1812 Merchant's Letter


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Place Published: Portland, Maine
Date Published: 1812

Description: 1 page, 10 x 8 inches, Portland, Maine, August 6, 1812. Interesting merchant's letter written during the War of 1812 while under British occupation, requesting an accounting based on an unpaid invoice, in part: "...shipped on board the Schooner Eagle...twenty jugs of the extract of the bark of Angostura, which I consigned to the House of Mssrs. Anth, Merchants in Havana...which has arrived out...but I have not received any remittance on account of it yet. My orders were for them to sell it, and remit the proceeds in molasses and sugar..." Two-inch closed tear at the right margin; otherwise very good.

Comments: It's possible that this letter is not from a disgruntled merchant but from a smuggler who has been cheated. Smuggling and Piracy, as well as the pursuit of Prizes of War (the capturing of another nation's vessel and cargo for profit), were commonplace during the War of 1812.

Signed: Y
Binding: unbound
Language: English
Type: Autographs

Book ID: 216429

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Thanks for the note. I'm actually in NY for a few days and was hoping to get there but have to head back tomorrow. I've been stopping by the Argosy for over 60 years starting when my mother would take me there after shopping at Bloomingdale's and lunch at a long gone restaurant on the east side of Lexington between 58th and 59th that was torn down to make way for Alexander's department store; that is gone too, of course. - Peter H.
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