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Thomas Moore China Trade
0.5 linear feet (1 box)
This collection contains a
letter and a copy book of Thomas Moore, agent for the ship Nimrod.
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains a letter and a copy book of Thomas Moore, agent for the ship
Nimrod. The 4-page letter (1821) tells of Moore's
earlier business with Howland & Co. and about the political situation in South
America. The letter makes it clear that Moore acted as his own copyist and that the
letter book was his personal record. The letter book commences June 28, 1822, as
agent Moore writes his owners, G.G. & S. Howland, from Java Head, summarizing
his voyage to date. He reaches Canton in July and writes extensively of conditions
there. He also lists goods taken onboard, which he plans to sell in the South
American market. Later he transacts other business on the Howlands' behalf, the
report of which takes up another 35 letters, finally closing out the accounts in
No biographical information is known about Thomas Moore.
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.
G.G. & S. Howland (Firm)
Shipping--New York (State)--New York
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
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
Thomas Moore China Trade Letters, MSS 373, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum,
This material was purchased on October 15, 2007 (acc # 2007.014).
Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, December 2007.