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Henry L. and John B. Williams Papers

Henry L. and John B. Williams Papers

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HENRY L. AND JOHN B. WILLIAMS PAPERS, 1805-1878





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:Williams, Henry L. and Williams, John B.
Title:Henry L. and John B. Williams Papers
Dates:1805/1878
Quantity:5 linear feet (7 boxes)
Abstract:The Henry L. and John B. Williams papers document the activities of these Salem, Massachusetts, merchants and mariners. It includes the military papers of their father, Captain Israel Williams.
Collection Number:MH 238

Series List


SERIES I. Henry L. Williams Papers
A. Business Papers
B. Correspondence
C. Prices Current
D. George Peabody Funerary Ephemera
E. Photographs
F. Cloth Samples
SERIES II. John B. Williams Papers
A. Business Papers
B. Correspondence
C. Journal of John B. Williams in New Zealand
D. Estate
E. Personal Bills
SERIES III. Israel Williams Military Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Henry L. and John B. Williams papers document the activities of these Salem, Massachusetts, merchants and mariners. It includes the military papers of their father, Captain Israel Williams. Series I. Henry L. Williams Papers consists of six subseries. Subseries A. Business Papers contains ships' papers arranged alphabetically by ship name. For names of ships appearing in this collection, see Appendix I. Following the alphabetical run of ships' papers is a folder containing memoranda, broadsides, lists, and an architectural drawing. This subseries also contains 7 volumes of account books. Subseries B. Correspondence consists of letters to and from business partners and some family members, arranged chronologically, plus a letter copy book. Subseries C. Prices Current includes prices current from Manila, London, and Genoa. Subseries D. George Peabody (1795-1869) Funerary Ephemera consists of materials relating to the death of George Peabody. Subseries E. Photographs contains two photographs of the vessel George. Subseries F. Cloth Samples includes a collection of cloth samples sent to Henry from Auckland, New Zealand; some of the samples are marked with stenciling and handwriting.


Series II. John B. Williams Papers is comprised of five subseries. Subseries A. Business Papers contains ships' papers arranged alphabetically by ship name. For names of ships appearing in this collection, see Appendix I. Following the alphabetical run of ships' papers is a folder containing invoices and memoranda. Subseries B. Correspondence consists mostly of letters from John to Henry, with some to their mother and their brother, Israel, and some relating to consular business. Subseries C. Journal of John B. Williams in New Zealand is a bound journal relating John's impressions of New Zealand between 1842 and 1844. Subseries D. Estate contains letters about the execution of John's estate and his claims against the natives of the Fiji Islands. Subseries E. Personal Bills contains financial records.


Series III. Israel Williams Military Papers contains military documents from Captain Israel Williams' enlistment in the Essex Guards.


Biographical Sketches

Henry L. Williams was born in 1815 in Salem, Massachusetts. He was a merchant and a senior member of the international shipping firm Williams & Daland of Boston. Later in life he was president of the Salem Five Cents Savings Bank, and from 1875 to 1876 he served as mayor of Salem. Henry died in Salem in 1879.


John B. Williams was born in 1810 in Salem, Massachusetts. He was a merchant, mariner, and commercial agent. Beginning in 1842 he served as a United States Consul at Bay of Islands and Auckland, New Zealand, and from 1846 on, on the Fiji Islands. John held both consular posts until he died of dysentery in Fiji in 1860.


Their father, Captain Israel Williams, was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1772 and was captain of the Salem Cadets in 1801. During the War of 1812 he commanded the Essex Guards. He was also a shipmaster and merchant. His military papers are included in this collection.


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.

Williams, Henry L., 1815-1879
Williams, Israel., b. 1772
Williams, John Brown, 1810-1860
Admiral (Steamer)
Alicia (Schooner)
Antares (Brig)
Audubon (Ship)
Belle (Bark)
Belvedere (Ship)
Carthage (Ship)
Castro (Ship)
Constitution (Ship)
Costa Concordia (Ship)
Delhi (Ship)
Draco (Brig)
Dragon (Bark)
Duxbury (Ship)
E. H. Herrick (Schooner)
Eclipse (Ship)
Eliza (Whaling Bark)
Elizabeth (Bark)
Emma (Brig)
Falmouth (U. S. Sloop)
Fredonia (Bark)
Gambia (Brig)
Granite (Brig)
Hindostan (Ship)
Hollander (Bark)
Hopewell (Schooner)
Jackson (Sloop)
Jersey (Ship)
John Adams (USS)
John H. Malay (Bark)
John Tucker (Ship)
La Plata (Bark)
Lotos (Ship)
Lucilla (Bark)
Lucilla (Brig)
Malta (Whaling Brig)
Mary W (Schooner)
Massasoit (Ship)
Mexican (Brig)
Mortimer Livingston (Ship)
Naples (Ship)
Nautilus (Bark)
New Jersey (Vessel)
Noble (Bark)
Orb (Bark)
Pearl (Boat)
Post Boy (Schooner)
Propontis (Ship)
Robert Pulsford (Ship)
Rouble (Bark)
Samuel A. Appleton (Schooner)
Siam (Ship)
Sophia (Schooner)
Sumter (Bark)
Tarquina (Bark)
Thetis (Bark)
Unicorn (Ship)
Vitula (Ship)
Warwick (Schooner)
Water Witch (Brig)
Witch of the Wave (Vessel)
Account books
Consuls
Decedents' estates
Marine insurance
Merchants
Photographs
Shipping
Ships' papers
Whaling
Fiji
New Zealand--Auckland
New Zealand--Bay of Islands
Salem (Mass.)

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

Henry L. and John B. Williams Papers, MH 238, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by the estate of Elizabeth D. Williams (acc #9403).

Processing Information

Collection processed by James T. Connolly, November 2010. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, August 2016.


Related Material


Williams, John B. The New Zealand journal, 1842-1844, of John B. Williams of Salem, Massachusetts, edited with an account of his life by Robert W. Kenny. Salem: Peabody Museum, 1956.


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