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Peter Miller Papers

Peter Miller Papers

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PETER MILLER PAPERS, 1815-1850





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Miller, Peter, circa 1834-1850
Title:Peter Miller Papers
Dates:1815/1850
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:Peter Miller was a merchant in Para, Brazil. The collection contains his business and personal correspondence, financial and legal papers.
Collection Number:MSS 99

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Scope and Content Note

Peter Miller was a merchant in Para, Brazil. The collection contains his business and personal correspondence, financial and legal papers. The bulk of the correspondence is with the Colcord family of Salem, Massachusetts, and Newmarket, New Hampshire.


Folders 1 and 2 contain business and personal correspondence written to Peter Miller. With the exception of the first three letters written (in Dutch) to Miller while he was living in Rotterdam, Netherlands (1832-1833), the bulk of the letters were written to Miller while he was an agent in Para, Brazil. Miller established a business relationship with Thomas R. Colcord of Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1838; the majority of the letters were written to Miller by Thomas R. Colcord or his children, Edward H. Colcord, Thomas A.R. Colcord and his wife Eleanor, Joseph A. Colcord, or Clara A Colcord. The letters reveal much about the life of the Colcords but little about Miller's life.


Folder 3 includes shipping and personal financial records of Peter Miller. Several accounts and invoices itemize the shoes and boots handled by Miller. The legal papers in Folder 4 include his discharge from the United States Navy (1815), a copy of his will (1838), documents from Para, Brazil (1840, 1842), and an inventory of his estate following his death in 1850.


Biographical Sketch

Peter Miller was a trader in Para, Brazil, circa 1834 until his death in 1850. Little is known about his early background, but one document in this collection states that he was discharged from the United States Navy in 1815. Miller traded primarily in shoes and boots. He made extended visits to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and to Salem, Massachusetts. Miller died in 1850 in Para, Brazil.


Thomas Russell Colcord (1780-1845) of Newmarket, New Hampshire, and Salem, Massachusetts, was a business and personal associate of Peter Miller. Thomas and Esther (Marshall Falen) Colcord had twelve children, four of whom died in early childhood. Several of the Colcords maintained a personal relationship with Peter Miller. One son, Thomas Arthur Russell Colcord (1815-1909), named his first son Thomas Peter Miller Colcord (1843-1921).


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Colcord family
Boots and shoes--Trade and manufacture
Cargo handling--boots and shoes
Freight and freightage--boots and shoes
Shipping--Brazil--Belem
Shipping--Massachusetts--Salem
Shipping--Netherlands--Rotterdam
Salem (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Peter Miller Papers, MSS 99, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This collection was originally processed as part of the Waters Family papers.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, July 2013.


Related Material

Colcord, Doane B. Colcord Genealogy. Coudersport, Pennsylvania: 1908.


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