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Call No.: Mss:733 1816-1835 E63
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Ephraim and James Emerton business records
Quantity: 1 linear feet (5 volumes, 1 box and 1 folder)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Business records relating to the shipping firm of brothers Ephraim and James Emerton of Salem, Massachusetts.
Ephraim Emerton was a shipping merchant of Salem, Mass., who traded primarily with Madagascar. James Emerton was captain and supercargo.
The material includes one log book, four account books, and miscellaneous letters and invoices. The account books were kept by the latter, and include records of disbursements, sales of cargo, and purchases of return cargo at Majunga, Mozambique, and other places. The merchants were shipping hams, mackerel, cotton goods--especially sheeting, muskets, powder, rum, swords, epaulets, "rich fringe," lace, and looking glasses. The supercargo was buying for return cargoes tortoise shell, ivory, ebony, gum copal, gum arabic, raffia, pepper, horn, and hides.