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Newell, George, 1792-1871
George Newell (1792-1871)
3 Linear feet (3 boxes, 1 flat file)
This collection contains papers
of George Newell, a sea captain from Framingham, Massachusetts.
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains papers of George Newell, a sea captain from Framingham,
Massachusetts. The collection includes memoirs of his voyages that were written late
in life, letter books, family correspondence, an account book, maps, two copies of the Book of Common Prayer, genealogical information,
notebooks, and photographs. The nautical papers provide an in depth portrayal of
life at sea and trade in foreign ports in the early and mid-nineteenth century.
The memoirs written late in life pertain to voyages Newell made between 1809 and
1822 on the ships Katherine, Walmer Castle, Cordelia,
Sultan, and Mentor, and the brig Ann Elizabeth. Also present is a typescript copy of the
logbook of the Sultan (1818-1819) written by Newell
when he was Chief Mate of the ship. The letter books (1822-1832 and 1839-1843)
detail Newell's business transactions in ports spanning Europe, South America, Asia,
and the South Pacific.
Also included in the collection is extensive correspondence from Newell to his
wife Olive, correspondence with others, a family photograph, and notes pertaining to
genealogy. There are two copies of the Book of Common
Prayer, both inscribed "Brig Malta." on the
binding, also an account book, a notebook, maps of Framingham and Suriname, and
genealogical information on the related Adams, Bullard, Morgan, Phips, and Plimpton
George Newell was born on August 18, 1792, in Framingham,
Massachusetts, the son of Thomas and Polly (Phipps) Newell. He went to sea at age 16
and sailed on many vessels including: the ships Katherine, Sultan, Cordelia, and Mentor; the brigs Nile, Pleiades, and Rimac; the schooner Judith Farmer;
and the bark Sea Breeze. He owned and mastered
the schooner Pearl and brig Malta, both of which sailed primarily between Boston and Para, Brazil.
George Newell married Sophia Reed in 1827, and following her death he married Olive
Plimpton in 1841. With Sophia he had two children: Frederick, and George Henry; and
with Olive he had eight children: Clarence, Herbert, Emma, Blanche, Alice Lee,
Genevra Leslie, Algernon Percy, and Lester Corning. George Newell died in Framingham
on April 12, 1871.
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.
Newell, George, 1792-1871
Newell, Olive Plimpton, 1820-
Ann Elizabeth (Brig)
Walmer Castle (Ship)
Voyages and travels
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
Most of this material was a gift from the estate of William Leibee Wheeler on
November 2, 1995 (accession #1995.062). A letter from George Newell (1840) and
transcripts of a logbook (1818-1819) and letter book (1822-1832) were gifts of Roger
C. Erickson on September 30, 2013 (accession #2013.028).
Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, August 2016.
Newell, George. Two Brothers: Narrative of a Voyage around
the World in the Bark Sea Breeze,1850. Ed. Robert R. Newell. Norwalk, CT: Whale House,
George Newell Diary 1839, 1848-1853. Log
Cordelia (Ship) Logbook 1819-1822. Log 2139
Judith Farmer (Schooner) Journal 1826, Log 209
Malta (Brig) Logbook and Journal 1833-1836, Log 130
Malta (Brig) Logbook and Journal 1836-1844, Log 3083(OS)
Mentor (Ship) Logbook 1824-1825, Log 209 (Also six additional logbooks)
Most of this material was a gift from the estate of William Leibee Wheeler on November 2, 1995 (accession #1995.062). A letter from George Newell (1840) and transcripts of a logbook (1818-1819) and letter book (1822-1832) were gifts of Roger C. Erickson on September 30, 2013 (accession #2013.028).