:

Brothers Albert Smith (1763-1823) and Thomas Smith (born 1775) were merchants and shipmasters in Hanover, Massachusetts. Albert Smith also operated a general store, and served as a justice of the peace, in Hanover. Thomas Smith, with his brothers Millar and Josiah, owned a shipyard in Hanover, and built a number of vessels including the brigantine Apollo, captained by Albert Smith in 1792 and 1793.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection consists of records maintained by brothers Albert Smith (1763-1823) and Thomas Smith (born 1775), merchants and shipmasters in Hanover, Massachusetts, related to voyages of cargo ships, from 1773 to 1814. The collection also contains legal documents, mainly related to Albert Smith's service as a justice of the peace, and personal and professional correspondence. This collection consists of records maintained by brothers Albert Smith (1763-1823) and Thomas Smith (born 1775), merchants and shipmasters in Hanover, Massachusetts, related to voyages of cargo ships, from 1773 to 1814. Includes ship's papers and correspondence for ships carrying cargo to England, Europe, and Russia. The collection also contains legal documents, mainly related to Albert Smith's service as a justice of the peace, and personal and professional correspondence.
Records include a logbook for the voyages of the brigantine Apollo, captained by Albert Thomas, in 1792-1793. The vessel sailed to Falmouth, England, Cádiz, Spain, and St. Petersburg, Russia with cargo that included salt and tin. Albert Smith also kept a letterbook with copies of correspondence he sent aboard the Apollo to merchants including Thomas Handasyd Perkins (1764-1864) and Stephen Gorham (1747-1826). There are also ship's papers and correspondence related to the voyages of the ship Argo to Virginia, Falmouth, Lisbon, Portugal, and St. Petersburg, carrying flour and other commodities, dated 1796-1798, and for the brigantine Baltimore, which sailed to Maryland carrying rum in 1786-1787. There are additionally documents concerning the voyage of the brigantine Mars, captained by Thomas Smith, which carried forty barrels of coffee to Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1784. The collection further includes assorted invoices, cargo lists, insurance documents, and bills, receipts, and promissory notes, dated from 1773 to 1823.
In addition, the collection contains legal documents, mainly related to Albert Smith's service as a justice of the peace, and personal and professional correspondence, including letters from Josiah Smith to his sons, and to Albert Smith from his wife, Anne. Professional correspondence contains letters about settling accounts, and several letters from Massachusetts Representative Richard Cutts (1771-1845; Harvard AB 1790) in Washington, D.C., regarding a government appointment Albert Smith was apparently seeking.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Boat & ship industry.
Cargo ships.
Coastwise shipping -- 18th century.
Commerce -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Export marketing -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Flour industry and trade -- 18th century.
Foreign marketing -- 18th century.
Imports -- 18th century.
Merchant marine.
Merchant ships.
Merchants.
Rum industry -- 18th century.
Sailing ships.
Salt industry and trade -- 18th century.
Ship captains.
Shipbuilding -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Shipping -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Account books.
Correspondence.
Daybooks.
Invoices.
Legal instruments.
Letter books.
Logs (records)
Promissory notes.
Receipts (financial records).
Ship's manifests.
Ship's papers.
Cádiz (Spain).
Falmouth (England).
Hanover (Mass.).
Lisbon (Portugal).
Saint Petersburg (Russia).
Cutts, Richard, 1771-1845.
Gorham, Stephen, 1747-1826.
Perkins, Thomas Handasyd, 1764-1854.
Smith, Albert, 1763-1823.
Smith, Anne, 1765-1835.
Smith, Josiah.
Smith, Thomas.
Albert & Thomas Smith.

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