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William Kent Papers
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
The William Kent papers contain
ships papers from vessels that Kent sailed on, and correspondence.
SERIES I. Ships' Papers SERIES II. Correspondence
Scope and Content Note
The William Kent papers contain ships papers from vessels that Kent sailed on, and
correspondence. This collection has been divided into two series.
Series I. Ships Papers contain papers from vessels
that William Kent sailed on; the majority of which he was captain or master. These
papers contain bills of lading, receipts, insurance policies, petitions, appeals,
and custom permits.
Series II. Correspondence contains correspondence
about the ship Witch of the Wave, in addition to
correspondence from John Bertram to T. C. Wales. It is unclear what connection
Bertram or Wales have to Kent, as the correspondence is dated later than the ships
papers with Kents name on them.
William Kent was a captain and ship master in the late
eighteenth century working out of Boston, Massachusetts. He was captain and master
on board the sloop Congress and master on board the
sloops Dolphin, Polly, and
the schooner Sukey.
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.
Bertram, John, 1796-1882
Witch of the Wave (Ship)
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
William Kent Papers, MH 134, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
This material was donated by George C. Wales in 1935 (accession #9,789).
Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, July 2015.