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Cushing and White Records

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CUSHING AND WHITE RECORDS, 1773-1852

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Processing and conservation of this collection was funded in part by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.





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:Cushing and White
Title:Cushing and White Records
Dates:1773/1852
Quantity:0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Cushing and White Records contain ships' papers, correspondence, accounts, receipts, and an account book relating to the shipping and privateering activities of this Boston, Massachusetts firm.
Collection Number:MH 22

Series List

SERIES I. Ships' Papers
SERIES II. Other

Scope and Content Note

The Cushing and White Records contain ships' papers, correspondence, accounts, receipts, and an account book relating to the shipping and privateering activities of this Boston, Massachusetts firm. Although the records include items from 1773 to 1852, the bulk of the collection concerns privateering during the American Revolution, 1775 to 1783. The collection has been divided into two series.


Series I. Ships' Papers is composed of accounts, receipts, correspondence, inventories, and crew lists. The papers of the ships Alexander and General Hancock, and brigs Diana and Reconciliation contain inventories of ships' stores and appurtenances. The papers of the ship Alexander, schooner Run Fast, and sloop Satisfaction include crew lists. The most complete documentation of privateering activities is found in the papers of the ship Minerva and sloop Satisfaction. Of particular interest in this section is a bill of sale for a portion of the ship Pilgrim, which was purchased by the Salem merchant, Benjamin Waters, and a letter to Cushing and White from Tristram Dalton concerning the sale of a portion of the sloop Satisfaction and the settlement of his accounts, dated March 18, 1778.


Series II. Other contains some general correspondence, a cash book, and accounts and receipts. There is a lengthy letter to John Cushing from William Blodgett which contains an account of his journey from Providence, Rhode Island to Camp Middle Brook, dated January 4, 1779. The cash book includes the accounts of a number of privateer and merchant vessels. Most of the accounts and receipts are related to purchases of stores for the privateers. Also included is a copy of Privateer Instructions, a manuscript copy of the orders issued to privateers by the Continental Congress in 1776.


Historical Sketch

Cushing and White was a shipping firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. The materials in the collection suggest that the firm was headed by John Cushing and Samuel White. The firm operated a number of privateers during the American Revolutionary War.


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.

Blodgett, William
Cushing, John, 1744-1823
Dalton, Tristram, 1738-1817
Waters, Benjamin, 1720 or 21-1784
White, Samuel, 1770-1809
Alexander (Ship)
Betsey (Schooner)
Diana (Brig)
General Hancock (Ship)
General Putnam (Ship)
Jane (Ship)
Margaret (Brig)
Minerva (Ship)
New Duckenfield (Ship)
Pilgrim (Ship)
Pinson (Brig)
Reconciliation (Brig)
Royal George (Ship)
Run Fast (Schooner)
Satisfaction (Sloop)
Syren (Brig)
Tracy (Ship)
Weymouth (Ship)
William (Ship)
Account books
Crew lists
Dueling
Privateering
Shipping--Ireland
Shipping--Maine--Portland
Shipping--Maine--York
Shipping--Massachusetts--Boston
Shipping--New Hampshire--Portsmouth
Shipping--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Slavery
Trials

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

Cushing and White Records, MH 22, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was purchased in 1938.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Robert P. Spindler, May 1988. Updated by Hilary Streifer, December 2014.


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