Jonathan Bourne Jr. Letterbook

1848-1851

 

Transcriptions by:

Sally Brownell, volunteer
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

 

New Bedford 9 mo 4 1848
Mess Kenckell Du Boisson & Co
London
Gent
I have received advice from Capt A. S. Tobey of my Whaling Bark Roscoe, also from Mess Chauvin Frerez & Co of Port Souis, Mauritius, that said Bark had suffered damage in a hurricane, which had made it necessary for him to go to port for repairs. He also advises me that the necessary funds would be raised to meet his expenses by a bill on you which would be drawn against the shipment of 180 to 200 Bbls sperm oil to be consigned to you. I regret that it was considered necessary to make this shipment of Oil, as it would have been more for my interest to have paid the amount of the Bark expenses here. Sperm Oil is now low in London, and will not permit me the value of the price here if it is sold prior to the first of Jany next when the heavy duty which Foreign caught oil now pays with you will be removed altogether.

I have therefore do request you not to sell the oil which may be shipped to you, or which you may receive, till after that period. Should you consider it necessary to be reimbursed for the amount of your acceptance previous to that time you will please to deliver the Oil to my friends, Mess John Pickersgill & Son, who will discount your acceptance and meet the expenses.

Capt Tobey has informed me that the Oil will be insured till it reaches London, and I presume Mess Chauvin & Frerez & Co have given you instructions to effect insurance for my account. I shall want the Oil protected by fire insurance when landed.

It will probably require a thorough coopering before it is stored. Please do me the favor to inform me by the return steamer whether the Oil has [p.1] arrived, and if not, whether you have advices of its being on the way, by what vessel &c. Also please inform what the prospects are for Sperm Oil, and whether you do not approve of my judgement in holding till the removal of the duty.

I am very respectfully

P.S.
Sperm Oil is very firm here at 95¢ cash and some holders expect quite an advance in this price.

 

New Bedford 9 mo 4 1848
Mess John Pickersgill & Son
London
Gent
Our mutual friend George Hussey Esq has accordingly furnished me with your address, that I may avail myself of you good services in case of need.

Capt Tobey of my Whaling Bark Roscoe has informed me under date April 30th last, that he had arrived at Port Souis, Mauritius, having received a considerable amount of damages, which he believed is necessary to repair before the further pro of his voyage. He had consigned his vessel to Mess Chauvin Frerez & Co, and had made arrangements with them to ship 180 to 200 Bbls of his sperm oil to London consigned to Mess Kenkell Du Boison & Co on which they are to advance him £ 25 per Tun and reimburse themselves by their bill on Capt Tobey upon this House in London.

I am unsuccessful in my inquiries respecting the character of this House, and it is my wish that if they have failed, or are not in good standing, to consign this Oil to you, and for you to protect the bill which has been [p.2] drawn against it. It is my wish that the Oil should be held till after the first of January when the duty is removed, of if sold prior to that time, that it shall be sold in bond, but not unless it will command as it will to wait till after the 1st of Jany.

I have written to Mess Kenkell Du Boisin & Co that I wish the Oil held for the removal of the duty, and have requested them to deliver it to you if they are not willing to hold, and have taken the liberty to say to them that you will discount their acceptance and pay the expenses incurred on the Oil.

Sperm Oil is firm here at 95¢ cash, and most of the holders believe it will be higher this Autumn.

I prefer that you should receive this Oil under any circumstances, provided you can do so with propriety, and without subjecting me to any considerable additional expense, as I am entirely unacquainted with the character or business of the House in question.

Please do inform me whether you have found it necessary to take any steps in this matter.

I am very respectfully
Yours &c

 

New Bedford 9 mo. 27 1848
Dr Sir
Enclosed I send you an invoice of your Oil, which is now stored in Thos S. Hatheways shed, on your account and risk, for which you will please forward me your notes, as per account above
& Oblige.
[To] Geo. A. Simmons Esq

Yours very truly
Jona Bourne Jr
Per Edwd Crocker

[p.3]

 

New Bedford 9 mo 27 1848
Gent
Above I hand you the account of your purchase of Oil 8 mo 24th for which you will please forward me your note and Oblige.
[To] Mess Hunting & Tufts
Boston

Yours very truly
Jona Bourne Jr
Per E Crocker

 

New Bedford 9 mo 28 1848
Gentlemen
I have on hand a few hundred Bbls of north west Coast Whal Oil (Selected) which work with blenches beutifully. I have also about 300 Bbls Sperm Oil. Should like to hear from you if you are in want of either kind.
To Sturtevant Edmans & Co
Boston

Yours respectfully
J Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 9 mo 30 1848
Dr Sir
Yours of 29 inst came to here to day containing your three notes viz
Sept 27th 1848 4 mos 1886[.]77
Sept 27th 1848 5 mos 1886[.]77
Sept 27th 1848 6 mos 1886[.]78
[total]-------------------5660.32
Amounting to Fifty Six hundred & Sixty 32/100 Dolls which is placed to your credit in payt for purchase of Oil per a/c rend Sept 27 1848 Errors, if any are to be corrected either way.
[To] Geo. A. Simmons Esq
Boston

Very truly yours
Jona Bourne Jr
per E. Crocker

[p.4]

 

New Bedford 10 mo 2 1848
Gent
Yours of 30th inst came to hand to day, together with your note 4 mos from Augt 24th/48 for Ten Hundred & Seventy One 25/100 Dollars, which is placed to your credit for purchase of Oil for a/c rend Augt 24th 1848.
[To] Mess Hunting & Tufts

Very truly yours
Jona Bourne Jr
per Edwd Crocker

 

New Bedford 10 mo 9 1848
Dr Sir
I have this day sent to the Depot about Two Hundred & Fifty Bbls of your Oil as per request. It gauges are as follows viz

140, 177, 139, 216
160, 186, 170, 260
72, 251, 210, 299
206, 230, 153, 238
240, 142, 215, 168
215, 223, 230, 188
208, 219, 188, 88
177, 147, 247, 154
227, 216, 217, 177
175, 268, 161, 300

The above was taken from the west end of the shed. I have notified Mr. Tillinghast of the removal.
[To] Geo. A Simmons Esq
Boston

Yours very truly
Jona Bourne Jr
per Edwd Crocker

P.S. Mr. Tillinghast says he cannot cancel a part of the policy, but will cancel the whole at any time.

J B Jr per E.C.
E. Crocker

[p.5]

 

New Bedford 10 mo 26 1848
Dr Sir
Yours of the 23rd inst was duly received. I now have to inform you that the Oil was rolled out of the shed yesterday, and will all be carried to the depot to day, marked G.S.S. as per former direction.
The gauges are as follows viz
222
276
366
255
186
175
254
154
265
175
[total]---2328
[minus]---20
[net total]---2308

90
1165
141
132
143
86
147
158
165
160
[total]---1387
[minus]---18
[net total]---1369

139
189
233
178
155
180
168
164
167
159
[total]---1732
[minus]---20
[net total]---1712

244
170
150
158
139
203
174
180
169
170
[total]---1760
[minus]---20
[net total]---1740

218
164
164
143
161
[total]---850
[minus]---10
[net total]---840

840
1740
1712
1369
2308
[total]---79.69 Nett

I have notified Mr. Tillinghast according to your directions, and he says the policy must be given up in order to be cancelled.
[To] George A. Simmons Esq
Boston

Yours very truly
Jonathan Bourne Jr
per Edwd Crocker

 

New Bedford 11 mo 1 1848
Gent
Enclosed I send you a check on the Phenix Bank, N. York, for Four Hundred & Fifty Dollars, being the Amt of your bill for pork, the rest of which you will please acknowledge.
& Oblige
[To] Mess Chenery & Johnson, N. York
Payd to J Bourne Jr
Endorsed to C & J

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr.
per Edwd Crocker

[p.6]

 

New Bedford 11 mo 4 1848
Gent
I am very anxious to obtain the Cigars which I purchased of you, and hope you will forward them by Munroe & Godfreys Express Monday afternoon and Oblige
To Mess Hawkins & Logan New York

Yours Respectfully
Jona Bourne Jr.

P.S. If it is not possible to get them in today to send by Mondays Boat, let them come Tuesday afternoon, but not after that time.

J.B.Jr.

 

New Bedford 11 mo 4 1848
Gent
Enclosed I send you a check on the Phenix Bank, N.York, for Ninety & 40/100 Dollars, being of the amount of your bill of Cigars, received per Godfrey & Munroe Express, the Receit of which you will please acknowledge per return mail.

In the excitement attending our State Election your bill was forgotten, or the money would have been remitted before.
[To] Mess Hawkins & Logan, New York
After hab(?) time

Very truly Yours
Jona Bourne Jr
Per Edwd Crocker

 

New Bedford 11 mo 29 1848
Gent
I have about 600 Bbls of North West Coast Whale oil the four vials sent I believe to be a fair sample as to colour. If you are in want, please send your order, if not hand them over to your friend Balch, if he is in the Broker business, and ask him to obtain as good an offer as he can, for cash or Good Paper. I am anxious to close the lot in order to make up the inward voyage for the Owners. I want 36¢ for it. Please let me hear from you, if you want any on time you can have it.
[To] Mess Sturtevant Edwards & Co
Boston

Yours Respectfully
Jona Bourne Jr
per E Crocker

P.S. We have just got news from one N Bedford Ship off of the N West Coast having obtained only 400 bbls – bad business this.

[p.7]

 

New Bedford 11 mo 29 1848
Mrs W A Briggs
Enclosed I send you Twenty Five Dollars. Yours of the 16th came duly to hand but got laid aside, and was forgotten until now. There has been no reports from the Lagoda recently, and I can form no opinion about when she will come home.
(by Letter directed to Weymouth, Mass)

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr
per Edw Crocker

 

New Bedford 30 mo 1848
Gent
Yours of the 22nd Sept and 6th of Octr were duly received. Since I wrote you under date of 9 mo 4th, there has been a large advance in this Country, in the price of Sperm Oil, which has been made with a corresponding advance in your market. Sales here to a considerable amount have been made for Foreign Account at 105¢ to 107¢ per Gallon.

Having some fears that the reduction of Duty on Foreign Caught Oil may be anticipated in your market, I have come to the conclusion to advise you to sell my parcel of oil I received from Bark Roscoe, provided you can obtain £ 78 to £ 80 per tun in Bond, Unless you believe there will be a further advance soon. I however leave the matter discretionary with you, having the utmost confidence in your judgement in the matter.
Please write me per return Steamer & Oblige
[To] Mess Henckell Du Boisson & Co, London

Yours Truly
Jonathan Bourne Jr

[p.8]

 

New Bedford 12 mo 1 1848
Gentlemen
Annexed please fine bill of 13 Casks Whale Oil purchased the 28th ultim(?) and sent to the Depot this day, Amounting to nine hundred fifty four 80/100 Dollars four Mos & 5 days interest advance, for which you will please forward your note & Oblige
To Mess Hunting & Tufts, Boston

Yours Respectfully
J Bourne Jr.

New Bedford 12 mo 20 1848
Gent
You will have the goodness to forward me your note for bill of Oil rendd 11 mo 28th Amounting to Nine Hundred & fifty four 80/100 dollars. & Oblige
[To] Mess Hunting & Tufts, Botson

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr
Pr E Crocker

New Bedford 12 mo 28 1848
Dear Sir
Your favour of the 26th inst inclosing check on Phenix Bank New York for 15 18/100 Dolls was duly received. I have a distinct recollection of receiving Script of Mr Russell, but for what amount I can not tell, but gave it to Mr Joseph G Grinnell to take to N York some time in Forty Six for the purpose if I remember right to have it reduced. I called on Mr Grinnell this morning he has the same recollection of it as I do myself, and that he lost it in the Office, they being very busy at the time, and could not attend to it, but would send [p.9] it on. Since which I never have seen or heard from it, and hardly thought of it. I presume they will either find it or pay upon my order, as it is probable it never will be found if it is not in their possession, as I am sure it is not in mine, nor never has been since it was left with them. We had nothing to do with that office but took it on to accommodate them, as he was coming there on other business.
[To] Chas A Leonard Esq

Very truly Yours
J Bourne Jr

New Bedford 1 mo 1 1849
Gent
Yours of the 29th containing a Note for 954 80/100 dolls was received on Saturday. Below please find bill of oil of 11 mo 28th Receipted. I can not account for the oil not arriving before. It was all sent to the Depot on Saturday 12 mo 2nd marked & directed in the customary manner.
[To] Mess Hunting & Tufts, Boston

Very truly yours
Jona Bourne Jr
Pr Edwd Crocker

 

Mess Hunting & Tufts
1848
11 mo 28th
Bought of Jona Bourne Jr
2792 Galls Whale Oil 33 1/2¢---------------------------935.32
Ins 4 mos & 5 days---------------------------------------19.48
[total]--------------------------------------------------$954.80
Recd payt by Note
4 mos from 12 mo 4th /48
Jona Bourne Jr
Per E. Crocker

[p.10]

 

(Sent Duplicate of Letter 11 mo 30th 1848 Markd #)
New Bedford 1 mo 6 1849
Gent
The preceding is a copy of a letter which I wrote you to come out by the Acadia, but owing to a mistake as to her day of sailing, my letter remained in Boston until the sailing of the Brittania on the 13th, when I suppose it went forward & ere this has been received by you. I have no further advice to give in relation to my oil, relying upon your good judgement. There has been a further advance in this Country, and sales have been made at 108¢ to 110¢ and a further advance is looked for unless more arrive soon. Your favour of the 14th ultimo has been received
[To] Mess Henckell Du Boisson & Co, London

Yours very Respectfully
Jona Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford 2 mo 1 1849
Dear Sir
Your letter of the 30th ult. has been duly received, and its contents noticed. Your Father is mistaken about my having had any conversation with him, in relation to the payt of my Father’s note. My Father told me he should pay that note from the proceeds received from the R.R. Corporation. The settlement of damages having been somewhat left with me, I called upon the President of the R. Road yesterday after receiving your letter, & he assured me he would very soon go with me & view the premises, and fix the damages if possible. I have no doubt the whole matter will be arranged in a few weeks & that portion of the proceeds belonging to my Father, appropriated for the payt of the note in question.
[To] A.B. Gibbs, Boston

Respectfully Yours
J Bourne Jr

[p.11]

 

New Bedford 2 mo 2 1849
Gents
I have now landing from Bark Roscoe about 800 Bbls Sperm, 600 Humpback, & 500 R. Whale Oil, the whole of which will be landed by the middle of next week, and ready for Sale. I should like to Sell you the entire cargo, at a fair market price, and if you will come & look at it when landed, please write me the first of the week, and I will inform you when it is gauged and filled.
[To] Mess D & A Kingsland & Co, N. York

J Bourne Jr

New Bedford 2 mo 5 1849
Dear Sir
I have not landing about 800 Bbls Sperm, 500 Whale & 600 Hump Back Oil. I should like to see you here, if you are in want, the latter part of the week.
[To] Geo. A Simmons Esq, Boston

J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 2 mo 9 1849
Gentlemen
Your favour of the 6th inst was duly received & I should have replied earlier but for the intense cold weather, which has put us back very much in getting the Oil ready for Sale. I called on Mr Delano this morning saying I must reply. He says, you can say it is Very Rich & handsome in colour with the exception of a few Casks, can not say how many at present. As it is impossible to get a glass into any of it, it being so hard, having laid on the wharf for nearly a week, & the cask being small, it has shrunk down astonishingly. I fear the Bark will not turn out more than 700 to 750 Bbls of Sperm. I will sell at 110 cents, Should like to have some money, say one quarter or one third part. If you would like to look at the Oil, or your Agent if you have [p.12] one here, you can say so, by return mail. We shall need two more fair days before we can get the Sperm Oil filled. Next Tuesday morning will be as early as it can be seen.
Please reply
[To] Mess D & A Kingsland & Co., New York

Yours Truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 2 mo 9(?) 1849
John Cole Bought of Jona Bourne Jr
3 Casks Manufactured Whale Oil
Gauging 161, 161, 159: 481-3-478 Galls @ 46¢--------219.88
Ins 4 mos--------------------------------------------------4.40
Truckg to Depot--------------------------------------------.67
[total]---------------------------------------------------224.95

Dear Sir
Above please find bill of Three Casks Manufactured Whale Oil, that you purchased of Joseph Chace, which you will please place to Mr Bournes credit as above
[To] Capt John Cole, Walpole N.H.

Yours Truly
J Bourne Jr. per E Crocker

 

New Bedford 2 Mo 12 1849
Dear Sir
I am expecting the Ship Alexr Coffin home soon, & Shall want to close up her voyage when she arrives. I would advise the Sale of the Whale Bone in your possession, if Thirty One cents can be obtained.
[To] Chas H Leonard Esq, N York

Yours Truly

[p.13]

 

New Bedford 2 mo 19 1849
Gentlemen
Yours under date of the 12th & 26th of January have been duly received. The latter advising me of Sale of the remaining balance of Oil from the Roscoe. I should not consider it necessary to reply, were it not that I am anxious to have the account of Sale & charges before settling with the officers & crew of said Bark, she having arrived at New Bedford Jany 31. By forwarding the Account of Sale by the next steamer, if not already done, you will greatly oblige
[To] Mess Henckell Du Boisson & Co, London

Yours Truly
J. Bourne Jr.

New Bedford 2 mo 19 1849
Gent
Annexed please find Bill whale & Hump Back Oil amounting to Three Thousand & Twenty Three 82/100 Dolls ($3023.82). I have sent all the short casks there was in the cargo of Hump Back, and then added four pipes in order to make up the two hundred Bbls.

I have sent all the Dark Whale Oil there was in the Cargo. You will please forward your notes as per agreement
[To] Mess Hunting & Tufts, Boston
H.B. mrkd R
Whale mrk d R.B.

Yours Truly
J Bourne Jr
pr E. Crocker

New Bedford 2 mo 21 1849
Dr Sir
Your letter of the 15th inst was duly recd. # above please find your Account with Bark Roscoe. The Balance2378 has been endorsed upon your order to J & W R Wing, as per a/c above
(# bill enclosed)
[To] Prentiss Hobbs Jr
No 20 Sea Street, Boston

J Bourne Jr.
pr E. Crocker

[p.14]

 

New Bedford 2 mo 23 1848
Dear Sir
Yours of the 23d came to hand this morning. In reply I would say that the Hump Back Oil turned out on the Wharf 18445 ½ Galls at 33¢ Amtg to 6087.02. Your are credited with your proportion of 250 Bbls of Sperm Oil less 452 Galls which is the proportion of shrinkage. The quantity on board pr Capt Tobeys a/c was 802 Bbls, & turned out only 756 9½ /31½ Bbls The Merchantable Sperm Oil was valued at 105¢, the Brown & Black was 100¢, 95¢, 85¢ & 75¢ The total amt of 756 9½/31½ Bbls is $24,688.93
The total amt of 250 Bbls less 452 Galls is------7692.81
The total amount of Hump Back Oil is----------6087.02
[total]-----------------------------------------13779.83
[divided by]-------------------------------------140
[total]---------------------------------------------98.42
The above was the manner in which your voyage was made up
[To] Prentiss Hobbs Jr
Boston

Yours Truly
Jona Bourne Jr
pr E Crocker

 

New Bedford 2 mo 23 1849
Gent
Yours of the 22d containing notes for the above bill came to hand this morning, with regard to the Casks, I would say that I do not want them
[To] Mess Hunting & Tufts
(note, the bill receipted was enclosed)

Yours truly
J B Jr. pr E Crocker

 

New Bedford 3 mo 1 1849
Mrs. Warren W Bourne
Your letter by Capt Tobey came safely to hand, and contents noted. You expressed a wish I might Sell the Oil pr Roscoe for cash. That seemed to be impossible unless I suffered very much in price. I have sold the Sperm Oil & a portion of Whale but on very long time, at 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 mos credit as I was fearful the price might recede from its present value. I thought it better to sell, even if [p.15] the time was long, that it might be drawing interest. You will please find inclosed Two Hundred Dolls which I have charged to Capt Bourne’s acct, although I have at present, no funds of his in my possession.

Very Respectfully Yours
J B Jr

 

New Bedford 3 mo 1 1849
Charles Waln Morgan Esq
Dear Sir
From intimations received from your brother, I presume you will not be surprised to learn of a shipment of Whale Oil from me. Inclosed I hand you an invoice of 214 Bbls Whale Oil 201 Bbls Hump Back Oil, per Brig Swan Capt Brag, which vessel is now ready & will sail as soon as wind & weather will permit. The Hump Back Oil is handsome but congealed as that Oil always is at this season of the year. The most of the Whale Oil is light coloured, but a considerable portion of it is ground Tier. I have no positive orders to give you in relation to prices. You must use your own judgement, Should like to make it average 37½ to 38¢ if you could. I think it had better be sold in all March. You will be particular to sell it to responsible persons, where there is not much doubt about the payment.
(Inclosed Invoiced Bill Lading)

Very Respectfully yours
J Bourne Jr
pr E. Crocker

 

New Bedford 3 mo 10 1849
Charles H Leonard Esq
In reply to yours of the 7th inst, I would not advise the Sale of my Bone @ 31¢ but wait the action of the Steamers away. I believe it will cause an advance in the article.

Yours Respy
J Bourn Jr

[p.16]

 

New Bedford 3 mo 14 1849
Gentlemen
I have on hand about 180 Bbls Hump Back & 30 of Whale Oil. The Hump Back Oil will sell for 35½ cts, & the Whale for 35¢ per Cargo, @ 3, 4 & 5 mos Int added. It is a good lot as any I sold you before. The Whale is better, it is all light except one cask. I can sell it by shipping it to Philadelphia @ 38¢ but choose to close it here if that price can be obtained. Please write me by return of mail
& Oblige
[To] Mess Hunting & Tufts, Boston

Yours Truly
J Bourne Jr pr E. Crocker

 

New Bedford 3 mo 15 1849
Mrs Warren W. Bourne
I am adjusting a claim on the underwriters in favour of the Owners of the Bark Roscoe, & it will be necessary for me to have your husbands policy of Insurance on said Bark. Please inclose the same & forward it to me as soon as convenient
& Oblige

Yours Truly
J B. Jr pr E.C.

 

New Bedford March 17 1849
Gentlemen
Your favour of the 15th ultimo with account of Sales of Bark Roscoe Oil, is at hand, and I have this day drawn on you at sight to Drafts viz. 181£ - 9s – 10d & 114£ - 13s – 2d, amounting in all to 296£ - 3s – in favour of Edward L. Baker Esq – Your account shows a balance of 291£ - 5s – 6d, to which I have added an error in footing the charges of 4£ - 17s – 6d – you put down 248£ - 10s – 8d which should have been 243£ - 13s – 2d.

 

Your account also differs in two particulars, in the regular charges, from others, received here for the sale of [p.17] Oil, & I beg to call your attention to them, viz. the charge of Commission for effecting Insurance of ½% 8-10 2, and the charge of 1% for Brokerage, which should be only ½ % on Sperm Oil. I can if necessary send you copies of several accounts of Sale from different merchants, in that way. I cannot understand either why you paid freight on 6060 Gallons. The empty casks you say gauged 481 Galls – the others add 4488 Galls. & 8 for allowance which all make 4977 Gallons. So after loss of the Oil, and paying freight on it too, it seems very hard to pay freights on what it appears was never on board, say 1033 Gallons, either in casks or Oil.
You will oblige me by sending me the Bill of Lading.

Please investigate the whole subject, & advise me what further sum I shall draw for. I have already paid the crew for their share of the Oil, about 18¢ per Cargo more than this netts me, according to your accounts, & though I had made ample allowance for expenses & loss by leakage.
[To] Mess Henkell Du Boisson & Co, London

Very Respectfully Yours
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford March 19 1849
Sir
Inclosed please find Invoice & Bill of Lading of One Hundred & Fifty Six 1/31½ Bbls Hump Back & Thirty Eight 16/31½ Bbls Whale Oil. The quality of the Hump Back is the same as the last lot shipped you. The Whale is better, as it is all light coloured except one Cask. I do not want it sold on a longer credit than 4 mos, & to no person whose paper you would not guarantee for the usual commission. I have invoiced the Oil at 39¢ but you must use your own judgement in the premises. If 38¢ could be obtained to arrive, for first rate paper, I should advise you to sell. I don’t know anything about [p.18] the standing of the Mess Allen, but think unless you know them to be A 1, I should not care to put any more Eggs into the same basket. Please write me after you learn the market.
[To] Chas Waln Morgan Esq, Philadelphia

Very Respectfully Yours
J. B. Jr

 

New Bedford 3 Mo 22 1849
Dear Sir
Yours of the 3rd inst came duly to hand. Inclosed please find Four Dolls, (4$) the amount of my bill for the Saturday Courrier, for which you will please forward me bill receipted
& Oblige
[To] Francis Shepherd Esq, Bangor

Yours Respectfully
J.B.Jr pr E. Crocker

 

New Bedford 3 Mo 22 1849
Dear Sir
Your favour of the 12th inst came safely to hand, containing account Sale of Hump Back & Whale Oil Shipd by Brig Swan, & Messrs J B A. & S. Allen notes for Forty Nine Hundred & Nine 96/100 Dolls, Also yours of the 17th inst containing Guagers certificate.

I wrote you on the 19th inclosing Invoice & Bill Lading of One Hundred & Fifty Six 7/31½ Bbls Hump Back & Thirty Eight 16/31½ Bbls Whale Oil, Shipped pr Schooner Bolina, Capt Burlingame, which vessel sails this day with a fair wind.
[To] Chas Waln Morgan Esq, Philadelphia

Very Respectfully Yours
J.B.Jr pr E.C.
Sanding S

[p.19]

 

New Bedford 3 mo.23 1849
Dear Sir
You may sell the Alex Coffin Whale Bone remaining in your possession, if 32¢ can be obtained.
[To] Chas H Leonard Esq, New York

Yours Respectfully
J. B. Jr

 

New Bedford 3 mo 30 1849
Gentlemen
The very day the Steamer sailed from Boston, your letter came to hand per Ship Devonshire, enclosing the Acct Sales of Oil. It appears from that the 4£-17s-6s was a charge for Warehouse Rent. You will see by the enclosed copy of Sales which I return, that it was entirely omitted in it.

Refering to my respects of March 17th a copy of which I enclose herewith, advising of the drafts, I would enquire how our account stands now.
{Copy of Letter March 17 enclosed
Together with duplicate Acct Sales}
[To] Mess Henckell Du Boisson & Co, London

Yours Truly

 

New Bedford 4 mo 3 1849
Dear Sir
I wrote you on the 23rd ultimo to Sell the Alex Coffin W.Bone if 32¢ could be obtained if not sold on receipt of this, Sell at 31¢ and should it remain unsold on the arrival of the next Steamer, my orders are to Sell, I have no limits to give.
[To] Charles H. Leonard, New York

Respectfully Yours
J B Jr

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New Bedford 4 Mo 5 1849
Elihu Swain Esq
Dr Sir
I wish to make some enquiries confidentially of you in relation to a Mr Gorham who was mate of the Ship Mount Vernon of your place & I believe you were part owner. You are well aware sir, that it is highly necessary to have our ships commanded on long & uncertain voyages, by skillful, persevering & temperate men, and oftentimes the only reliable information we can get of them is from the knowledge of them in former voyages. Mr Gorham is a stranger to me, and in the absence of the Master of Said Ship, I apply to you and I wish to ask the following questions – viz- Has he always sustained a temperate character during all of his voyages so far as you have been able to ascertain? Is he in your opinion competent to command men on a long voyage? Is he a man of good judgement so far as you know him? Has he had the reputation of being a good whaleman? Would you give him the command of a ship to go on a sperm whale voyage, if you had one & wanted a master? And finally would the owners of the Mount Vernon have given him the command of her, if they had fitted her a whaling again & Capt Coleman had declined going, or should you have looked further?

You will confer a favour on one who is ever ready to reciprocate a favour of this kind, by answering by return of Boat the above interrogatories, and whether favourable or not to the young man in question, they shall be kept a secret & confidential matter between you & myself.

Very Truly Yours
J.B.Jr

[p.21]

 

New Bedford 4 mo 10 1849
Mrs. Weston A Briggs
Your letter of the 3rd Inst came to hand, & contents noticed. Inclosed please find Twenty Dollars. You may hear, or see in some of the news papers, the Loss of the Ship Lagoda, at one of the Japan Islands, but give yourself no uneasiness whatever, as it is entirely false. The Ship I know was at the Sandwich Islands Nov 20 1849, and was not then ready for Sea. Consequently could not be in the Japan Sea at the time of the reported loss. It originated from the three Boats crews who deserted her when she was there the last season. Should you have any letters from Mr Briggs, please inform me of it.
& Oblige

Yours &
J.B.Jr pr E. Crocker

 

New Bedford 4 mo 10 1849
Gentlemen
Your Mr Tufts when here a few weeks since talked to me about Cotton Duck, I think he stated you sold the Baltimore Soft, so called, If I am correct please state the Brand or Manufacturers Name, & your lowest prices from no 2 to 6 per yard, Credit to commence from the sailing of the ship, say the 20th of May which is the usual practice here – how much off for cash at that time &cc. An answer by return of mail is requested. I shall use about 2100 yards.
[To] Mess Hunting & Tufts, Boston

Yours Truly
J B Jr pr E. C.

[p.22]

 

New Bedford 4 mo 12 1849
Dr Sir
Your letter of the 7 Inst advising of the arrival of the Bolina, & the landing of my oil &c, has been duly recd, & content noted. My opinion is that the Hump Back Oil had better be sold at 37¢ or even 36½¢, if that is the Highest price that can be obtained. I am sorry I shipped it to Philadelphia as I did not expect to submit to these prices, but I am anxious to wind up the Cargo. I hope you will not be compelled to to sell it on a longer time than 4 mos credit, If you are entirely satisfied with the credit of the Mess Allens, you may sell it to them if a higher price can be obtained.
[To] Chas Waln Morgan, Philadelphia

Yours Respy
J.B. Jr

 

New Bedford 4 mo 16 1849
The bearer of this Mr Wm G. Blackmer is a native of New Bedford, and has been known to the writer for many years, and I believe Sustaing a good character for sobriety and honesty – should any one wish to employ him in any mercantile business. I hesitate not to Say that they would find him competent to perform any ordinary duty which might be required of him, and I further State to any of the Masters commanding my whale Ships in the Pacific Ocean, that he may fall in with homeward bound, and he should desire to come to America, to allow him to take passage in said ship, if without being compelled to obtain further supplies of provisions on account of taking a passenger

Yours Truly
J.B. Jr

[p.23]

 

New Bedford 4 mo 16 1849
Gentlemen
Your favour of the 13th Inst has been received. I would like for you to send me five pieces of your cotton Duck, beginning at no 2 to no 6 If the Duck suits upon examination, I will then send forward my orders for the balance. Please let it come forward immediately – Say by first Baggage Train.
[To] Mess Hunting & Tufts, Boston

Respy Yours
J.B. Jr

 

New Bedford 4 mo 1849
Gentlemen
I am sorry to say that I shall be obliged to reject the Cotton Duck which came to the Depot this morning. I regret that you sent more than I ordered, which was five pieces beginning no 2 to no 6. The Duck has been examined by my Sailmaker, Mr. Hazzards and by myself. And we think it has either been damaged, or the Cotton is very poor. – at any rate it tears very easily. I am compelled to pay a higher price. I wish you would advise me by return of mail what you will have me do with it, I can either turn it over to your Agent here, or return it to you in Boston.
[To] Mess Hunting & Tufts, Boston

Very Truly Yours
J.B. Jr

 

New Bedford 4 mo 18 1849
Charles H. Leonard Esq
Dr Sir
Your favour of the 14th ult inclosing account sale of Ship Alex Coffin Whale Bone is at hand & contents noted. I cannot understand why you should have charged 2½ % commission for selling, when 1¼ % has been the uniform price, and [p.24] again you will remember that you had no orders to insure, & that I did not know it was insured until a year after it arrived, when in conversation with you in New Bedford, you stated that you considered it insured in your policy. My reply was that I had no objection to paying from that time, which you as I thought acceded to, and again why should there be insurance on $3000, charged, when we never valued it over 36¢ pr lb. and is it customary to charge storage by the bundle?

Your early attention to the above is requested as I cannot think of settling the Account and allowing the charges without some explanation.

Very Truly Yours
J.B. Jr

 

New Bedford 4 mo 18 1849
Dear Sir
I have been anxiously looking for a letter from you in relation to Officers & Boatsteerers.

You will recollect when we parted, you spoke of the third Mate of the Walter Scott & a Boatsteerer a Portuguese of the same ship. for 2nd or 3rd mate. Also a carpenter & Boatsteerer which was here at the time. Is there any person there for a mate that can be got by paying high, provided I should fail to get Mr. Vincent? Please to write me by return of mail
& Oblige
[To] Capt J R Gorham, Nantucket

Yours Respy
J.B. Jr

 

New Bedford 4 mo 21 1849
Mrs. W. A. Briggs
Yours of the 19th inst is recd & I would say in reply that I wrote you on the 10th inst inclosing Twenty Dollars (20$) directed to Mrs. Weston A Briggs Weymouth – Mass. I also sent you 11 mo 29th 1848 Twenty Five Dolls (25$) directed in the same way. If you have not received them, it must be because I [p.25] omitted putting on Weymouth Landing in directing them, forgetting that you requested to have them so directed. You will have the goodness to reply to this & say whether you have received them or not.

I have heard from the Lagoda at the Sandwich Islands as late as Decr 9 1848 fitting for another Season on the N. West.

Very Truly Yours
J B Jr pr E.C.

 

New Bedford 4 mo 21 1849
Dear Sir
Understanding that Mr Russell of Nantucket who was in your Bark Anna last voyage, is desirous of obtaining a Situation either as Master or Mate, I would enquire if he gave entire satisfaction to the Master of said Bark and to you, If his habits were good during the voyage, and was he considered a first rate Whaleman, and would you employ him again provided you wanted a Master, or should you prefer him as Mate. Please to answer this as early as convenient, & Oblige one who is ever ready to reciprocate in a similar manner.
[To] Byrom Diman Esq, Bristol R.I.

Respy Yours
J.B.Jr pr E.C.

 

New Bedford 4 mo 23, 1849
Dear Sir
I have now landing from Ship A Coffin About four hundred Sperm, and Eight hundred North West Whale Oil, said to be very hansome should like to here from or see you after one more fair day if in want of either Kind
To Samuel Downer Esq, Boston

Very Respects
J Bourne Jr

[p.26]

 

Same as to Saml Downer to Geo A Simmons [written in pencil above following:]
New Bedford 4 mo 23 /49
Dr Sir
I have now landing from Ship Alex Coffin about four hundred sperm & eight hundred North West Whale Oil – said to be very handsom. Should like to hear from or see you after one more fair day, if in want of either Kind.
[To] Geo. A Simmons Esq, Boston

Yours Respy
J. B. Jr

 

New Bedford 4 mo 23 1849
Dear Sir
I have not been able to ship Frank he wants us to agree to put on the fourth Boat. I told him that you had liberty to do it when you arrived at Raratonga. Provided you thought it would be an advantage to the voyage & you could get men there as you stated you could. He does not expect you to leave Whales on Whale Ground to go there. If you think he is a superior man, perhaps you had better make some such bargain with him - of course you go to Raratonga when it is convenient. He pretends the Starbucks sent for him to go out 2nd mate of the Omega, is it so? If you ship him, do not bind yourself to the disadvantage of the voyage.
[To] Capt J R Gorham, Nantucket

Yours Respy
J. B. Jr

 

New Bedford 4 mo 24 1849
My Dear Sir
Annexed please find a * check on the Bank for Five Hundred Dollars, which I hope will come safely to hand. The last notes for Ship Marengos Cargo come due July 16th I shall then be ready to settle the account.
[To] Capt John Cole, Walpole

Yours Truly
Void ----- not sent

[ * null & void over written here VOID NOT SENT super imposed on letter]

[p.27]

 

New Bedford 4 mo 24 /49
My Dear Sir
Enclosed please find a check on the Phenix Bank, New York. I could not obtain one on Boston from any of the Banks in the City. I presume this will answer your purpose.
The Marengos Cargo is all due the 16th of July next, & I presume will be paid, I shall then be ready to settle with you. Please acknowledge the recpt of this
[To] Capt John Cole, Walpole

Yours Respy
J B. Jr

 

New Bedford 4 mo 27 1849
Dear Sir
Annexed please find bill of Sperm Oil purchased from Ship Alex Coffins Cargo the 25th last Amounting to Fourteen Thousand Nine hundred & Three & 61/100 Dolls, which has been sent to Depot marked H as pr Order. The Guagers report I also inclose, it was taken from him in some haste by my clerk, and may vary in one Cask. I hope it will arrive safely and prove to your satisfaction.

I have drawn on you Three Drafts, one at Six days from date (of purchase) without Grace, for Three Thousand Six Hundred & Seventy Three 88/100 Dolls, ($3,673l.88) One at 2 mos from 25th for Three Thousand Seven hundred & Forty Three & 24/100 Dolls ($3,743.24) & One at 4 mos from 25th for Seven Thousand Four Hundred & Eighty Six 49/100 Dolls ($7,486.49) which I believe is according to our agreement.
[To] Saml Downer Jr Esq, Boston

Yours Respy
J B Jr pr E.C.

[p.28]

 

New Bedford 4 mo 28 1849
Dear Sir
Your favour of the 26th inst has just come to hand, & am glad to hear that you have shipd Frank. I gave for Boatsteerers the last voyage, the Eightieth Lay (1/80), & the shortest lay for Seamen was the One hundred & Fortieth (1/140). I will give the same for the two Portuguese. In regard to Mr Swain, he must decide upon some thing, and I wish you would come off with him the next Boat, & I will pay your passage provided he will come with you. If he will not come, & will not decide, I must send for Mr Crocker immediately, as the Ship is nearly ready, and can be all ready for sea next week. Perhaps you had better urge Mr Swain to come with you Monday, as I want to talk with you about many things. Please enquire of Capt Cary of the Caroline about Jacob Shepherd for Boatsteerer & Blacksmith, was with him two or three voyages.
[To] Capt J. R. Gorham, Nantucket

Yours Respy
J B. Jr

 

New Bedford 4 mo 28 1849
Dear Sir
In my letter to you on the 27th inst Accompanying the Invoice of Ship Alex Coffins Oil I mentioned that the Guagers report might vary in one Cask. I would say in addition, that there may be an apparent errour in the guage of one Barrel Markd Ullage 14 out. There were two ullages, one of Head & one of Body, put together in this barrel which filled it in to ½ a Gallon.
[To] Saml Downer Jr Esq, Boston
(postage paid)

Respy Yours
Jona Bourne Jr
pr E Crocker

[p.29]

 

New Bedford 5 mo 1 1849
Dear Sir
I have been expecting to see you for some days past. Some one told me you were coming to New Bedford the last week. I think it will be for your interest to come immediately. Please let me see or hear from you the next packet or Steam Boat.
[To] Henry R. Crocker, Falmouth

Yours Respy
J.B.Jr

 

New Bedford 5 mo 1 /49
Dr Sir
Your favour of 30th ult came to hand to day, & I would say in reply that in your lot of Oil there were two casks gauging 203 Galls & One gauging 209 Galls. As regardg the 9th column of my account rendered, I would say that the fifth cask should be 209 Galls instead of 200, as it appears in your copy of it, which I trust you will find correct when you receive the oil & examine the guages. As I stated to you in my first letter, the Guagers report was taken in some haste, and there may be some casks erroneously marked, & some omissions, but I trust when you examine the oil you will find it as stated when the sale was made.
[To] Saml Downer Jr Esq, Boston

Yours Respy
J.B.Jr pr E.C.

 

New Bedford 5 mo 2 1849
Gent
Inclosed please find check on the Atlas Bank, Boston, for Eleven Hundred & Seventy Five & 20/100 Dolls, which will balance your Bills of Pork April 17 & 27th inst.
Please send a receipt & Oblige
[To] Mess E A & W Winchester, Boston
Postage paid

Yours Respy
J.B.Jr pr E.C.

[p.30]

 

New Bedford 5 mo 2 1849
Mrs Weston A Briggs
Your letter of the 24th ult, came duly to hand, in which you say you did not receive the letter I sent you on the 10th ult, inclosing Twenty Dollars. I would say that the letter was put into the Office here on that day, directed to you at Weymouth Mass, and the post master here, on referring to his account that day, finds there was one mailed for that place. Will you have the goodness to enquire at the different post offices in Weymouth, if there are more than one, and write me whether you have received it or not?
& Oblige

Yours Respy
JBJr pr E.C.

 

New Bedford 5 mo 5 1849
Dear Sir
I have upon the Wharf just landed from Bark Newton, say 2000 Bbls Whale & 420 Bbls Sperm Oil. Believing it will suit my friend Simmons, should like to see him Monday or Tuesday, if in want of either kind.
[To] Geo. A. Simmons, Boston

Resply Yours
J.B.Jr

 

New Bedford 5 mo 18th 1849
Mrs. Weston A Briggs
Inclosed I send you a letter from your husband. It was left here yesterday by a man who came home in the Sarah Parker of Nantucket. On the 2nd of this month I wrote you in relation to the letter sent on the 10 of April last inclosing 20 dollars – stating that the letter was put into the Office that day, and that the post master on referring to his account finds there was such a letter mailed. It was directed to you at Weymouth, Mass. Will you have the goodness to write me soon as convenient, whether you have received it yet or not?

Resply Yours
J.B.Jr pr E. Crocker

[p.31]

 

New Bedford 5 mo 21 1849
Sir
Inclosed you will please find an order on the Treasury for the payt of two passengers for Bark Newton, & one for Bark Roscoe, duly certified by the Collector of this port, amounting in all to Thirty Dollars. The order for the passage for Bark Newton having been mislaid for a time is the reason why it has been delayed so long. You will please forward me the amount
& Oblige
[To] Stephen Pleasanton Esq
5th Auditor of the Treasury, Washington City

Yours Respy
JB Jr pr E.C.

 

New Bedford 5 mo 24 1849
Dear Sir
Inclosed please find a bill of Sperm Oil from Bark Pantheon Cargo, amounting Interest added to Sixteen Thousand Five Hundred & Seventy & 23/100 Dollars, for which you will please forward your Notes as entered on the Bill
& Oblige
[To] Geo. A Simmons Esq, Boston

Your Friend
J B Jr pr E.C.

P.S. The Oil was all sent to the Depot yesterday

 

New Bedford 5 mo 23rd 1849
Dear Sir
Your letter of the 21st came to hand yesterday making enquires relative to James Finch Draft drawn on me for 2715 83/100 Dolls & protested for non acceptance & payment

The Ship Lagoda sailed from the Sandwich Islands sometime in December last with 2200 Bbls of Oil for the Japan Sea, touched at Guam in Feby oil not stated, bound into the Japan Sea right whaling. She would probably require to fill 1200 Bbls, if fortunate would arrive back to the Sandwich Islands in August. I shall expect the ship home in Feby or March next

Capt Finch belongs in Dighton Mass, where his family reside during his absence. It was with great [p.32] mortification that I felt bound in justice to myself & owners, to allow the Draft to be protested. The Lagoda was well fitted when she sailed from New Bedford as I supposed for a 40 mos voyage, but before she was 15 mos out the Captain commenced drawing & has continued at every Port I believe since where a draft could be negociated, and without any advices except the first. While at the Sandwich Islands the last time four drafts have come to hand in 40 days, the two first of which I paid, the third & fourth I did not pay, not knowing when this matter was to end. Still when the Lagoda arrives home and it appears that the proceeds of your dft was used for the supplies of my ship, I expect to pay the dft forthwith.

I think now of coming to your city soon, & will there call & see you. I requested one of the owners Mr Seabury to call on you some days since, and explain why the dft was protested, and understand from his Brother that he did so.
[To] James Hunewell Esq, Boston

Respy Yours
J.B.Jr

 

New Bedford 6 mo 6 1849
Gentlemen
Your favour of the 5th inst containing your Note for Nine Hundred & Twenty One 28/100 Dollars in payt for Bill of Bark Pantheon Whale Oil was duly received this morning, & said note was placed to your credit in account. Should you be in want of any more of the same cargo, should be pleased to have your order, & if not sold, will be glad to furnish you
[To] E G Milliken & Co, Boston

Very Truly Yours
J B Jr pr E C

[p.33]

 

New Bedford 6 mo 8 1849
Dear Sir
Your letter of the 6th came to hand yesterday asking information in relation to James Finch’ Draft.

It was with some mortification that I allowed your draft to be protested, but the circumstances are these, - which I explained to the Clerk of the Bank when it was presented for acceptance – that the Master had drawn four drafts on me in the space of Forty days without advising me of either except a printed letter attached to the drafts, which I consider of no consequence whatever, the two first I paid the third & fourth I did not pay. Yours was the fourth, the third belongs to Mr Hunnewell of Boston. I am quite well satisfied that the whole amt drawn for was never used for the supplies of my ship. Still Capt Finch perhaps can explain all when he returns. I expect the ship home in the coming winter or spring, and if the proceeds of your draft was used for the supplies of my ship I expect to pay it forthwith.
[To] Henry Johnson Esq, Newburyport

Very Respy Yours
Jonathan Bourne Jr
Pr Edwd Crocker

[p.34]

 

New Bedford 6 mo 11 1849
Gentlemen
I want to purchase two Hundred & Twenty five Bbls of Prime Pork, & Two Hundred Bbls of Mess Beef and do not wish to be obliged to come to your city immediately if I can be as well served, as my attention is required here. I will venture to make the enquiry of you for prices, Say for 225 Bbls of Hard, White, Heavy Prime Pork, well Salted and in good Bbls & in good order, for 200 Bbls of Heavy, Bright, fat, well salted Mess Beef & Bbls in good order, delivered at the Packing Yards Cash. If you can furnish the above please write e your lowest terms by return of mail & Oblige
[To] Mess Chenery & Johnson, New York

Yours Respectfully
Jona Bourne Jr
Per Edwd Crocker

 

New Bedford 6 mo 9 1849
Gentlemen
A person called on me to purchase about 6,000 $ worth of Oil on 6 mos credit, for R F. & J C. Fisk note, endorsed by Wm Fisk, who I believe was the late partner of Aaron Rice, and Father of the purchasers. Not knowing the Gentlemen, I declined selling until I could make further enquiry. Will your Mr John Wright, or Mr Priest make enquiry for me & write me by Monday evening mail?
Please not name their desire to purchase at New Bedford.

J.B.Jr

 

New Bedford 6 mo 13 1849
Dr Sir
Annexed please find an Invoice of Twenty Casks Whale oil shipped by the Schr ______ Capt Heard. I supposed your brother have sent the Invoice, or should have sent it forward before.

You will please send forward your Acceptance for the Amount Ins added, Eleven Hundred & Thirty Six 91/100 Dollars, 4 mos as per Agreement with your Brother.
[To] Chas Waln Morgan Esq, Philadelphia

Respy Yours
J B Jr pr E. Crocker

[p.35]

 

New Bedford 6 mo 19 1849
Dear Sir
Your favour of the 16th inst containing your note of 6th mo 1st /49 at 4 mos for Eleven Hundred & Thirty Six 91/100 Dolls, in payt for Bill Bark Pantheon Whale Oil, was duly received this morning, and said note has been placed to your Credit in Account.
[To] Chas Waln Morgan Esq, Philadelphia

Very Truly Yours
J.B.Jr pr E. Crocker

 

New Bedford 6 mo 20 1849
Gentlemen
Enclosed please find check on Phenix Bank, New York, for Seven Hundred & Seventy Five & 47/100 Dollars, being the Amount of your bill of Beef & Hams, purchased by I. D. Hall on my account on 14th inst, the receipt of which you will please acknowledge per return of Mail.
& Oblige
[To] Mess Brush & Co New York
Directed – Mess Brush & Co
35 Front Street New York

Yours truly
J B Jr pr E.C.

 

New Bedford 6 mo 22 1849
Dear Sir
Enclosed please find a check on Atlantic Bank, Boston, for Seven Hundred & Thirteen & 71/100 Dollars, in payment for Bill of Lumber purchased by William Wilcox, as per Bill rend June 18th /49, for which you will please forward a receipt per return of mail.
& Oblige
[To] G. D. Waldron Esq, Augusta

Yours Respy
J B Jr per E.C.

[p.36]

 

New Bedford 6 mo 25 1849
Gentlemen
Enclosed please find a check on the Mechanics Bank, N York, for Two Hundred & Twenty Seven & 96/100 Dollars, in payment for Bills of Cheese & Dried Apples purchased by I. D. Hall as per Bill rend June 14th /49, for which you will please forward a receipt per return of mail
& Oblige
[To] Mess Bowman & Butterfield, New York

Yours Respy
J B Jr pr E.C.

 

New Bedford 6 mo 25 1849
Gentlemen
Enclosed please find a check on the Mechanics Bank, N York, for Five Hundred & Forty Seven & 83/100 Dollars in payment for Bill of Tobacco, purchased by I. D. Hall, as per Bill rend June 14th /49, for which you will please forward a receipt per return of mail
& Oblige
[To] Mess Du Bois & Vandervoost, New York

Yours Respy
J B Jr pr E.C.

 

New Bedford 6 mo 26, 1849
Dear Sir
Your favour of the 25th Inst, came to hand this morning, I have more of the same lot of Bone which you purchased from, you can have another thousand pounds at the same price cash you paying for weighing that is the use of scales & truckage which will not exceed $1.50 please answer by return of mail
[To] To I A Henry Esq, Boston

Yours Respy
J Bourne Jr

[p.37]

 

New Bedford 6 mo 26 1849
Dear Sir
Above please find Bill of Bark Rosco Whale Bone, Amounting to One Thousand & Twelve 32/100 Dollars, for which I have Drawn on you at sight, as pr Agreement. It was sent to the Depot this afternoon
[To] Mess Melendy & David, Boston
(Enclosed bark Roscoe bill)

Very truly Yours
J B Jr Pr E.C.

 

New Bedford 6/28/49
Gent
Enclosed please find check on Mechanics Bank N York, for Two Thousand Eight Hundred & Eighty One 45/100 Dolls in payt for Bill of Beef & pork purchased by I D Hall, as per Bill rend June 14th for which you will please forward me a receipt pr return of mail. It has been difficult to obtain checks on N York at our Banks for some days past or should have sent it before.
[To] Mess Cheney & Johnson, New York

Very Truly Yours
J B Jr pr E.C.

P.S. in your Bill rend there is an error in the extension of the port, of 200 $ You make it $126250, should be $106250

 

New Bedford 6 mo 29 1849
Dear Sir
Your favour of the 26 inst came safely to hand, I would like for you to bring me 12 Bbls Vinegar, and 10000 of the small Boxes of Cigars, Branded Manuel Amorez, 350 $ per Thousand and 10000 of the Boxes Branded with a crown, the name is so indistinct I cannot tell what it is, the Boxes contain 100 each, price mark is $350 pr Thousand, provided they will allow me a commission off, and pay the freight on them.
[To] Capt Paul Baker

Very Truly Yours
J B Jr. Pr E. C.

[p.38]

 

New Bedford 7 mo 2 1849
Dear Sir
Your favours of the 25th & 27th Ultimo, have been recd & contents noticed. When I decided to send the Alex Coffin to California, I thought probable I might take ten or twelve passengers, but have made no arrangement to do so. Still if that or a less number should make application immediately before the ship was fitted up, or cargo all purchased, I would take them, but before I can make my arrangements to do so, I must adopt the custom of all Passenger Ships, that is, no passage is secured until the money is paid. If you together with Eight or Ten other Gentlemen or a less number decide to go, all must pay the sum of Two Hundred Dollars each to Capt Hale, or in some way guarantee that amount, forthwith, so it can be collected before the first of August, Baggage allowed to each passenger One common sized Seamans Chest & Carpet Bags of ordinary size. We can take the bulk of Fifty or Sixty Barrels, for the Company, perhaps more, at the customary rate at the time of Sailing. Capt Hale can explain to all those who wish to go, in relation to their quarters. I will fit what is termed by whalemen, a steerage the whole width of the Ship. Eat in the Cabin, and all other liberties that they have there, in fact it will be a continuation of the Cabin, with the exception of State Room.

As many as wish to go must make their arrangements as I have before stated with Capt Hale, and he inform me immediately, or within a very short time. My Lumber has all arrived, and mostly landed. The ship has on board 400 bbls Beef & pork, 10 000 lbs Bacon, 32 000 Brick, shall take in some picou coal tomorrow & commence loading my Lumber very soon. Please say to Capt Hale, that I have shipped Mr. Jenny, also an excellent Cook. We are painting spars to day. The Newton is nearly ready for sea.
[To] E.J. Hale Es
Foxcroft

Very Truly Yours
J B Jr pr E.C.

[p.39]

 

CONFIDENTIAL
New Bedford July 3 1949

Once more I am under the necessity of troubling you by making an enquiry in relation to the standing of Sturtevant Edwards & Co.

Do you consider them good for ten or twelve Thousand Dollars, 4 & 6 mos. Please answer by return of mail
& Oblige
[To] Mess Wright Priest & Co
Boston

Your Friend
J Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 7 mo 6 1949
Gentlemen
I regret to say that Capt Harding and myself differed in relation to taking in the Oil, & has left without it. Your Mr Sturtevant saw where the oil laid, along side of the Bark that it came in. When Capt H called on me yesterday morning for the oil, I told him it would be ready at One O clock, he accordingly called at that time, & I told him to cast off the Bow Fast of the Bark, & haul inside. He demurred & said must do that myself. I replied that no one could object to doing so slight a job when he could obtain so good a situation – as the Oil would be directly alongside of his vessel, and if he did not do it, I should keep the oil for Capt Cromwell, who would be very glad of the freight. He still demured, whereupon some altercation took place between us, & I told him he should not have it at any rate. I was aware that Mr. S. had rather the oil would come by the other vessel, for he so stated to me when here.
Please inform me what course I shall take in relation to it.
[To]Mess Sturtevant & Edwards
Boston

Yours Resply
J B. Jr pr E.C.

[p.40]

 

New Bedford 7 Mo 7 1849
Gent
Enclosed please find check on Phenix Bank N York, for Eight Hundred & Thirty Seven 34/100 Dollars in payt for your bills of Butter of June 29th & July 6th purchased by I D. Hall, for which you will please forward me a receipt pr return of mail
& Oblige
[To] Mess Ludlam & Leggett
New York

Yours Resply
J B. Jr pr E.C.

 

New Bedford 7 Mo 7 1949
Gent
Enclosed please find check on the Phenix Bank N York for Two Hundred Thirty Four 36/100 Dollars, in payt for your bill of Tobacco purchased by I D Hall, as pr bill recd June 21st/49 less 5% off, for which you will please forward me a receipt pr return of mail
& Oblige
[To] Mess Du Bois & Vandervoort
New York

Yours Resply
J B. Jr pr E.C.

 

New Bedford 7 Mo 7 1849
Gent
Enclosed please find check on the Phenix Bank, N York, for One hundred & Seventy One 79/100 Dollars, I payt for your bill of Coffee purchased by I D Hall, as pr bill recd June 19th/49 less 3% off, for which you will please forward me a receipt pr return of mail, & Oblige
[To]Mess Beare[?] & Cummings
New York

Yours Resply
J B Jr pr E.C.

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New Bedford 7 Mo 11 1849
Gent
Enclosed please find Bill of Lading for One Hundred & Sixty Four Casks Whale Oil, shipped on board Schooner Champion, which vessel sailed this morning. Also Bill of the same with Interest Amounting to 10.436 23/100 Dolls.

You will please forward your Notes for the same. Hope it will all arrive safely and prove to your satisfaction.
[To] Mess Sturtevant & Edwards
Boston

Yours Resply
J B Jr pr E.C.

 

New Bedford 7 Mo 19 1849
Gentlemen
Your favour of the 18th inst containing your Notes Amounting to Ten Thousand Four Hundred & Thirty Six 23/100 Dollars in payt for Bill of Bark Pantheon Whale Oil, has been received, & said notes are placed to your credit in Account.
[To] Mess Sturtevant & Edwards
Boston

Very Truly Yours
J B Jr. E.C.

 

New Bedford 7 Mo 19 1849
Gentlemen
Our Mutual friends Mess I D Hall & Co furnished me with your names as dealers in Bag Salt. Will you send me pr R Road 200 Bags of ground Rock Salt (20 lbs each) I will remit the amt immediately. Should you have any doubts about the monys coming forward, enquire of Wright Priest & Co
[To] Mess Thatcher & Sons
Boston

Very Truly Yours

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New Bedford 7 Mo 19 1849
Gentlemen
In conversation with E C. Jones Esq of our City in relation to window glass, he kindly furnished me with your prices. And I should like for you to send me pr R Road on same terms as he bought, say 8 Boxes 8 by 10 – 12 Boxes 9 by 13 and 8 Boxes 10 by 14.
Send bill by mail deducting for cash, and I will remit you the same
Should you have any doubts about the moneys coming forward, enquire of Wright Priest & Co or John M Williams
[To] Mess Banker Crocker & Co
Boston

Resply Yours

 

New Bedford 5 Mo 8 1849
Dear Sir
I am anxious to close the Ship Alex Coffin Accounts and will thank you to remit the amount of the enclosed bill of Eighty & 50/100 Dolls & Int from date
& Oblige
[To] Wilson Barstow Esq
Mattapoisett
(bill Ship Alex Coffin oil inclosed)

Yours Truly
J B Jr

 

New Bedford 7 Mo 25 1849
Gentlemen
I received the 28 Boxes of Glass this day, & find that I have got just half the quantity I wanted. Please send immediately the same quantity as named in the former order & I will remit for both bills.
[To] Mess Banker Crocker & Co
Boston

Yours Truly

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New Bedford 7 Mo 28 1849
Gent
Please send me pr R Road Fifteen Barrels of first rate Mess Beef, or its equivalent in Tierces, Cash price, & I will remit by check or money
[To] Mess E A & W Winchester
Boston

Respy Yours
J. B. Jr

P.S. I hope you will not fail to sent it by the first train as I want to put it in to the ship on Tuesday.

 

New Bedford 7 Mo 30 1849
Gentlemen
Enclosed please find check on the Bank, Boston, for One Hundred & Two 40/100 Dollars, in payt for your two bills of Glass of the 20th & 26th instant, for which you will please forward me a receipt pr return of mail
& Oblige
[To] Mess Banker Crocker & Co
Boston

Yours Very Respy
J.B. Jr pr E.C.

 

New Bedford 7 Mo 30 1849
Gent
Enclosed please find check on the Bank Boston for Twenty Six Dollars, in payment for your bill of salt of the 20th instant for which you will please forward me a receipt pr return of mail
& Oblige
[To] Mess Thatcher & Sears
Boston

Yours Truly
J.B. Jr pr E.C.

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New Bedford 8 Mo 2 1849
Dear Sir
Your letter of the 31st ult came to hand to day, & I would say in reply, that as you are a stranger to me, and a large part of the Bone is owned by an unsettled Estate, and I have told the Owners it was sold for Cash, I should rather not not send it until the money is paid. You can estimate the Bundles at 100 lbs each as pr Agreement.
To J[ames] A. Sevey
Boston

Very Truly Yours
J B Jr pr E.C.

 

New Bedford 8 Mo 11 1849
Mrs Weston A. Briggs
Your letter of the 7th inst came duly to hand. Inclosed please find Thirty Dollrs the amt you requested.
(directed to Weymouth Landing, Mass)

Very Truly yours
J.B. Jr pr E. Crocker

 

New Bedford 8 Mo 13 1849
Dear Sir
Inclosed you will please find an order on the Treasury for Ten Dollars, in payment for a seamans passage to this port in the ship Alex Coffin, which amt you will please forward to me
& Oblige
To Stephen Pleasanton Esq
5th Auditor of the Treasury
Washington City

Yours Respectfully
J B Jr pr E.C.

 

New Bedford 8 Mo 15 1849
Mess A & C. Cunningham, Boston
Gentlemen
Inclosed please find Bills of Lading of Sperm Oil from Bark Roscoe & Ship Herald per “Brig Monte Cristo” You will please enter the Oil & inform me when it is ready for delivering.
And very much Oblige

Your Obt Servant
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford 8 Mo 28 1849
My dear Sir
Inclosed please find check on the Atlas Bank Boston for five hundred dollars. You will please acknowledge the receipt & place the sum to the credit of Bark Roscoe & oblige

You probably saw by the news papers that said Bark landed 93 Bbls of Sperm Oil at the Western Islands and it has arrived safely at Boston & sold for the moderate price of 117 cents per gallon
To Capt John Cole
Westmoreland
(?) C.

Respectfully Yours
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 8 Mo 30 1849
Dear Sir
Your Order for 12 Bundles of your Whale Bone came to hand this morning Inclosing Three hundred & sixty five Dollars. The Bone has been sent to the Depot & I presume will arrive there tomorrow morning. The Lagoda’s Whale Bone was sold some time since for 31½ ¢ Cash

I have no doubt but Bone will meet with a further advance
To J.A. Severy
Boston [added in pencil] 12 Bundles Sent

Yours Respectfully
J Bourne Jr

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New Bedford 9 Mo 18 1849
Dear Sir
Your order for another lot of your Bone came to hand this day, but I fear to late to get the Bone to the Depot in time for it to go out by the next train – But have sent it immediately on the receipt of the letter

I have three hundred & sixty five dollars And have sent you 12 Bundles of Bone I hope you will make it convenient to take the balance next time.
To J.A. Severy Esq
Boston

Yours Respectfully
J Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 10 Mo 11 /49
J. A. Sevey Esqr
Your favor of the 90th Inst Enclosing check on the Suffolk Bank for five hundred & Eighty nine 25/100 dolls. and your order for the balance of your Bone. I have sent the Bone to the Depot, say 18 bundles which closes the lot. Should have sent it before but for the weather which was stormy. Enclosed please find acct cur’t & Inst. acc’t. I fear it will be some time before you make another purchase on so favorable terms

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford 10/19/49
Capt C. P. Worth
Dr Sir
Your favor of the 17 inst came to hand to late to answer by yesterdays Boat. In relation to the young man, I am not much in favor of Boys of that age unless they are of good sise. I have already agreed with two from Rhode Island, but they are older. I have no objections to taking another if he is large of his age and active, the lay will be about 190 to 200 for Boys. Should he wish to go, you can write me again, from what you said I supose he would get his outfits here. I will write you when I want you to come off, the Ship is nearly ready, and am in hopes to get Mr. Smith to go by the 26th or 28th

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 10/23/49
Capt. Chas. P. Worth
Dr. Sr.
I believe that it is under stood by all hands, that the “Bark” will go to Sea on Monday next, and perhaps it will be as well for you to come off in the next Boat, as you will want to be here a few days before the day of sailing.

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford 10/23/49
Mr. Henry G. Smith
Dr. Sr.
It is now understood that the “Bark” will sail next Monday Morning the 29th inst. You will please govern yourself accordingly, when you come on please bring the Money I advanced your brother,
And oblige

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 10 Mo 23 /49
Capt. John Cole
My Dear Sir
Enclosed please find Hathaway & Luce Bill for Eight Bbls Whale Oil, amt to one hundred & forty nine & 15/100 Dollars, I. Howland Jr. & Cos Bill for one Barrel Winter Sperm Oil, amount to forty three & 12/100 Dollars, and check on Boston of four hundred Dollars which I hope will come to hand safely & prove to your satisfaction.
$148.15
$43.12
$400.00
$592.27 [total]

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford 11 Mo 16, 1849
Mrs. Jos. R. Gorham
Your favor of the 14th inst is before me, requesting me to forward you Eighty Dollars, on your husbands account, and what the balance is due him from oil sent home from the Western Islands; Enclosed please find Eighty Dollars, which I have charged to his account; and this is now due him on my Books, Ninety Six 39/100 Dollars, Hoping we may hear a good account from the Bark the Next advices,

I remain yours very Respectfully,
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford 11 Mo 16, 1849
Randall H. Green Esq.
New York
What can you obtain for North West Whale Bone, a fine sound article, not over large, with all the hair on, rebundled and in fine order, say from 10,000 to 21,000 lbs. cash.

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 12 Mo 1 1849
Dr. Sr.
I noticed the last Sales of North West Whale Bone was 38¢. Can that price be obtained now, or has the last Steamers News affected it unfavorably, please let me hear from you, and oblige
To Randall H. Green Esq.
New York

Yours Respectfully,
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford 12 Mo 12, 1849
My Dear Sir,
It being four months this day since you left New Bedford, I now begin to think it time to commence writing, Still it is quite uncertain whether information from me will be of any importance to you, as the Market here will have but very little effect on the Market at San Francisco. The Main object to be gained in a voyage of this kind, is large profits, and sure returns, I hope you will not act hastily in your operations as you are not compelled to hasten your Sales, on account of Store House or any unnecessary expenses. In relation to what has been shipped at about the time you sailed and since so far as my own information goes, I should think the principal shipment from this country has been “Lumber” consequently, I should sell that article when ever I could obtain a good price, something near what the ruling price for one or two months previous to your arrival as I am decidedly of the opinion it will not advance any the next four months, but probably decline. All other articles that you have and are not getting the worse for keeping, I have no doubts will advance, Provisions, Breads, Tobacco, Paints, Dried Apples Glass &c &c, &c, will in my opinion maintain the present, & perhaps advance for a considerable time. You of course will consult with Capt. James Ryder, Capt. Wood, and others to whom I refered you, on your arrival and not allow those Sharp Sighted Merchants, to take the advantage of you, still you must be governed somewhat by your own good judgement upon all matters concerning the voyage as I cannot give you such information as you will obtain from others when you arrive, as soon as you arrive (as I fear your crew will leave you immediately), Send down [p.51] your top hamper and get the Ship as sung as possible, should you make considerable sales soon after your arrival please make your remittances home in Gold Dust as I believe it to e safer than any other way, fail not to write me immediately on your arrival and give me the particulars of your voyage and how you are situated, the Market &c. &c. I will again say that it is my opinion now with what knowledge I have of the Market at San Francisco that it will be as well for you to dispose of your Lumber immediately provided you can get a good price as large shipments have been made since you sailed. The other articles may be higher (such as provissions) when the Miners return from the diggins, which will be about March so says Mr. Hiram Webb who has just returned home from San Francisco. You will not understand that I want you to refuse large prices and wait for better ones and finally lose the opportunity of making a good voyage, but look well to the matter yourself before you make up your mind and when once made up put her through and wind up but be carefull to get your pay. In relation to remittances you will please consult with Capt Otis Webb, who is a fellow Ship Master, and will be very happy, I have no doubt to give you the necessary information.

In relation to your friends on Nantucket I understood from Capt. Charles Covel that he heard from your wife, who was as large one way as she was the other. I presume you know what the dificulty is better than I can tell you but all was well
To Capt. Augustus Hall
Ship Alexr Coffin

I remain your very
Obt Servt
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford 12 mo. 18, 1849
Charles H. Leonard Esq., New York
Dear Sir
Enclosed, please find Bill Lading of Three Hundred and Twenty Bundles North West Whale Bone, Say; (21,257 lbs.) Twenty One Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty Seven Pounds, Shipped per Sloop Helen, Capt. Ellis, which vessel, sails this day. This Bone is the lot you saw when here, it is a very fine lot of North West Bone, and in fine order, I believe it will command as good a price as any Bone in the Market. You will be in possession of the Steamers News before it arrives, if not already, and I hope it will not be unfavorable to holders of the articles. I do not want the Bone stored, unless there is a disposition to crowd it down, at too low a figure, from your last letter I infered that something more than 36 cents could be realised, but if not, you must sell, and if that price cannot be obtained you must submit to something less. I talked with Capt. Ellis about not landing it immediately on arrival, provided you desired it to remain a short time, and I think he will not hasten the matter, unless he is compelled to do so, for want of room to store other goods. If any thing transpires concerning Bone, please write me. A letter from Ship Logan, reports her off the North West Coast, having taken only 250 Barrels this season.

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford 12 mo. 20/49
Charles H. Leonard Esqr., New York
Dear Sir
Your favor of yesterday is at hand in which you say that I cannot expect to obtain over 36 cents for my Bone. I have feared from what I could learn of the Market before the Steamer arrived that it depends upon her news. I do not want the Bone Stored, even if you have to submit to a lower figure than 36 c. I suppose it will have arrived before this reachs you.

Respectfully Yours
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford 1 mo 9th 1850
Henry Johnson Esqr., Newburyport
Dear Sir,
Your favor of the 1st Inst. has just been put into my hand, having been absent from the city for a few days. In relation to Capt. Finch’s Df’t [draft], I have only to add that I had rather not accept it at present. I only ask for the delay that justice may be done to all parties interested.
I shall look for the Ship the first of March.

Very Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford 1 mo 16, 1850
My Dear Sir,
Above you have duplicite of my letter sent you by the Mail Steamer of December 13th 1849, fearing from the many complaints which have been made of the miscarriage of letters going that way, I have thought it proper to send a duplicate No 3.

Since the above was written, we have had considerable news from California, anounsing the arrival of the Canada, Capt. Ryder, & Golconda, Capt. Woods, and prices fully sustained, for all articles which you have: Lumber in particular, Still it is my opinion that the article of Lumber will recede, and that, probably, soon. I hope you will, if an opportunity offers at a good price, sell at once, and remitt as fast as the means come into your hands in “Gold Dust”. I have seen by a hand bill sent home by Capt. Woods, that he has employed S. C. Woods to assist him in his sales,. Mr. Woods is something of a business man, but has taken Dr’fts at former times for his own property which have been protested, in this Country, which lessens his business qualifications in my estimation, however, perhaps experience has taught him wisdom in those matters. I have before stated that “Gold Dust” is the only sure remittance, as there are many persons doing a large amount of business there, whose credit at home is not worth a farthing, I am happy to say that the Alexr Coffin’s stock is at present valuable in our market, as I could sell at a large advance if I chose to do so Capt. Hathaway does not intend to sell his interest, but has increased his interest in the business having taken an 1/8 of the Ship Tiber of Boston and sails from Boston tomorrow, as master for California, having given you my views in relation to Lumber, both in my former letters, and the present, I will now speak again of the other articles you have on board not perishable at present, Bricks, I should want to sell, also coal [p.55] Boots & Shoes, Boats, and Scow as soon as you get through with her (as every ship has carried one or more) Cider, Vinigar, Coffee, Butter, Dried Apples, Flour.----- Pork, Beef, Bread and Hams, will in my opinion still go higher, (this opinion is founded upon supposition & Knowledge); as far as I have been able to learn these articles have not been shipped in large quantities, for the space of four months; say from the middle of July to the Middle of November. Still I should want to close those articles before the first of April. I will here mention in a private way that Capt. Ryder’s opinion may be a little biased, from the fact that he will be expecting very soon after your arrival, two or three more vessels, consigned to him, from New Bedford, and in which he is probably interested, with cargos, principally of lumber and building materials, you will note this in your conversation with him, Capt. Woods has no farther interest than his own cargo, which I presume will have been sold when you arrive.

I must again close by saying all is well t home, so far as I have heard, you will say to Capt. Wood that his son was over yesterday, and his wife is in usual health, wishing you every success that you can anticipate from your voyage and hoping you will be returned safely to your family again, well stocked with the treasures of California to repay you for the perils and hardships of a voyage of this kind.
To Capt Augustus Hale
Ship Alexr Coffin
San Francisco

Remember me kindly to Mr. Jenney
I remain your friend
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford Jan 15, 1850
Chas Waln Morgan Esqr
Dear Sir
I find on my books a balance to your debit of forty nine & 33/100 Dollars as per your a/c rendd in May last. Please remit the amount in a check in New York or Boston.

& Oblige yours
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford 1 Mo. 17, 1850
Thomas Beveridge Esqr.
New Burgh Orange Co., New York.
Dear Sir,
I have rec’d a letter from Devoll, of Ship Marengo, dated at the Sandwich Islands, November 30th, Saying that they arrived there October 1stall well” with 2300 bbls. Oil, Should recruit and take a short cruise, Sperm Whaling, and then back to the North West Coast, with the hope of filling his ship, had shipped home 29,869 lbs. Whale Bone by the Montreall. He does not say any thing about his crew except “all well” I presume you have a letter from your Son giving the particulars of the voyage and as Capt. D. has not, you will oblige me by writing me any information you may have.

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford 2 mo 5 1850
My Dear Sir,
Enclosed you have a Power of Attorney to Sell the Ship Alexr Coffin. You will notice, that one clause has been stricken out. I will here say that it was done with the Knowledge and Consent of every owner.

It places the whole ship entirely at your discretion, and if in your opinion it would be for the Owners Interest to dispose of her there, rather than obtain freight (if any can be obtained) and come home with her, you will of course exercise your best judgement in the premises, and go into a calculation what it must necessarily cost to bring the Ship to New Bedford, when that estimate is made, you will then want to know what the Ship will be worth when she arrives, I will here answer that question. She will be worth about $8,000, deduct the cost to bring her home, from her worth at home, and it will readily give you the value of the Ship there, but perhaps you can obtain a crew and passengers, that will pay you a handsome price, to come to New Bedford. This is a matter wholly under your own control, and the owners entirely depend upon your good judgement, in the matter. You will undoubtedly be in possession of my letters of the 12th of December last, and January the 16th, giving you my opinion in relation to the Sale of your cargo. Since which nothing of much importance has transpired except the tremendous excitement which the last news from San Francisco has created amongst some of our visionary subjects. Ships are here bought to load for California, of all sizes, and qualities, varying in sise and price from 150 to 1400 tons in price from $200 to $78,000. I will here mention one fact, which you may note. The average of vessels clearing for California, has been equal to three per day for the last 60 days, and many of them nearly or entirely [p.58] loaded with building materials; for the last forty days, however, there has gone larger quantities of provisions, luxuries &c, &c, in fact no article which you can name but has been shipped, in great quantities, what the result will be in 4 or 5 mos from this time, it is indeed hard to foretell. I was disappointed in not receiving a letter from you at Valparaiso, as there have been letters received from there at Nantucket while you was laying there. We are daily looking for the mail from California and I hope the last prices will be fully Sustained if so and you have a fair run from Valparaiso, I Shall be confident (If no accident happens) that the Alexr Coffin has hit the mark from once in her life time. I wrote you in my last, that I believed it would be well to close before the first of April, that however will depend somewhat upon the Market. Still I believe it will be well to close all up if possible by the first of May, as by that time, the large Shipments will begin to arrive, and the Market must in my opinion decline, in the absence of any news of a late date, however, it is difficult for me to advise, you being there on the grounds, can better judge of the Market than I can, myself, and of course having the utmost confidence in you, I feel entirely easy as to the result. One matter I forgot to mention in either of my previous letters, that you should be very carefull of your health, and not drink their water, on shore, as I believe it has in many cases created the disentary, which is the prevaling disease, of that place. Please remember me to Mr. Jenney. I shall look for your first letter after you arrive, with considerable interest.
[To] Capt. Augustus Hale
Ship Alexr Coffin, San Francisco, California

Yours, with Respect I remain,
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford 2 mo 9 1850
Mrs Weston A. Briggs
Your letter of the 3 inst. came safely to hand, Capt Devoll’s letter to me was not definite in any particular. I account for it in this way, that he had the business of his own ship to attend to and that of the Lagoda which must take up the most of his time, and all he says about Mr. Briggs is, that he is discharged sick, does not use his name in any other way. I have no doubt Capt Devoll will attend to all his wants and provide for him while he remains at the Island. His discharge was undoubtedly by his own request (that is by Mr. Briggs request). In my letter to Capt Devoll when I sent the power of Attorney I requested him to send the Ship home by Mr. Briggs unless he had changed Since he sailed. When the next mail comes from the Sandwich Islands I have no doubt myself we shall have letters, and I hope and believe that Mr. Briggs will join the ship before she sails as I have but little doubt he will soon recruit. You speak as if you felt you must go to him, that seems to be almost impossible the distance is so great, we will hope for the best and trust all things to him who holds the destinies of all at his will and pleasure

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford 2 mo 19, 1850
James Hunnewell Esqr., Boston
Dear Sir
Your letters of the 11th and 15th are now both at hand and contents noted. I confess myself somewhat surprised at the conduct of Capt. Devoll, although when he returns he will perhaps be able to explain to our satisfaction, who although our attorney for certain purposes seems to have acted in this case without proper authority and who has done what we cannot sanction unless suitably explained. If the draft which was drawn by Capt. Finch was for value received on Ships a/c we shall desire to pay without delay all that is due and we hope to know the facts on the arrival of the Lagoda. Capt Devoll was not our attorney to sign such paper as you speak of nor do we see what right anyone had to interfere with the property or mortgage it in any way. The owners are however amply able to answer all possible claims and without security or insurance your claim so far as it shall prove fair must be paid. We cannot of course be at any expense on account of insurance.

We hope you will feel disposed to let the matter stand as it now does untill the arrival of the Lagoda shall acquaint us with all the facts. we are looking for her by 1st April

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford March 11, 1850
Capt Augustus Hale, Ship Alex Coffin, San Francisco
Dear Sir
Your esteemed favor of the 13th and 27 ultimo came safely to hand yesterday morning, advising me of your safe arrival at that Port in One hundred and forty eight day from N Bedford. – good passage – first beat the Citizen all right

Also advising me of the receipt of my letter of the 12th of December

And of your consigning the Cargo of the Alex Coffin to Isaiah C Wood & Co which I confess did not please me at first sight, But as the matter has been consummated, and whatever I say now, cannot change the matter, I shall hope for the best. Still I have my fears, I thought it was understood, when you sailed, that you was to keep the entire control of your Cargo, or I should have selected my own agent, if I had have thought otherwise. You cannot expect me to have confidence in a man who has taken a Dft for Thirty five thousand dollars, without knowing either the Drawer or Acceptor – This I believe has been done by Mr. I C. Wood, and the Dft is here[?] now[?], I understand considered a worthless peice of paper. In making these Allusions I do it for no purpose of injuring Mr. Wood. I consider him a very fine clever fellow, and possibly should have adopted the same course if I had been in your place

Rumor says that Capt Ryder is connected with Wood, if so, of course he is like other men, selfish, and will recomend you and every other Master to go to Wood for their Agent.

If it had been necessary when landed, or placed for sale, a part of your Lumber [p.62] at his disposal in Order to have got at the other part of the Cargo, It does not follow that it was necessary that you should have consigned the whole Cargo to him,.

I confess I do not understand it, and only hope that the result will be a satisfactory one, to yourself as well as the owners, what grieves me the most is, that I spent weeks, yes months, for a few hundred dollars in commissions in fitting her away, and it appears that Wood & Co will get thousands without taken any responsibility whatever, and perhaps not costing one half of the time. Still I am aware that it is better to pay commissions than to do worse

In your letter you spoke of having made sale of five Scows, and three Boats built on the passage out, for the sum of $2200 which is certainly a good price, unless you are required to deliver the Scows before you have discharged your Ship, which of course you would not do. You said nothing of the other five Boats, for which you was provided with materials for building, and I hope did not neglect to build them. In my letter of 2 mo 5, I advised you to close by the first of May, I think now however that unless you meet with fair prices, I would not hasten but would go through May and into June

I think the late news will stop shipments for the present, but there has already gone enough to supply that market for the next 12 months, I may be mistaken however you being their on the ground can better judge of the necessities of that country from the monthly accounts of passengers from this and all other countries. I sent you inclosed in my letter of Feby 5, a full [p.63] Power of Attorney to sell the A. Coffin if in your opinion it would be for the Owners Interest, or bring her home as you think best. –

I have one suggestion to make, that is suppose you write to Mackee Anthone [Makee, Anthon]& Co and ascertain from them, if you can obtain a cargo of Oil and Bone at the Sandwich Islands, in the Fall, to bring to the States, perhaps that arrangement through their House can be made to your advantage, you had better keep this matter entirely to yourself, as there is no doubt many others thinking of the subject, If this is done you will want your Beef & Bread on a Portion of it

You say in your letter you should have sent me five thousand dollars if you could have obtained the Dust. I have come to the conclusion to allow you to purchase Cook Baker & Co Dfts to an amount not exceeding five thousand dollars, at Sixty days, from date, provided you can get them at 8 to 10 per cent discount, Also Otis Webb to the Amount of 3 or 4 thousand dollars, provide you think well of it your self.

Still the Gold Dust is the most sure way of remitting. I shall keep an Open Policy of twenty thousand dollars, therefore dont fail to send by any Steamer whenever you have to the Amount of One thousand, more or less.

You did not mention in your last letter wether Mr. Jenney had left or not. I hope had not as I considered him a very good man for a voyage of that kind, could not conceive what the difficulty was on the passage out. I recount Mackee Anthone [Makee, Anthon] & Co Dft for the Whale Boat omitted in their a/c when you was at the Island in the Newt[?]

In conclusion I will here state that I hope you will sell no article unless perishable [p.64] unless it will bring its value, as there can be nothing gained by such a course. You spoke of your tobacco not being worth the price of landing, dont sell one pound of it, bring it home again, unless a fair price can be got you it. It is a first rate article and will keep five years, if kept dry
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New Bedford March 25, 1850
Capt Augustus Hale, Ship Alex Coffin, San Francisco
My dear Sir
In my letter of 11th Instant, I wrote you I should keep an open Policy of Insurance for twenty thousand dollars on “Gold Bullion” per Steamers” Since which I have believed it unnecessary to have so large an amount Insured at any one time, and have reduced the amount to Twelve thousand five hundred dollars, Say $12500. And shall after the first remittance is received (unless otherwise ordered by you) fix the amount at ten thousand dollars for future remittances at any one time, which from present appearances will cover all remittances you may make by any one Steamer.

I also have to advise you that I have drawn on you at thirty days sight, a bill of “Exchange” in favour of Isaiah Burgess Esq. for Fourteen hundred Seventeen 64/100 Dollars, Say $1417.64. which you will please accept and honor when due, and charge the same to owners of Ship Alex Coffin oblige. I have drawn this to accomodate his Brother Paul who was desirous of placing this amount in Isaiah hand at that place. I charged him 5% Exchange, which in addition to the saving of freight & Insurance would make as well for the owners of the Ship, as for you to send it home in Gold Dust, at $16 per Ounce, Say 11½ c/s which is about what the Gold Dust has[?] seen here [p.65]

I have nothing of interest to write you at this time. Ships are clearing daily from the States for California, having been purchased however before the last news arrived.

When I wrote you last I advised you to write Mackee Anthon & Co at the Sandwich Island, in relation to a Cargo of Oil & Bone from the Islands home. Since which I have understood that they have purchased one or two Ships at Sanfrancisco for that same purpose, you can learn the fact, if it is so. A Gentleman by the name of A.B. Howe[?] went out as passenger with Capt Devoll in the Marengo and has established himself in business at those Islands, and done the business for my two Ships last Fall, “Marengo” and Lagoda”

I know nothing about him only what I saw of him here a few days before the Marengo sailed, and it appears that Capt Devoll thought well of him or he would not have employed him. You can write him if you please and see what his answer will be in reply
Sperm Oil is now selling @ 118½
Whale------------------------------44
Bone-------------------------------32

I remain your obt servant
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. Please not to show my letter to any person

[p.66]

 

New Bedford April 10 1850
Capt Augustus Hale, Ship Alex Coffin, San Francisco
Your letter of the 26th of February came to hand the 7th inst. enclosing Adams & Co’s receipt for 8300$ (not 10,000$ as was expected) also advising me that you had discharged Mr. Jenney, your mate, at his own solicitation and urgent request, and had paid him one hundred and thirty dollars, and given him an order on me for the balance.

Since our acquaintance, Capt. Hale, which has been about four years, I believe nothing has occurred in your business transactions, within your own control, or relative your management on ship board, but what has, a general thing, met my most hearty approbation. Having great confidence in your integrity, economy and perseverance, I recommended you to the owners of the Alex. Coffin as a suitable and competent person to take charge, as master and supercargo. Although I did not consider that you was a merchant in experience, yet I supposed your other good qualities would more than balance in your favor, but must acknowledge that the discharging and paying off your mate, a man who I had selected for the voyage, and a man in whom you knew I had great confidence, having known him for many years, and, as I supposed, the very man for a voyage of this kind, being a Carpenter and Sailor, and habits unquestionable, does not, in my opinion, come quite up to your former good management.

I am sorry to say that his letter to his family (as represented to me) puts an entire different construction upon the cause why he was discharged from the Alex. Coffin, from what you do yourself.

In relation to your shipping your brother at $100 per month, for the voyage, may answer very well while there, provided he is a good worker, but to take him to sea at that price, does not seem to be exactly the thing, or, in fact, any other man unless it became indispensibly necessary, which I dout very much, it happens to you.

While I am writing, Capt. Chadwick is in my counting room, a young man, less in years than yourself, who was at San Francisco last August in the Ship Montreal, of 550 tons, of Boston, with [p.67] an assorted cargo. After disposing of the most of his cargo, he worked his ship to the Islands, with himself and nine men, all told, (no mates) where he obtained a cargo of Oil and Bone, through agents, shipd. his mate at 45$ per month – 2nd mate 25$ Seamen 14$ per month, and is now discharging at our wharf. This, I confess, Capt Hale, does not look like paying 100$ per month for a Mate who had never seen salt water six months ago, and then as a passenger.

Now, Sir, you are aware that I put unlimited confidence in you, when I gave you charge and consignee of the A.Coffin, believing that every thing in your power would be done, in relation to the voyage to promote the interest of your owners, without favor or friendship to any one, knowing that the profits on a voyage of this kind, where heavy expenses might occur, would be small, if the Master did not economize and attend to the business himself, even to do many things which, under other circumstances, he would not, when men could be obtained at a fair price. I supposed you would get along after the first month, with your Mate, and if any cargo was to be landed which you and he could not get out, to hire men from the shore for a day or so.

The owners of the Alex. Coffin were Strangers to you, and gentlemen of the highest respectability, and I have a very strong desire, beyond my own personal interest, to have the voyage conducted in a manner creditable to yourself, and satisfactory to them. They not knowing you, relied entirely upon my judgement, and I feel as if I was somewhat responsible for your proceedings.

With this these feelings, I sincerely hope you will leave nothing undone to promote their interest, nor do anything which you will regret. I trust you will keep a strict account of all monies paid out on the voyage – for what purpose and to whom paid.

The owners of the Citizen received letters from Capt. Howland, with a remittance of 10,000$ and he retained 9,000$ in his hands for further orders. Letters were also received from Capt Swift, in relation to sales from the Science’s [found in The Key to the Goodman Encyclopedia of the California Gold Rush] cargo, which were highly flattering to the owners. This differs somewhat from your account of what they were doing.

Should you conclude to sell the ship, you would, of course [p.68] not allow anything to go with her which did not belong to her. When you speak of the qualities of the Ship, I would refer you to what you said of the Newton[?] when you arrived, that you may think how liable we are to be deceived.

I will again remind you to collect as fast as possible after the sales are made, and remit it home.
You may say to Mr. I.C. Wood that he may omit sending me price currents and papers, as the news which they contain is generally old before I receive them.
You have never mentioned what was done with the stock put on board for Boats – I also wish you would be a little more particular and name the prices you obtain for the articles sold.
I hope you may have no trouble in getting along with your business, and, in making your collections.
I am sorry to inform you that the Wife of Albert Covell died on the 7th inst, after an illness of a few hours.
The last time I heard from your wife, she was well

I am your Obt Sevt
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 25, 1950
Henry Johnson Esq,
Dear Sir,
The Ship Lagoda arrived at this Port yesterday

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr.

[p.69]

 

New Bedford April 29, 1850
George A. Simmons, Boston
Dear Sir,
Annexed you have bill of Oil purchased on the 27th inst. amounting to two thousand nine hundred & forty seven 95/100, You can add the interest when you send the notes, as proposed when here. I supposed when the first load went to the depot, that my Cooper had tried[?] the hoops, but he neglected to do so. The oversight did not occur the second time. It has been raining all the morning, and four casks remain on the wharf, which shall be sent to the depot as soon as it stops raining.

Respy
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. Possibly an error may have occurred in the guages, as it was taken in haste. You will please examin them closely

 

New Bedford May 2 1850
Gentlemen
George A. Simmons, Boston
Above you have bill of Whale Oil purchased on the 30th ultimo, Amounting to Nine hundred & Seventeen 88/100 Dollars. You will please forward your note for the same & oblige your a/c
The Williams sailed this morning before I came down, the Captain signed no bills of Lading
[To] Mess. Hunting & Tufts

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.70]

 

New Bedford 5/3/50
Geo. A. Simmons
Dear Sir
Annexed I have your Bill of 61 Casks Whale Oil, amounting to Fifty five hundred and thirty four 07/100 ($5534.07) You can add the interest and forward the notes as per agreement

Respy Yours
J Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 5/3/50
E. T Milliken & Co
Gentlemen
Annexed please find bill of 19 Casks Whale Oil, amounting to Thirteen hundred and fifty One 68/100 dollars nett. You will please add the interest and forward check & note as per agreement.
I have on hand, unsold at present, two hundred & eighty Bbls. ground tier & brown Oil – price 45¢

Respy Yours
J Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 5/3/50
James Hunnewell Esq, Boston
Dear Sir
When you were here last week, I had no doubt but I should be able, as I told you, to answer this week differently in relation to James Finch’s Dft. Mr Eliot was then, and is now at Taunton attending Court – has only been at home on the Sabbath. As soon as he returns, I shall have an interview with him at the earliest moment and lay the result of our investigation before the owners of the Lagoda, and inform you immediately of their decision.
Hoping that this matter may be amicably adjusted, I remain

Yours Respy

[p.71]

 

New Bedford 5 moth 1850
Henry Johnson Esq, Newburyport
Dear Sir
When Mr Cushing was here last week, I had no doubt but I should, as I told him, be able to answer this week differently in relation to James Finch’s Dft. Mr Eliot was then, and is now at Taunton attending Court – has only been at home on the Sabbath. As soon as he returns, I shall have an interview with him at the earliest moment and lay the result of our investigation before the Owners of the Lagoda, and inform you immediately of their decision.
Hoping that this matter may be amicably adjusted,

I remain
Yours Respy

 

5/6/50
Geo. A Simons, Boston
Dear Sir,
Your favor of the 4th inst came to hand this morning. In relation to the market, it is rather unsettled at present. Operations at the westward from the New York market has had a tendency to make holders advance. I understand the Wm Thompson’s cargo is held at 50¢ [?] that no price has been given at any less figures.

The managing owner of the Condor is not in the City, consequently nothing will probably be done until his return. I saw one of the owners, who is a friend of mine, and he said he would keep me advised, but thought he should draw his 3/16 for high prices – He said, however, that the agent mentioned 47¢ when the ship arrived.

The Brighton, I have not heard anything in relation to her cargo – it is not out yet – I was offered this morning, 45¢ for the balance of my cargo, which you can testify is not [p.72] first quality, but did not close.
Your Oil lays on the wharf – should have mailed it this morning, had it not rained – will send it first fine day

Respy
J. Bourne Jr

 

5/7/50
George A. Simmons, Boston
My Dear Sir,
I saw my friend this afternoon & he told me they had given John A. Parker a price for the Condor’s cargo (entire) 50¢ per gall. From a remark made by him before the price was given, they have a right to suppose he was ready to close provided he could reject a certain part.

There was a sale made yesterday from the Oil brought home in the Maria at this port @ 48¢.

The Huntress has arrived below – will probably be up tomorrow. Signal[in]g for three more ships in the Bay, if they are whalers, & I have no doubt they are, & purchaser’s will keep off a few days, I have no doubt they would find it to their interest. But I shall not advise any such course for you to adopt, as there is plenty of purchasers at any price. The holders have a mind to demand at least, so it appears now

Yours

[p.73]

 

5 mo 10. 1850
Captain Augustus Hale, Ship Alex. Coffin, San Francisco
My dear Sir,
Your favor of March 30th came to hand yesterday, and I regret to find that you are disappointed in your former calculations, but was more disappointed in not receiving a remittance from you. Of course you will not force sales at a loss, unless the articles are perishable.

I have expected this would be the result for a long while, but it has come a little sooner than I anticipated, from the fact that the rainy season held on much later than usual and prevented the miners from coming forward for their supplies, and the stock has increased, which has produced a glut in the market, but those who can hold on will obtain fair prices, perhaps as early as fall.

Is it necessary for you to keep any one with you, if you have got to remain there for any length of time? This is a matter worth considering, so far as the saving of money is concerned. You must be your own judge in this, however.

I hope you will obtain money as fast as you can from Woods’ hands and forward it home. I think it quite as safe here as in his hands, or any other concern in California, and I am inclined to believe you will come to the same conclusion by the time you receive this. But we will hope for the best, ad take all we can get

Respy Yours
J. Bourne Jr

[p.74]

 

May 10. 1850
Mrs. J. R. Gorham, Portland
Your esteemed favor of the 8th inst. came to hand this morning. Enclosed I hand you forty dollars, and have charged the same to your husband’s account

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

5/11/50
Jones & Wheelwrights, Boston
Please forward me by Rail Road 2200 sheets sand sheathing paper, such as you sold Edw. C. Jones and Wm P. Howland – make the bill as cash & I will send the amount

& Oblige
Yours
J Bourne Jr

 

5/14
George A. Simmons, Boston
Your favor of the 13th inst came duly to hand yesterday enclosing your four notes & bill of Oil Casks as per statement rendering, which is correct & satisfactory.

My cooper marked 74 casks in your lot of Oil from Ship Brightons Cargo, also a portion from the lot purchased of Tompkins – number not recollected. I suppose you will consider the credit on those lots of casks 4 mos without interest, which is the usual time allowed here, & my offer was based upon that time, although I do not recollect of anything being said.

I have heard of no sales of Oil, except Sperm, since I wrote you last. About 1300 Bbls of sperm sold for 117½ such is an advance – Gibbs offered the Huntress’ Cargo for 53¢ [p.75] straight through, but was not taken unless sold this morning. There is considerable inquiry for Sperm, and the wild ones talk 125 strong. What the devil are we coming to

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

5/23
Geo A. Simmons Esqr
Dr Sir
You will oblige me by forwarding those Ground Tier Cask I markd from Ship Lagoda’s oil as soon as convenient as I expect to need them in the early part of next week to fit for the ship again,

Yours Respectfully
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 4th 1850
Mess E. T. Millikin & Co
Bot of Jona Bourne Jr
17 Casks Whale Oil gauging
174
194
191
192
287
[total]---1938

234
200
238
259
195
[total]---1126

237
233
294
224
270
[total]---1258

171[?]
221
1038
1126
1258
[total]---3814

1938
1126
1258
3814
34
[net total]---3780 Galls @ 53½ = $2022.30
For 5 Mos 3 days Int on it = 51.57
[total]------------------------$2073.87
Gentlemen
Annexed I hand you Bill of seventeen casks of Whale oil amounting to (5 mos 3 days Int added) $2073.87 The oil was marked M. and went to the Depot [p.76] yesterday by Tripps, teams, The quantity fell about 20 Bbls Short of what I supposed there was, I was led into the error by the master. Hoping it will come safely and prove to your satisfaction

I am yours & O
Signed
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 8th 1850
Mess E. T. Millikin & Co
Gents
Your favor of June 7th is at hand covering note for $2073.87 which we place to your credit this day.

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr
Pr. F. H. D. Denham

 

New Bedford June 8th 1850
Gentlemen
A Molatto man was introduced to me to day by the name of Joseph Lothop to go as a Boat header in the Ship Lagoda to the North West Coast, He said he was 24 months in your ship Isaac Walton On he last voyage as 4th mate, Will you oblige me by writing the particulars in relation to his qualifications as you remember them
To. Mess N. & H.H. Billings, New London, Connecticut

And Oblige yours,
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

[p.77]

 

New Bedford June 8th 1850
My Dear Sir
I hold Adams & Co’s Receipt for Two hundred and eighty seven Ozs, 10 dwt’s placer gold dated at San Francisco April 17th 50 deliverable at the Philadelphia Mint subject to my order for which my agent paid the freight at San Francisco of One hundred and ninety five and 50/100 dollars. This day they have returned to me a package said to contain Five thousand thirty one and 91/100 dollars and demanded seven 87/100 dollars. This demand I have demured paying and did not receive the package from the fact that I gave no orders to have the coin removed and have only waited for the mint Receipt which I have never received. Will you inform me by what order they obtained the coin as I have never received any mint receipt and have no knowledge of giving any orders in relation to it as I did not wish the coin brought to New Bedford. My practice has been to deliver the mint receipt to one of our Banks here and they have placed the amount to my credit without charge
To the Treasurer of the United States Mint
Philadelphia

Your Obt Servant
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

New Bedford June 8th 1850
Gentlemen
Annexed I hand you bill of forty casks of Whale Oil amounting (Interest added) to Thirty four hundred eighty three 43/100 dollars. Twenty Casks were sent by R. Road and Twenty by the schooner Canton Capt Adams. I also enclose his bill of lading for the same. You will please send me your three notes at two, three, and four months and Oblige
Guages not checkd by R.Road
To. Mess Hunting & Tufts, Boston

Yours &C.
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

[p.78]

 

New Bedford June 15th 1850
William Underwood & Co
Gentlemen
I am desirous of purchasing some preserved Meats & Soups, for one of my ships, and I hardly know what you have usually put up for Sea voyages, the size packages, and price. You will please send me a list of prices &c by return mail & Oblige

Your old friend
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 18th 1850
The bearer Capt Martin Palmer has performed a voyage for me in the Ship Washington.
[no signature]

New Bedford June 19th 1850
Wm Underwood
Gentlemen
Please send immediately pr Rail Road

2 dz One pound cases Roasted Beef
1 dz two pound cases Boiled Beef
1 dz two pound cases Stewed Veal
1 dz One pound cases Roasted Chickens
1 dz two pound cases Boiled Chickens
1 dz One pound cases Oysters

The above you will please have packed nicely in boxes and directed to Capt Tobey. Ship Lagoda Care of J Bourne Jr New Bedford bill by mail with discount off and I will send you the money

Yours & O
J. Bourne Jr
pr F.H.D Denham

[p.79]

 

New Bedford June 27th 1850
Mr. James R Shaw, Troy, New York
Dear Sir
I regret exceedingly that in the hurry of business I should have forgotten my promise to you that of writing you in ten days after you left. That I did so I can assure you until I had shipped all my Boat Steerers for the Lagoda, But I will give you a Boat Steerer berth in any ship I may have to go this fall, or if you wish to go before that time, Just write me, and I will secure you a berth in the Huntress or in the Monongahela, a Ship just purchased for Capt Seabury late of the Minerva. She will carry 5000 Bbls and I am interested in her. The Huntress sails the first of August. The Monongahela about the middle of September. Please write me and oblige

Yours &C.
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 12th 1850
Capt Augustus Hale, Ship Alex Coffin, San Francisco
My dear Sir
Your esteemed favor of the 13th and 30th of May have both come to hand, the former enclosing Adams & Co’s receipt for five thousand dollars which was very acceptable. You seem to be very desirous for me to give you orders which seem to me to be entirely out of my power to advise you what course to pursue in relation to the future I having placed the whole matter in your hands in my letter of Feb 5th which undoubtedly you have received before this by the hand of Mr John C Richmond who took passage in the Sarah Sands”. Could I give you any advice at the present time Cap Hale I would most readily do so if I thought it would be of any interest to you, but things change so rapidly at San Francisco it is impossible to keep pace with them. You being up [p.80] there of course can better judge what is for the owners interest Now Capt Hale I have but very little to say in relation to your last letter there are some expressions which I think had better have been left unsaid, and I think upon reflection you will come to the same conclusion, You say your feelings was hurt Now sir I will justify every letter & word which I have written by your own letter to me, And will if we ever meet again satisfy you that I was entirely justified in saying every thing which I did say, Untill then it will only be multiplying words to talk about it, I am sorry your brother should take umbrage at what I said, Please make your remittances as frequently as you can obtain the Dust. I remain with sentiments of the utmost esteem & regard

Your Obt
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 12th 1850
George A Simmons Esqr Boston
Dear Sir
Your letter of yesterday’s date is at hand and contents noted I must decline signing the note enclosed as I am not in the practice of giving notes for bills contracted, have not done so in any one instance for the last Ten years. I shall be in Boston in the course of the present month and if agreeable will deduct the amt of your bill of casks from your note of the 27th of April, or if not agreeable will pay you the money. The balance of cask marked will be in time for me in September, In relation to whale Oil my own opinion is there will be no advance untill October or November unless the demand for Sperm oil for English account should affect it – possibly it may the orders of late being large.

Yours Respectfully
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

[p.81]

New Bedford July 25th 1850
Capt Z. A. Devoll, Ship Marengo
Dear Sir
Not knowing what course you might pursue in case you did not fill your ship the second season, I have thought best to consult with some of the owners; And advise you to come home, provided you obtain 3800 or 4000 Bbls of Oil and if you believe it would not cost much to refit the ship for the third season. The ship if she comes home early in the season, can be repaired in time to sail early in the fall, which will be desirable and at these high prices it would not be for the interest of the owners to go the third season, unless you was very unsuccessful the last, and your ship in perfect order, and not much of a recruit wanted; Although I am aware it may be difficult to provide her again as well as she is now. If you should be fortunate enough to fill your ship this season or nearly so, which I am assured you most fully expect to, and if your men choose to run for California you may let them go only retain enough to work your ship home; Should either of your officers desire to be discharged, paid off, at the price there, you may do so & dray[draw] on me if you have not the money to pay them. Sperm oil is now worth $1.20 Whale 50¢ Whale Bone 35 to 37¢ Your oil sent home sold for 45¢ Bone 32½¢
I do not intend that you should receive the above as orders, but merely suggestions which you can follow or not as circumstances may direct. All well at home

Yours Respectfully
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

[p.82]

 

New Bedford July 25th 1850
Capt Augustus Hale, Ship Alex Coffin
Dear Sir
The enclosed letter to Capt Z.A. Devoll, you will please forward to the Sandwich Islands. As it is advise you will be particular and see that it goes out the earliest date Your letter June 16th came to hand this day with a remittance of $5000. which was very gratefully received.
Hoping you will have no difficulty in obtaining your dust I remain

Your Obt. Servant
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 25th 1850
Dear Sir
I understand from Mr Henry Jackson, that he was in your ship “Timor” during her last voyage. I would like to enquire how he performed, & what berth you consider him suitable to fill at the present time. By giving me your opinion at the earliest moment, you will oblige one who is ever ready to do the same favour.
To. Mr Huntting Cooper
Sag Harbor

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr
pr. F.H.D Denham.

[p.83]

 

New Bedford Aug 15th 1850
Gentlemen
I hold your Receipt dated at San Francisco June 16th 1850 for Three hundred & Twelve Ozs 10 dwts Placer Gold received of Augustus Hale. I also received a few days since from the U.S.Mint Philadelphia a mint receipt dated Aug 8th 1850 for Three hundred & Ten Ozs 72/100 of Gold. I wish to enquire how you account for the apparent short weight and whom I shall look to for the same. Please answer and oblige,
To. Mess Adams & Co New York

Yours &C
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Aug 23rd 1850
Gentlemen
You will recollect my calling at your Counting Room and enquiring for a Chain Cable July 26th You then told me you were expecting an Invoice of chains and would write me. I would enquire if an Invoice has since arrived. I am in want of a 1¼ in Chain 90 fathoms by the 30th of Sept. Please write me and oblige
[To] Mess Wainwright & Tappan, Boston

Yours &C
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

[p.84]

 

New Bedford Aug 30th 1850
Mr George A. Simmons
Dear Sir
I shall be fitting my ship Washington by the middle of September, and am depending upon the casks I marked from your lots of oil; hope it will be convenient to let me have them all in the course of September, as I have not made any arrangements for old casks. I fear I shall be compelled to put in new ones, unless I get those I purchased of you.

Very Respectfully yours
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Aug 30th 1850
Chals C. Leonard Esq.
My dear Sir
I was called upon this morning for 300 Bbls Whale Oil, for a firm in your city, giving their paper alone C. Dean & Co 9 & 11 Stone Street. References Spoffard Tileston & Co. & Shepd Knapp. President of the Mechanics Bank. To satisfy the parties here, I have said I would write to N. York, but shall decline selling unless, they are considered very good. If it is not asking to much of you, you will oblige me by enquiring of the above references, and give me such information as you can learn in addition to your own knowledge of them if you know them and very much oblige.

Yours Respectfully
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

P.S. I have not seen your wife since her return, but she was in my house yesterday, and is well.

[p.85]

 

New Bedford Sept 6th 1850
George A Simmons Esqr, Boston
Dear Sir,
Yours of the 2nd inst is at hand I will take all the good short casks, you empty up to the first of Oct, & hope you will empty as many of those markd before, as convenient. There were in the three lots, Jones. Tucker, and from my own lot of oil, 145 Casks, I want as many as I can get, by the middle of this month.

Respectfully Yours,
J. Bourne Jr.
Pr Denham

 

New Bedford Sept 12th 1850
Mr Jacob T. Alburger
Dear Sir,
On my return last evening, I received Capt Reads letter, advising me that you had consented to let me take the Beef at my offer, say $10.55. I am sorry to say that I have purchased other Beef, and consequently shall not want yours. After waiting a reasonable time for your answer, and finding it necessary for me to purchase, I did so here, thinking that you did not intend to sell me at that price. I should have prefered your Beef, although I got heavier, but not as handsome. I would always give yours the preference, at the same price. I paid $10.50 for 40 Bbls, & 10.62 for the balance, which make it cost a trifle more than yours.

Respecty Yours
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

[p.86]

 

New Bedford Sept 12th 1850
Mess Wright Priest & Co
Gentlemen,
Enclosed please find check for Three hundred Thirty 11/100 Dollars. When I was in Boston yesterday I got the refusal of either one of three Ships Iron Stock Anchors, of Mess Snow & Lombard, opposite Commercial Wharf, at 4¼¢ pr lb 4% off for cask. I have concluded to take the heaviest one weighing 1816ct[?]. You will favour me by calling on the above named gentlemen, paying for the Anchor and shipping it by R.Road, and sending me their bill, together with your Receipt for your bill, against Ship Washington.

Respecty Yours,
J. Bourne Jr.
pr Denham

Your Bill-------------------256.01
Bill of Anchor nett-----------74.10
[total]---------------------$330.11

 

New Bedford Sept 12th 1850
Mess Sturtevant & Edwards
Gentlemen
Annexed I hand you Bill of 21 Casks Whale Oil, amounting to 1692 21/100 Dollars. After the oil comes to hand, you can then determine, whether you want the other hundred Bbls, or not. If not, you can send me the notes as pr agreement. The oil was sent to the Depot this afternoon, marked S.

Very Respy Yours,
J.B. Jr. pr. F.D.

Sturtevant & Edwards
1850
Bot of Jona. Bourne Jr.
Sept 12
219
113
101
213
135
781
[minus]---10
[net total]---771

 

127
172
219
66
146
730
[minus]---9
[net total]---721

205
90
98
101
203
697
[minus]---8
[net total]---689

222
168
134
237
91
852
[minus]---9
[net total]---843

141
[minus]---2
[net total]---139

771
721
689
843
139
[total]---3163 Galls. @ 53½ ¢----$1692.21

[p.87]

 

New Bedford Sept 13th 1850
Mr. R. L. Finch
Dear Sir
Your letter of the 9th inst has been received, and in relation to your enquiries about your brother James. The causes why I had him displaced, are numerous. I had heard many rumors in relation to his conduct, during the earlier part of the voyage, which gave me some alarm, and I sent out a power of Attorney to one of my masters, Capt Devol, for him to enforce the same providing he thought the owners property endangered by sailing longer in his charge. He deemd it unsafe, and accordingly enforced the same, and sent the ship home. I only regret that it was not done in the earlier part of the voyage. The drafts & bills which your brother contracted amounted to some Ten Thousand Dollars, which, as yet, has not been accounted for in any way, except about Five Thousand Dollars.

Respy Yours,
J.B.Jr. pr F.D.

 

New Bedford Sept 19th 1850
Mess Sturtevant & Edwards
Gents.
Annexed I hand you Bill of 100 Bbls of Whale Oil, amounting to 171628/100 Dollars. Carting 8 42/100 Dollars I have added, which I supposed you would desire me to do. Whole amount 3416 91/100 Dollars. You can add the interest for five & six months, and forward your notes. The oil went to the depot this morning. I hope it will prove to your satisfaction.

Very Respy Yours
J.B.Jr. pr F.D.

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New Bedford Sept 20th 1850
Mr Allen Munroe Jr., Providence
Dear Sir.
Your letter of the 16th inst is at hand. If you can get the 200 Bbls of Cask here, by the last of next week, and they are as good as those I showed you, I will give you 105¢ pr Bbl, delivered here on the wharf. If you conclude to accept my offer, write me immediately.

Yours Respy
J.B.Jr. pr F.D.

 

New Bedford Sept 23rd 1850
Mr. Elbridge Pearce
Dear Sir
Your brother Job was here a few weeks since, and was anxious to contract for the building of a Ship at your place, during the coming winter. I have considered the subject of building at so great a distance from home, to be an objection, unless the superiority of the Ship, and at a reduced price, was very much in favour of my doing do. Your material, or the most of them, must certainly be very much in your favour, and in the winter season, I suppose labour must also.

Now Sir, I would ask, what your terms would be, to build me a Ship of the following dimentions, to be completed in the course of six months. Length 120 ft, Breadth 27 ½ ft, whole depth 16 ft, dead rise 18 inches. I want a fast sailer, main transom apron, Knight heads, & outside counter timbers, live oak; Hard wood floor, tops oak & hacmatac, ceiling lower hole & between decks southern pine, outside covered with oak & southern pine, deck frame southern pine. In short I want a first rate ship in every respect, in material and finish; payment to be made monthly, or as fast as the ship progresses. You will please give me your lowest price, & if I believe the price more than outweighs the distance, you will probably here from, or see me in your City. Please answer at an early date as possible.

Respy Yours,
Signd J Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Sept 26th 1850
Geo A Simmons
Dear Sir
My cooper will be in Boston the 1st of October to select your casks. Please have as many empty as convenient. Will also pay your old Bill.

Yours Respecty
Signed Jonathan Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 26th 1850
Mrs. Joseph R. Gorham
Your letter of the 23rd inst came to hand safely, requesting me to forward the balance due you husband, from oil sent home from Western Islands. I herewith enclose fifty Six Dollars, balance due, except the odd cents, which would not be safe to enclose.

Yours Respecty
Signed Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 27th 1850
Mr Allen Munroe Jr
Dear Sir
Your letter of the 26th inst is received. In regard to the casks. I shall not want them at any price for the ship I am now fitting.

Yours Respecty
J.B.Jr pr D.

 

New Bedford Oct 4th 1850
Mess Sturtevant & Edwards
Gentlemen
Will you please send me your notes for the Whale Oil sent on the 12th & 18th ultimo and oblige

Respy Yours

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New Bedford Oct 14th 1850
David Sisson & Co Providence
Gentlemen
Annexed you have bill of nine casks Whale Oil sent to the Depot this afternoon markd S. I did not receive your letter untill Saturday evening, and was so much engaged this morning with my ship I could not attend to the oil untill this afternoon. You will please send me your Draft as pr talk & oblige. I have written Mess Newell Sturtevant & Co that the oil was sent forward as pr your order.

Yours Respy

 

New Bedford Oct 14th 1850
Mess Newell Sturtevant & Co, Boston
Gentlemen
I have sent to the Depot this afternoon nine casks Whale oil guaging 1582 Galls nett market S Purchased by Mess David Sisson & Co of Providence subject to your order.

Yours Respy

 

New Bedford Oct 16th 1850
Mess David Sisson & Co Providence
Gents
Your letter of the 15th inst is received covering your Dft on Mess Newell Sturtevant & Co of Boston for 865 30/100 which I have placed to your credit

Respy Yours
J.B.Jr. pr F.H.D.D.

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New Bedford Oct 16th 1850
Mess Sturtevant & Edwards, Boston
Gents.
Your letter of the 5th of Oct is received covering your two notes of 1756 29/100 Dollars each which I have placed to your credit. My time has been occupied in fitting my ship and your letter being mislayed was the cause of my note answering your letter before.

Very Respy Yours
J.B.Jr. pr F.H.D.D.

 

New Bedford Oct 29th 1850
Mr Elbridge Peirce.
Dear Sir,
Your favour of the 17th was duly received this morning, & contents noted. You say that ship materials are daily advancing, I am sorry to hear. I have regretted exceedingly that I could not have visited your place when I proposed to. Again I expected to have followed last Friday, but circumstances prevented which wee entirely beyond my controll. Got all ready, left the counting house with the understanding that I should not return for a few days. Now sir, without seeing any of your work, I cannot make up my mind to go into the operation of building a ship, untill I do. We know not what a few days delay may bring forth perhaps for our mutual benefit. And I promise you, that nothing but sickness or circumstances not easily to be overcome, shall prevent my coming to your place within the space of one week from this day. And in the mean time, you will of course completed the Model you spoke of.

Yours Respy

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New Bedford Nov 4th 1850
Mr Elbridge Peirce
My dear Sir
I have no doubt you will think and I suppose you have a perfect right to unless I explain myself that I have postponed my visit to Gardiner when I could have come by making some trifleing sacrifice. But the situation of my business is this.

I am coppering my ship and when she is on her bottom there are many things which I must direct myself and without me the carpenters must leave. Also Coopers getting the Provissions ready this week. And again I am negociating with a party in New York for my cargo of oil which I am anxious to sell, shipping my officers, and my wife in New York sick. In fact if you or any one else knew my situation they could not - nor would not say one word. Now Sir dont loose any opportunity by which you can employ yourself to advantage or make any contracts with other parties as I cannot ask for any further delay for me. I will unless you write me that you have done so I shall most certainly (Providence permitting) visit you by the Boat of Tuesday next. I hope you will take the trouble if you should make other arrangements just to drop me a line and very much oblige. One other strong reason which urges my delay is our election which comes off next Monday and I feel a strong interest in its results.

Yours Respfy
Signed Jona Borne Jr.

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New Bedford Nov 1850
Mess Randall C. Greene & Son
Gentlemen
I have on hand ship Stephanias Cargo just discharged which I would like to close at 57½ ¢ It consists of Two hundred & Twenty Bbls Humpback oil and nine hundred & seventy one Bbls Whale oil. Now I suppose there is a party in your city who have been negociating for the same lot of oil. I was offered yesterday by J. Ricketson of our place 51¢ for the entire lot. I pay the commissions And I have no doubt Dagare[?] was the party who made the offer. You will of course keep this whole matter to yourself as it would do me an injury to let it out. If you can get the offer of 57½ ¢ please communicate by Telegraph immediately as there are other parties talking about it. I expect to allow some commission as before, oil deliverable here.

Yours Respfy
Signed J. Borne Jr.

 

New Bedford Nov 5th 1850
Mess Randall C. Greene & Son
Gentlemen
Your favours of the 3rd & 4th have been received. I am sorry you have not been able to effect a sale. The cargo remains as yet entire & for sale. Please see what offers you can get & oblige. Should you find it necessary to Telegraph to save time, please do so.
Please say what you can obtain for South Sea Bone very handsome six thousand lbs.

Respy Yours
J.B.Jr. By F.H.D.D.

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New Bedford Nov 19th 1850
Gentlemen
Annexed I hand you Bill of 53 Casks of Sperm Oil purchased by your Mr. Millikin yesterday, amounting to ninety one hundred sixty eight 83/100 Dollars. I have drawn on you this day at sight, without grace, for Two Thousand Dollars, which you will please honor, and forward me your four notes for the balance of the bill as rendered, and oblige. The oil was all sent to the Depot marked as directed M. Hoping it will arrive safely and prove to your satisfaction, I remain
To. Mess E. I. Milliken & Co., Boston

Yours &C.
Signed J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Nov 23rd 1850
Gentlemen
Annexed I hand you Bill of oil receipted purchased the 18th inst, And when I see you will explain satisfactory I trust the reason of my drawing at sight without grace.
[To] Mess. E. T. Millikin & Co., Boston

Yours Respy
Signed J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Dec 11th 1850
Gentlemen
Annexed I hand you Invoice of 20 Casks Whale oil purchased by your Mr Tufts yesterday, amounting to 1511 52/100 Dollars. I have drawn on you for the amount of the Bill with eight days Interest added. Most of the oil went to the Depot yesterday afternoon, the balance this morning.
To. Mess. Tufts & Hunting, Boston

Respy Yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford 12 mo 13th 1850
Gentlemen
I noticed by the newspapers that you have disposed of your ship “Elizabeth Frith” to go out of the Whaling business. I would enquire if you have sold the Whaling materials with her. If you have not and they are for sale, I would like to know of what they consist, and whether they were new articles bought for her when she entered the business or whether they were old belonging to some other ship. I have a ship that I intend to put into the Whaling business and will purchase the “E. Frith” Whaling materials if they are good and you are disposed to sell them at a reasonable price.
To. Mess Post & Sherry
Sag Harbor

Respy Yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 12 Mo 13th 1850
Mess Tufts & Hunting
Gentlemen
Your favour is received. In answer would say, that I feel that you would not wish for me to incur the displeasure of my owners by doing what would seem to them under the circumstances a hazardous business to comply with your request. Therefore must ask you to wait untill the payment of the first draft or a remittance of a check for the hundred Bbls now ordered. The next hundred Bbls will be much better quality in color. You can have all Humpback if you wish, which is free from hard foots.

Respy Yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Dec 16th 1850
Mr J. Parkhurst Esq
Baltimore
Dear Sir
Your favour of the 13th came duly to hand enclosing your note for Twelve hundred & fifty 62/100 Dollars. Have placed the same to your credit which balanced your account.

Yours truly
Signed J. Bourne Jr.

 

[no date]
Mrs. Jos C. Gorham
Your letter of the 16th inst came to hand requesting me to send you Fifty Dollars and charge the same to your husbands account. Enclosed please find the sum of Fifty Dollars as requested. Hope it will come safely.

Yours Respy
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec 19th 1850
Mr Lucius O Kimball
Dear Sir
According to your request I herein enclose a check on the Atlas Bank for Three hundred eight nine & 87/100 Dollars, that being the balance due you from you voyage in Bark Grace, as will appear by account enclosed. You will have to put your name on the back of the Draft and then carry it to any bank in your state and I have no doubt you will get the money. Hoping it will come safely to hand and prove satisfactory to you I remain

Yours Respy
Signed J. Bourne Jr

P.S. Please say by letter that you have recd this check.
J.B.Jr.

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New Bedford Dec 19th 1850
Gentlemen
Annexed you have bill of Whale oil bought by your Mr Tufts the 10th inst. It has all been sent to the Depot and will come forward this P.M. was on its way when I receivd your letter. I have drawn on you at five days for the amount and interest. I have no doubt the oil will please you much better than the first lot. Shall I consider the balance sold to you on the same terms and conditions? If so please write me to that effect say about 550 Bbls.
To. Mess Hunting & Tufts, Boston

Respy Yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec 20th 1850
Mess E. C. Barkey & Co
Gentlemen
I still have a little Northwest Whale oil on hand. Would like to sell you one or two hundred Bbls @ 51¢ on 4 & 5 months. Please let me hear from you if you want. I believe the oil will suit you.

Respy Yours

P.S. I also have 150 Bbls of Light cold Sou Sea free from foots. It was started in November and the foots put by themselves I will sell you for 50¢

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New Bedford 12 Mo 25th 1850
Gentlemen
Your letter was received this day but to late to send you the N.West Oil sold you yesterday if you intended I should. It being Christmas we did not attend to business so closely as on other days or should have had your letter earlier from the office. Again your order for small Casks would not admit of my filling it from N West oil I accordingly sent Sou Sea to the Depot with all possible dispatch. Above you have Bill annexed which I will draw for in a few days. Hoping it will reach you in time and answer your purpose. Will get the N West ready tomorrow
To Mess Tufts & Hunting, Boston

Yours & C.
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 12 Mo 26th 1850
Gentlemen
Annexed I hand you Bill of 18 casks of Whale oil sent to the Depot this morning, marked with red paint amounting to Sixteen hundred twenty seven & 14/100 Dollars Interest and Carting added. You will please send your note for the sum & oblige.
To Mess Tufts & Hunting, Boston

Yours & C.
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 12 Mo 26th 1850
Mr Elbridge C Peirce
Dear Sir
Your favour of the 18th with plan of Deck and Model Frame came safely to hand, and for not replying earlier I must plead absence from the city and pressure of business. You say the plan of the Deck is drawn for a ship 125 feet long. Am I to understand you that the Keel is 4 feet longer than you ordered it; And that you will build the ship four feet longer on the Keel than we talked of? If so what am I to understand by original cost? Cost to you or me as it would be difficult perhaps to arrive at a fair price. Perhaps we had better come at something deffinite now. I have [p.99] talked with one or two builders without naming you in connection with my ship and they all agree that to put this length into the middle of a ship is not near so costly as making the ends one said half the other said ¾ pr foot in length. Now I will allow more than the highest sum named say 100 Dollars per foot and you may go to 125 feet on deck provided you have 5 feet additional Keel which will make the sum total $15250. If you accept I shall not make any change in the standing of the lower masts on this account. I of course want this additional length in the flatest part of the ship in order to get floor and capacity for cargo. I have decided on two important matters to you perhaps that is the lodging of the lower deck frame which is 8 ft 8 in in the clear from the ceiling 12 inches from the Kelson to the under side of the lower deck Beams and to have the Iron hanging Knees as you proposed upon the upper deck Beams. You will please give me an immediate reply and I will then get the Deck Plan ready as speady as possible. My regards to Mrs Peirce.

Very Truly Yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec 26th 1850
Mr Elbridge C Peirce
Gentlemen (Entered before)
Annexed I hand you Bill of 18 Casks of Whale Oil sent to the Depot this morning marked with red paint, amounting to sixteen hundred twenty seven 14/100 Dollars Interest & Carting added. You will please send your note for the sum and oblige.

Yours & Co
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Dec 26th 1850
Gentlemen
Annexed I hand you Bill of Oil sold you the 24th inst for Fifteen hundred Sixty eight 32/100 Dollars which I have drawn on you at five days from this date The oil was all sent to the Depot this day marked # with red paint. When I came to look over my North-west oil I found I had not quite a hundred Bbls of that lot – I made up the balance from some oil which I will warrant entirely clear of foots. Hoping you will feel satisfied I remain
To. Mess Tufts & Hunting, Boston

Yours Respy
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec 26th 1850
Gentlemen
Annexed I hand you Bill of 31 Casks Whale Oil sold you on the 24th inst amounting to Twenty four hundred twenty four & 3/100 Dollars. The oil is all refilled bunged and subject to your order. You will please add the interest and send the note as pr agreement. Please say who you will have cart the oil if any choice.
To Mess Edw C. Barkey & Co, Boston

Very Respy Yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec 30th 1850
Abraham R. Wing Esq.
Dear Sir
Have you the Whaling Inventory belonging to the ship Sarah Perkins? If so, are they for sale, and what do they consist of, and are you disposed to sell them at a reasonable rate. I am building a ship about her size, and would purchase her Inventory, if for my interest to do so. Please inform me by return boat, and oblige

Yours truly
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Dec 26th 1850
Gentlemen
Above I hand you Invoice of 19 Casks Whale Oil marked # sent to the Depot this morning. None of this lot has been started consequently it has more or less foots. I can send you whenever you will order a lot which has been started and entirely free from hard foots. Please write me when I shall send forward more of either lots.
To. Mess Tufts & Hunting, Boston

Respy Yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jan 2nd 1851
Gentlemen
Annexed I hand you Invoice of 14 casks Whale oil amounting to Fifteen hundred four and 32/100 Dollars The oil has all been sent to the Depot this morning marked thus # with red paint. This lot has all been started and is entirely free from foots, and is all sweet oil. I hope you will be able to obtain a liberal price. Whenever you want more sent forward please drop mea line to that effect. The casks you have on hand emptied since I was there and those you empty please reserve for me as talked over with Mr Tufts. I will come for them when you desire me to do so
[To] Mess Tufts & Hunting, Boston

Very truly yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jan 4th 1851
Mess Sturtevant Edwards
Gentlemen
Your letter of the 30th ultimo came safely to hand enclosing your note for Sixteen hundred twenty seven & 14/100 Dollars which is placed to your credit.

Very truly Yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jan 4th 1851
Geo. A. Simmons Esqr
Boston
Dear Sir
When I was in your Counting Room the other day I dont know as you distinctly understood me in relation to old Casks that you were emptying; I told you I believe that when you emptied them, I should probably be there, and would take them at your offer, if they suited. I will now say that I will come at any time when you write me they are ready. And do not want you to sell any of them untill I see them, as we talked.

Very truly Yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jan 3rd 1851
Mess Edw C. Barkey & Co
Gentlemen
Your 31 Casks of Whale oil, was all sent to the Depot this day, in time for the freight cars.

Very truly Yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jan 6th 1851
Mess David Sisson & Co, Providence
Gentlemen
When your Mr. French was here a few weeks since he offered me Oil Casks which he said were a very fine lot. My ship was just in then and of course did not think much about fitting again immediately but now shall move in that line forthwith. If you have not sold any from your lot since our talk and you are disposed to sell them at a reasonable price I will send my cooper on and see them. Please write me immediately terms &c

Very truly Yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jan 6th 1851
Mr. E. B. Gibbs
Dear Sir
I have been offered another lot of Pine Timber and am waiting anxiously to learn you lowest terms. Hope you will write me as soon as convenient and oblige

Very truly yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jan 6th 1851
Gentlemen
Your favour of the 3rd came to hand to late to ship Oil Saturday. I wish my oil was darker but have sent you such as I have, say 38 casks as pr Invoice annexd. Shall be in Boston this week and hope you will have a good lot of casks for me. Dont let any one select them before me. All the oil is in original casks but 6, markd thus #
To Mess Tufts & Hunting, Boston

Very truly yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jan 1851
Mr. Elbridge G. Peirce, Gardiner
Dear Sir
Your favour of the 20th ultimo came to hand safely, saying you would make my ship 5 feet longer on the Keel and Deck, 2 inches deeper, and 2 inches wider than first agreed upon, for the sum of six hundred and fifty Dollars, say $650~ and this additional length put in the flattest part of the ship. Now sir, I beleive this is to much difference for me to pay in proportion to the first sum, but will submit on one condition, that is, if you will put on a sider of Hard Pine on the Kelson, 12 inches deep and bolt it with Iron. I find the builders intend to do it here, when the ship is so long, there is danger of their altering their sheer, which of course you want to prevent as well as myself.

As for the live oak stick you spoke of when here, and alluded to in your letter, I supposed you intended to make the Inner-[p.104]stern post. I much prefer you would than use up for bow-trim-timbers If to large perhaps the part you will saw off will come in play for some other use where such kind of wood is needed.

As for the fastening between decks I have come to the conclusion to have the Treenails come through the ceiling and wedge as we talked of with such proportion of Iron as you may think best. Accompanying this you have the Deck Plan arrangd as well as I am capable of doing it with what knowledge I had of the business and with the assistance of others. You will find perhaps many things about it which may appear to you not right. For instance, the Sampson Post on the forward side of the Beam, But this could not be avoided and have our Gangway and windlass where I wanted it. I supposed you could without any difficulty secure the Sampson Post with fore & aft partners and then fill in between the post & beam forward of it. I shall in this case use my Bow-sprit bitts for Fluke chain bitts. I have omitted the forward beam as I did not know how you might choose to arrange the distances there and have left it for you to fill up as you thought best.

I have thought of having a Patent Steering Apperatus such as they put on the New ship at Fairhaven (but not so much fixtures) I suppose you have no objections provided I pay the difference if I have it. It will better accomodate my arrangements aft. Sky light Post 24 inches, 21 Inches opening with two tiers of lights and I suppose these should be a middle post or bar. Binnacle to set upon the after end of the Sky light. Booby Hatch Post 18 inches forward side with one tier of lights Fore-castle Gangway Post 5 ½ feet after side one tier of lights in the side. All these Posts should be southern pine. The Fife sail should be the same highth of the Main sail deducting the crown of the Deck from the Main stantions and you have the highth of the Fife sail stantions. The Main and fore sheet chocks will want to be about 10 or 11 inches square with the right bevels and long enough to come by the stantions and form a cavil end. The two Fluke chains pipes are never put in untill the ship is nearly compleated and I hope to be there many times before that is done and will then [p.105] arrange for them. Your Plan being drawn for 124 feet I have made no allowance for the other foot but want it put in (if it is done) between the fore & main masts making the distance 44 feet from centre to centre also extending the distance between the fore & main hatches the same. You will notice that I have placed the first Beam forward of the stern post very near to the after beam. This was done you will observe to accomodate the Cabin Gangway I suppose you will in order to secure the after Beam run your knee which you bolt o the after beam diagonally. In this way you can get in a long Knee as it will not interfeer with the State-room below. Still you can judge of the best way to secure it. In relation to placg the Frames you ask whether I would have 26 or 27 inches I have just come from Hillmans Yard. I am satisfied to have my Timbers look as well as theirs and the distance between the same 26 inches. I cannot tell you the exact highth of my Sampson Post above the deck as I do not know how much head I want for the Main & Main topmast stays. I should prefer a good Doe-bog Pine to a poor White Oak for the Sampson post --- Cat-heads say 7 ½ feet from the Knights or such distance as will best accomodate your head sails. The overhead Boat Bearers will want to be got out by the upper deck beam mould crowning the upper side. Lower side strait work down at the ends to 6 inches about 7 ½ wide of spruce or Hacamatac. Standards through the rail of white oak 6 by 5 inches. You will recollect that when I wrote the agreement I said I could not tell how many threads of Oakam our calkers drove but namd four but was to have as many as we drove here. I saw Mr. Cannon who invariably calks Hillmans ships. He told me they drove two threads in deck two plank sheer seam 5 outboard to the wails 8 in the wails, below, on the bottom 6 threads & never less I hope you will be very particular about your Iron fastenings I have more fear about that than any thing. There has been so much said of late about putting in poor Iron and good Iron is cheap enough without putting in poor still I suppose some people use it [p.106] but it is very poor-economy in my opinion. Your Main stantions will be 32 inches in the clear between the plank sheer & sail Of course you will make them some thing less at the after part of the ship You spoke of leaving out one stantion which would make the gangway 8 feet I can see no very serious objections if your stantions should vary in the distance a trifle. I know it is no uncommon thing when we are repairing to do so an inch or two I wish you would write me the wages pr day there in the summer time for the best Riggers, and what Mechanics board is why I want to know is about putting out my Rigging by the Job. I also wish you to make the ship quite as sharp aft as the model and give her as much room on deck as we can have without spoiling the symetry Deck room is very desirable in a Whale Ship Your bother Job will tell you that as for the Tonage it matters not to me as we have no Tonage duty to pay in foreign port I would have no objection to having her 28 ½ feet beam provided it cost no more and I want her to hold her width aft. It appears to me the deck lines on the paper look as if she drew in aft rather too much. I believe however I spoke to you about that when you were here I wish you to write me as soon as you receive this that I may know it has come to hand and how you are getting along How far advanced you are &c&c. How your Locust turd out whether as good as you expected Live Oak &c I also want you to send me the Dft of spars the length you think she will bear and as you think they ought to be size &c Let these come as soon as you can conveniently as the B Smith wants to make the Iron work and I may want to make some alteration which will take some time

Very truly yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jan 9th 1851
Mess David Sisson & Co Providence
Gentlemen
Your esteemd favour of the 7th came to hand and contents noted. You have changed your views of price or I misunderstood Mr French. I purchased yesterday, in Boston about 800 Bbls @ 11/8¢ pr gallon. And in New Bedford for a selection I paid 2¢, having purchased in all 3600 Bbls. Must decline your offer.

Very truly yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jan 9th 1851
Mr. Geo. M. Kimball
Dear Sir
Your favour of the 2nd was duly received, requesting me to send you by mail, a check for the balance due you from your late voyage in Bark “Grace.” Enclosed please find check on the Atlas Bank, Boston, for the balance due, as pr account annexed. Your voyage was made up upon the same sheet with Capt Cox, allowing you all the oil was sold for, deducting the actual expences. Lucius O. Kimball’s U sent to him in a letter, Dec 19/50, as pr his order when he left. Hoping this will come to hand, and prove to your satisfaction.

I am your obt servt
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

[no date]
Mr Edw B. Gibbs,
My dear sir.
Your esteemd favour of the 6th, was duly received. Should have replyd yesterday, but was out of the city to the timber. Please say when. Let it be as early as possible.

Yours respecty
Signd J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jan 11th 1851
Mess. Train & Wing
Gentlemen
Your favour of the 9th giving the dimentions of Copper, Cooler has been receivd which will answer my purpose. You may send it forward by Packet. I would like for you to get a cock fitted to it if you can get a good one for any thing less than four dollars new.

Very truly yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jan 11th 1951
Mess Weeks & Tillinghast, Albany
Gentlemen
Have you second hand oil casks for sale. If so, how many; What is the quality? Are they mostly New Bedford make? Sperm or Whale? What proportion of long Pipes? And your lowest terms pr Bbl. Please reply at an early day, & Oblige

Resp’y Yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jan 13th 1851
Gentlemen
Annexed I hand you Invoice of 26 Casks Whale oil, sent to the Depot this morning, markd thus #. You will have the goodness to take the oil in store immediately. I have also drawn on you at one days sight, for Fifteen hundred Dollars in favour of John P. Barker Esqr Cashing. I hope you will not let any good offers go by, even at a trifle less than our last talk, as there must be new oil in soon.
To. Mess Tufts & Hunting, Boston

Yours Resp’y
Signd J. Bourne Jr

P.S. I have just learned to my astonishment, that you have purchased during the past week, oil on your own account, notwithstanding the repeated assurances of Mr Tufts, that you [p.109] should not do so, while my oil remained unsold, unless it was a little dark oil, I enquired if the oil was dark, but was told it was not. The price does not change the appearance of it, As I have submitted in every instance when you have asked for a reduction. It is not the way that I have been in the habit of dealing, and I felt hurt, and am sorry to believe that I had been deceived. Had I have thought that you intended to pursue this course under any circumstances, I should have taken other ways to have sold my oil, not waited untill this time, But have never offered a gallon of oil to any person since I made this arrangement with you.

Resp’y Yours.
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jan 15th 1851
Gentlemen.
Annexed I hand you Invoice of 22 Casks Whale oil sent to the Depot tis morning marked B amounting to Seventeen hundred Six & 67/100 Dollars. You can if you please deduct the aont of your Bill of Casks now emptied and send a note for the Balance or let it remain unill I come to the city which will be next week
To Mess Edwd C. Barkey & Co, Boston

Very truly yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jan 21st 1851
Mr P.P.F. Degrand
Dear Sir.
I hold the cheshier R.Road Co’s Note, for Five Thousand Dollars. At what rate can I relet, for six months longer. Please name the rate of other companies. This note is due 1/26/29.

Yours truly
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jan 22nd 1851
Mr E.G. Peirce
Dear Sir
Your esteemed favour with Dft of Spars came duly to hand. I have examined the Dft and herewith enclose what appears to me will suit rather better and hope you will draw another Dft adopting my plan and send it back to me, And if you think I am wrong in any particulars, please name it. It will differ somewhat from yours. Why I wish you to send it back is, have seen no Dft which pleases the eye so well. I like to have it in my counting Room I intend to put it in a frame. Although we differ as to your proportions in length, All admit it shows the marks of a skilful Draftsman. I would suggest that you steve the Bowsprit more as I think it lays rather low, what is your opinion. You also suggest some alterations in the arrangements of the after beam which I have no objections unless you prevent my having my water-closet be aft my gangway under the Hurricane house, I though of having it there as I knew of no other place to have it. Again you have reduced my Pantry two feet, this will not answer at all as it is quite small on the first plan, have always wished I could increase the length fore and aft and make the cabin a trifle shorter. I must also object to having the Door swing as we like to have them slide being more out of the way and not so liable to get out of fix. I am aware it takes up more room in one sense, but is decidedly better for a Whale ship. You must have your skylight near enough to the man at the wheele to look into the binacle or else there will be a serious difficulty. Perhaps you know how much Robinson’s Patent steering apperatus requires in length. I do not want more than the ordinary length of shaft which he usually makes for a ship of her dimentions. I am glad to learn you was fortunate in your locust stantions, I should have no objections in having Oak stantions aft under the hurricane house, were it not that perhaps after the first voyage the master whoever he might be would require me to stop up the side gangway and have one made in the middle of the ship [p.111] We are sometimes controlled by our masters. Still if it is any considerable saving in expense you may put in oak or hack there, In relation to the form of the Iron hanging knees. I like the square turn better in appearance and would prefer them unless the others are decidedly better. I went yesterday to see the Windlass necks at Fairhaven. I think they are decidedly good as handsome forging as I ever saw. I think I shall get my camboose knees made there if they dont cost too much. In relation to your topsail sheet bitts they must go down through the lower deck and be secured to the after side of the hatchway beam. You say you want to know what the Iron work will cost for the parts. – I can tell you nearly when we fix upon the dimentions of the spars. As to sheathing boards we want always when we can get them good size boards, soft pine. You will readily see if we use small narrow boards it takes a large quantity of nails for butts & edge. It will take all of a quarter more composition nails for short boards than larger ones. They should be 5/8 in thickness. As to the Rudder braces I have not got the dimentions but will soon. I perceive you have drawn your topsails on your Dft the head ropes outside of the foot rope of the Top Galt Sails this is an error is it not? Please let the Dft of Spars come back as speadily as possible as I am anxious to settle upon the plan before I have any ships to arrive.

Very truly yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jan 29th 1851
Mrs Gavin
Your favour of Jan 27th is at hand making enquiries in relation to your son James Gavin Blacksmith on board Bark Newton. I expect her home about next August. I have written you two letters directed 192 State Street have directed this 192 Mott Street and hope you will receive it.

Resp’y Yours,
J.Bourne & Co
pr Denham

 

New Bedford Jan 31st 1851
Mr George A. Simmons
Dear Sir. Your favour of yesterdays date is before me, with guages of “Lagoda’s” Oil. You or the guager, have made a mistake of two gallons, in the cask with the large outs. You have it 156-58 out. The guager returns it, 158-58 out. Please look at the cask again. As to the price, I must put the responsibility upon you, to say whether in your opinion, I could not have obtained 129¢ for my lot of oil of Mr Leonard, or Mr Philips, if I had staid another day. As to the two Bbls, perhaps they were not merchantable, if not, what will make them so. No arrivals since I was in Boston.

Very truly yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

2/1/51
My dear sir
Not hearing from you for a long time. I would like to enquire if you have not got tired of small craft, and whether you would not like to try another Whale voyage. The high prices of Oil & Bone, make it an inducement for many to go, who have abandoned the business. If you have any idear of such a voyage, please drop me a line immediately and oblige,
[To] Capt Horace Nickerson, Cotuit-port

Yours very truly
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Feby 3rd 1851
Elbridge G Peirce Esqr
Gardiner
Dear Sir
I wrote you on the 22nd ultimo by Express and sent Dft of Spars. And so much time having elapsed I feel some anxiety to hear whether it come to hand or not. You will please answer by return of mail. The Rigger & Blacksmith are both in some hurry to get the dimentions. As the Spring draws near they will be pressed with work. Hope you will return Dft soon.

Very truly yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 8th 1851
Mr E.G. Peirce
Dear Sir
Your favour of the 3rd inst came to hand also Dft of spars. You suggest some alterations. After examining the Dft I have come to the conclusion to make the Spars according to the within dimentions.
Whole length of Foremast----------------621/2 ft]
Whole length of Main Roayl yard---------26 ft ]
Whole length of Main Top Galt yard------37 ft] (Note in the Letter)
Whole length of Fore Top Galt yard-------33 ft]
Whole length of Mizzen Topmast----------31 ft___]
Whole length of Royal Mast---------------11 ft
Whole length of Tops----------------------111/2 ft
which is about the length of crosstrees as we make them here Topmast Crosstrees which is drawn on the Dft you sent is about as we make them here. There should be a square on the after side of the lower yards in order to steady the Iron work. I would suggest, you place your mizzen swifter, eight inches be aft the after side of the mizzen mast. I think this would be an improvement. My neighbor Howland’s is much farther aft than this, whoes judgement, I think well of, but think he is a little on the extreeme in this case. The Riggers want you to send the depth of hole, & highth of rail, from [p.114] the ower part of the step of mast, to the top rail ~ ~ ~ Send the depth of the fore, main, & mizzen masts correct, so they can cut the rigging, as they want to fit it this winter, as they do it by contract, and have more time now, than they will have by & by. You will understand that I have Chain top Galt sheets and Ties & file the spars accordingly. You say you have purchased two sticks for fore & main masts. I hope you will find the Hack stick sufficiently large, for the main mast. We have great trouble with our masts decaying, and if we get a hack, I shall feel quite sure of one sound mast. Can you get a mizzen Hack? If possible do so. You told me you thought you should have no difficulty; also the three topmasts of the same. I would like to know you[r] manner in casing your Rudder Post, for Patent Rudder, I have enclosed a form which is the dimentions for Braces. If you think three is sufficient let it be so. It will not be necessary to have them flush with the plank as we sheath up to them, or conform the sheathing to them in order to make flush work. As to the windlass necks, have them as large as you think necessary 31/2 or 33/4, as you think best. I don’t know as we can better the laying of the Bowsprit on the last Dft, although I think it steves quite enough, should not want it to steve any more than it does. I want the new Dft sent up as soon as convenient for you to do so. If I am taxing you to much for paper, in making these alterations, you must charge it to me. I shall be perfectly willing to pay for it, and no doubt ought to. I think now of having all the butts, outside and in the deck, fastened with composition, instead of Iron, and all the nails throughout, to have no Iron spikes, or bolts in them, except the Deck fastenings, and fastenings through the Knees. I have not sent either of the Dfts, thinking you did not want them. If you do, write me and I will send them immediately.

Yours truly
Signed J. Bourne Jr

P.S. Please write how large your Dead Eyes will be

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New Bedford Feby 10th 1851
George A. Simmons Esq
My dear sir
Yours of the 1st & 8th came to hand. I should have replyed earlier but expected to have been in Boston the first of last week but was called another way on account of the illness of my Father. I called on Mr Philips this morning to know what he paid for the several lots he purchased from that cargo. He told me he purchased six lots. Three lots he paid 129¢ two lots 1281/2¢ one lot 128¢ which was short of head. Mr Leonard paid for all the lots he purchased 130¢ delivered in N.Bedford which is as near as we can get at the price 129¢ and was so considered by the sellers. Mr Philips paid Cash for every lot he purchased. I have made your Bill at 129¢ and deducted half cent pr gallon. Had I have remained in Boston another day should not have submitted to this deduction. You may send me your note at six months for the balance of the Bill if agreeable or let it remain untill I come to Boston, as you please.
[To] Hunting & Tufts Dft on E.D. Peters & Co

Very truly yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

P.S. Enclosed please find for five hundred & fifty Dollars. You will oblige me by handing it to him for acceptance and enclose it to me.

J.B.Jr.

 

New Bedford Feby 13th 1851
Mess Tufts & Hunting
Gents
According to your Bills there are 4 Casks lacking. Will you send to the Depot in Boston and have them come forward.

Yours Respy
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Feby 13th 1851
George A. Simmons Esqr
Dear Sir
Your favour of the 11th inst is at hand, with Dft returned accepted by Peters & Co, for which I am very much obliged. In relation to sales of Whale Oil. I know of no sale at the prices you speak of; 45. 451/2 ¢ neither can I learn that such prices, have been realized.

There is about 3000 Bbls on both sides of the river, in first hands, unsold. Samuel Leonard paid as we understood, for one half of the “Good Returns” cargo 421/2¢, which is the top price for straight line. Offers are now made of 40¢ to arrive any time in march. I have heard of nothing beyond 131¢ for the Nyes cargo 650 Bbls. So says report.

Yours Respy
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 15th 1851
Mess Tufts & Hunting
Gentlemen
I have drawn on you this day in favour of John P. Barker Esq Cashier at sight for Thirteen hundred fifty Dollars on a/c of Bill Whale Oil sold on the 14th ultimo. When your Mr Tufts was at New Bedford, he stated he should probably be here again the first or middle of the present week and we could then arrange our cask bills before the last payment and was due on the Whale Oil If he has been here I have not seen him & needing the money I have drawn on a/c When Mr Tufts comes here we can arrange the balance

Yours Respy
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Feby 17th 1851
George A. Simmons Esqr
Dear Sir
The “South Boston’s” cargo was purchased some ten days since entire by a N.York house at 41¢. Since which a thousand Bbls has been resold to Chas H. Leonard of New York @ 43¢. Ship Ias Allen arrived below last evening. Cargo sold @ 40¢ before arrival. Ship Fabius came up to the wharf last evening rumor says ¾ of her cargo is sold I think a little doubtful I still beleive Oil will be sold at 40¢ in time to make Weather Oil unless prevented by the high price of Grease.

Very truly yours
Jona. Bourne Jr.
Pr Denham

 

New Bedford Feb 21st 1851
E.G.Peirce Esqr
Dear Sir
Your esteemed favour of the 18th is at hand and contents noted I suppose I am to understand that the measurement if from the top of the Kelson say whole length of Fore mast from top of Kelson to the upper end 62½ ft. Whole length of Main Mast from top of Kelson to the upper end 65 ft. Whole length of Mizzen Mast from top of Kelson to upper end 59 ft. Having some fear that there may some mistake occur in cutting the Rigging I would ask of you the favour of sending me the distances from the top of the Rail to the hounds of the Mast. I do it for a check upon the Rigger, when he calculates his length I want to compare that no mistake may happen. I have forgotten how much sheer you told me there was to the model. You will rember that I have always talked in favour of a straight ship. You asked me in a former letter what the probable cost of the Iron work for the Spars. The estimate as near as we can come at it for what I have got terms for – will be about $250 ~ Quite likely there are some things in the estimate I should pay for. If so we shall not differ about it. I have been talking about Iron ferrill bands for the Topsail yards in place of saddles. If I have them shall not want saddles on the topsail yards. But have [p.118] not concluded yet. Please let me hear from you as soon as convenient. The dead eye has not come to hand at the time of my writing Perhaps it will to night. You think the lower mast as we have talked sufficiently large I suppose as you have never said otherwise and sufficiently long. We could no doubt increase them the depth of the rider which would add a foot in length. ~ What say you about it?

Resp’y Yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 28th 1851
Mess Edwd C. Barker & Co
Gentlemen
Your favour of the 27th inst is at hand enclosing note for sixteen hundred forty seven 90/100 Dollars which amount with Bill of casks cover bill of Whale Oil purchased Jan 15th. I shall send for the casks soon. Whale oil does not seem to be a dreg[?} as yet.

Yours truly
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 28th 1851
E.G. Peirce Esq
Dear Sir
Your esteemed favour of the 23rd inst came safely to hand also box containing Lige Dead Eye which is a beautiful specimen of the kind except a little small ~ My Main Rigging will be 8 in Rope. Fore 7 ¾ in. And it appears to me that the Dead Eyes should be 9 inches. If smaller they would look rather out of proportion. Would they not? ~ Please tell me the price each say 9 in. The weather is very moderate here, and I presume you are having it moderate with you which will enable you to get along with more dispatch. Please answer soon

Resp’y yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Mar 4th 1851
Dear Sir
I have building at Gardiner Maine a ship of about 450 tons. My Riggers who was in your establishment a few days since desired me to get your terms for Blocking her throughout. All her Dead Eyes & Bulls Eyes to be of lignomvitae. Lower Dead Eys 9 in others in proportion All the Blocks to be made blocks from oak stuff and bushed. The fore & main topsail haulyards fore & main brace, fore & main topsail brace blocks to be bushd with patent Rolling Bushing of the best quality. 12 hickory handspikes. This should include all the blocks & Hanks & Trucks complete except the Dead Eyes in the chains which the builder furnishes. In addition to what is needed for a Merchant ship I shall want as she is intended for the whaling business 2-14 in 2-11 in 8-9 in and a set of Burden Blocks all to have Patent Rolling Bushings. Please give me your lowest Cash terms at your earliest convenience and oblige

Yours Resp’y
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Mar 6th 1851
A.H. Campbell Esqr
Dear Sir. I expect to want in a month or two, the material for a ships upper deck. Having been advised to use the Philadelphia Plank, I am desirous to learn the price. Will you oblige me by making the enquiry, (as I suppose ship building is out of your line of business entirely) what they can be bought for pr thousand, White Pine, 3½ in thick, 8 in wide, clear stuff, or nearly so, seasoned, and if it can be obtained at any time, and when I can buy at the best advantage. By making the enquiry, and writing me the result, you will very much oblige

Your friend & obt servant,
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Mar 6th 1851
Gentlemen
I learn through Mr Hicks, you have a good quality of ship ceiling spikes. You may send me such as he purchased. Say 500ct 6 in, 200 ct 6 ½ in, 300 ct 7 in. In all 1000ct. send by R.Road markd J.B.Jr. Bill by mail, nett price. I will remit the amount.
To Mess Whitten, Train, & Co, Boston

Your obt servt
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Mar 7th 1851
E.G. Peirce Esqr
Dear sir. Your favour of the 5th inst is before me & contents noted. You say that Lignomvitae is stronger than soft wood which is very true. I have no doubt that there is sufficient strength for all purposes. But is 8in in proportion to an 8in rope. We think here it is not. I dont know but 8½ might answer. But I was anxious to get the price from your man what a 9in would cost. But he does not seem inclined to tell or does now know. If that is his business it appears to me he ought to be able to tell the price of a 9in Dead Eye. I wish you would get from him the price and send me. In relation to the finish of the stantions I think with a round mould is the least expense and quite as well for our business. The other no doubt would suit the fancy better to those who did not have the trouble of keeping them from getting bruised. In relation to the spars with your suggestions I have given the order for rigging, that is resting the fore & main masts on the rider and the mizzen mast shortened to depth of the rider, which will give the main mast 5 ft from top of rider and foremast 62½ ft from the top of rider. I would say one word in relation to fastening the cants forward & aft on the Dead wood. I beleive you said something about using Iron I have noticed all the ship building here and as I told you copper is universally used for that purpose. And if any one from N.Bedford should visit your place before she is completed as I have no doubt they intend to, it would be a matter to talk about if nothing more.

Very truly yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Mar 8th 1851
Gentlemen
Annexed I hand you my Riggers list of Blocks &c for new ship. If you will affix the price with a liberal discount for cash such as will make it for my advantage to come to your city and see you it may be for our mutual interest herafter. The Blocks markd Iron strap I of course do not expect you to do the Iron work and should not have been marked so. I have infered that your shells are made from Oak stuff. Am I correct – Fore Rigging 7¾ in Main 8 in Mizzen 6 in Scores in Dead Eyes accordingly.
[To] Mess W. Coleman & Sons, Providence

Your Obt servant
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 13th 1851
Ellis Swift Esqr
Dear Sir. Enclosed I hand you the surveyors certificate of the Pine Timber, which came over the Cape Cod Road. You will please hand the certificate to Mr Henry Bourne when you have made your memorandum. Please say to him, I am ready to pay the Bill for Timber whenever he will send it forward.

Resp’y yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 18th 1851
Doct Adrian Vanderveer
My dear sir,
Enclosed please find check on Phenix Bank New York for Ninety six Dollars, that being the amount of your Bill for medical services rendered Mrs B. You will please accept our mutual thanks for your kindness to Mrs B. while under your care. Mrs B. would highly esteem the favour of a timely notice as to when she may return to your charge that she may secure to herself a comfortable quiet home where she may receive those little nameless attentions which render an invalids life comfortable. You will please receipt the Bill and return it by mail and oblige Wishing you a speady restoration of Heaven’s greatest blessing ~ Health

I remain your obt servant
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 19th 1851
B. Bourne Esqr Monument
Dear sir
Your letter of the 17th inst has been received & contents noted. Your statement how timber should be surveyed is correct as I understand it, and I also understood that Mr E.B. Gibbs would be here when the timber was landed and see to it himself, having an interest in the surveying as well as yourself. And all timber brought in from the country is surveyed by sworn surveyors there being two appointed every year according to Law which are disinterested men. I had it intimated to me some time since, that there might be an undue influence used with you in order to prejudice you against the New Bedford survey. But, Sir. I had no doubt as I told you at the Depot at Monument you would be entirely satisfied with the measurement of the timber sent here. I still have the same opinion. You say that the timber sent here by Henry Bourne fell short a trifle over 1/8. Was that timber surveyed before it came? If so by whom? If by the parties interested? Of course I have nothing more to say, only it was a one sided affair. It was surveyed here by a sworn surveyor liable to a fine and penalty by the Laws of Massachusetts if he was swayd by prejudice either way I was not present when any part of it was surveyed. Took it from the surveyor’s book [p.123] when I sent it to him. Further than this I know nothing about the survey. But this I do know. Four of the sticks if sided to the heart as yours is it could not have been calld timber but might have been called plank with propriety. To say least it was not worth the freight which I have got to pay on it – The timber from your lot which I have seen is of a different quality being of much larger heart. The four sticks alluded to in H. Bournes lot did not have what might be called heart.

Yours very resp’y
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 21st 1851
George A Simmons Esqr Boston
Dear Sir
I suppose a line from N. Bedford will not come amiss after the arrival of such large quantities of Oil I will give you such information as I have Doct Fisher is here and has been for the three past days. Up to yesterday noon had made no purchase I understand the “Cortes” cargo has all been sold but the ground tier and considerable portions of the “California’s” has also been sold Whether any of the “Lancaster’s” has or has not been sold I have not heard. But I presume some of it has however. There is now laying below, four ships with 15,500 Bbls of Whale Oil on board, some four or five ships are daily expected. I suppose when Fisher opperates we shall find out what the article is worth. The Doctor was in to see me wednesday told me he had no crude Whale Oil on hand at all I expect to be in Boston monday night on my way to Maine. Shall stop at the Revere House.

Resp’y yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

P.S. Since writing the above I have seen the Doctor. He has purchased about 1500 Bbls @ 41¢ selections. He also says two thirds of the Californias cargo is sold including the ground tier, and a portion of the Lancaster’s how much did not know. Others say nearly all. Another ship in sight – “Maria Theresa” signals for a Bark also. Chas H. Leonard of N.York came this morning. Whether he is in want of Whale Oil or not I cannot say probably not a large quantity if any.

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New Bedford March 31st 1851
Dear Sir,
Your esteemed favour of the 27th inst was received during my absence from home. Was in Boston saturday would have called but had no knowledge of the letter. Am not at this time in funds.
To P.P.T.Degrand Esqr
Boston

Very resp’y yours

Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 31st 1851
Dear Sir.
Enclosed please find check on Atlas Bank Boston, for Five hundred Dollars, on a/c of New Ship. You will please forward a receipt for the same, by Capt Job Peirce when he comes up and oblige. I intended to have asked you how large you proposed to make the lower deck waterways. I supposed when I first proposed building, that a large waterway would interfeer with the Storage, as I should stow a-head. But as I intend to stow a-bilge, it will not now interfeer, and should like one of suitable bigness.
To Elbridge G. Peirce Esqr Gardiner

Very resp’y yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 1st 1851
Gentlemen.
I have drawn on you at sight this day for Twelve hundred and seventy six 2/100 Dollars for amt of Bill Oil Casks send on the 26th ultimo. I called at your store saturday last with the hope of settling our old concern but finding that Mr Tufts was absent said nothing about it. One of the parties concerned in the Washingtons cargo calld on me this day and is very anxious that I should urge the demand and I think it can be settled as easily now as at any future time. I hope Mr T. will come and see me soon and be prepared to arrange it –
To Mess Tufts & Hunting, Boston

Yours very resp’y
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 2nd 1851
George A. Simmons Esqr
Dear Sir. Your favour of yesterday is at hand. I did promise to post you on the Oil market monday evening. I certainly intended to have done so but I must plead forgetfulness which is certainly true in this case. It never occurred to me that I was to write you untill last evening. I cannot account for it in any other way only that my mind was filld with the melancholy thought of the sudden death of Mr B. F. Congdon our guager. There has been large sales of Whale Oil also Sperm in small lots from Wright Whalers. The Doctor purchased as near as I can learn about 10,000 Bbls. Hathaway & Luce the “Orozimbo’s” cargo say 4200 Bbls rather inferior cargo Palmer & Ricketson 1500 Bbls Chas H. Leonard 3000 Bbls. French & Sisson cargo of the “Waverly” to arrive say 2800 Bbls. Samuel Leonard 1500 Bbls. Sanford & Howland 1800 Bbls and many other smaller lots All at about 41¢ except the Orozimbo’s cargo which was understood I think at 39½ Sales of Sperm Oil @ 128¢ which is a fair quotation now. Why the “Marengo” does not come I cannot tell hourly expected.

Yours very resp’y
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 2nd 1851
Gentlemen
Your letter of the 24th ultimo has come to hand. I should probably have calld on you while at Gardiner last week, but agreed with Mr Cushman some six weeks since to make the Sails for my new ship. I found to have them made away from N. Bedford would be attendant with considerable allowance provided he could commence upon them during the Winter. One suit is nearly compleated now.
[To] Mess Topham & Taggart Wiscasset

Yours very resp’y
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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Very respy yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 4th 1851
George A. Simmons Esqr
Dear Sir. Since I wrote you three entire cargo’s have been sold. Ships “Ohio, “Parachute& “Moctezuma” all said to be at 41¢ pr Gall. I am not positive of the price however.

Yours very Resp’y
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 7th 1851
George A. Simmons Esqr
Dear Sir
Enclosed please find Hunting & Tufts Dft on E. D. Peters & Co. for 1600 Dollars which you will hand to them for acceptance and return to me again & oblige. Please say if you consider E. D. Peters & Co good beyond a doubt I know nothing about them and should not close the account with the parties interested in the Dft unless I was quite sure it would be paid at maturity. I was in error about the sale of the “Moctezumas” cargo in my last the parties did not agree in price. I am inclined to beleive the quality was not strictly prime.
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New Bedford April 7th 1851
Mr. Wm Cannon.
Dear Sir. Your letter of the 30th ultime came to hand. I am expecting a ship very soon to arrive which requires heavy repairs. Shall want your services then. I talkd with Mr Stephen Andrews about your coming He said you could come whenever you pleased. He would employ you until my ship arrived.

Very respy yours.

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New Bedford 4 Mo 9th 1851
George A. Simmons Esqr
Dear Sir. Your favour of this date is at hand accepting my offer of 3/8 Ship Marengo’s Cargo Whale Oil a fair average of the cargo to arrive at 41¢ pr gallon with the privilege of marking 3 to 600 Bbls of the casks to be returned at N. Bedford within 4 ms from delivery of the Oil @ 2½ cs per gallon. This was according to my letter. But I commitd an error. I intended to have reserved the same privilege of marking casks in the same rate for the 1/8 as I did for the quarter which would have been 450 to 900 Bbls if you took the 3/8 This matter must of course be left with you now to decide whether you will or not give me that privilege. Please say by tomorrow’s mail. The “Moctezuma’s” cargo has been sold @ 41¢ purchaser’s Samuel Leonard, & Palmer & Ricketson 1500 Bbls of the “Cowper’s” cargo has been sold for over 41¢ selections but a dark cargo.

Yr truly
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford 4 mo 10 1851
Capt Theodore Cole
Respectful Friend
I understood you to say, that if I had an oppitunity to sell my one 1/8 of Ship “Marengo” Cargo to Assure at 41 cents, and did sell. Thus I might include your one 1/8 with it, I have done so. I sold yesterday, or got my letter last evening when I came home accepting my offer at 41¢ pr Gallon, Payments 1/4 Cash balance in 4 5 & 6 month Interest added, when the Oil is delivered, Please say by return of mail, if I have done right, or not. My Regards to Mrs Cole

Yours truly
J Bourne Jr

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New Bedford 4 mo 10 1851
James C Barker, Lawrence
Dear Sir. Your letter of yesterday date is at hand enquiring of a man by the name of Alfred Bremmens out in Ship Washington, When referring to the crew list, I find no many by that name, And presume he shiped by some other name if he went in her

Respt yours
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 8th 1851
E. G. Peirce Esqr
My dear Sir,
Our Carpenters have all struck for higher wages, Beleiving it might be for your benefit to know this fact as some of your best men might take the advantage of you when you could prevent it by agreeing with them to work at whatever wages you now might agree upon until the Ship is finishd . In that way secure them. Our men demand $ 2 ¼ pr day and I have but little doubt but they will obtain it. Say not a word to any one about it but take care of yourself. After I came home and considered about using those plank you showd me, I rather you would not put those on my ship, but use the White Oak you orderd from connecticut. Enclosed I hand you a memorandum which I agreed to furnish Mr Upham. You will please hand it to him and urge him to have them made as soon as convenient.

Very Resp’y yours
Signd J Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 11th 1851
E. G. Peirce Esqr
Dear Sir. Your favour of the 3d inst is at hand. In relation to Spruce Sheathing boards, the great difficulty would be, they are narrow & inclined to curl up, will not lay as smoothly as Pine. We want for Sheathing, soft boards that will lay smoothly on the plank of the Ship. In relation to using Norway for the floor of the Ship instead of Southern Pine: there would be three objections. You could not get them as long as southern pine and as free from Sap, And again they are softer, and in the floor is where the most wear comes of any part of the ceiling. Our carpenters have obtained their price $2.25 pr day, also calkers same price pr day. I hope you will have agreed with your best men to work until the Ship is finished. When you agree with your calkers, I wish you would be particular to name the number of threads to be drove. 8 threads in the wails 5 above, 6 below on the bottom. Which is the same number the Cannon’s are driving in the Ship building by the Mess Hillmans I intend to come to Gardiner when the river opens & I can come through by Boat

very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

Please let me hear from you by Monday morning mail
New Bedford April 12th 1851
George A.Simmons Esqr
Dear Sir. Your favour of the 11th was recd last evening. You say you did not receive my letter of the 9th until the morning of the 11th. The letter was deposited in the Post Office on the 10th before 1/4 of 6 o”clock A.M. in time for the mail, and should have reachd you by the morning train. I calld at the house of Mr Hall the owner of the 1/8 offered in my letter of the 9th, but he was absent. I have seen him this morning. He rather declined at first, saying that he felt less anxious to sell, than he did when he authorized me to offer it to you, and as there had certainly one mail interveened, since the letter arrived in Boston, he did not feel in any way bound at all. Still upon further consideration, he consented to renew his offer, on the condition that you would comply with what I first intended, to select & mark, from 600 to 1200 Bbls of the casks, to be returnd by you @ 2½ cs pr gallon. If you take Mr Hall’s eighth, you will then have purchased one half, (a fair average of the cargo) of Ship [p.130] Marengo’s Whale Oil as it may be discharged from said ship, guaged, filld & pumpd & coopered, sufficient to send to Boston, with the exception of the masters share (who always has a right to draw his lay if he pleases) for 41¢ per gallon, I having the right to select and mark from 600 to 12000 Bbls of the casks, which you are to deliver at New Bedford, within 4 ms from the time of delivery of the Oil @ 2½ ¢ pr gallon. Payments 1/4 Cash, your notes for the balance 4, 5, & 6 ms interest added on delivery of the Oil. If the ship should never arrive at New Bedford, then of course there is no sale and the bargain is null & void.

Very respy yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 14th 1851
George A.Simmons Esqr
Dear Sir, Your favour of the 12th inst and duplicate is received. I beleive matters are rightly understood by both parties You cautioned me to keep the matter secret. You may do so yourself if you please, as the sale is only known to the parties interested at present, and I rather it would not be until after her arrival and settlement with the crew. I notice advertised by Horatio Caims & Co 3 Chain Cables & 2 Anchors. Will you take a look at them and write me if they are much worn the size of each Chain and weight of each Anchor. If wooden or Iron stocked I am in want of a chain & Anchor and thought perhaps it would be for my interest to attend the sale.

Very respy yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 15th 1851
Capt Seth D. Fisher
Dear Sir. Your letter of the 9th inst is received and contents noted. In relation to your son’s voyage it was settld June 13th 1850 by Benjamin B. Covell for his wife as administratrix. – Amt pd over on that day as balance due Captt Fisher’s estate Nine hundred three & 13/100 Dollars.

Most resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 16th 1851
D. Burbank Esqr
Dear Sir. Your favour of the 15th inst came to hand this morning, requesting me to inform you, if you have my consent to consign a lot of Timber to me. I must decline every consignment of the kind, having as much business of my own, as I can well attend to.

very resp’y yours,
Jona Bourne Jr
per F.H.D. Denham.

 

New Bedford April 21st 1851
Mr. I. Austin
Dear Sir
Your favour was received saturday but not until the boat had left. Your price Mr. Andrews thinks is to high for me.

Very resp’y yours,
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 25th 1851
Mrs Weston A. Briggs
Your letter of the 13th inst was received In reply I must say you had better wait until your husband returns before paying his brothers note. I have enclosed Twenty five Dollars for your own use. Hoping you will receive it safely I remain
Directed Mrs. Weston A. Briggs
Weymouth Landing, Mass

Yours respy
Signd J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 28th 1851
E. G. Peirce Esqr
Dear Sir. Your favour of the 17th inst has been received. Should have answered earlier but have been waiting for Mr. Irish to return from Connecticut, and Job told me he should return to day but has not yet made his appearance. If he does not before the mail closes I shall send this by mail. You will please find enclosed a check on the Atlas Bank, Boston for Five hundred Dollars which Mr Irish told me you desired me to send you.

I shall send by Job a sample of Mr Richmonds Spikes & Nails. Nearly all the Iron work for the spars are ready for shipping, but I do not want to send them down until you want it, as it is nicely packed away where it is kept dry. I understand there will be a number of vessels here this week from Gardiner and if you want it sent down you will please say so by letter. You say you can get her calked for 350 $ which is much cheaper than we pay here. They pay here a trifle over a dollar pr ton and the owners find Oakum & Pitch. I hope to come to Gardiner next week. Before that time, you will I presume have the bond signed as we talked.

Very resp’y yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 1st 1851
Mrs Eunice H. Chase
I have received your two letters requesting me to furnish you wit fifty dollars on your husbands account he having joined the Bark Rosco as mate at Hobart Town. In reply I must decline advancing any money at present as the Bark had no oil on board twelve months out although reported a month afterwards with 140 Bbls Sperm & 60 of Whale. I am inclined to beleive the sperm was taken in the earlier part of the voyage and shipd home from the Western Islands and the Whale Oil in the Indian Ocean and sold at Hobart Town before your husband joined her and again I do not know what was advanced to him when he shipd as I have had no particulars from Capt Gorham to that effect. Whatever your husband earns on board of my ship I expect of course to pay him at a propper time at the adjustment off the voyage. But to advance now without further knowledge that [p.133] there is money due him, I shall not feel warranted in doing so at present

Very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 5th 1851
Gentlemen
Your esteemed favour of the 2nd inst is at hand & contents fully noted. The “Newton” did take all [t]he Oil the last season and I beleive in the Artic Ocean. But she is not expected to arrive home until August or September and I should rather name the price at that time than now.
[To] Mess Hadwen & Barney, Nantucket

Very truly yours,
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 5th 1851
Mess W. Coleman & Sons
Gentlemen
I presume Capt Winslow is now at your port, and will take the Blocks for the “Black Hawk” if they are ready. I am anxious to have them all sent forward as many of them are to be Iron Strapd which will take some time. You will please add to the list 12 heavy Walnut Hand-spikes 40.3½ in, 40.4 in, 30.5 in Hanks, 24.7 in, 15.7½ in Hoops & oblige.

Yours resp’y
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 9th 1851
Dear Sir
Since I came home I have concluded to advance my limits for Anchors. You gay go as high for the Iron Stockd as 4½, for the large wooden Stockd at 4½, for the Small wooden stock 3½ ¢. And for the small chains 37/8. And should you conclude to make two Cables of the large chain, (the 1¼ in) I would like to have 60 to 75 fathoms at 2¾ ¢.
To John Tyler Esqr, Boston

Very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

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New Bedford May 10th 1851
E. G Peirce Esqr
Dear Sir,
Enclosed please find check on Atlas Bank for nine hundred thirty nine & 39/100 Dolls. You will please forward a receipt for the same & oblige. I arrived home safely got into Boston 5½ O’Clock. I hope you will have all the heads of the timbers bored as I proposed immediately & pickeled. If you should lack salt, send to Stewarts where I got the others and I will settle for it when I come down. Please say if the Oak plank has arrived and if you have heard from the southern pine I feel anxious about it having some fear you will be put back for want of it. Hope I shall be able to visit you again soon.

Very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 12th 1851
Dear Sir
Your favour enclosing bill of chains & Anchors came to hand this morning. Enclosed please find check on Atlas Bank for Two hundred fifteen & 75/100 Dollars covering amt of bill. If inconvenient for you to ship them by R.Road please ask my Friend Priest to attend to it. Accept my thanks for your attention thus far.
To John Tyler Esqr, Boston

Yours truly

 

New Bedford May 17th 1851
Thomas Bradley Esqr
Dear Sir. A Mr Brown who says he was 3rd officer of your Ship “Ocmulgee” the first voyage. I should like to learn from you what his character is for an officer and whaleman or any information you may be pleased to give me. A reply from you by Mondays boat will greatly oblige your friend

Resp’y Yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford May 1851
E. G. Peirce Esqr
Dear Sir,
Enclosed please find Bill of Lading of Ship “Black Hawk”s Iron work for Spars It went on board in good order and I hope it will come to hand in like good condition. You will please put in your Beams as you proposed I wrote you on the 10th enclosing check on Atlas Bank for 939 39/100 Dollars. Shall expect an answer by to nights mail I will renew my desire again to have Mr Irish bore the heads of the timbers & pickle them immediately, also that you will give the top sides of both decks frames two coats of varnish as soon as they are ready that it may get well dried before the decks are laid I had rather pay double the amt of cost than not have it done

Yours &c.
Signed Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 19th 1851
Gentlemen.
Enclosed please find check on Phenix Bank for Eighty nine & 6/100 Dollars covering your bill of Chains of the 8th inst less 5%. Please acknowledge the receipt and oblige
[To] Mess. Merritt & Co, New York

Yours,
Jona Bourne Jr
pr Denham

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New Bedford May 22nd 1851
Gentlemen
Your letter of the 13th covering bill of Blocks came to hand the 17th also the Blocks have come to hand but in my great haste to see the contents of one of the casks I did not stop to count the loose ones but presume they are correct. If upon opening the other cask they do not all come out right I will write you I am very much pleased with the material of which they are made as far as I have examined them & the finish with one exception One of the sheeves of the large blocks was crackd quite badly I was sorry to see it and have no other fear unless the patent rollers may be to light or not sufficient thickness to the composition to hold the rollers. But use will prove them. I now want a set of cutting in Blocks 3 double 18in 5 single 18in 4 single 12in Please have them of good tuff seasond white oak & well made. Please have them ready for Capt Winslow next trip & oblige
To Mess W. Coleman & Sons, Providence

Very respy yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

P.S. Did you consider the credit to commence when the Blocks were deliverd? Or when the ship was compleated? I have forgotten what was said about it. I shall cash the Bill with the discount. Either way, please write me.

J.B.Jr.

 

New Bedford May 22nd 1851
E.G. Peirce Esqr
Dear Sir. Mr Richmond will send forward this day in time for tomorrows boat the composition Spikes Bolts & nails according to your order. I have unfortunately mislaid your letter and consequently cannot tell what you said about Brads for cabin work or mast. I shall endeavour to see you again before you will want them or the copper for stem & back of stantions. The composition bolts for lashing nails were not sent as he told me they were not sufficiently strong but should be made of copper bolts and a head formed by the Blacksmith like those on the deck bolts which you are using [p.137] of ¾ in. Should they cost more than composition I will pay the difference in order to have them as they should be I have concluded to fasten with composition outboard throughout and have sent with your lot on my own account 300ct 8in bolts for wales to be bunged. 400 6in Spikes to use from wales up and bunged 100 ct 5½ in for buts in the upper deck. You may use Iron in the buts beaft the forward part of the mizzen hatch. If I have not sent enough either of those I have sent or other kind to fasten the outboard risings forward stern inboard and out I will do so at any time Should you want them before I see you can write me for such kind as you may want I have been very busy for the last week fitting the “Draco” away and the Marengo arriving gives me quite as much to do as I want. The Draco is now going out of the bay. I dont want to see her again for the next forty months. The Marengo is partly discharged. I have just had words from Mr. R. The spikes bolts & rudder joints have gone forward. The spikes and bolts furnishd by me are markd B on the Kegs.

Very respy yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 23rd 1851
George A Simmons Esqr
Dear Sir. Your letter by express has just come to hand asking what a selection from a cargo of Whale Oil can be bought for. It is a question not easily to be answerd. The market is in rather an unsettled state at present, and I am not able to answer you with any correctness. I have not had any applications for oil but once since the “Marengo” arrived. Millikin askd me for 200 Bbls to select. I told him I had no oil to sell at present as the ship was not in at the wharf. You are not known as being the owner of any part of the cargo as yet. I hope to have her discharged in all next week. I think it is a very good cargo

Very respy yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 23rd 1851
Gentlemen
Your letter of the 21st inst covering Capt Finch’s Dft for Thirty & 93/100 Dollars, came to hand last evening. You are aware perhaps that my attorney displaced Capt Finch, and sent the ship home from the Sandwich Islands. His conduct was such, that the owners felt compeld for their own safety to order it done. I allowed a number of his Drafts to be protested, until some satisfactory explanations were given. He has within a few days arrived home and was in my counting room this week but has since left town to return in the course of two or three weeks When he does and I am satisfied the proceeds were rightly used for my ship I will answer the amt in the manner required although the Draft is not endorsed by Capt Hamblin and there seems to be some alterations or amendments in the face of it Still your endorsment will be ample guarantee.
[To] Mess Williams & Barnes
New London

Respy yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

P.S. I have retained the Draft unless you order it sent back.

 

New Bedford May 26th 1851
Dear Sir,
When I wrote you last I stated I had sent 400 ct of Spikes for outboard above the wales but have understood from Richmond that he fell short & sent only 375ct of that kind. I shall see you probably before they are all drove in time to send more. I hope you will find those Knees to suit you in quality & price as I have made no other arrangements for knees. The first Bath ship has arrived and I with a host of other gentlemen have inspected her this morning. I have only to say at present that she has her faults & her good qualities. Some parts of her are well done, first rate Others not to suit me but perhaps her owners. They will be better satisfied now than they will after she has been a three years voyage in my opinion. The builder I should judge intended to come up to the contract in the main to the fullest extent. [p.139] Mr. Richmond will furnish you with the Scuppers for 7¢ pr lb and if you have no objections I would like for you to get them of him. As for putting in such Hauser pipe Leads as the Bath Ship had I never would let the ship come to New Bedford. If for no other reason I would take them out to save the builders credit.

Very resp’y yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

P.S. Please write me how you are getting along and if your Plank has arrived. And if Mr Upham has finished the Dead Eyes The Riggers will want them soon

 

New Bedford May 27th 1851
Mrs. James T. Patch
Your letter of the 25th inst came to hand this morning asking me to send you money. When Mr. Patch sailed I paid his bills amounting to Seventy nine & 59/100 Dolls. The owners of the ship do not authorize me to advance further untill the arrival of the ship. Still as you are in need when the ship has had a season on the North West Coast and obtained a sufficient quantity of oil to warrant my doing so, without loss, I may advance you a reasonable sum. This will not be until next winter.

Yours Resp’y
Signd J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford May 27th 1851
Alex H. Campbell Esqr
Dear Sir. Your esteemed favour of the 11th of march was duly received. You will please purchase for me 3000 feet faced of seasoned or nearly so White Pine Ship Deck Plank 3½ in thick 6 in wide. I want good quality but not at an extra price. You will please ship them by the “Henrietta” Capt Read who is on his way to your port at this time. Please buy for cash and your Dft for the Plank and charges will be duly honoured

Very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford May 29th 1851
Dear Sir
I noticed by the Journal of last evening the arrival of the Ship Alex Coffin and afterward understood it was known here in the morning. Had I have known it should have written you last evening. This morning Mr Fisher the carpenter calld on me and gave me some information as to the condition He says the crew who shipd at San Francisco and agreed to go the voyage round refused to comply with their agreement at Calao. And Capt Derrick who is a perfect old granny by way of self defence agreed to discharge them when the returned from the Chica Islands but after their return declined doing so and made a further agreement to allow them five dollars pr month in addition to their former contract. Now Fisher says no alterations were made on the shipping articles to that effect. If not I am determined not to pay any more than Capt Hale agreed to pay them. And I hope you will not give them any orders by which they can collect beyond their first agreement. I understand Mr. Bailey has agreed to stop and come on in the ship which is well. The ship will want considerable ballast and perhaps you may obtain some Freight at a low rate. If not you may find a lot of Oil Casks and fill them with water, I would not purchase a lot unless I could select them, or should rather pay an extra price to select. She stows nothing longer than 42 in, would rather have Butts 65 in long than any others as we shall have to purchase them new if we cannot find them there. I hope you will use all possible dispatch to get her off. I recd a letter from Capt Shepard requesting the privilege of coming on as pilot which I shall leave entirely with you. From what I understood from Mr Fisher I presume you will not need any order from me to transact her business. If you should, write me or send by telegraph In relation to collecting the Freight – Capt Howland will inform what course to pursue. As I am using considerable money, you will make the collections as early as convenient and forward to me and oblige. I have just got the “Marengo” discharged cleaned out, and commenced taking out ceiling this morning As you are there and being a good judge of Chains I wish you to take a look among the chain dealers and see what you can purchase for me a 1½ in chain. Call on Merritt & Co. [p.141] perhaps you can do as well with them as any concern there for new chains. You may say it is for me. In your walks perhaps you will find a good second hand Chain at a low price. After you get the prices please drop me a line.
To Capt Robt Gibbs, New York

Very respy yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 2nd 51
E. G. Peirce Esqr
Dear Sir. I wrote you on the 22nd & 16 ultimo the first advising you of the shipment of Spikes Bolts Rudder Joins &C. The latter in relation to Hawser & Scupper Leads, if Mr Upham had finishd the Dead Eyes and if your hard pine plank had arrived and if you had purchased the Hac Knees for me. In my last I expressd a wish to hear from you but as yet nothing has come to hand. Yesterday I visited the Mattapoisett ships and one or two here in New Bedford I find that they have all of them put down thick stuff for the fore & Mizzen masts on deck which looks very well and I should think was better than the Old fashioned way of fitting them. I beleive I spoke to you about it either here or when I was there & hope you will adopt it. I have one alteration to make if I am not to late. That is to put the “Head rope” post forward of the mizzen hatch instead of beaft say 10 or 12 in from the hatch combings. If the arrangement is made and it would be much trouble to alter it you may let it go as first ordered.

Very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

P.S. I hope you will let me hear from you in reply.

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New Bedford June 3rd 1851
Dear Sir.
Your esteemd favour of the 30th ultimo was duly received In relation to Ships Chains I hold the same opinion with you of second hand chains, provided the rust has not taken deep hold of the iron. That is unless it has lessened it in some parts. If a few links is lessened you will readily see that the whole chain is deficient in strength. If those you saw are chains which have not been used but little time and the links well formed and to all appearance good iron such as you would purchase for yourself instead paying the addition for new, I wish you would purchase and put on board the “A. Coffin” a 1½ in 90 fathoms and make your Dft on me for the amount, But if upon examination it has been cleaned and the rust has reduced it in places, I rather you would omit purchasing at present.
To Robt Gibbs Esqr, New York

Very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 5th 1851
Mess. Merritt & Co, New York
Gentlemen, I wrote you on the 18th May enclosing check on Phenix Bank for Eighty nine 6/100 Dollars covering your Bill Chains of the 8 inst and asking you to acknowledge the receipt, but as yet have not heard from you If the check has come to hand, please acknowledge the receipt and oblige

Yours resp’y
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 5th 1851
Mrs. C. F. Gorham,
Your letter of the 28th May was duly received requesting me to advance you fifty dollars on your husbands account. Enclosed please find $50 which I hope will come safely to hand.

Very resp’y yours,
Signd J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 6th 1851
E.G. Peirce Esqr
Your esteemed favour of the first inst came to hand yesterday morning. I went over to Mr Fisk to ascertain about the length of Rudder Head above the deck and find that he has allowed 2 feet. Perhaps you had better (if you can spare the length) make a further allowance of 4 in. I would like to have the main chains 15/16 the Fore 1¼ & mizzen 11/16 of Banks best iron which you will notice is mentioned in the contract only the Main is there mentioned same as fore, I hope you will get good Iron and that which is not touchd with rust. The Chain Bolts 15/8 in also of same iron as chains. As to the size of Hawser Pipes, my cables are 13/8 in wire and the usual size link. I want the Hawser pipes of suitable size and thickness say 11/43 in on the lower side. You ask about length of mast. If you will refer to my letter of the 7th of march, at your own suggestions I orderd the Sails & Rigging namely Main Mast 65 feet from top of rider Fore mast 62 ½ from top of rider Mizzen mast 58 from top of rider and it cannot now be altered without a loss of Sails & Rigging which are all ready fitted. I told you when there I would take one of the masts if I could get it on board of ship at what it cost you. I feared when I was there you would be disappointed in your plank that they would not arrive in time to finish the ship at the time agreed upon. My Captain is getting very uneasy. Wants to get away. It will be quite a damage to me if I cannot have the ship by the first of August, as my other ships will press very hard upon me in September & October. The “Marengo” is under repairs. The “Alex Coffin” is discharging in New York, will be here next week and will have to be repaired unless I sell her. Don’t forget my Sheathing Boards as I am depending upon them 15 to 20,000. Write me as soon as you can ascertain about the Knees. I shall come to see you as soon as I can leave home. I think you had better purchase your Pine Plank here of Fish & Robinson of Fairhaven and ship it down. It will not do to wait any longer if yours has not arrivd

Very respy yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

P.S. Please send the Dead Eyes by the Schooner which brought the Iron work who is there load’g for N.Bedford Say to Mr Upham he may omit making the Bulls Eyes for the main stay until the Rigging is sent down.

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New Bedford June 7th 1851
Capt James Finch
Sir. I will be at leisure to examine your accounts with Ship Lagoda Tuesday afternoon June 10th

Yours &C
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 7th 1851
Mr E B. Gibbs
Dear Sir, I calld a surveyor on to measure a few sticks of your timber this morning and feel satisfied it will not hold out as marked by Ryder. I have ever felt that Mr Bourne done wrong in setting a man to measure the timber who we have always supposed to be opposed to the New Bedford survey and of course would like to have his words prove true (that is) have the Timber fall short. I want you to come to New Bedford with the next load and see to it yourself. I rather pay your expenses twice over than have any trouble about it. If our surveyors dont know how to measure Timber according to the state law, I am ready to submit to others. But this paying for what I don’t get, to gratify the will of Capt Ryder or B. Bourne I dont feel willing to do. I should have felt differently about it in the first place if any other man had measured it except Ryder. I doubt very much if B. Bourne had measured himself whether it would not have held out or nearly so. From the way he talkd I have no doubt it would. But from what I have understood from you, Ryder is prejudiced, And his own Timber falling short it would be very likely to effect him here, desiring perhaps by way of revenge that either you & B. Bourne or myself should have some trouble about it that he might say he also had a claim in justice if not in law. Now I don’t intend to have any trouble about it even if I pay more than I ought to. Still I want you to be here and see for yourself or B. Bourne one of you that my hands may be clean in this matter as I intended it should be from the beginning. Don’t fail to come.

Very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 9th 1851
Dear Sir,
I wrote you on the 3rd inst in reply to yours of the 30 ultimo concerning Chain Cable, hope you have found one to suit. I want you if the “A. Coffin” is still there and will probably want some ballast, to purchase 10 tons of Scotch Pig Iron. I understand that Henry Taber & Co are sending to Mess Dunham & Dimon for Pig Iron for other parties here, Price about nineteen dollars, delivered along side, However the price you can learn by enquiring of them. I want this for the new ship and hope you will get it on board. Your Dft will be honoured. What can you purchase P. Pork at if we should want for the “A Coffin”? And do you think advisable to purchase now?
To Robtt Gibbs Esqr, New York

Very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 12th 1851
Dear Sir.
Your letters of the 6th & 11th inst are both received. In relation to the coopering I am not a Cooper by trade myself and rely upon those who follow the business to do the labour & judge of it when it is done. Mr Charles Parker who does all my coopering both old & new, he also does all such kind of work for D. R. Greene and Barton Ricketson. I calld upon him to cooper your oil, Head & Land drove it and told him it would be calld for as early as Monday morning. The Oil was then in good order for coopering and he commencd Saturday morning before the rain. It commencd raining very soon however, and never has been in propper order since. Still you wrote me to send it forward and I have accordingly done so and as I supposed in compliance with your order pumping out what he thought was necessary, in some cases one gallon in other less as he thought propper and I should think about two thirds of the casks were coopered and shall finish the balance waiting for it to dry until the other is all sent forward. If there is any thing wrong about it you must lay it to Mr Parker or the Elements and not to me. My own opinion is as I told you here that the Oil had better be coopered [p.146] after it arrived to its destination, as jolting it about tries the casks and does it more damage than laying a month particularly after a storm. The work is done by the day.
To Geo. A. Simmons Esqr

Very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 12th 1851
Mr. E. G. Peirce, Gardiner
Dear Sir,
I have nearly filld your order which was not received until yesterday at 11 o’clock ad have engaged a vessel to take it. Commence loading tomorrow morning @ 4¢ for thousand and you are to pay all over 5 $ of the towage from Bath up. I am aware it is high but the best I could do. Will write you again when the stuff is shipd

Very respy yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

P.S. You may side all the 6 & 7 in Knees and send them by Job or any other vessel coming soon. He Boards I shall take in the ship. Cannot land them now as the wharf is full.

 

New Bedford June 13th 1851
Dear Sir,
I have just come from Fairhaven where the vessel is load’g with all possible dispatch. Have some hopes she will finish tomorrow night. The Plank, (the most of them), are very good quality. The Nails are first rate. Mr Richmond told me he would send the Spikes sent for in your letter, by this nights Boat.
To E. G. Peirce Esqr, Gardiner

Very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 17th 1851
Mrs Phebe Coffin,
Respected friend,
I have sent such as I could find, belonging to your late husband, by the Steam Boat this day. If there is any articles left, you will please name it to Capt Derrick when he comes off, and we will endeavor to find it, and send it on. I shall in a few days, make up the account with your late husband, and forward the amount to you. The Ship has not yet been discharged. Shall send for Capt Derrick to come off in a few days.

Very resp’y yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 17th 1851
Dear Sir
Your letter of the 15th is received. Enclosed please find check on Atlas Bank for One thousand Dollars which you will place to credit of New Ship. In relation to salt you must get such as is best for such purposes. Send to Boston if necessary I think the Yards will hang in their propper places with the bails & bands as they are fitted. I presume the Spikes for Deck have arrived before this. I have seen Fish & Roberson and handed them Mr Grants order. They will furnish 2½ in 3½ by 6. For 3½ by 6¼ can send 3½ in Plank, For 3¾ can send 4 by 8 in. In this way can fill the order now, for 30 $ pr [?] not at the prices you are furnished. In fact, your order could not be filled at this time at any price whatever, The stuff is not to be had in this place. You was fortunate in sending when you did. The Schooner Henry Curtis Capt Barlow will sail to night I think with your Hard Pine on board, about 50,000. Will send the Bill as soon as I get it from Fish & Roberson. If you want me to insure it you must write me by return of mail. Will cost I suppose ½ pr ct. I intend to visit you by next Tuesdays Boat, Providence permitting.
[To] E. G. Peirce Esqr Gardiner

Very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

[p.148]

 

New Bedford June 18th 1851
E. G. Peirce Esqr
Dear Sir, In my letter of yesterday I told you what could be done for Mr Grant, but neglected to ask you to write if he wanted me to purchase on those terms. I now say I shall not feel authorized to purchase until I hear from you again. Enclosed I hand you Mess Fish & Robinson’s bill of Plank amounting to thirteen hundred seventy two 4/100 dollars, Also Francis Tripp’s bill carting from the different yards as named in F & R’s bill, Also my bill for cash paid for labour and overhauling and loading Plank, Five & 5/100 Dolls. The first cost with all these charges may seem very high to you, which is the fact. I have spent a considerable time & labour in obtaining it, even at this high price, and have not charged one cent for it, and consider at this time, a fortunate purchase, as it could not be obtained to day at any price. The Bills are cash in a few days. I will pay the bills when they are calld for, and then charge it to you. The Schooner did not sail until this morning. Wind southwest, light and remains so up to the time of my writing.

Very truly yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 19th 1851
Dear Sir,
I you will come off in tomorrow’s Boat I will settle with you provided you will correct the Dft given Mr Fisher.
[To] Capt Thomas Derrick
Nantucket

Yours very respy
Signd J. Bourne Jr

[p.149]

 

New Bedford June 19th 1851
Gentlemen
Above I hand you Bill of 24 casks & Bbls Whale Oil amounting to Sixteen hundred twenty two 89/100 Dollars. The Oil being coopered & subject to your order I have drawn on you at 10 days after date for the amount which you will please honor & oblige
[To] Mess R. F. & J. C. Fisk, Boston

Yours very resp’y
Signd J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford June 21st 1851
Mr. Bailey
Dear Sir In settling with you the other day I neglected to include in your account 2# Tobacco 50¢ & one pair of Boots $3.00 belonging to Capt I. G. Coffin’s estate. You will please call on Mrs. Coffin and pay her the amount say $3.50 as I suppose it is correct.
Mr Richd C. Bailey, Nantucket

Very resp’y yours
J. Bourne Jr
pr Denham

 

New Bedford June 24th 1851
Gentlemen
Enclosed please find Bill Lading of your Whale Oil bought the 17th inst. It went on board this afternoon and hope it will come safely to hand
[To] Mess R.F. & J. C. Fisk, Boston

Very respy yours,
Jona. Bourne Jr
pr Denham

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New Bedford June 17th 1851
Mr E. G. Peirce
Dear Sir. I have just arrived home all right. While in Boston this morning, I purchased 100 Bags of Salt containing two bushels each (say 200 Bushels) and shipd it pr Schooner St. Mary, for Gardiner, to be delivered at Bowmans Point, to your order, for eight cents pr bag, say 8 $ for the 100 bags. I shall have to ask a favour of you, that is, to pay the master his freight on the Salt and on the Anchors three in number which are coming in the same vessel @ $150 pr Ton There is of Anchors about 2¼ Tons. Please take a bill from him, and I will settle it when I come down. You will have the salt carried on board of the ship and put between decks, where it can be kept dry. The Bags are to be returned when emptied. Hoping everything will progress favourably in relation to the ship, I am

Yours very resp’y
Signd J. Bourne Jr

P.S. I purchased in Boston, & orderd to be sent in the Boat this evening, 2. 9in Stern lights, 1.6in do [ditto] for Capt’s Room. 2. 5in, one for Mate’s & one for 2nd mate’s Room, five in all. You will also pay the freight on these & I will settle with you for it. I saw one of Robinson’s Steering Apparatus. The whole length of Shaft is 6 ft 6½ in From the centre of the Rudder Head to the after end of the shaft is 5 ft 8½ in, & 34 in from centre to forward part. Now if this will not answer for your stern, I must order one made with the screw reversed that is to have one arm on the forward of the rudder head which has been done in some cases. You must write me immediately as it will take him a month to get one ready so he says.

Signd J. B. Jr.

[p.151]

 

New Bedford July 1st 1851
Mr. E. G. Peirce
Dear Sir,
Enclosed I hand you check on Atlas Bank for Three hundred fifty Dollar, for which you will please forward a Receipt on a/c of new ship & oblige. I also hope you will write me in relation to Patent Steering consern as Robinson & Co will want time to manufacture one for me Please let me hear from you immediately and say how far you have advanced with your work. The Knees & Dead Eyes have not arrived yet.

Yours in haste.
Signd J. Bourne Jr

P.S. I have paid Fish & Robinsons bill this day

 

New Bedford July 2nd 1851
Mr. E. G. Peirce
Dear Sir.
The Package contains finishing & other nails for Cabin work. Your Joiner when I was there, told me he had none. I then recollected that I had neglected to send them with the Spikes &C. They are the same kind used by Mr Barstow at Mattapoisette. I coppied the order which he gave for a Ship which he is now building.
Care of Capt G.L. Cox
With a Package

Yours in haste
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 3rd 1851
Mess Tufts & Hunting
Gentlemen
Your favour of the 20th ultimo with Bill of Anchors shipd to Gardiner is at hand. Enclosed I hand you check on Atlas Bank for Two hundred forty six & 75/100 Dollars. You will please return the Bill receipted & oblige. ~~~ The “Newton” is not discharged will be by middle of next week Cannot tell whether there is any dark oil or not.

Yours very truly
Signd J. Bourne Jr

[p.152]

 

New Bedford July 3rd 1851
Mr E. G. Peirce
Dear Sir
Your favour of the 1st July came to hand last evening. You say you have 10 ft 8 in from the centre of the Rudder Head to the after end of the skylight. Are you correct? If so, it is not as I intended. I intended to have the Binacle to sit upon the skylight, and come right for the man at the wheel. If you will look at my letter of Jan’y 22nd you will see that I cautioned you upon this very point. I think you must have given me the wrong figures, So far as the Patent Steering apparatus is conserned, I can arrange, that, as I shall order one with the screw part & shaft reversed, bringing the long part forward. 2 ft 7 in will answer very well for the after part. I sent you the 1st July 350 $ as you desired when I was there & enclosed I hand you 250 $ which makes up the 600 $ orderd I also sent you yesterday by Capt Cox, package of nails for Cabin work. Will send the Hatch rings soon. You must write me by return of mail if your figures are right about distance from Rudder Head to Binacle.

Very respy yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

P.S. I have paid this day your order in favour Capt Barlow for freight 150 $

 

New Bedford July 3rd 1851
Thomas Bradley Esqr, Holmes Hole
Dear Sir,
A Mr Landers has been named to me, for mate of a ship. I understand he was in your “Ocmulgee” the first voyage she made with Capt Manter as 2nd officer, and was discharged at the Sandwich Islands, having been injured by a whale. Please say if your knowledge or impression of his qualifications as an officer & whaleman, are such as would induce you to give him the berth of Chief Mate, if you wanted one,

Very respy yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

[p.153]

 

New Bedford July 5th 1851
Mrs. Phebe Coffin,
Respected Friend,
Enclosed I hand you your husband’s account, with Ship “A. Coffin”, which Capt Derrick will hand you. He will also pay you for money which he collected for articles sold, belonging to your husband, Sixteen Dollars. Also Mr Bailey the amount of Three & 50/100 Dollars. In all Nineteen Dollars and fifty cents. If this appears correct, please send an order by any friend of yours, and I will answer the amount.

Resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 7th 1851
Thomas B. Bush Esqr
Dear Sir,
Your favour of the 6th inst has been received. The Alex Coffin has arrived but Capt Hale has not been here since her arrival and I have no knowledge of any of his effects being on board of her I shall expect Capt Hale here soon and will then advise you.
Providence R.I.

Very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 9th 1851
Gentlemen,
Enclosed I hand you check on Atlas Bank Boston for Two hundred ninety four 11/100 Dolls. Which will cancel your two bills rendered for Blocks less the 5% agreeed upon. I considered the discount on the last bill but on examination of one of my other ships bills I find that the cutt’g Blocks have cost me more than any others I have ever purchased, as the uniform discount here is 10% and the prices the same as you have charged. The list for Spare Blocks for the ship I will send you when I ascertain what I need Please acknowledge the receipt of check and oblige
[To] Mess W. Coleman & Sons, Providence

Yours &C
Signd J. Bourne Jr

[p.154]

 

New Bedford July 9th 1851
Gentlemen,
I was at your place of business the 27th ultimo, and purchased five side lights for a new ship, which I have building, and spoke about a Steering apparatus for her, but could not decide, in consequence of not knowing the distance from the rudder head, to the stern plank. I have now ascertained it to be 2 ft 7 in from the after side of the rudder head, to the stern planking. Diameter of rudder-head 14 in. I understood from Mr. Fish of Fair Haven,that you some times reversed one of the screws, in order to accomodate the distance aft. You will have to do it in my case. I would like for you to manufacture one for me with this alteration, as soon as you can, say in two or three weeks, I want a well finished apparatus, with a wooden wheel, for a ship, five hundred & fifty tons. I presume there is nothing to prevent you having it ready at that time. If there is, you will please say so by return of mail.
[To] Mess G. W. Robinson & Co, Boston

Very resp’y yours,
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 11th 1851
Gentlemen.
Your favour of the 9th inst has been received I am sorry you cannot furnish me an apparatus at the time I desired it but as I have made the arrangements for one I must necessarily wait until you can finish one. You will therefore consider my order good and get it done as much earlier than the time you named as possible. I shall probably be in Boston soon and will then call on you.
[To] Mess G. W. Robinson & Co, Boston

Very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr.

[p.155]

 

New Bedford July 19th 1851
E. G. Peirce Esqr
Dear Sir,
Enclosed I hand you check on Atlas Bank Boston, for One Thousand Dollars, which you will please acknowledge by sending a receipt. I have not seen your brother Bob, since my return, presume he left before I came here. Since I came home, and taken a survey of what I shall have to accomplish (if my health is spared) between this time, and the first of november, my heart almost sinks.~~~ Although I feel assured that the ship you are building will please me, still I must say, that I regret ever having her built, as I fear from the number of men, and the work there is yet to be done before she can be launched, that August will be quite far advanced, And then it will take a considerable time to get her ready to come on, and September you are aware is at the best likely to be a blowy month, and perhaps sotrm. These difficulties, with all my other cares, is to much for me I fear. ~~~ Now sir, is it not possible for you to get a few more men, in order to get her off by the 1st or the 5th of August. If you can, I rather pay something myself, than it should not be done. I realy feel the necessity of it being done if it can be. Please try and see what can be done. Perhaps you can get some more men from Mr Grant, for a few days. Intended to have asked you, to fill the lower part of the ship with salt, forward and aft immediately, as it will settle very much while they are at work on the ship.

Very truly yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford July 19th 1851
Mrs Weston A. Briggs
Enclosed I hand you Twenty five Dollars on your husbands account which I hope will come to hand safely.

Yours resp’y
Signd J. Bourne Jr

[p.156]

 

New Bedford July 19th 1851
Mrs. Phebe Coffin
Respected friend.
Your favour of the 10 inst came to hand this noon. The person to whom you entrusted it with probably neglected, or forgot to hand it in before. Enclosed I hand you One Hundred eighty & 75/100 Dolls (180.75) which will agree with the Bill sent you. You will please sign the enclosed receipt and return it by Capt Barker & oblige.

Yours with respect
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 21st 1851
Dear Sir
Your letter of the 15th came to hand during my absence from the city. In looking around for a birth for David, I find I can get a birth for him on board of the Ship A. H. Howland, a very good ship, and I beleive the captain a suitable master for David. She sails the first of August, which will soon be at hand. I will write you again before that time, conserning it.
[To] Thomas Beveridge Esqr, Newburgh [N.Y.]

Yours respectfully
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 23rd 1851
Dear Sir,
Your favour of the 19th came to hand yesterday, but Mr Richmond was out of town & I could not well get the Bolts through by last nights Boat. Have carried the order there this morning, and they will come in Friday’s Boat. In relation to the rivets, I do not understand what you want them for as I did not expect the Tops to be fastened with composition Bolts or rivets, I believe I mentioned to you to fasten the small Cross trees with copper Bolts, composition may not be strong enough for that purpose. I have accordingly omitted sending any thing but the Bolts.
[To] Elbridge G. Peirce Esqr, Gardiner

Yours very resp’y
Signd J. Bourne Jr

[p.157]

 

New Bedford July 23rd 1851
Mess Tufts & Hunting
Gentlemen
I shall want in the course of fifteen or twenty days Twelve hundred bushels of Turks Islands Salt, what can you furnish for delivered at New Bedford? I have a few hundred barrels Ground Tier and Brown Oil which I can sell at 44¢. Are you in want?

Very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford July 25th 1851
E. G. Peirce Esqr
Dear Sir,
Your letter of the 23rd inst with receipt for money has come to hand this morning. I will here mention that if the Joiners are covering up the Transoms and other places where Salt cannot be put in afterward, I wish you would be particular and have every place filled with salt now before it is covered. I saw your brother Job, and he told me you could not have the monkey rails outside the rigging and I have come to the conclusion if you have not got to far along with them, to have them come to the forward part of the main rigging as first intended. The chocks around forward as far aft as the fore rigging. I told you when I decided to have the rails all around, it was not as well, still as it is quite the fashion now days, I would like if I could have them outside. I am as well satisfied however and I think better to have them as first designed. I got from the Sail Maker the length of fore & main sails, Foot of foresail 44 ft foot of main sail 54 ft Size of rope for main sheets 4 ¾ in Size of sheive hole in the chock 15/8 to 1¾ in. You will please hand the enclosed letter to Mr Upham immediately

Yours respy
Signd J. Bourne Jr

[p.158]

 

New Bedford July 25th 1851
Mr John Upham
Dear Sir,
I wish you to manufacture for me one set of Dead Eyes for fore & main rigging for Iron and Rope Strap. The largest 9½ in for shrouding and the others in proportion. I want you to use some haste in getting them ready and have them made from good seasoned birch wood.

Yours respy
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 25th 1851
Thomas B. Bush Esqr
Dear Sir, Capt Hale is now here will be in New Bedford next Wednesday, Would like to see you in relation to Mr. Heaths affairs.

Yours resp’y
Signd J.Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford 7/26/51
Gentlemen
Your favor of the 25th is at hand In relation to salt I find no fault with the price named for St. Martin’s or Turks Island but should not care to have coarse Liverpool at any rate, would like for you to send me provided you can do so in the course of ten days (less time if you can) say one thousand bushels delivered here at 30¢ per bushel. Concerning the oil I have not sent it, as the quantity was so small I supposed you did not care about it. In fact unless you wanted a hundred barrells I have a standing offer which would cost me more than to retail it by so small a quantity. You will understand if you will order a hundred barrells [p.159] I will send it forward provided the whole is not disposed of and I have no doubt it will suit you Please say if you intend to send the salt
[To] Messrs Tufts & Hunting, Boston

Very respy Yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford July 16th ‘51
Dear Sir
Your favor of the 25th has been received. In reply would say that your a/c of casks I believe is correct. But I must ask you to keep them a while longer as I am so piled up at present with cask it would be difficult to store them.
[To] George A Simmons Esqr, Boston

Very Respy Yours
Signed J.Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 31st 1851
Mr John Upham
Dear Sir. Your favor of the 18th came to hand last evening I want 20 Ded Eyes 9½ in. 8 do 9 in. 4 do 6½ in for Rope Strap and the same number & size for Iron single strap

Very Respy Yours
Signed J Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 31st 1851
Messrs Tufts & Hunting
Gents. I sent to the Depot 18 or 19 Casks of oil for your mark # my young man is not sure which is the exact number. Will you please inform me by return of mail the [p.160] correct number?

& oblige
Yours Very Respy
Signed J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Aug 1st 1851
Messrs Lyman Reed & Co
Gents. Enclosed I hand you check on the Atlas Bank Boston for two hundred thirty seven & 50/100 Dollars, being the amt of Bill of Flour enclosed, have the goodness to receipt the Bill & return & oblige

Yours Truly
Signed J Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 8 Mo 2, 1851
E. H. Barker & Co, Boston
Gents. Enclosed I hand you Bill of Sixty Eight (68) Casks Whale oil bought by your Mr Barker Amtg to Four Thousand seven hundred & three & 85/100 Dollars Shipd pr Sch Albatras Capt Harding which sailed this morning I put all on board he could take. The bill of lading Enclosed does not aggree with the bill, my young man made mistake in addition of Two Hundred Galls. You will please send me your notes payable to your Own Order 3, 4 & 5 Months

Respectfully yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Augt 2, 1851
Dear Sir
Will you give me the width of the Cut water & thickness out side, in order to get the length of Composition Plate & Pin for outer Bob Stay
[To] E. G. Peirce Esqr, Gardiner

Yours truly
J Bourne Jr

[p.161]

 

New Bedford Aug 2nd /51
Mr Saml Southgate
Dear Sir
Enclosed I hand you check on the Marine Bank New Bedford for one hundred & eight 29/100 Dollars being the amt of Mrs S’ Bill for tuition of Emma & Annies’ a/c

Very Truly yours
Signed J Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Aug 2, 1851
Messrs Tufts & Hunting
Gents. I wrote you the morning of the 31st saying that I had sent to the Depot 18 or 19 casks Whale Oil for your mark #, and as I feared my young man had made some mistake I desired you to send me back the guages & correct number of casks received. Is it not convenient for you to do so? If it is, and you will do so, you will oblige me.

Yours Very Truly
Signed J Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Aug 6, 1851
Messrs Tufts & Hunting
Gents. Annexed I hand you Bill of Whale Oil bought by your Mr Tufts ammounting to Twenty six hundred eighty six 56/100 Dollars. I sent the balance of the lot to the depot this day (Say 12 Casks) should have sent it before but could not get it out of the tiers without considerable trouble. Have drawn two drafts on you bearing date with the bill one at ten days for Thirteen hundred forty three 28/100 Dolls, without Int one for Thirteen hundred forty eight 46/100 Dolls Int added which you will please honor

& oblige
Yours
Signed J Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford Aug 7th 1851
E. H. Barker & Co
Gents. Your favor of the 6th came to hand last evening covering your three notes for Sixteen hundred & 09/100 Dolls, each, payable in 3, 4 & 5 month which I have placed to your credit,

Yours Truly
J Bourne Jr
Per R S Hathaway

 

New Bedford Aug 13 /51
Capt John H Pease
Dear Sir. Your esteemed favor of the 11th inst was received yesterday on my return home from the Eastward, and contents fully noted. I think your terms too high for the present prospects. Where it is only to pay one man extra, perhaps it would not be out of the way, but you will understand that the officers this year are looking forward with high expectations, and asking great pay. And I had rather abandon the business at once than loose what I have already obtained. Still, I do not attach any blame to you for asking, what to me seems too high and do not blame any one for paying it if in their opinion it will be for their interest. But for myself, must decline accepting your terms

Respy Yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Aug 14th 1851
C B H Fessenden Esqr, Gardiner
Dear Sir. Your esteemed favor of the 12th Inst came to hand yesterday with bond enclosed. I have signd it with two others as Sureties, and herewith return the same. I continue to attach the junior, as you will observe, intending never to relinquish it.

Very Truly Yours
Signed J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Aug 14th /51
Mr E G Peirce
Dear Sir. I called at Messrs Robinsons & Co on my way home & found the stearing apparatus nearly completed & left directions to send it forward by the Boat this week to you. I hope you will keep it from rusting if possible I think when your Mr Litchfield comes to Boston he will be able to find every thing he may wish without any difficulty. Bull wark hinges can be bought there much cheaper than at Richmonds if he will purchase for me a Water Closet apparatus, I will be obliged. I saw one at Robinsons, but thought it was too deep a bowl for the height we have I find there are others which are made in New York of less depth and will answer our purpose. Robinson will tell him who the agents are in Boston. Mr Richmond has them but asked me $24. Cash. I think one could be bought of the agent for $20. they are covered with lead Robinsons are covered with copper he asks more say $30. I will send the Bob Stay soon. I hope you will not disapoint me by not being ready to Launch at the time you set when I was there, one week from Saturday next the 23rd ins I shall make all dependence on it. I hope you will [p.164] take the trouble to write me from time to time as you advance & when you begin to lay the Way for Launching. Please remember me to Capt Holt if he has not left. You will also say to him that I will settle the freight on the articles sent by the schooner.

Yours Truly
Signed J Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 8th Mo 18th 1851
Mr Frederick Parker
Dear Sir. I understand from Capt Shearman & Mr Mitchell that you are calculating on going with them in the Bark Newton. I have accordingly reserved a place for you as Boat Steerer, And shall depend upon your coming immediately on the receipt of this letter or, writing me, the Bark is to sail the first day of September
E. G. Peirce Esqr, Gardiner

Very resp’y yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

[p.165]

 

New Bedford Aug 26th 1851
Mr E. G. Peirce
Dear Sir. Your favour of the 21st inst was received by due course of mail, and was, I can assure you, welcome news ~~~ Enclosed I hand you One Thousand Dollars, the amount you desired me to send, also Mr Richmonds Bill, and Dean & Driggs Bill of Iron Work. I should be very glad to accompany Capt Holt down, and be present at the Launching of the “Hunter”, but my business will not admit of it at present. But, Providence permitting, will be with you in one week. If you will direct Capt Holt where to purchase a lot of Brick, of good quality you will oblige me. I hope every precaution will be used in securing the Launching ways, that no accident may happen. Wishing you a safe, and satisfactory Launch, I remain

Yours very truly
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

P.S. Will bring the balance of money due when I come. Dean & Driggs bill is not ready, but I will bring it.

 

New Bedford Sept 1st 1851
Capt John R. Holt
Dear Sir. Your third favour of the 20th ultimo was received this morning, in which you say they are getting along slowly and slow at that. I have no doubt it appears so to you, and experience teaches me that it has been so from the time she was first contracted for. But however we must make the best of it. Mr Peirce must return the Iron immediately as you need it. You will of course be getting your brick down as fast as possible. I shall not be able to come in the Tuesday Boat, but intend to come Friday. Enclosed please find check on Atlas Bank Boston for Mr Peirce. ~~~ As I am not coming Tuesday I thought probably he might have made some calculations on using money before Friday

Very respy yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

[p.166]

 

New Bedford Sept 1st 1851
Capt J. R. Holt
Dear Sir. Your dispatch was received. Please write me by return of mail, if either of them intend to come in Tuesday’s Boat. If they do I will meet them. Will come by the midday train, and meet them at Robinson’s ~~~ I hope if they intend to come they will by Thursday’s Boat. I intend to have the Cabin painted in imitation of Oak. Have it done so if you please.

Very respy yours
Signd J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 2nd 1851
C. B. H. Fessenden Esqr
Dear Sir,
I have not heard from you since I returned the bonds. Was there any difficulty in obtaining letters of Administration? I find the Oak Wood I spoke to you about when I was at your house is now landing on our wharf and is sold for $5.75. I told Capt Bourne who has it on freight he must not pay over the proceeds until he saw you. His reply was that he had already paid over a part to Joshua say 22$ and that he had orders to get a Bbl of Flour, which I shall tell him to get. I rather you would take the matter into your hands and get the money from Bourne, as I presume the cutting of the wood has not been settled for and the amount is a claim against the estate which must be settled by some one and you can very easily stop the paying by sending a letter to Capt John Bourne Monument. ~~~ He is a very timid man and will not dare pay the money over if he obtained the letter until he knew it was all right.

Very resp’y yours,
Signd J. Bourne Jr

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Capt John Sampson Whaling guest in Ship Charles W Morgan, from November to January West of New Zealand [?] Lat 30 to 34. Long 16 0 this was his best ground for Whales after January 9th east of New Zealand[?] Lat 29 to 33 Long 178 to 180 He remained untill June 14th it was bad weather but a plenty of whales and large size got a good cut from the 18th of April to the last of May.
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New Bedford Sept 2, 1851
Dear Sir,
Your favour of the 1st inst is at hand ~~~ My Ship is to be deliverd at Gardiner, Where I am to receive her. Will probably be ready to leave in the course of ten days. Will be towd by Steam Boat down the river At what price will you Pilot her to New Bedford? Please say.
[To] Mr Truman Allen, Holmes Hole

Resp’y yours,
Signd J. Bourne Jr

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