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Mss:733 1779-1829 P267

Parsons, Ebenezer, 1746-1819, and Gorham Parsons, 1768-1844. Ebenezer and Gorham Parsons papers, 1779-1829 (inclusive): A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:733 1779-1829 P267
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Ebenezer Parsons and Gorham Parsons
Title: Ebenezer and Gorham Parsons papers,
Date(s): 1779-1829 (inclusive)
Quantity: .2 linear ft. (1 box)
Abstract: This collection consists of records of cargo ships kept by Boston, Massachusetts, merchant Ebenezer Parsons (1746-1819) and his son Gorham (1768-1844), from 1779 to 1829, including ship's papers, captain's orders, correspondence, and other documents related to shipping accounts. The Parsons traded mainly in hemp and iron.

Provenance:

Deposited by the Attleboro Museum, Inc, 1951.

Processing Information:

Processed: May 2017
By: Brooke McManus
Preservation and description was supported in part by the Arcadia-funded Colonial North American Project at Harvard University.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.
Materials stored onsite. Please contact histcollref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Ebenezer and Gorham Parsons papers. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Biographical Note:

Ebenezer Parsons (1746-1819) was a merchant in Gloucester, Massachusetts, before the start of the American Revolution. He moved to Boston in either 1781 or 1782. His son, Gorham Parsons (1768-1844), joined his father in business. The Parsons traded commodities like hemp and iron in the United States, Europe, Russia, South America, and the West Indies.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection consists of records of cargo ships kept by Boston, Massachusetts, merchant Ebenezer Parsons (1746-1819) and his son Gorham (1768-1844), from 1779 to 1829, including ship's papers, captain's orders, correspondence, and other documents related to shipping accounts. The Parsons traded mainly in hemp and iron.
The collection includes records of voyages of the ships Charlotte, Joseph, Peregrine, Reliance, and Sarah, to England, Europe, and West Indies, carrying the Parsons' cargo.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Cargo ships.
Coastwise shipping -- 18th century.
Commerce -- 18th century.
Export marketing -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Flags.
Foreign marketing -- 18th century.
Hemp.
Iron industry and trade -- 18th century.
Merchant marine.
Merchant ships.
Merchants.
Sailing ships.
Ship captains.
Shipping -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Signals and signaling.
Bills of lading.
Correspondence.
Invoices.
Ship's manifests.
Ship's papers.
Boston (Mass.).
Coffin, Alexander.
Parsons, Ebenezer, 1746-1819.
Parsons, Gorham, 1768-1844.
Patterson, William.
Trask, Israel E.
Charlotte (Schooner).
Eagle (Schooner).
Great Britain -- Royal Navy -- Regulations.
Joseph (Brig).
Peregrine (Brig).
Reliance (Ship).
Sarah (Brig : 1789-1824).

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