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JAMES LOWELL PAPERS, 1808-1850





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:Lowell, James, d. circa 1843
Title:James Lowell Papers
Dates:1808/1850
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:This collection documents the voyages Captain James Lowell made from Bath, Maine, to Charleston, New Orleans, Liverpool, Glasgow, Marseilles, Martinique, the West Indies, and the Bahamas.
Collection Number:MSS 60

Series List

SERIES I. Vessel Records
SERIES II. Business and Personal Papers

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the voyages Captain James Lowell made from Bath, Maine, to Charleston, New Orleans, Liverpool, Glasgow, Marseilles, Martinique, the West Indies, and the Bahamas. The majority of the collection is in English, with some papers of the ship Pleiades in French. Each series is arranged chronologically.


Series I. Vessel Records contains records relating to the brigs Sarah and Pleiades, the schooner William, and the ships Ceylon and Roger Sherman; an 1823 agreement with Gilbert Trufant for the building of a new vessel; and correspondence written after Captain James Lowell's death that references the vessels Sea Gull, James Henry, and Butler.


Series II. Business and Personal Papers consist of correspondence and financial papers. These papers include an 1831 letter by Freeman Clark about his severed connection with an abolition society and a document appointing Freeman Clark, William D. Sewall, and Thomas H. Donnell to a committee for the appraisal of Captain James Lowell's estate in 1843.


Biographical Sketch

James Currier Lowell (d. circa 1843) was a shipmaster and ship owner from Bath, Maine. His parents were John Lowell and Rachel (Curtis) Lowell. James's siblings were William Lowell; John Lowell, who died young; and Truxton Lowell. He also had two half-siblings from his father's second marriage: Mary Ann Lowell (1813-1900), who married William Heath (1814-1896) in 1843; and John Currier Lowell (1822-1867), also a sea captain. James Lowell's papers indicate that he did business with ship-builder Gilbert Trufant and with the ship-building firm Clark & Sewall owned by Freeman Clark and William D. Sewall. William Heath became the administrator of James Lowell's estate in 1843.


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.

Clark, Freeman, 1795-1867
Lowell, James, d. circa 1843
Trufant, Gilbert
Ceylon (Ship)
Clark and Sewall
Pleiades (Brig)
Roger Sherman (Ship)
Sarah (Brig)
William (Schooner)
Letter writing
Letters
Shipping
Bath (Me.)

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

James Lowell Papers, MSS 60, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The James Lowell Papers are a reorganization and integration of folders from the Andrew and William Heath Papers and several items removed from the Phillips Family Papers and the Churchill, Brown & Manson Company Records.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Sylvia Kennick, July 1982. Updated by Jennifer Prentice, July 2012.


Related Material

The Historic Genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639 to 1899. Compiled and Edited by Delmar R. Lowell. Rutland, VT: The Tuttle Company, Printers, 1899.


James Lowell Papers, 1817-1855. Coll. 35, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.


Reed, Parker McCobb. History of Bath and Environs, Sagadahoc County, Maine: 1607-1894. Portland, ME: Lakeside, 1894.


Andrew and William Heath Papers, 1811-1879, MSS 61


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