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RICHARD WARD (1776-1822) PAPERS, 1799-1833

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:Ward, Richard, 1776-1822
Title:Richard Ward (1776-1822) Papers
Quantity:2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract:The Richard Ward Papers contain business papers and personal correspondence for Richard Ward and his family.
Collection Number:MSS 384

Series List

SERIES I. Business Papers
SERIES II. Correspondence
SERIES III. Richard Melville Ward and Lydia Ward Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Richard Ward Papers contain business papers and personal correspondence for Richard Ward and his family. It is comprised of three series.

Series I. Business Papers contains receipts, invoices, shipping papers, notes, and price lists. There are a few papers relating to governance of foreign trade and trade during the War of 1812. There is a partial log for the ship Minerva, which Richard Ward mastered. The correspondence is between Ward and various other ships' captains, members of the Crowninshield family, and his partner, Joshua Goodale, and Goodale's son, Nathan Goodale. There is also correspondence regarding the diplomatic necessities of trade, including Ward's letter to John Quincy Adams (then ambassador to Russia) requesting a passport. There are also papers relating to the sloop Happy Sall and her master, William Cordwell.

Series II. Personal Correspondence contains correspondence chiefly between Richard Ward and his wife, Lydia, with other letters from various family members. Once husband and wife relocated to New Orleans, there is increased correspondence between the two and several of their siblings and children still in New England.

Series III.Richard Melville Ward and Lydia Ward Papers is comprised of personal correspondence and business papers of Lydia (Robinson) Ward and her children, Richard Melville Ward and Lydia Robinson Ward, after Richard Ward's death. The business papers include receipts for services and purchases by Lydia Ward and some business papers of Richard Melville Ward. Richard Melville Ward and his sister, Lydia Robinson Ward, maintained a regular correspondence, reflected in the personal papers.

Biographical Sketch

Richard Ward, sixth child of Richard Ward, a justice of the peace, and Mehitable (Curwen) Ward, was born October 31, 1776, in Salem, Massachusetts. Ward married Lydia Robinson (1782-1870) of Lynn, Massachusetts, on April 14, 1805. They had six children: Lydia Robinson (b. 1805), Richard Melville (1807-1835), Sarah Curwen (b. 1811), Ann Elizabeth (1814-1817), James Robinson (1816-1824), and Ann Elizabeth (b. 1818). Ward became master of the ship Minerva, owned by various Crowninshields, in 1802 and subsequently voyaged to Sumatra for pepper. He was master of the ship Traveller (owned by George Crowninshield Sr.) in 1805 and voyaged to Copenhagen and to India. Ward joined the East India Marine Society in November 1806 and became master of the brig Louisa in 1809. From 1811 to 1813, he traveled to Goteborg in Sweden and Riga (then part of the Russian empire). He became master of the schooner Rover in 1815 and voyaged to Halifax that same year.

Ward and Joshua Goodale formed the merchant firm Ward & Goodale in December 1815. Shortly thereafter, Ward relocated to New Orleans, where his wife joined him by the end of 1817. His business, first with Joshua Goodale and subsequently with Goodale's son, Nathan, succeeded, as he purchased land in 1818, and again in 1822. Ward died December 14, 1822.

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.

Cordwell, William
Crowninshield, Benjamin, 1758-1836
Crowninshield, George, 1766-1817
Goodale, Joshua
Goodale, Nathan
Robinson, James, Colonel
Ward, Lydia (Robinson), 1782-1870
Ward, Lydia Robinson, b. 1805
Ward, Richard Melville, 1807-1835
Ward, Richard, 1776-1822
George Crowninshield & Sons (Salem, Mass.)
Happy Sall (Sloop)
Minerva (Ship)
Ward & Goodale
Letter writing
Shipping--Europe, Eastern
Shipping--Louisiana--New Orleans
Ship's papers


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Administrative Information


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

Richard Ward (1776-1822) Papers, MSS 384, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


This material was donated by the Richard C. Butler Irrevocable Trust on July 21, 2008 (acc # 2008.021).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Anne E. Holmer, July 2011.

Related Material


The Essex Institute Historical Collections. Vol. XXXVI. Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1900. Print. 249-250.

The Essex Institute Historical Collections. Vol. LXX. Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1934. Print. 223-224.

Historical Collections of the Essex Institute. Vol. V. Salem, Mass.: G. M. Whipple & A. A. Smith, 1863. New York, London: Johnson Reprint Corporation, 1971. Print. 207-219.

Perley, Sidney. History of Salem. Vol. II. Salem, Mass.: 1926. Print. 101-104.

Ship Registers of the District of Salem and Beverly, Massachusetts, 1789-1900. Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1906. Print.

Vital Records of Salem, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849. Vol. II, IV, VI. Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1918. Print.

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