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Henry Hollingsworth China Trade
0.5 linear feet (1 box)
This collection is a copy book
of unsigned letters, probably by Henry Hollingsworth, supercargo on the Lancaster, a
ship owned by Philadelphia China trade merchant Thomas P. Cope.
Scope and Content Note
This collection is a copy book of unsigned letters, probably by Henry Hollingsworth,
supercargo on the Lancaster, a ship owned by
Philadelphia China trade merchant Thomas P. Cope. The first letter announces the
safe arrival of the Lancaster in Canton in December 28,
1811. The Lancaster sailed for Canton with ship and
cargo worth $300,000 on July 19, 1811 and returned on August 5, 1812 at the
beginning of the War of 1812. It details purchases of silk, tea, chinaware and
nankeens and sales of American cotton, ginseng, and beaver and otter pelts. The back
part of the book is an account book from the same time period.
No biographical information is known about Henry Hollingsworth.
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.
Cope, Thomas P. (Thomas Pim), 1768-1854
Chancellor, Brown and Hall
Willing & Frances
Willing and Francis
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
Henry Hollingsworth China Trade Letters, MSS 374, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex
Museum, Salem, Mass.
This material was purchased on October 15, 2007 (acc # 2001.014).
Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, January 2008.
Lee, Jean Gordon. Philadelphians and the China Trade
1784-1844. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1984.