File of incoming letters to merchant ship owner Benjamin Delano (and Joshua Delano)

My wife has imprudently absconded from my bed & board

File of incoming letters to merchant ship owner Benjamin Delano (and Joshua Delano)

Kingston, MA: 1799-1861. An archive of 85 letters to Benjamin (1778-1868) and Joshua Delano from 45 different correspondents - ship captains, merchants, agents, lawyers, and business partners - from various locations up and down the east coast, between Halifax, Nova Scotia and New Orleans. Subjects include prices current, availability and disposition of various cargoes, charter parties, ship building and repair, reports on labor, sailing and political conditions, financial arrangements, and the myriad situations that occurred over a half century of merchant and trading activity. The Delanos were a prominent Massachusetts family of merchants and ship owners. Delano's Wharf, built by Benjamin Delano in 1803, still stands today. The series begins in a rather startling manner in 199, with a letter returned to Joshua Delano, in which he has placed an ad in the local newspaper stating that "my wife has imprudently absconded from my bed & board," and urging mutual friends to "not pay one cent she may contract on my account." He received legal and personal advice, and the incident fades into history. One of Delano's captains and business partners, Jacob Fuller, gets into a squabble with the British in Halifax, causing a minor international incident. There is a letter from Delano's Washington agent, as well as several earlier letters from Fuller. Communications continue right up to the beginning of the Civil War, when an ominous note appears in the correspondence. In October 1860 Capt. Linel Churchill writes Delano, "Somebody had better stir up the Negroes." Two months later Capt. Levi Morton writes from the Mississippi Delta, "There is such a feeling here on account of politicks that it is almost impossible to do business." The letters cease a month later, with Morton and "a large fleet" ready to sail to the West Indies. The letters are all legible and are in good to very good condition, many with integral covers, and some with unusual stampless covers. Item #52319

Price: $1,800.00

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