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Call No.: MS Fr 12
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: John Dodge papers concerning Haiti,
Date(s): 1784-1830 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French, Spanish, and English.
Abstract: Documents and letters concerning mercantile business in Haiti.
John Dodge was a merchant in Boston, Massachusetts, who along with his brother Unite Dodge and a partner William Gray, conducted mercantile business in Haiti in the late 17th and early 18th-century. He was involved in the establishment of Marple, Dodge & Company, which was one of the largest American establishments on the island. Due to frequent political unrest, the company withdrew from the island about 1826. John Dodge was involved in a legal dispute in 1830 (John Dodge v. Thomas H. Perkins) that eventually was settled in the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Some of the documents in this collection relate to that case.
These papers document some of the legal and financial dealings involving John Dodge's interests in Haiti. Includes: manuscript legal documents and manuscript transcript copies of documents, printed legal documents with manuscript additions, clippings, bills of lading, contracts, and manuscript letters. Most documents are from the Government of Haiti.