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Richard D. Tucker (b. 1833) Papers

Richard D. Tucker (b. 1833) Papers

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RICHARD D. TUCKER (b. 1833) PAPERS, 1820-1896

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Processing of this collection was funded by a grant from the NHPRC (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:Tucker, Richard D., 1833-1839
Title:Richard D. Tucker (b. 1833) Papers
Dates:1820/1896
Quantity:4 linear feet (7 boxes)
Abstract:This collection contains the business records of Richard Dalton Tucker, including correspondence, financial records, diary extracts, and circulars related to his role as partner in the firm Peele, Hubbell and Company. It also contains correspondence related to Tucker's personal life.
Identification:MH 223

Series List

Series I. Business Records of Peele, Hubbell and Co.
A. Diary Extracts
B. Financial Records
C. Circulars
D. Correspondence and Telegrams
E. Account Books
Series II. Personal Papers
A. Correspondence
B. Other Records
Series III. John H. Gray Papers

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the business records of Richard Dalton Tucker, including correspondence, financial records, diary extracts, and circulars related to his role as partner in the firm Peele, Hubbell and Company. It also contains correspondence related to Tucker's personal life. The collection is arranged into three series.


Series I. Business Records of Peele, Hubbell and Co. contains diary extracts, financial records, account books and circulars documenting the business successes and failures of Peele, Hubbell and Co. Correspondence exists between Tucker and his co-partners in Peele, Hubbell and Co., including letters from Ogden E. Edwards, George H. Pierce, Frederick E. Forester and Horatio N. Palmer. In addition, correspondence with other American firms and representing lawyers are included in this series.


Series II. Personal Papers contains correspondence associated with Tucker's law practice and additional records documenting Tucker's travels to Manila and his physical health. Newspaper clippings relating to personal and professional loss are also included in this series.


Series III. John H. Gray Papers contains correspondence related to the professional and personal life of John H. Gray. This includes land and property deeds, titles, and notes on legal and business endeavors.


Biographical Sketch

Richard Dalton Tucker was born on January 27, 1833 to Charles Church Chandler Tucker and Caroline Louisa DeBlois of Boston, Massachusetts. Tucker practiced law before becoming a partner in the merchant house Peele, Hubbell and Company.


Peele, Hubbell and Company was established in 1822. They started trading in the city of Legazpi, in the province of Albay, Philippines, in 1858. Ogden E. Edwards and George H. Peirce, members of Peele, Hubbell and Co., were some of the first American merchants in the Philippines. Peele, Hubbell and Co., traded primarily in sugar, abaca (Manila hemp) and rice. Their partnerships grew to include Edwards, Peirce, Richard Dalton Tucker, Frederick Emory Forester, Horatio Nelson Palmer and R. A. Lane. By 1887 the American firm filed for bankruptcy due to the decline in sugar prices. At its height, Peele, Hubbell and Co. were said to be the largest merchant company in the sugar trade in Manila.


John Henry Gray, Tucker's uncle through marriage to his aunt Elizabeth Plant Tucker, was a lawyer in the Boston area. He died on June 24, 1839.


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.

Edwards, Ogden E. (Ogden Ellery), 1802-1848
Forester, Frederick E.
Gray, John H. d. 1839
Lane, R. A.
Palmer, Horatio N.
Peirce, George H.
Tucker, Richard D., b. 1833
Peele, Hubbell, and Co.
Abaca industry
Hemp industry
Shipping--Philippines--Manila
Sugar (trade)
Manila (Philippines)
Salem (Mass.)
Account books
Letters

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Request 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 D. Tucker Papers, MH 223, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was found in the collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Halley Grogan, December 2011.


Related Material

Owen, Norman G. Prosperity without Progress: Manila Hemp and Material Life in the Colonial Philippines. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1984.


Tucker, Ephraim. "Genealogy of the Tucker Family." Worcester, 1895.


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