Jonathan Bourne Jr. Letterbook

1853-1854

Transcriptions by:
Sally Brownell, volunteer
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

New Bedford July 7, 1853
Cashr of the Merchants Bank, New York
Dear Sir
Enclosed please find check on Phenix Bank New York for Seventy & 13/100 dollars, amt of my note due 9 inst. Please enclose the same to me and much oblige.

Your Obt Svt
Jon’ Bourne Jr
per Geo N Ellis

 

New Bedford July 8th 1853
Mr E G. Peirce
Dear Sir. Enclosed please find check on Bank of Commerce Boston for Six hundred dollars on account of new Ship.
Please let me hear how you get along with Sheathing, and Coppering

Yours truly

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New Bedford July 7, 1853
Messrs William & Barns, New London
Gent. Your esteemed favor of 1st inst is recd, covering bills freight bone pr Mogul of Five hundred Ninety five & 58/100 dolls, Capt Purringtons order for Forty one dolls, and Capt Coes [Cox?] Bill Lading. The Elizabeth Hull has not yet arrived. Enclosed please find check on Bank of Commerce Boston payable to your order for six hundred thirty six & 58/100 Dollars. Also the bill of freight, which please sign and return.

In relation to Capt Finch’ order ~ his decease has caused a delay in bringing our affairs to a settlement, and the whole matter stands the same as when I wrote you in 51. You say this order was for slops, on refering to the Log Book of that date, I find no mention of this fact ~ the Capt never producing any books kept during the Voyage, of Course I am unable to refer to them. The cheif mate is now at home, but not in the city, and when I see him if his reccollection of the transaction is in accordance with Capt Forsith[Forsyth], I will remit the amount of the order to you
Please accept my thanks Gentlemen for your attention in shipping my bone

Very truly Yours,

P.S. Please say when the E. Hull left New London.

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New Bedford July 11, 1853
Mr. John R. Hall
Sir
Your letter of 9 inst has just come to hand. I have no interest in Navigation except whaleing, consequently cannot furnish a birth for yourself and friend in any other vessel, but beleive if your mind were made up not to go in a whaling again that New York would have the advantage decidededly over our place for such a situation as you desire. was I the owner of Merchantmen would be glad to comply[?] you

Yours Respectfully

 

New Bedford July 12, 1853
Mr James Degolyer
Sir. The Ship Washington will sail the 15 or 20 of August. Do you want to go in her as Boat steerer, or do you wish to go in some other ship.
Please let me hear from you on receipt of this

Yours Respectfully

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New Bedford July 13 1853
E G. Peirce Esq
Dear Sir. Your letter of the 12 inst, and Telegraph dispatch is recd, saying you should launch the “King fisher” the 20th. If this dispatch is correct, I will endeavor to be present, shall leave here Monday or tuesday probably Monday, and hope you will be ready on the day set. If the Telegraph dispatch is not correct, please inform me by return of mail or Telegraph, as I can go Earlier if necessary. Will carry the marks, and letters for name on the stern, when I go

Yours truly

P.S. I presume the steering apparatus will arrive there today or tomorrow as it was shipped last week. You will oblige me by writing me in time to get it by Saturday night

 

New Bedford July 18, 1853
Mrs Joseph R. Gorham
I am happy to inform you that Capt Worth of my Bark Pantheon spoke the Roscoe about six weeks since bound home, and that Capt Gorham was on board of the Pantheon and was well. The Roscoe will probably arrive in the course of a week or ten days

Yours Respectfully

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New Bedford July 25 1853
Capt J V. Cox
Dear Sir
Since I came home I have thought I should like to have the work under the Mate’s Birth grained same as the Captains if you could get Mr Brown to do it and I think by a little flattering you might and perhaps the Bath Rooms in the steerage and Fore Castle. He paints the Cabin by contrack but still I believe you might get it done by a little flattery

I noticed the thick Plank which the Patent Steering Apparatus rested upon, on board the Reindeer is 3 feet 8 inch long on Deck. I told the Carpenters to work on the King fisher, that 32 inches was long enough but I was mistakened. If it is put down it must answer ~ The Over head Beams Mr Pierce will finish two in number will crown a little more than the Deck Beams

I notice the vacant space in the rim that goes on the Rudder Head cover[?] on the after side of the Rudder Head. You will remember no one could tell definitely when I was there.

In relation to sheathing nails say to Mr Pierce if he can not find stout Iron nails 2¼ inches long such as is usually used for that purpose I will send them by Rail Road, as the common 10? nails are not fit The Deck will want to be well covered with hot pitch before sheathing and paper under the Try Works. I wish you would write me by return of mail how you [p.159] progress my best respects to Mr Pierce also Leo and Henry
I saw James C. last evening was well. All well at home

Yours Truly

 

New Bedford July 26 1853
Capt Martin Palmer
Dear Sir. I have this day recd your two letters under date July 18 and I must confess I am astonished at the contents. When I last talked with you I considered the matter settled definitely, and certainly that you would take charge of the Kingfisher, and that your wife knew that you intended to go to sea. I have surrendered all claims upon other masters which I then had in view; two or three have shipped since I saw you, who I should have been satisfied with, and I know of no one disengaged now that I should be satisfied to have take command of so much property. The King fisher is afloat, launched last Thursday 21st inst, every thing worked successfully, and every one charmed with her appearance ~ will be at New Bedford probably the last of next week, and I cannot Capt Palmer without great sacrifice to my interest and feelings release you from your contract to go in her which I have no doubt, on your return you will decide to do

Yours Truly

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New Bedford July 28 1853
Capt Z A Devoll
Dear Sir. Your two letters under date of March 9th were duly recd, and contents fully noted. The contents of one astonished me more than any letter I ever received from any master, or person in my life. I only ask you to preserve the letters I wrote to you, to which you allude for future reference.

In your last letter you desired me to come to be insured on your account Fifteen hundred dollars, also One thousand dollars for Mr Watson. I hold a policy for both accounts, the bone per Ship Eliza Warwick is insured. She has not yet arriv’d. Sperm Oil is worth $1.20 whale Oil 52 cents, whale bone 33 ½ cents. Your family are I believe in good health. Hopeing you may be more successfull this present season than the last

I am
Yours truly

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New Bedford July 28, 1853
Capt Geo B Sherman
Respected friend
I recd your letter from the Island, also shipment of bone which turned out 19,980lbs sold for 31 cents net amount on interest after deducting all expenses $5905.75. I was sorry to hear that your third mate Mr Cole proved to be worthless. I must say I had my misgivings when he shipped, but if you remember it was the best we could do at the time after Robinson stole the Kanaka but after receiveing your letter from Talcahuano I hoped he might prove better than I anticipated and the old Cook is really made me feel sad to hear that he was dead I hope as I have every reason to believe you did make the old fellow as comfortable as possible I always had as good opinion of him knowing he was his worst enemy to himself

I have insured for you $1250, Mr Mitchell $100 Mr Shelten 600, Mr Parker 400, E Hand Cooper $500, thinking it would be well for them in case of loss to know that they had something at home. I hope and trust however no such accident will befall you but that in good time you will fill your ship and return safely to your families and friends. If Oil, and bone is low at the Island when you arrive, and Exchange also moderate, you had better pay off what men you are obliged to discharge, at the price there, rather than give orders to pay at the [p.162] home prices. Always deduct for shrinkage at home, and other expenses. Sperm Oil worth now $1.20 whale Oil 52 cents, whale bone 33 ½ price will not vary materially for the next 3 months unless we hear from the fleet in the time. remember me kindly to your officers, and accept my kindest regards, from your friend and well wisher

Very truly yours,

 

New Bedford July 28, 1853
Capt Isaiah Purrington
Respected Friend
I received your letter from Lahaina, also your shipment of Whale bone per Ship Mogul. It was weighed by our City weigher on its arrival at New Bedford and turned out 26,709lb. I have stored it for the present. was offered 34 cents, but hold it at 35 cents shall sell at that when I can get that offered unless there is early news from the fleet. I was sorry to hear your Irons proved bad, as I took every pains possible to obtain the best of Craft, which I consider very important for the success of a Whaleing Voyage. I felt well satisfied with your catch of 1800 Barrells for the season Hope you have been fortunate enough to have taken some sperm Oil between seasons, although up to the time of my writeing have not heard from you since leaveing the Islands.

I think Capt Purrington if the catch [p.163] should be about the same as last year it will not materially change the price of Oil, and would reccommend if Exchange is low, which I think it will be, you had better pay the men you are compelled to discharge instead of giveing orders to be settled with at home prices, as I have no doubt Oil and bone will sell much lower there this year than last, it was altogether too high last year for our market. In case you settle with men make due allowance for shrinkage at home. I sent out to R. Coady & Co One hundred Barrells Provisions should you need more than you have, and that is not disposed of. You will please call on them for such portion as you may want. Sperm Oil now worth $1.20, whale Oil 52 Whale bone 33 ½ cents. I believe your friends are all well at Mattapoisett was the last time I heard from them.

I obtained Insurance for you to the amt of $2000, Mr Booker $1200, Mr Lewis $425, thinking in case of loss it would be comforting news to hear that all your labor was not lost, hopeing to hear however that no such accident will befall you but on the other hand you may be prosperd with a full ship, and a safe return to your family is the best wishes of your friend and well wisher

Very truly yours

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New Bedford July 28th 1853
Capt John R. Holt
Dear Sir. Your letter of March was duly recd. Enclosed I hand you account of Sales of Whale and Sperm Oil shipped per Ships Valparaiso and Newburyport and whale bone per Bark Isabella. I have shipped per Ship “Nestorian” Capt Bliss 60 Bbls mess Beef and 40 Bbls Prune Pork consigned to R. Coady & Co requesting them to furnish the Stephania with what Beef and pork she might need for the homeward Passage and the balance deliver to any of my masters that might need. You haveing sold some would probably need more than you have to bring you home.

You wrote me Capt Holt that you had taken one of Bliss & Crieghtons Chronometers for the cruise at $25. or take it for $250. I would very much prefer you should pay the $25 for the use of it, than bring it home, as those chronometers are very cheap in this country and I do not care to own one of them. What men you discharge and settle with there I think it would be for the interest of the owners to pay them off there, than to give them an order at the home price, and turned out, of course makeing a proper allowance or for her time out and shrinkage at home in cold weather. I reccommend this as I believe that Oil may be low at the Islands when you arrive in. Should you come home I would reccommend your wearing all your old sails as far as prudent for the [p.165] reason that when a cotton sail is once bent to the yard, we cannot so well rely on it for another voyage and in this way very much multiply the number to put on board when there is so many partly wornd. I was sorry you wrote to Cook &c now about the sailing of the Hunter as it was published in the Mercury and created quite a feeling among the owners of Clippers, and no doubt the account has been exaggerated

I have but little doubt that Exchange will be low at the Islands when you arrive and told Mr Rullions so when he was here

By the way I find Mr R. all you said of him in your letter, a Gentleman, and one who perfectly well understands his business If lacking in any one thing it may be caution which you and I have our full share of. The new ship “King fisher” was launched last Thursday 21st inst, they all say there, that she will beat the Hunter except, Mr Cheney who you will remember came up in her, quite an Elderly man a Carpenter, he says no, the Hunter will beat her. The King fisher is sharper and rather the most sightly ship of the two. I think myself she will beat the Hunter in smooth water. Dimensions 120 feet long 28 feet beam 16 feet draft, flatter on the floor is 425 tons register. Capt Palmer goes out in her if his wife is not too feeble to leave Your friends are all well in New Bedford as far as I have any knowledge of them

Whale Oil 52 cents Sperm Oil 120 whale bone 33 ½ cents. I have now five ships on hand plenty of business, and hardly [p.166] feel compitent for the task, but if my health is spared I hope to be able to get through by November. My best wishes to Mrs Holt and yourself

Yours very truly

 

New Bedford July 28, 1853
Capt Phineas E. Terry
Dear Sir
Your shipment per Ship Franklin of whale Oil has arrived safely turned out 185 casks, two casks less than Bill Lading three of the 185 are Empty Casks, stowed Empty from all appearances as it was perfectly apparant that no Oil had ever been in them since they were put on board the Franklin, turned out as for guage 28386 net Galls or 901 Barrells I have not sold it as the market is just at this time a little dull, prices of whale Oil is about 52 cents, Sperm $1.20 and dull at that. Whale bone 33 ½ cents. Your shipment of Bone from the Sandwich Islands in the Brig Emiline has not come to hand. The Brig was condemned at Tahiti, when the bone will arrive is uncertain, it is insured however for all concerned I have shipped pr. Ship Nestorian Capt Bliss to the care of R Coady & Co 60 Bbls mess Beef 40 Bbls Prime Pork, I have requested him to deliver to you whatever you may need for the cruise home. You will accordingly call upon him for whatever of Beef and Pork you may want for your homeward passage [p.167] I would here reccommend your takeing freight should your ship not be full, and make the best of your way home as soon as possible as the first arrivals will undoubtedly command a higher price than who arrive late in the spring. I would reccommend in your settlement with your crew and Officers at the Islands if you are compelled to settle with any of them there, to purchase the Oil and bone, if Oil and is at a low price, as I have but little doubt it will be at the Islands, and pay them off there instead of giving them an order for their share as turned out at home, and home prices

Yours truly

 

New Bedford July 27, 1853
Capt James V. Cox
Dear Sir
Your Telegraph Dispatch was recd at 8 ½ Oclock last evening. You will take the slings for the Yards from the Fluke Chains, just what was intended.

Please have the windlass gear painted with red lead, to keep it from rusting. Enclosed please find check on Bank of Commerce Boston for Three hundred dollars to pay sundry bills. Can get the money from Either Bank when you want it.
You must let me know when you want a pilot. Mr Williams will not I suppose come up in the Ship as he intended to get married about the 1st of August

Yours Very truly

 

New Bedford July 19, 1853
Mr E G. Pierce
Dear Sir. I recd a letter from Capt J. V. Cox, also one from Henry saying you wished me to send you some money, neither nameing the amount. Enclosed I hand you check on Bank of Commerce Boston for Two thousand dollars which I hope will come safely to hand
I am glad to hear that you are improving. I would be very careful at present, as health above all early treasures is to be desired

Yours Very truly

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New Bedford July 30 1853
Capt James V Cox
Dear Sir. Your favor of 28 inst was recd last evening. You may purchase the five Barrells of Paste at 25 cents. In relation to some seasoned plank for Tank Heads I question very much if I can buy them here and wish if enough to make up what Mr Pierce feels short of furnishing can be found without too much trouble, that you or Mr P. would it, and bring it up in the ship dont forget the Windlass Gear at Holmes & Robbins for the Lagoda (24 inch).

It was the Monkey Rail that I intended to Copper, of course there would be no great use in Coppering the Main Rail if there was no pine in it, but all important to copper pine rail. You will please get a mould for the monkey rail there, since as you have the main rail both will come in use. You will remember that Mr. Pierce was to furnish the plank, and boards for Try Works but I would advise you to get them Easy if necessary. I sent him Yesterday check for $300. hope both have come to hand. Get a plenty of spare spars, if you take them in a rough state. Mr P. was to furnish them also. There was some spare sheets of Copper which I sent down for Rudder, which was not used You can bring them up with the Yellow [?]

Write or telegraph me when you want a Pilot. When you get the ship where there is no danger of her touching bottom, fill, stowe [p.169] casks as it will very much injure reputation of the ship if she should be crank comeing up. When you ship the men to come up, put on the shipping articles to ballast, and by the run from Gardner to New Bedford for ten dollars

Yours Truly

 

New Bedford July 28, 1853
Capt Charles Kempton
Dear Sir
Enclosed I hand you Taber Read & Co bill receipted, also check on Bank Commerce Boston for Nine hundred forty-two & 17/100 dollars that being the balance due from your late voyage as per account enclosed. You will find your name on the back of the check and carry it to either of your Banks and will obtain the money. We are getting along nicely with the Lagoda, and I hope you will be all ready to take an early start for the North. In relation your going Mr Kempton in the ship, I am not disposed to urge you to leave your wife, who is as every appearance indicates in delicate health, still a few months may make a decided improvement in her general health, and your stopping at home provided you leave her in good hands, will not change anything for better or worse.

It seems to me that this opportunity is a good one and you ought not to let it pass, as the whaleing bussiness is growing [p.170] more and more precarious every season, and you and I are getting more and more advanced in life, less and less willing and able to contend with the hardships of these Nothern Voyages. Think well, and act wisely before you say ‘no’ is the advice of one who wishes you well in all your lawful undertakeings My kindest regards to Mrs. Kempton and to yourself

Yours truly

 

New Bedford July 30, 1853
Mess Wm Coleman & Son, Providence
Gentlemen. I want you to send me 8 Boat Davit 10 inch Blocks from Iron Strapping (not roller bushing) but made of seasoned oak, and I hope made smoothly. Let me have them as soon as the last of next or first of week after, as the ship is ready to leave Gardiner now, and I wish to put them on immediately

Yours truly

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New Bedford July 30 1853
Messrs Phillips & Gibbs, Salem
Gentlemen. I recd last evening your letter, and copy of Bill of Exchange said to have been drawn by Capt Purrington of my ship Alexander Coffin in Guam Feby 18, 1853 on A. P. Edwards of Manilla

I am as you have learned the managing owner of Ship Alex Coffin and expect and am wiling to pay all honest demands against said ship, but haveing recd no advices from Capt Purrington whatever since leaving Lahaina, I am at a loss to tell why he should have drawn on Mr Edwards at Manilla, unless he intends to touch at Manilla after the Northern Season and then cancel the dft.

Capt Purrington is a very high minded and honest man, as far as I have known him, although not much acquainted with mercantile business, and I am not without my fears that all is not right concerning this dft, and before I pay the dft must ask the favor of you to give me what information you have in relation to the Dft, and if you please who the present owner is and if he purchased it at Manilla

There were a great many ships that touched at Guam for recruits during the spring months, but I cannot learn that any of them drew on Manilla, in fact I was not aware that dfts could be negotiated [p.172] at Guam. I am ready to pay the dft so soon as I am made satisfied of its genuinness

Very truly yours

 

New Bedford Aug 11 1853
Messrs Wm Coleman & Sons
Gent. I have just recd the 8 Boat Davit Blocks, and find in copying the letter than an error was committed. I want them shived as they are for the head of Iron Davits.
Will you send me 8 more with these shivars, soon as possible. Let two of the blocks be patent and Obliged

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Augt 1853
Mr. H. M. Pierce
Dear Sir. Your favor of the 8inst is recd. Will send the Schooners Rigging as soon as a Vessel can be found to take it to Gardner, which I have no doubt will be in time for the Schooner

Yours truly

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New Bedford Augt 18, 1853
Mr Peter Cram, Philadelphia
Dear Sir. Your letter of 9 inst is recd. The Bark Roscoe arrived at this port July 20 ultimo, James P Skerm[?] did not come home in her, he haveing left the ship at one of the Navigator Islands July 1st 1851 since which I can give you no information concerning him.

Yours Very truly
J. Bourne Jr
per Geo W. Ellis

 

New Bedford Augt 18, 1853
Mr John D. Willard
Dear Sir. Your favor of the 14th inst is recd, Enclosed please find check on Boston for One hundred Dollars
You will obtain the money for it at either Bank in your city.
The King fisher is at the wharf, but the weather is so wet we have not got the ballast out of her ~ Hope to soon and commence loading some time next week. The Washington will sail next week

Yours Very truly

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New Bedford Augt 1853
Mr Nathan Bourne
Dear Sir. You may say to Uncle Charles that it is uncertain about my going down to take his deposition at present. Mr Elliot thinks there is no haste about it.

Please say to Mr Dana that after talking with the master of the ship that the Dog came home in I found he was quite an unsafe Animal, being very furcious and as likely to bite his friends as foes ~ they had to keep him muzzled on board of the ship. will endeavor to find him one. You will please help Mr. Dana cart the fresh hay, fill the Barn

Yours Truly

 

New Bedford Augt 19, 1853
Capt Richard Holly
Dear Sir
In compliance with your wishes I have defered the sailing of the Washington untill Monday, consequently did not improve the fair weather early in the week as I should have done, and in consequence of the rain for the past two days and the entire unfitness of the Wood to put into the ship, We shall not be able to go Monday but defer sailing untill Tuesday morning You need not (unless you prefer to) come off untill Mondays Boat

Yours Truly

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New Bedford Augt 29 1853
Capt Asa S. Tobey
Dear Sir. You will do me a favor by calling on Capt Baker late of the Gen[eral] Pike, and make some enquiries about Mr W L. Veltman who was with him in the Genl Pike, what situation he is culculated to fill, and if he is competent for a ship Keeper, which birth I want him for if any. I wish at the same time you would enquire about his Officers, if either mate or 2d mate is fit for Master of the Lagoda as Mr Kemptons wife is so much unwell I think if very doubtful whether he will be able to go, this however you had better keep to yourself
~ Perhaps Capt B himself would like to go if his health is sufficient. Please write me the particulars

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Sept 1st 1853
Mr John D. Willard
Dear Sir. Your esteemed favor of the 28th ultimo is recd. In reply the “King fisher” is progressing finely, will be ready for sea 15th inst, and we all beleive here that nothing will pass her in sailing, and I think it will be difficult for the Whales to pass the head of her Boats without feeling the Iron and lances.
Capt Palmer is now here in fine health and spirits. Please write me when you will be here

Yours truly

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New Bedford Sept 1, 1853
Capt Asa S. Tobey
Dear Sir
I wrote you the other day, and now wish to ask you in relation to another person, who was with you as foremast hand in the “Leonidas” when you was Chief Mate his name is Joseph Dimmock who has since that time followed the coasting business for several years in the command of a vessel. Capt D. called upon me and says he is tired of the business and wishes to return to his first calling that of Whaleing, and wants to go as 2d or 3d Officer with Capt Palmer. Now Capt Tobey we want your reccollections of the man when you were together. If he was a superior man then, and if you ever thought him competent to head a boat, and in fact write me just what you think about him for the Arctic Whaleing, and I will consider it confidential. Write immediately.

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Sept 1st 1853
Mr Thomas Brown
Dear Sir. Your letter of 27 ult making enquiries about Mr Foster late 2d mate of Ship Washington is recd. I thought Mr Foster a young man of much promise, and of most excelent habits, and a good Whaleman. I offerd him a ??? Boat ship. I have no doubt [p.177] he is qualified, and with propper Officers will satisfy you as Master of the “Jefferson”

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Sept 1, 1853
Messrs W. Coleman & Sons
Gent
I had the Davit Blocks straped with Iron, and told the Ship Carpenter to put the two patent roller Blocks on the starboard side for the Capatin’s Boat. After examining he said there were no patent rollers shives. I then sent to the Black smith, who says there was none. I presumed it was an Oversight in some of your men in not putting them in although you have charged them. Will you have the goodness to send them, with 6 other patent sheives, as the Master is very desirous of useing them on both sarboard and larboard quarters. I will return the other 12 shieves in their stead and pay the difference. Please let it be done immediately.

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Sept 6, 1853
Mr Caleb Reid
Dr Sir. Enclosed please find check on Boston for Bill ship staves. Please receipt and return the Bill.

Yours truly

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New Bedford Sept 1, 1853
P P F. Degrand
A friend of mine wishes to purchase Ten of Western R. Road Stocks ~ does not want to pay to exceed 98$ per share. If you can make the purchase at that price or less you may do so and I will remit the money

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Sept 7, 1853
David Thain Esq
Dear Sir I hold an order drawn by Capt Wyer of Ship Spartan a copy of which please find below.

Copy Ascension Jany 15, 1853

For Cooler recd on board Ship Spartan from Bark Roscoe. I promised to pay on the expiration of the Bark Roscoe Voyage a new Cooler in Value of one
Signed
David Thain, Agent
James Wyer, Master

The old Cooler is to be returned to the owner of the Ship Spartan on receiving[?] a new one.
Capt Gorham of the Roscoe exchanged coolers with Capt Wyer and took the Spartans old one which was nearly worn out and for which Capt Wyer drew the order as above [p.179] I shall soon need a Cooler for the Roscoe and if you desire can pay the amt of the bill which I will forward to you and deliver the old one to your order

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Sept 9, 1853
Mr. James M Withent[?]
Dear Sir. I now expect the King fisher will sail the 15th. Will you have the goodness to send your Protection by the Packet Master that I may have it to clear the ship with

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Sept 9, 1853
Mr John D. Willard
Dear Sir. Your letter is recd We now expect the ship to sail the 15th /next Thursday/. Should anything occur between this time and Monday by which we shall defer her sailing, I will Telegraph you Monday before 12 Oclock which you will receive in time to defer comeing in the Boat

Yours truly

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New Bedford Sept 10, 1853
Dear Sir
Your favor of the 8th inst was not received by me untill last evening oweing to the letter being taken from the Office by one of my children, and carried to my home. I should have forwarded the Amt Yesterday had I recd the letter in time to have a check obtained.

Enclosed please find check on Bank of Commerce for Nine Hundred Eighty two & 50/100 Dolls. You will please forward the certificate. The stock is for Eliza C. Barney
[To] P. P. F Degrand Esq, Boston

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Sept 10, 1853
Will Capt B. Worth say if Henry Jones was Cook of the ship Vinyard last Voyage ~ and if he performed his duty to his satisfaction, and will he answer for a steward. by replying on Monday, you will Oblige
[To] Capt Benj Worth, Edgartown

Yours truly

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New Bedford Sept 12, 1853
Messsrs Wm Coleman & Sons
Gentlemen. Will you send me per Express 10 9 inch single Block /for rope strap/ 3 doz 8 inch Hoops. Let them come immediately as the Ship goes in the stream Wednesday

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Sept 1853
H. H. Hunting Esq
Dear Sir. I learn from Capt Joseph Ricketson this morning that you had written to him saying that if any of his friends wanted a first rate master and mate for a whale ship to refer them to you. I have the Ship Lagoda now about ready to take in her outfits Having just made repairs upon her for the amount of Eight or ten thousand Dollars will carry 3300 Barrells is in every respect a good whale ship, I want a good Master. Have had one shipped since her return from her last Voyage, but unfortunately for him, and perhaps for me his wife is now very sick with the consumption, which will prevent his going
You will if your master is not engaged please write me who he is and what ship he commanded last Voyage ~ by so doing you will Oblige

Yours truly

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New Bedford Sept 1853
Capt Charles P Worth
Dear Sir. I have not heard from you in some time. I though it might be for our mutual benifit for you to come off in the next Boat and see Mr. Smith, as Capt Hazzard is trying very hard to get him to go with him in the Pantheon again, and Mr Smith came to see me the other day, and I infered from his conversation he would like to see you. I told him I should write you this week to come off

Yours truly

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New Bedford Oct 6, 1853
Capt Asa S. Tobey
Dear Sir. I have shipped Capt Lamphier to go Master of the Lagoda, carries wife and child Will sail about the 1st November. Could not induce Capt Baker to go he had fears of his health. I think that was the only difficulty

I have considered the times you set for the Lagoda, and in view of the high prices of Outfits and repairs am willing to give you at the rate of Six thousand dollars for your part. Capt L. says nothing about purchasing any part of the ship.
Holders are asking 60¢ for whale Oil. Let me hear from you about the Lagoda

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Oct 8, 1853
Capt Warren N. Bourne
Dear Sir
Remembering our conversation in relation to a Voyage in the Roscoe for a cargo of Humpback Oil on the Coast of Africa, I asked Mr Briggs if he would go with you in the Roscoe on such a Voyage. His prompt reply was Yes and had rather go such a Voyage than any other. He was in yesterday and asked me if you had been over, and what you said about it. I told him I would write you and get your answer [p.184] I have calked and coppered the Roscoe and am now fitting her spars and rigging and she appears to be in good order and nothing would give me more pleasure than to fit her for you for any length of time from One Year to four just as it might please you. And I have no doubt with him for mate you would be successful in obtaining a voyage. Will pay you any lay you would in reason ask to go. Her Sperm Oil is still on hand, price looking better ~ some capacity[?] for it. Let me hear from you soon.

Very truly Yours

 

New Bedford Oct 8, 1853
Capt B. B. Lamphier
Dear Sir. Not seeing you again after you left the Counting room and not hearing from Mr Arrington[?] I am fearful some error in relation my seeing him may have occurred. As I understood the conversation between us, Mr A was to come to New Bedford, probably the next day after you were here and have thus rested the matter, but not seeing him and the time getting short, I am exceedingly anxious to learn something more about his going in the ship. Will you please ask him to come to New Bedford Monday or Tuesday without fail or write me that I may know what to depend upon. I commenced makeing the alterations in your Stateroom, will [p.185] soon have it completed. Please say if the Boat steerer you had last voyage will go 3d mate, and if he is the man you want

Yours very truly

 

New Bedford Oct 12, 1853
Messrs Wm Coleman
Gent. Will you send me per Rail Road One 9 inch Iron strapd Block 16 8 inch rope strapd do 8 7 inch do do and 8 6 inch do in all thirty three Blocks for Bark Roscoe. You will oblige me by sending my bill of all the articles I had for the new ship with the returned shives credited, and I will settle the same with the Roscoes bill when recieved

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Oct 11, 1853
Capt B. B. Lamphier
Dear Sir. Mr Arrington has this day shipped to the Lagoda and says[?] Mr Townsend will like to go as third officer
If he will go there will be no particular necessity of his comeing on, if we can agree on the Lay. I paid the 60th lay last voyage for a man of considerable more experience than Mr Townsend. Will give him the same, if he consents to go or if not, you will please write me about what advance he will want before sailing. I have not put down any head [p.186] rope fast, and intended to have asked you when here if there was much advantage in haveing a Capstain. If there is, I will set one when I should put the head ropes fast, which will answer both purposes.
Let me hear from you immediately

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Oct 11, 1853
Capt Asa S. Tobey
Dear Sir. Your favor of 8 inst is recd, contents fully noted. I have always beleived that Six thousand dollars was the full Value of the Lagoda. Still rather than have her offered in the street, and as the difference is so trifeling, and not knowing into whose hands she might fall, perhaps to some one I did not like, I have concluded to take her at your price ~ therefore you may consider her sold to you, at the rate of sixty four hundred dollars. Whale Oil is now worth 60¢. I suppose you want 65, and if it continues to go up as it has done for the last week it will very soon reach that price

Yours truly

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New Bedford Oct 13, 1853
Mr. E G. Peirce
Dear Sir. Your letter of the 7 inst was recd tuesday ~ the letter was commenced immediately, and is now in the hands of the Block Maker. Capt Pierce called the same day ~ said he had been absent, and did not get your letter ~ will send it forward as soon as we can get it to the care of Pierce & Bacon as directed

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Oct 13, 1853
Capt B. B. Lamphier
Dear Sir
Upon examination I find by putting the Oil tank forward of the Main Hatch the after part of the tank will be about 8 feet forward of the Hatch, the Hatch way 6 feet will give a blubber room of 14 feet besides the sweep at the side of the tank. Now whether this is not the most desirable place for it is the question when you have but one ~ her try works are so far forward it enables as to place the tank in a better situation than most of the ships belonging to the past, and is in the opinion of most masters decidedly preferable to haveing it aft as putting it on one side will if ever filled while on whale ground cause the ship to heal considerable ~ with your consent I will put it forward. As I told you when here most of the ships this year have done so [p.188] and I then stated I had done so in the Washington but was sorry for it as the hatchways were so near together, did not in my opinion give sufficient blubber room, but in this case I think it will with your consent I will so locate forward
You will please write me immediately as the Cooper wishes to put it up Also say if the third mate consents to go

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Oct 14, 1853
Capt B. B. Lamphier
Dear Sir
Your favor of 13 inst is recd. I am sorry to learn Mr Townsend still continues ill. Would it not be well for you to go and see him again. he may think the lay to low, or send Mr Arrington perhaps he can do better as he told me he would go. If he is a superior man, and the man you want I should not let the lay part us perhaps.

I wrote you yesterday before receiving your letter about placeing the Oil tank forward and am /provided you like it/ decidedly of the opinion you will be pleased with the apperation, and think you will have blubber room sufficent. Will put down the Capstan – am painting between decks today
Let me hear from you immediately about Mr T.

Yours truly

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New Bedford Oct 14 1853
Mr Wm S Grant
Dear Sir. Yours of the 13 is recd. I have just seen Mr Taber the Block Maker who shivers the tiller /and the only man who does it right/ and he says he will be able to do it by Mondays freight train. I have urged him to do it earlier if possible ~ but he is a quaker and the himself cant Sway him. If he had usually done my work I should have talked stronger to him but as he does not, must ask it as a favor /in these times/ rather than command ~ will get along as soon as possible

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Oct 14 1853
P. P. F Degrand Esq
Dear Sir. Haveing a little surplus fund on hand which I had no immediate use for would like to invest in Lawrence Stone & Cos paper Have enclosed you check on Bank of Commerce for Twenty-Eight hundred sixty two & 75/100 Dolls supposing you can invest with the same advantage to me /possibly better/ than you did the 7 inst which would give me their note for three thousand dollars.
You may send me the note by mail and oblige

Yours truly

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New Bedford Oct 22d 1853
Capt Warren N. Bourne
Dear Sir. I have been waiting very patiently to learn your decision in relation to a voyage in the Roscoe to the Coast of Africa for Humpback Oil, beleiveing a cargo could be obtained there in a short time. I have hoped you would make up your mind to do. If the offer I made you is not sufficent Please say what you will go for, provided you can make your arrangements to leave for a short voyage. I would not press you for a decission immediately if it was not for the fact I know not where to look for a master for the North West where I think I shall send her in preference to any other ground if you dont go, and the time to fit for the ground is short. Please let me hear from you Monday or Tuesday.

Yours truly

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New Bedford Oct 22d 1853
Capt B. B. Lamphier
Dear Sir. Your favor of 18 inst is recd. I should have answered you earlier in relation to the Boat Steerer but forgot to do so. I have reserved a birth for the man that was with you last voyage as Boat steerer, and hope he will be on hand. Have not shipped a 3d mate hopeing Mr Townsend will consent to go. If he has decided not to go under any circumstances, please write me on the receipt of this, that I may look out for another man. The Ship is nearly ready, about all loaded, painted [?]ing [?] &c &c shall expect to see you Wednesday

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Oct 26 1853
Capt Asa S. Tobey
Dear Sir. In the hurry of the moment when you were here I have forgotten how much money you wanted about this time, whether 400$ or more I now cannot reccollect, please say by return of mail

Yours truly

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New Bedford Oct 26 1853
Capt John Cole
Dear Sir. Enclosed please find check on Bank Commerce Boston for three thousand dollars as per your request. Please acknowledge receipt.
The bone is not yet weighed out

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Nov 1853
Capt Asa Gifford
Dear Sir. I would like to see you concerning a voyage Whaleing. You will oblige me by comeing to New Bedford tomorrows Boat

Yours truly

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New Bedford Nov 1853
Mr Wistin[?] A. Briggs
Dear Sir. I promised to write you if Capt Gifford came off and agreed to go in the Roscoe. I have just agreed with him to go in her and according to promise shall expect to see you Monday noon. Please be on hand as usual

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Nov 1853
Capt Warren A Bourne
I have shipped Capt Gifford the bearer of this, to go Master of the Roscoe, and Mr Briggs a mate Capt Gifford goes to you in order to obtain what information he can in relation to the cruising grounds and bays for Humpback Oil You will if you think it best for the Bank to go such a voyage give him all the information in relation to Bays and seasons &c &c that you possess which will be gratefully recieved He will also go and see Capt Tobey

Yours truly

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New Bedford Nov 5 1853
Mr Anthony Small
Dear Sir. My object in writing is to learn if you intend to go to sea this fall. If you do, please come to New Bedford on the receipt of this letter as I have a birth for you. If you do not intend to go, please write me by return of mail

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Nov 5 1853
Mr Edward Eldridge
Dear Sir. I am anxious to learn the whereabouts of Mr Anthony Small my wish is to learn if he intends to go to sea this fall. Understanding that you are a connexion of his by marriage, you will oblige me by giveing me information where I can get a letter to him at the earliest opportunity

Yours truly

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New Bedford Nov 11 1853
Mr Wistin[?] A. Briggs
Dear Sir. The Roscoe is now nearly ready, officers all shipped shall expect to see you Monday without fail, as we must take your Deposition in the Finch Case Tuesday. Dont fail to come Monday. I expect the Roscoe to sail Wednesday. Capt Gifford will come Monday. One more favor if you vote before you come, as a favor to me vote against the new constitution by all means

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Nov 22d 1853
T. Henry Perkins Esq
Dear Sir. I recd a line from Mr P P. F. Degrand this morning saying that Mr B. B. Mussey would like for me to send him the coupons on the Passumpsic R.Road bonds held by me as collateral for his note due Dec 1st. Will you please say if this is proper for me to do so? or should I collect it myself and hold it as collatteral. An early answer will oblige

Yours truly

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New Bedford Nov 26 1853
P. P. F. Degrand Esq
Dear Sir. Your letter of 21st inst is recd. Enclosed please find coupons due Dec 1st on $8000 mortgage Bonds of the Pussumpsic R R recd as collatteral for B. B. Musseys note.
You will please forward Mr Mussys receipt ~ and oblige

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Dec 3d 1853
Mr A. R. Wing
Dear Sir. Enclosed by request of David Thain Esq, I hand you Messrs Richmond & Cos bill for Copper Cooler, difference in exchange $83.19. You will please remit amount by “Swansie [Swansea?] Express”

Yours truly

[p.197]

 

New Bedford Dec 3d 1853
Capt John Cole
Dear Sir. Your favor of 25th ultimo is recd. Enclosed I hand you your account with Ship Washington, and check on Boston for balance due you. I hold Geo Husseys note for Twenty two hundred ninety seven & 60/100 Dollars dated Octt 20 at 4 months subject to your order
Money is so close at our Banks at the present time it would be useless to offer it for discount as it is difficult for the Banks to furnish their regular customers

Yours truly

P.S. the Amt of the check enclosed is Nineteen hundred twelve & 74/100 Dollars 74/100 Dollars for which please acknowledge receipt

 

New Bedford 12 Mo 14, 1853
Mrs Wm Booker
Your letter to Mr Geo W Howland was handed me yesterday. The Ship Alex Coffin was reported by the last mail from Sandwich Islands as haveing 3 whales in August ~ rather unfortunate this season. I am in hopes they will do better the latter part of the season, and obtain a sufficient quantity to come home in the spring

Yours truly

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New Bedford Decr 22d 1853
S. B. Bond Esq New York
Dear Sir
On my return to the City after an absense of a few days I find your letter of the 14th inst, refering to a Bill drawn by Capt John R. Holt of Ship Hunter. I have no knowledge of any Bill or Dft drawn by Capt Holt for supplies for said ship, but have been shown an order purporting to have been given by him to James Rush for Seven hundred nine & 50/100 Dollars I have quite an amount of bills drawn by said Rush on me, and paid by me, since the sailing of said ship in 1851. Please inform me if this is the Bill you allude to in your letter of 14th inst and who the owners of the order is at the present time, as I shall be ready to pay Rush all that is due him legally, on settlement of the ships voyage

Very truly Yours

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New Bedford Decr 22d 1853
Capt Asa S. Tobey, Falmouth
Dear Sir. On my return last evening, I find your letter of the 14th inst requesting me to sell your whale Oil. I see by the shipping List that a sale of about 750 Barrells has been made for 65 cents net refilled but I understand by one of the parties that this was not the Case, that they did not pay as much for the Oil as reported. I would ask if you are prepared to sell at 65 cents refilled. When I go to a purchaser and offer the Oil for sale I want to be prepared with something definite. Of course I will do the best I can for you. Still I want the whole story before moveing in the matter.

In relation to money I can furnish you with a thousand dollars the 6 of January At that time some of the notes for the Cargo fall due. Will this answer your purpose? Please write me at your earliest convenience.

Yours truly

[p.200]

 

New Bedford Jany 3, 1854
Capt Theodore Cole
Dear Sir. When you was here last you stated you should probably want the proceeds of the note you hold against me I told you I would pay it the 6 inst if you would wish me and send the note, but as yet I have heard nothing from you. Will you please say per by return of mail if you have changed your mind, if not, send the note and I will send you a check on Boston for the Am,t and interest

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Jany 5, 1854
Capt Asa S. Tobey
Dear Sir. I have sold your Oil to Saml Leonard & Son for sixty five cents per gall on time with interest, and have delivrd bill of the same but not yet taken their notes It took 117 galls to fill, and the Amt of bill is 62 24/100 Galls @ 65 $4045.90 which you will percive will leave you a very handsome profit after deducting int and charges

You may consider yourself fortunate in this sale as I am informed of sales at 63 cents since yours was sold. I shall leave this evening for New York. Your Order for the money you named will be paid when presented.

Yours truly

[p.201]

 

New Bedford Jany 9, 1854
Capt Theodore Cole, Brattleboro
Dear Sir. I have just returned from New York, and find yours of 5th inst. Enclosed please find check on Bank of Commerce Boston for Twelve hundred thirty-five Dollars for Amount note and interest to date which you hold against me.

Please enclose the note to me on receipt of the Check. I have recd no letters from Capt Purrington, and cannot tell what he intends doing shall probably hear from him this mail, now due, no news yet from the Marengo excepting she was reported with 1200 Bbls this season, probably in the Okhotsk sea.

Very truly Yours

 

New Bedford Jany 14, 1854
Capt Asa S. Tobey
Dear Sir. Your favor of 9th inst is recd. I sold your Oil on 4 & 6 mos int added and have the two notes for Two thousand seventy four & 55/100 Dollars each payable to your order. I consider them good, have sold the same parties a considerable Oil and sometimes in large parcils. Will guarantee the paper now for the usual commissions paid on such cases. I could not have obtained that price I think of any other parties, and considered at that time to be a first rate sale.
Have been keeping your money say 800$ since [p.202] the 6th inst subject to your order but no order is yet presented. Hopeing all will turn out well I remain

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Jany 20 1854
S B. Bond Esq, New York
Dear Sir. Yours of 16 is recd. In reply would say that James Rush sailed from New Bedford in the Ship Hunter as 4th Officer, and that when said Ship returns to New Bedford shall be ready to pay whatever may appear to be due him to whoever may be authorized to receive the same ~ Have not had any further advices concerning the order

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Jany 24 1854
Messrs Philips & Gibbs
Gent. Yours of the 21st inst is recd. I have recd two letters from Capt Purrington since my interview with Mr Philips but no allusion was made in either to the Dft in favor of J. J. Villa. The Ship will be at home in the course of the Spring or early in the Summer when I trust the matter will be explained satisfactorily to all parties concerned

Yours truly

[p.203]

 

New Bedford Jany 30 1854
David G. Bates Esq, Natic R.I.
Dear Sir. Your favor of the 27 inst, makeing enquiries about Ship Alex Coffin is recd. She was last spoken on the Coast of California cruising for Whales, would probably be at home in the course of the Spring or early in the Summer comeing

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Feby 2nd 1854
Capt Isaac Makee[?] Esq
My Dear Sir
I had hoped that when Capt Finch died and was buried that I should hear no more of the Finch and Lagoda case but in this I am disapointed and therefore am compelled to obtain your deposition once more, the one that was taken here was intended for the United States Court, and taken by other Counsel, they haveing declined to go further in the Case saying it was useless in their opinion to throw away good money to look after that which appeared to them very uncertain, hence the employing other Counsel on their part /Timothy G Coffin who never in all his practice told his client that they had a bad Case/ and hinging the Action in the State Courts. Enclosed please find a sealed package directed to some Magistrate who is qualified to take depositions in such Cases – perhaps the Consul, if you beleive him to be a proper man. I dont know him, therefore will leave [p.204] the matter to you to decide who the Magistrate shall be. I would have sent the papers open, that you could have read them but the Case prevents my doing that. I see however no impropriety if the Justice to whom you commit these papers sees fit, to show them to you, but it will not answer for the parties here to know of the fact. I am anxious very anxious to carry my points in this case most solemnly beleiving that the owners of the Lagoda are not indebted to Finch’ Estate, if I did beleive otherwise I certainly would pay them

I hope you will be able to furnish such facts as will enable us to put this matter to rest. I am anxious to have the deposition taken at your earliest convenience and returned to this country, and the bill of expenses I will provide for in any way you may decide, either pay over to parties here or remit to you, as you may direct. I am also anxious to be informd if there are an other persons whose testimony will go to prove his bad character while there, and his inattention to the owners interest. Also his expensive manner of liveing, Our Counsel says this is important, and we must ask you to make the enquiries and give us the names if there are any.

I see no impropriety in your enclosing the deposition to me after the Magistrate has sealed it up and directed it according to rules of the Court, but would like exceedingly well if you could privately furnish me with a copy of your answers which you can probably do if Magistrate is a man with whom you were [p.205] on intimate terms. Mr Seabury suggests the propriety of your forwarding your note against Finch to him if you have found it.

I hope Sir – It is not presumeing to much upon your time to ask you to give your personal attention to these matters and cause the documents entrusted to your care to be committed to such hands as will be safe, and meet with such attention as will make them in order and legal when received in our Courts
Mr O Seabury joins me in very sincere wishes for your welfare and prosperity

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Feby 3d 1854
Thomas Metcalf Esq, Bridgeport, MD
Dear Sir
Your letter under date of 30 ultimo is recd. In answer I can only say that by letter from Capt Kimball of the Bark Draco dated Augt 1853 reports her with 900 Bbls Sperm Oil, would cruise untill the summer of 54 and return probably in the Fall or Winter of the present year – did not mention his crew and the inference is, that they are all with him.

Yours truly

[p.206]

 

New Bedford Feby 3d 1854
Capt Asa S. Tobey
Dear Sir. Enclosed I hand you accounts with Ship Lagoda You will look them over at your leisure and report back at an early day if any error should appear either way. It is now snowing fast and I suppose you will soon enjoy your horse and sleigh. Should be happy to see you at any time when it is convenient for you to come to New Bedford and take over another whale Voyage if you intend to go. Should freighting be good when the Hunter arrives, perhaps an European Voyage might be profitable to the owners, in such case would you like to take command?

Yours truly

 

New Bedford Feby 25 1854
John Cole Esq
Dear Sir. Yours of 22d inst is recd. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Twenty two hundred ninety seven & 60/100 Dollars for amt Geo Husseys note

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr
Per Geo W Ellis

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New Bedford Feby 24t 1854
Geo Marston Esq
Dear Sir. Your esteemed favor of the 20th has just reached me, Stateing the deplorable condition of Joshuas family. I would enquire if the Horse & Buggy and other necessary articles have been disposed of. If they have been, I am ready to provide for the family immediately. Please inform me at your earliest convenience

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 2d 1854
Mr O. D. Norcross, Hollewell
Dear Sir. A friend of mine is desirous of obtaining a small cargo of leached ashes, say about 2200 Bushels and desired me to ask you, if you would supply him on same terms you did me last June which was 7 cents per Bushel delivered at the wharf. He will employ Capt Phinney to bring them for him. You will please answer at your earliest convenience.

Yours truly
Jon Bourne Jr
Per Geo W Ellis

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New Bedford March 17,1854
Capt Asa S. Tobey
Dear Sir. The Hunter has arrived, and we are discharging her. Will you take charge of her to Europe if we can get a freight that will do. Please answer or come on

Yours truly

 

New Bedford March 17, 1854
Dr Edward C. Fisher
My Dear Sir. I write to say that the Ship Hunter arrived at this Port the 15th inst. I was absent at the time. Your son left for Raleigh yesterday. I presume before this reaches you he will have announced to you in person his safe return

Yours Very Respectfully

 

New Bedford March 17, 1854
Vernon Brown Esq
Dear Sir
I have just arrived from a whaleing voyage a superior Ship of 453 Tons, less than 30 months old, and as none of our best Masters will sail untill about November ~ would like to get a freight or charter for a voyage of 5 or 6 months, say to Cuba and load with Sugar for Europe. Please tell me what can be done in your City. She is as good a ship as floats ~ sails very fast Dimensions 126 ft length, 28 wide 17 ½ deep

Yours ~

[p.209]

 

New Bedford March 21, 1854
Mrs Mary L. Lewis
Your letter of the 15th is recd asking me to send you twenty-five Dollars on your husbands account. Enclosed I hand you the sum required. The King fisher is reported at Tristan De achuna[da Chuna], no Oil ~ hope for better news next time

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 21 1854
Mr Edward B Gibbs
Dear Sir. I have just seen Mr Saml Leonard, and he wants a freight of pine Wood, will pay 5 ¾ ¢ pr. Cord. It is for you to say whether it is best to send it here, or whether it will pay better to send it to some other place. Please write me on the receipt of this, that I may know what to say to Mr Leonard. I some expect to attend the convention at Sandwich tomorrow, but it is uncertain whether I shall see you

Yours truly

[p.210]

 

New Bedford March 24, 1854
Dear Mary
I was at Sandwich yesterday, saw Mr George Marston talked with him about the Liquor Case fine &c. He thought there would be no doubt but the Town would at its next meeting refund the fine costs &c, and said he would bring it before the Meeting or at least I so understood him

I suppose there must be an administrator appointed for the settlement of Brother Joshuas Estate. Now if it meets with your approbation, I know of no man that would attend to it better than Benj Bourne or Nathan Bourne. Nathan might decline as he would probably say that some one could do it better than he could, but I think if he should decline Esq Benj could be induced to take it. He would have an influence in settlement of the Liquor Case also if you think you wish Squire Benjm to administer upon the Estate I will write him for you, if you desire me to do so.

In relation to a house I find it impossible at present to get the Franklin Black house, as the family that now live it will not leave at present. The Henry[?] Black house at Monument is not fit for your family I have examined it ~ has no chamber room ~ at all. George Bourne will let a part of his house ~ say the largest lower room bed room and a privelige in the Kitchen belongs to them with chamber room rent $20 pr year. I tried hard to get the Fr. Black house as I believed it would best accommodate you, still this of Georges on some accounts is the most desireable [p.211] place, and perhaps the other can be obtained in the course of the year. Please write me immediately in relation to the Administrator and house

And Oblige Yours

 

New Bedford March 29, 1854
Messr Speare Burke & Co,
Gent
Annexed I hand you Bill of 34 Casks of Dark and Bro. Whale Oil amounting to $3287.35. Eight of the Casks were sent to the Depot Saturday Eleven yesterday and fifteen this day. The reason the whole was not sent at one time was the difficulty in getting it out of the tiers. We have been compeled to break up the whale Cargo in order to get the Oil out of the tiers. Hopeing the Oil will all come forward in time and prove to your satisfaction

I remain
Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 29t, 1854
Benjamin Bourne Esq
My Dear Sir
I have recd a letter from Mrs Bourne in answer to mine of the 25th inst, in which I advised that you be appointed Administrator to the Estate of my late Brother and she consents cheerfully to the appointment. I therefore hope you will consent to the same. I hope you will go to Barnstable as soon as convenient say before the April Court, and talk with her and take out letters of Administration, and settle what Bills you may think proper and reasonable so as to save as much for the Widow and Children as can be done and so arrange the suit now pending with my Fathers Estate as to you may seem just and reasonable to all parties concerned. I will reimburse you for all moneys you may pay out for Joshua’ debts and Expenses you may be at[out] for the settlement of his Estate with reasonable charges for the same. Shall go to Monument the first opportunity I have. Am very busy just at this time. I have written Mrs. B. that you will be down.

Yours Very truly
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. Please write me as soon as you return from Barnstable.

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New Bedford March 29t 1854
Dear Mary
Your letter of 28th inst is recd. I think your conclusion to have Benjm Bourne Esq to administer upon the Estate is very well as he is perfectly acquainted with such business and familliar with all the circumstances, and will I have no doubt save more money to the Estate than the cost of Administration. If you had undertaken it yourself it would have been attended with a good deal of trouble as well as some expense

When a woman administers upon her husbands Estate she is entirely dependant upon others to do the business, Consequently there is no saveing of money. I have written Esq Bourne to go to Barnstable and see you and take out letters of Administration and so arrange for the debts as to him may seem most proper. The first business day I can get I will go to Barnstable myself and make arrangements for you to move to Monument.
If you should need money before I come, just drop me a line

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 30th 1854
Capt Charles J. Worth
Dear Sir
Your favor of 26th is recd. Enclosed I hand you Two hundred Dollars as pr your request.

In relation to another Whale Voyage I am not yet prepared to say what I can do for you. I have but one Ship in the spring, and she too large for Sperm Whaleing I am now negotiating for a charter to Europe hopeing to get a voyage out of her before going to the Northwest in the fall. When my ships arrive I can then determine what to do should you have any offering just write me before engaging

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. Please acknowledge receipt

 

New Bedford March 31 1854
Gentlemen
Yours of the 20th is recd. The Barrells were sold with the balance of the Cargo to two persons. There being more of the dark Oil than I supposed when I talked with you, I did not think you would take it, with that impression I did not think of any use to write you as the matter was left open
[To] Messrs Sear Burke & Co, Boston

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 1st 1854
Gentlemen
I have a ship 30 months old 450 Tons Sails very fast. Dimensions 126 feet long 28 Width 17 deep. It’s in every rispect a superior Ship. I want a charter for a similar voyage as Messr Church for the “Niagara”. Say 4 or 5 months. Box Sugar Cuba to few Ports in Europe – shall want a considerable more money than paid the Niagara. Please say what you can do
[To] Messr Nesmith & Son, New York

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. Please answer Monday if Convenient

 

New Bedford April 3rd 1854
Doct E. C. Fisher, Raleigh, N.C.
Dear Sir
Annexed I hand you George’s account with Ship Hunter. I regret to say that we have all been very much disappointed in the Ships turn out. She hailed 2100 Barrells Whale 80 Sperm Oil and 20000lb Bone the actual guage was 1730 Bbls Whale 76 Sperm Oil & 15407lb Bone. The result was very mortifying to Capt Holt, and he could not believe the account correct untill he had taken the account of the cargo himself, when he found that figures would not lie. I never have had a voyage fall short one fourth what this has done. It makes a difference of 10,000 $ in the voyage. She was an [p.216] expensive Ship and the profits are left behind

In relation to Messr Nickerson, Doane &c Bill, it was contracted before I came in Town being absent at the time the Hunter arrived They loss by the crew being unable to meet their bills nearly three hundred dollars.
Your esteemed favor was recd this day. I am happy to learn that George feels like settling down in some permanent business and sincerely hope he may succeed
I should be extremely happy to see you or George at New Bedford should you ever find it convenient to visit us, or hear from you by letter

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 3rd 1854
Capt Charles P. Worth
Dear Sir. Your favor of 31st ultimo acknowledgeing the receipt of two hundred Dollars is recd. In relation to another voyage I have expected to give you a Ship in the Spring or Summer if I fitted a Ship Sperm Whaling to the Pacific Ocean or if I did not I have thought I could get you a Ship from some other concern and still expect to. And from anything I know should like Mr Smith to go your mate. I do not in the present uncertain state of things like to agree positively to say that I will do so, but that has been my intention and you can say so to Mr Smith

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 6, 1854
Mrs Sylvia Blanchard
A young man by the name of Sam Blanchard came home in Ship Stephania, and was taken ill on the voyage home which terminated in insanity Although perfectly harmless, he needs attention He says that you are his mother and that his father is not liveing. If the young man is your son I would advise you to send some friend to New Bedford, and make such arrangements for him as you may think his necessities required also with power to settle his voyage in said Ship

Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

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New Bedford April 10 1854
Mr Edward B. Gibbs
Dear Sir. Mr Howland has just called to say that he will want about 15 cords of Oak Wood for his Ship in a week or ten days. He is one of the persons that I had spoken to when I last saw you and unless you have found a market for the wood, perhaps you had better send it forward. I have been wanting to go to Monument for some time but business has so pressed me so hard, that it has been and now is difficult for me to leave. Am intending to go this week. Please write me on receipt of this, that I may know what to say to Mr Howland

Yours truly
J. Borne Jr

 

New Bedford April 10th 1854
Mr Peleg Nye
Dear Sir. When you left New Bedford I supposed I should need you as early as Wednesday, but the wind and rain has prevented our getting along with the Hunter as fast as we expected. Consequently, shall not want you as soon but will write you again when I am ready for you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 10th 1854
Capt Barzilla Sears
Dear Sir. When Mr Nye left here I supposed we should want him as early as Wednesday, but we have not got along as fast with the Hunter as I expected, and have said to him that I will write him when I need him. Will also write you at the same time. I expect to be in Sandwich this week, will see you then

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 11 1854
J. B. Bond Esq
Dear Sir
Your letter of inst is recd. I have talked with Capt Holt in relation to the Dft in question. He says that he gave Rush an order for Ninety four & 27/100 Dolls and no more and has shown me the settlement as made up with him at the time. I was very well satisfied when the Dft came to hand that the amount stated in the Dft was incorrect. Still I did not know but Capt Holt in his haste might have made some mistake but he says it is a forgery if for any other amount than above stated. Capt Holt is now out of the City and will be absent for some time. when he returns will write you

J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 11 1854
Robert Gibbs Esq
Dear Sir. I have sent my Bill of Lading by Mr Geo R. Taber who will enter my Oil pr Ship Young America. I suppose there is no chance of selling the Oil in N York and would like to load the Corinthian provided she can take it. If you will ascertain what the facilities are for loading the Oil when the Ship is discharged, and get the Corinthian a birth, you will confir a favor. I am busy at present and do not want to go to New York unless actually necessary. Will you please write me the particulars, and the chance of the Corinthian bringing the Oil. I called at your house Sunday evening found Mrs. G. in usual health. Saw a Dft from Capt Hunnewell of Ship Hibernia for about Two thousand Dollars this morning, but did not learn the cause of her drawing

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 13 1854
Mr Geo R. Taber
Dear Sir. Your favor of the 12th inst is recd. In the absense of any favor from Capt Gibbs, I must ask you to look out for my interests, and protect them as far as you can As I am very busy haveing three Ships to the wharf now not discharged employing all my time. Draco arrived yesterday. If any of my Oil is stow please consult Capt Gibbs and Edmund[?] Allen what course should be persued.

Please write me what prospect there is of the Corinthian takeing the Oil, ascertain if the Consigner will admit of the Oil comeing here before guageing If not have it guaged as fast as it comes out or as fast as Capt Shephard can take it. If he does not take it, Telegraph me if it is necessary, if not, write me. Please keep me posted

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 17, 1854
Mrs Francis Willard
Your letter of 9th inst is recd. You desire me to send you Seventy Dollars on your sons account. I have no doubt but it is all right but still since the marriage of John D. it would be safer for me to receive the order from his wife, as she is the legal representative of him. And if you will send the order from his wife I will advance the money
It is perfectly right for you to send the letter intended for Mr Willard to my care and I can send them forward when ever an opportunity offers. No late news from the King fisher.

Respectfully yours
Jona Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 17, 1854
Mr Geo Fisher
Dear Sir
Your letter of 10th [?] inst is recd in which you say, that you think that your time and services fully compensate for what you have drawn. I would refer you to the Circumstances under which you joined the Hunter, not by my solicitations, but in order to secure a birth you gave your age as twenty one years, and I think you have told me since your return that it was your intention to have left the Ship /when you joined her/ for the purpose of going to California, and by the urgent solicitation of your excelent Father to Capt Holt, and myself, that you should continue by the Ship and return in her has been the cause of quite a portion of your bill on the voyage Again at the request of your father and by my own inclination I advanced you money to defray your expenses home. Also Messrs Nickerson, Doane & Co who furnished you with clothing who is to compensate them. You must be perfectly well aware George that the Hunter has not made a farthing by the voyage. Under all the circumstances I think you have taken a wrong view of the case and I will leave you to your own sense of honor

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 18th 1854
Capt Warren N. Bourne
My Dear Sir. The Stephania is at the wharf discharged with a small cargo and no mistake. The weather has been so bad I have not yet got it filled and of course no acount of the oil. Now the question arises what shall be done with the Ship. When I saw you at Sandwich I said something about selling, but upon reflection I hardly want to sell the Stephania without makeing some money out of her, and as you expressed yourself in favor of selling and still hold to that opinion that is if you had rather sell than fit, and are disposed to set a price I will either find you a customer, or buy myself. You will of course consider that the Ship has had little or nothing done to her since we bought her either to her hull Spars or rigging. Her voyage has been a long one and of course her appurtenances[?] are well worked up haveing sold her casks, cutting falls, Boats, Slops, Craft &c at the Islands to the Amt of twenty five hundred Dollars, what remains you can judge about as correctly as I can myself. Please write me what your views are in relation to the subject

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 18, 1854
Messrs Dupee & Perkins [Boston]
Gentlemen. Your esteemed favor of 17th inst is recd. I have no money at present to let. What shall I do in relation the Rutland and Burlington R.R. Co note and Bonds? Please write me
and much obliged

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 20, 1854
Capt B Sears
Dear Sir. We are today painting Ship and reeveing running rigging will finish painting Ship inboard this week, and bend sails Monday. Shall want to see you by the early train Monday. Also Mr Nye

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 20, 1854
Mr Peleg Nye
Dear Sir. We expect to want your services Monday. You will please come in the morning train. Have also written Capt Sears to come

Yours truly

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New Bedford April 21st 1854
Mrs. Francis Willard
Your letter of inst is recd as I wrote you in my letter of 17th John D’s wife is the proper person to receive the advance that is asked for. Still I have no doubt but John had as usual all confidence in his mother you will excuse me as there are other parties that own with me which in case of any accident I have to satisfy. Enclosed you will find seventy Dolls the sum required. Please acknowledge the receipt that I may know it has come to hand

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 24, 1854
Capt Charles P. Worth
Dear Sir. Your esteemed favor of the 20th is recd on my arrival home after an absense of two or three days. I have not seen Capt Seabury, but would like to see you a week from today to see if we can arrange for a Sperm whale voyage, would say sooner but am very busy getting off the Hunter in merchant service and settling with two crews, and cannot give you that attention I would wish. I saw Mr Smith in Sandwich yesterday is to sail soon from Mattapoisett

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 24, 1854
Dear Mary
I have just returned from Monument and am overrun with business have been hopeing from time to time to get to Barnstable but one ship after another arriveing untill I have four in which renders it impossible for me to leave. I have made arrangements for Edward B. Gibbs and my own team to go to Barnstable next Thursday to bring your things to Monument if the weather is suitable. I saw Esq Bourne yesterday, he says you may sell whatever you wish to and can well dispose of. You will be ready Thursday that the teams will not be delayed longer than necessary. Shall see you at Monument soon I trust

Yours in haste
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 25, 1854
Mr E. B. Gibbs
Dear Sir. Since my return home I have seen Capt Dummick one of the [?] of Newhall & Ormsbee of Providence called on him today, they furnish the Boston and Providence R. Rail Road Co with Pine Wood and offered 7 ½ ¢ per cord for any quantity he would deliver there. If the parties in New Port do not accept your terms, dont sell pine Wood but sell Oak

Yours truly
J Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 26, 1854
Capt Barzillai Sears
Respected friend
The object of the owners of the Ship Hunter have in view in changeing her business is first to make a larger profit second to have her employed for the time of four or five months in a business that would with prudent management fail to produce them a remunerating profit for their outlay. The understanding is that you proceed forthwith to a port in the West Indies for the purpose of obtaining a freight to a port in Europe with all reasonable dispatch, and obtain a freight from thence if one can be obtained, if not to some other port or ports for freight to the United States as the intention is that the Ship shall assume her former business that of Whaleing on her return. In order to do that it would be necessary for the Ship to arrive in the States as early as September. Still the Owners are willing that the ship should be longer employed in the freighting business provided a high freight should be offered when there could be no reasonable doubt but a larger profit would be realized. The owners have great confidence in your experience and judgement as a ship master and merchant but would suggest in these warlike times the propriety of guarding well against detentions by inserting charter you may enter into as large amount as you can for demurrage.

In relation to your freight money, they leave the matter to your [p.227] own good judgement, whether you invest it in your cargo home or place in the hands of Buring[?] Brothers & Co London to my credit and subject to my order. They have also clothed you with full powers /if in your opinion it would be for the owners interest/ to sell the Hunter for any sum not less than Thirty-four thousand dollars, after delivery of the first cargo out, provided the payments are made in coin or its equivalent in undoubted Bills before the delivery of the Bill of Sale.
Asking you to keep me advised of your prospects and intention during your absense. I take leave of you and the good Ship Hunter and wish you a pleasant and prosperous voyage.

I am truly yours
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 1st 1854
Capt Geo M Kimball
Dear Sir. I write to enquire if there was any expressed understanding with Manuel Francis. He was put in Boat steerer first to Steer 2nd mate, and afterwards steered 1st mate in getting two whales. You will reccollect that the Boatsteerers who sailed from home have an extra lay and it would seem rather injust to give them put in on the voyage the same lay

The Shipping Articles say any man put in on the voyage shall receive a fair equivalent for his services. He demands the 75 lay but I was not willing to give that and made the [p.228] voyage up at 85. He says you told him that he should have the same as the others. If you did I must pay it if you did not, I shall not.
Please answer.

Yours truly
J Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 1st 1854
Messsrs E. T. Milikin & Co
Gent
I beleive you have sometimes purchased Fat Lean Oil. I have about 1000 Galls on hand from Bark Dracos cargo should like to have your offer if you are in want

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 1st 1854
Messrs Enoch Train & Co
Gent
What will you sell a suit of Yellow Sheathing Metal /Vivious[?]/ say about 900 Sheets? Please answer.

Yours truly
J Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 2nd 1854
Messrs Spear Bucks & Co
Gent
Yours of 24 inst is recd enclosing notes & Eight of the casks in the lot have not been recd. Will you please ascertain if they have been shipped.

Yours truly
J.Bourne Jr

 

Bedford May 2nd 1854
Messrs Newall[Newhall] & Ormsbee
Gent
What are you paying for dry pine Wood say delivered on or before the middle of June.
Please answer

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 3rd 1854
C H. Leonard Esq
Dear Sir. Annexed please find Bill of Oil from “Young America” amounting to Ten thousand nine hundred Seventeen & 47/100 Dolls. Also check on Mechanics Bank New York for Fifteen hundred eighty & 57/100 Dolls being amt of freight, guageing, Wharfage &c. You will please forward your notes int added 4.6 & 8 months

Yours,

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New Bedford May 3rd 1854
Capt Brazillai Sears
Dear Sir. Since you sailed it has occured to me that I should have talked with you something about Insurance. The Ship is insured after Thirty five thousand dollars, and in case of slight damage you will of course understand that it requires 8% to make an average, and in case of serious damage you will readily see that the repairs on a new Ship fall heavily on the owners as they will have to pay one third the cost when it is impossible to make the ship as good as before receiving an injury.
Where damages occur to an old ship and new materials are supplied instead, the owners are, or may be, benefited.
But in your case the ship being new should serious damage occur, condemnation /where it can be consistently and rightfully done/ is decidedly better for the owners than repairing would be. This you will undoubtedly understand

I would also mention that the war clause is inserted in our policies, as in all policies issued at the present time.
I would again suggest the propriety of taking a charter when you are quite sure of returning within the time of five months /four if you can/ consistantly without damage to the owners [p.231] nothing of consequence has transpired since your sailing. Whale ships continue to arrive.
I shall expect to hear from you the first mail after your arrival.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 3rd 1854
Messrs R. Coady & Co
Gent. I have been looking for several mails to receive your favor, in relation to the provissions shipped for your ship Nistorian. I am anxious to learn what disposition there has been made of them, that I may know how to close the account.
Please write me per return of mail

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 4th 1854
Barnard C. Marchant Esq
Dear Sir. I am ready to pay the amount due John A Spencer to his legal representative, but was not aware of his decease
You of course will satisfy me of this ~ or in some say hold me harmless for any trouble hereafter if I settle with you

Yours
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford, May 4, 1854
Capt Besse
Dear Sir. Capt Worth who is going in my Bark Draco has been applied by a Mr Bates who was with you in the Brig Inga ~ I think as Boat Steerer
I am desirous of knowing something about him ~ Will you say by letter what he was when with you and if in your opinion he had the qualifications which would induce you to take him now for 2nd officer if you were going
And Oblige

Yours Truly
J. Bourne Jr

Bates, I believe belonged then in Sandwich
Please answer on receipt.

 

New Bedford May 6, 1854
C. H. Leonard Esq
Dr Sir
Your favor of 5th is recd encloseing notes for bill of Oil of 15 casks [?]
Enclosed please find Bill returned

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford May 9, 1854
Capt Geo M Kimball
Dear Sir. I suppose you would like to know how well the good Bark Draco turned out. Her turn out at home was 1157 Bbls Sperm 30 Fat Lean Oil. I am please to say that the Sperm Oil is handsome
Have settled with the Officers and crew at 1.50 pr gall 2 ½ % of commissions of
In relation to your difficulties with the crew, I have settled with Sommers{?} for One dollar and the fool had to pay his Lawyer $25. He made a poor trade out of it

The Portugese I am inclined to think are sick of the job by this time. But as I learn from Mackie that the Case is to be tried in Portland, but cannot be tried untill you are well enough to attend to it I am inclined to beleive you had better be unwell for some time and let the rascals remain in jail and see how they like it.
I hope you wont settle with them as I believe they cannot get damages

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford May 10th 1854
Capt Charles P. Worth
Dear Sir. Your favor of the 5th is recd. I wrote to Capt Besse immediately and recd an answer last evening. He states that there was a young man by the name of Joseph Bates who steered a Boat with them when in the “Inga”, and that he thought him to be a smart young man then, but that it was a long time ago and his history since that time he knew nothing of. Now Capt Worth we want for a voyage the best men we can get and those we know the most about, those who are fresh from the field of action are considered the most capable for the whaling service. I have always wanted a young man who came in the Draco, and one who was put in during her late voyage 3rd officer, and have as I told you when we always considered him as entirely worthy of 2nd mates berth ~ Still I am not sure but I may get him to go on as third mate. As soon as I can settle that question ~ will write you. We shall not get ready as soon as we expected the weather haveing been bad, could not get along with the Ship. In fact everything is so high, I feel but little confidence or ambition to fit Whale Ships this year. Will write you again as soon as I decide with the other owner

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 15, 1854
Capt Warren N. Bourne
Dear Sir. Your may reccollect when we last met at Sandwich, you pointed out to me a Mr Jones who you stated had the reputation of being a very smart man for a sperm whale voyage. I have always had him in view for the Stephania provided we fitted her again and did not get a man who had been master ~ and was on the point of going over to see you, and talk with him and to my utter astonishment I understand last evening from Mr Greene they had offered him the Two Brothers and he had declined her. Will you talk with him in an indirect manner, by asking him if he would take a good ship to go sperm whaling if one should be offered him

You will probably draw from him enough to satisfy you whether he will take the Stephania if we conclude to offer her to him.
Please do it immideately and write me. Also write me if you know of a good mate in Falmouth for Sperm Whaleing and very much Oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 15th 1854
Capt C P. Worth
Dear Sir
I have talked with Mr Morse /who says he is well acquainted with you/ about going mate of the Draco

He is, as near as I can learn, a very good whaler ~ perhaps as good as we shall. But the difficulty will be in the terms. You may talk with him if you like to have him go and perhaps he will think different about lay after talking with you. If he does not, it will be of no use as I cannot think of giveing anything like what he now asks

At the high prices of outfits at present, it would be ruinous business to pursue whaleing unless we were sure of full ships which of course we are in no way certain of.
However you will understand talking with him awhile and make up your own mind and let me know

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 16th 1854
Capt C P. Worth
Dear Sir
Will you enquire and write me if the Kanaka who came home 3d mate of the Catawba of Nantucket is a superior Whaleman, and what his qualifications are as an Officer. After makeing the enquiries, please say what you think he is fit for.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 17, 1854
Capt Geo M. Kimball
Dear Sir
Your letter of 12th is recd. You ask me to send some one to Portland to manage your case. I went to see Mr Mackie who attends to many of those sailor cases for the masters and he wrote to the District Attorney at Portland to enquire when the case was to come on, and desired me to write you and ask if any time had been assigned. He seemed to think that they could not bring it to trial until you was able to attend to it. If that is the case and no day has been assigned, I think you had better remain sick for a while.

It appears that there are two complaints ~ Antone Silvia, and Manuel Vincent.
I saw the Steward today and he knew all about the cuffing of the at the Windless, and would be an excelent witness for you, if we could get him sober, but that will be difficult as he is on a time now Mr Munroe I have not seen him ~ have sent for him to come and see me.
Please write me about the day for trial if it is fixed

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 18, 1854
Thomas Beveridge [?] Esq
Dear Sir. I write to inform you of Davids arrival here this morning in Bark Pacific. I have just met him on the wharf and asked him if he intended to go home his answer was evasive

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 18, 1854
J. B. Bond Esq
Dear Sir. Capt John R. Holt is now in the City, and can I trust satisfy you in relation to the incorrectness of the order you hold, purporting to be signed by him in favor of James Rush

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 25, 1854
Capt Chs P. Worth
Dear Sir. Not hearing from Mr Bates I infer that he is not intending to go in the Draco. Am I right in my conclusions? Please answer by return of Boat as I am anxious to have the matter settled and Oblige,

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 25, 1854
Messrs Phillips & Gibbs, Salem
Gentlemen
Your letter of 24th inst is recd. The Ship Alex Coffin has arrived and I have talked with Capt Purrington in relation to the Draft. He states that the Draft was given for Four hundred Dollars and he also states that Capt Villa induced him to draw the Dft on Mr Edwards, assureing him that it would not cost the owners more than the face of the same, and that he wrote me at the time, but the letter never came to hand. The result is what I have ever feared that Capt Purrington was too credulous in believeing what was told him at Guam.
If you will send the Draft to some friend here I will settle it if the charges are correct

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 27, 1854
Capt Chs P. Worth
Dear Sir
Your favor of yesterday is recd. As for a mate I have not agreed with any one as yet. Capt Cox was to have gone and seen one that was with him the first voyage he was in the Draco, but as it was unpleasant yesterday, and rainy today which will prevent him from seeing him this week ~ will go Monday if pleasant, as for Capt Hazwell ~ I have seen the owner of the Persia, and from what they say I [p.240] I should have some doubts of him, haveing conducted in the manner he did last voyage.

I have no doubt of qualifications whatever The Insurance Officers might object.

I will write you by the middle of next week in relation to Mr Bates, as something will depend on what we have to pay a mate. A Mr Kelly has been named to me for mate. He was mate of the “Lagrange” Capt Hammond. If you know any thing about him, please write me by Monday’ Boat. He is a Nantucket man

Yours Truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 31st 1854
Mr. Wm H Wade, New York
Dear Sir. I learn from Mr Leonard this morning that you have paid Ship Brig[?] Howards bill freight, and other expenses of Ship Whale Oil from my ship Marengo amounting to Three hundred twenty six & 37/100 Dolls, for which you have my thanks

Enclosed I hand you check on Mechanics Bank New York for Three hundred twenty six & 37/100 Dolls, covering the expenses to date.
I saw Capt Jenny of Schr Cornelia this morning who agrees to take the Oil and bring it to New Bedford. Will call on you when he arrives

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 1 1854
Messr Dupee & Perkins, Boston
Gent. Enclosed please find Coupons due June 1, 1854 on $8000 Possession Bonds, for which please sent Mr Musseys receipt

Yours truly
Jona Boune Jr

 

New Bedford June 2d 1854
Messr B Shaw Jr & Co
Gentlemen. I am in want of 300 Planking Wedges, and would like for you to send me that number by the first vessel comeing to our place, provided you can send them in the course of a week. Bill by mail

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford June 3d 1854
Capt Chas P. Worth
Dear Sir
I expected to have written you the last Boat, and to have told you that I had shiped you a mate. But I have been so much engaged, and my wife has been very unwell, and is, at the present time, I have hardly had time to think of Officers

I am expecting the man I want in Town Monday, when I hope to make a bargain with him. As for Mr Bates I am sorry to differ with him in relation to lay, and if it is any object to him will divide the difference in what he asked and what I offered. Let him write me Monday

Ours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 6, 1854
Capt Chas P Worth
Dear Sir
Your favor of the 5th inst is recd. You are mistaken in relation to my shipping a mate. If you understood so by my letter I did not so intend it. I have been disapointed in two men that I wanted, one, on account of the length of voyage, the other in the mans changing from whaleing to the Merchant service. Still I hope to ship one before the end of the week. You may say to [p.243] Mr Bates he may consider himself shipped to the Draco ~ that is if we understand the lay to be what I stated. I offered him the 40th and he asked me the 35th lay. I stated in my last that I would make it the 37½ Lay. In relation to time of sailing, I had always supposed we should be ready by the 15th, but cannot say deffinitely untill we ship a mate. Hope to get away by the 15th or 20th of this month

In relation to your carrying trade I would enquire what you wish to carry and how much, and if you are acquainted with what is wanted in the Indian Ocean Many articles are subject to quite a heavy duty on the Coast of New Holland which would entirely use up any moderate profit that could be made. I think when you come off here that Capt Cox will inform you what will be likely to pay the best and smalest profit

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 8th, 1854
Capt Geo M Kimball
Dear Sir
Yours of 6th inst is recd. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Two hundred Dollars which will be cashd at either Bank in Gardiner or Bath. Also enclosed to you Statement of voyage as made up and settled with Officers and Crew. Have sold a part of the Oil, and all on time, some as long as ten months, the balance we intend to put in shed as sperm Oil is at the present time a little dull. Will leave it with you to decide whether to wait and take the risk with the owners in selling the Oil, and payment of the notes, or settle as made up on the enclosed sheet ~ but want you to decide quite soon, and if you dont want to use the money ~ will allow you interest from the time you decide to the time you want the money.

In regard to the law case my own opinion is the longer you delay the case, the better it will be for you. Still this matter must be kept entirely to yourself.
Please let me hear from you quite soon in relation to the Settlement

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 9th, 1854
Capt Charles P Worth
Dear Sir
Yours of inst was duly recd. I am happy to say that the list of Officers for the Draco is filled ~ for Chief Officer Mr Chase late 2d Officer of Bark Gov Carver. I think him a promissing young man with one failing which age and good counsel will correct. We are rigging her up today, and shall (as soon as the weather dries up the wharf which the late rain has so abundantly supplied with water ~ commence loading and continue untill finished. You spoke of carrying Tobacco for trade. I will mention that the ship has already purchased for her own use and trade 3000#, but perhaps more will pay a good profit

Yours truly
J.Bourne Jr

 

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New Bedford June 13, 1854
Capt B. Sears
Dear Sir. Your esteemed favor of 13 and 21 ultimo with copy of Charter were duly recd. I have delayed writing hopeing to get further advices from you as to quantity of sugar taken that I could more fully advise about continuing the Ship longer in the merchant Service. I learned yesterday through the papers of your sailing on the 30th ultimo.. I fear with your usual wired dispatch your arrival at Falmouth will be announced before my letter reaches there. As to what you shall take for freight home if you should conclude to come directly to the States, I am entirely at a loss, as I know not what will pay the best, must leave that entirely to your good judgement

Coarse salt will sell readily at New Bedford for salting ships at about 50 cents pr Bushel. Cost duties &c &c you must judge of yourself You will understand that the owners have no objection to continueng the Hunter in the Merchant Service ~ in fact rather do so, providing she can be made to pay a good profit, and you will be perfectly competent to judge of that after your arrival at your Port of destination and I have no doubt we shall be well satisfied with any arrangement you may enter in to so long as the Ship is employed in any lawful service where a reasonable profit may be expected

I am not able to judge of her capacity [p.247] for carrying, as I have no freight list to judge from. Still I have never believed the ship would carry more than 22 or 33 00 [?] Boxes of Sugar. Hopeing you may have a speedy and pleasant passage and that this voyage may terminite sucessfully I will wait for your favors

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 14, 1854
Capt Asa S. Tobey
Dear Sir. I write to enquire of you, if in your opinion the old Cook you had with you in the Lagoda is fit for Cook and Ship Keeper of a Sperm whale Ship and if not ~ is he such a Cook as I want for such a voyage. Please answer at your earliest convenience

And Oblige
Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 16, 1854
Capt Chs P. Worth
Dear Sir. I think you had better come to New Bedford on Monday’ Boat as we want to talk over the voyage and wish to consult you in some other matters in relation to fitting &c
Mr Bates will be wanted Wednesdays Boat. We expect to get to sea Thursday without fail

Yours Truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 20, 1854
Capt Geo M Kimball
Dear Sir
I understand that the two Portuguese and their witnesses are in New Bedford and it is my opinion if you remain sick for a week or two more they will be off to sea and that you will never her any more about the law suit.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 30, 1854
Capt B. Sears, Ship Hunter
Dear Sir
Your Esteemed favor of 29th ultimo is recd. I am some disapointed in the capacity of the Hunter, but probably not as much so as yourself. I have no doubt she would do better for another cargo than for sugar entirely, as there is considerable breakage. – Owing to the high price of provisions, we are not very anxious to send the ship whaleing, provided she can be made to pay a good profit in the Merchant Service, and must leave this matter entirely with you to decide, as I am un able to tell what freight may be offered you when you arrive at your port of destination. If you should conclude to come home, and could purchase at a [p.249] reasonable rate, /and therby save duties/ say 25 or 30 tons of Iron Kentlage for the Ships use, I would like for you to do so as she will want about that amount when she goes on a Whaling Voyage. I would like mostly the larger pigs.
Hopeing to hear from you soon

I am Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 1, 1854
Messr Hadwin & Barney
Gentlemen. On my return to the City I find yours of 27th ultimo, Also 27 Butt Pipes ~ those from the Newton were not as good as I supposed them to be, many of them have been shooked twice. But must make the best of it.

In relation to the other ten, will take them at price agreed upon. But will allow you to accept the offer made you for the balance

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 1, 1854
Stephen H. Phillips Esq, Salem
Dear Sir. Yours of 28th ultimo is recd. Enclosed I hand you check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Five hundred Eighty Eight & 91/100 Dolls Amt of Draft drawn by Capt Purrington on A. P. Edwards Manilla with expences &c. Please cancel the Dft and enclose it to me

& Oblige
Yours Truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 8, 1854
Thomas Williams Esq, New London
Dear Sir. I wish to enquire of you, if Antone Joseph was 3d mate voyage before last, and 2d mate last voyage of Ship “Montezuma” of which you are agent and if he was a good Whaleman, and officer and in all respects a desireable man for a whaling voyage. Please answer at your earliest convenience

And much Oblige
Your Obt Svt
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford 7 mo 10 1854
Messrs Hadwin & Barney, Nantucket
Gentlemen
On my return home Saturday I find yours of 5th inst covering check on Phenix Bank New York for Eight thousand Six hundred Sixteen & 79/100 Dolls also John K Woolsys note due 8 mo 18/21 for Seventeen hundred Seventeen & 19/100 Dolls. Thomas Potters note due 9 mo 15/18 for for Twenty One hundred twenty six & 18/100 Dolls. Franck Sisson & Co note due 9 mo 27/30 for Sixteen hundred thirty one & 58/100 Dolls, and Bill of 27 Butt Pipes sent for word. Also Bill of 24 Butt Pipes which you say you will send by Packet this week.

I am rather supprised to find you had included the 24 Butt Pipes last mention’d after what I had written you and if many of them have been shooked twice, I must decline takeing them. As I am aware that the price paid for the others is the highest market price for selected Casks. And I wish you to understand that I cannot receive any but what are very good. If you chose to send them on these conditions, you may do so. But I must have the privilege of deciding when they arrive here

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 11 1854
Capt. A S. Tobey, W. Falmouth
Dear Sir. Your esteemed favor of the 10th inst is recd. Messrs Leonard & Sons note was paid on the 6th inst.

In relation to Whale Oil, I have a lot of Arctic Oil which came home in the Alex Coffin’s Cargo. The dark Oil taken out. It is stored where it will need no Insurance ~ out doors under Seaweed, all coopered in good order ~ was offered before Storeing 57 ½ , but declined, asked 58¢ nothing less. If you wish to purchase one or two hundred barrells will sell you at that price 58¢ pr Gall ~ You to pay the Carting, and covering with Seaweed whatever it costs me, which is but a triffle.

I sell it because I have not sold a sufficient amount from the Cargo to pay the outfits and crew ~ haveing sold only 1000 Barrells from the Cargo in equal proportions, at same price which I offer it to you, and did not cooper it

The Alex Coffin’s Cargo was a nice one, and so considered. If you intend to do anything, please let me hear from you immediately

Yours truly
Jon’ Bounre Jr

P.S. The Roscoe was at Lahaina May 15 40 Bbls Sperm Oil, all well

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New Bedford July 12 1854
Capt Warren N Bourne, Falmouth
Dear Sir
Enclosed I hand you your account as it now stands upon my Ledger. I found the account in my desk ~ haveing been made up to send you at the time, but it was mislaid
The Stephanias last voyage /by estimate in part/ will not vary materially from leaving about Thirty thousand dollars after paying all Drafts, Captain, Officers, and Crew
A part of the Insurance you will find in your account enclosed, haveing been paid last year and policy canceled in consequence of the Oil being shipped home
As for the Amt of outfits to be taken out I shall endeaver to make them as low as low as possible ~ Shall fit her with money entirely still must fit her well, for forty months I hope to get her off about the 1st of August

The Roscoes account is ready to be closed, but for one or two small items which have come to hand lately, and which I wish to arrange. I will not vary much from showing a balance due you of Eight hundred seventy five dollars. I shall close the acct in a few days, and write you again

I recd a letter from Mr Bergy’s [?] doter at Lahaina May 15 with 40 barrells sperm Oil ~ spoke in high terms of Capt Gifford. He writes me that he had become a temperate man and will if he lives come home as such, which is very good news for all concerned, poor fellow he had a hard time of it when he was at [p.254] home last, drank to excess, and I feared it would go hard with him when he left. He wished to me to remember him to you

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 17, 1854
Capt A S. Tobey W. Falmouth
Dr Sir. Yours of 14th inst is recd. In reply, I dont know s I should object to selling the quantity of Oil named ~ provided we could agree as to time.
Dont think I should want to make the time longer than 10 months, say half cash, balance 8 and 10 months interest added

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 7 mo 17, 1854
Messrs Hadwin & Barney, Nantucket
Gentlemen
Haveing waited some days for your answer in relation to the 24 Butt Pipes, I have learned today that the lot which I supposed was held in reserve for me are now sold. I must ask you to send those forward by Capt Ray ~ immediately and if they are as good as those sent marked Is [?] I will accept them.

Yours truly,
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 20, 1854
Mr Wm H Wade, New York
Dear Sir. I am anxious to learn the whereabouts of a Mr Everett who came passenger in the Ship N B. Palmer from the Sandwich Islands, said ship I believe arrived at N. York on Saturday last. My impressions are that Mr Everett is an eastern man ~ but am not certain about it.
You will confer an especial favor by makeing the necessary enquiries of the Consignee and learn if possible where I shall direct a letter in order to reach him

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr
Pr G

 

New Bedford July 20th 1854
Mr Frederick Parker
Dear Sir
Your letter of 9th inst is recd. I have depended from our last conversation on your going 2d mate of the “Newton” ~ She will probably sail about the 1st to the 10th of October, early enough to take the whole North west Season The Newton will be a very strong and good ship when done. I frequently see Mr Mitchell but seldom see Capt Sherman as I suppose he it attending to his farming. One thing I notice that he always wears his new Hat when he comes to the City

Yours truly

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New Bedford Augt 1st, 1854
Capt Barzillai Sears Ship Hunter, London
Dear Sir,
I have none of your favors to acknowledge since yours of 24th June. I wrote you on the 13 and 30th of June which I presume you recd before leaving Falmouth.

The Owners of the Hunter are not at all anxious to have the Ship return to the Whaleing business provided she can find employment at a fair remuneration, owing to the high prices of out fits the present season. I mentioned in my letter of 13 June, that in case you did not find business, and concluded to return immediately to the States, I thought possible coarse salt for Salting Ships, would or might pay a fair profit to bring to New Bedford on owners account, say Liverpool Coarse, or St Ubes, provided the Cost, duties, and expenses were not too high. I suppose I could sell at present time for fifty cents pr bushel.

You can make your own calculations. In case you conclude to bring salt, you will be particular, and cause the Ship to be well salted in her Air Strake, and any part of her where Salting is necessary, in order to preserve the wood.

I also mentioned in one of my letters that I desired you to purchase for the Ships use 30 tons of Kentledge, and I would now ask you to add 5 or 10 tons more, as I would on her arrival home take out the pig Iron she now has and dispose of it [p.257] that haveing paid duties, and the Kentledge would be free of duties, as it would be for Ship use. I also wish you to purchase for the Ship’s use three /3/ 90 fathoms 1 3/8 inch Stud link chain cables, 45 fathoms 1 inch close link for Fluke Chains 2 Bow Anchors same size as those belonging to the Ship. Bend your new chains and anchors, and Stow the old ones below for ballast, they haveing paid duties, will come free, and the new will be used for the Sip and of course no duties will be demanded. Your third new chain will be considered as a spare or reserve chain.

In relation to the manufacturers of Chains, and Anchors, I prefer those made by Geo. Wood & Co London or Henry Wood & Co Liverpool, haveing more confidence in the quality of their chains. I believe those belonging to the Hunter were made by them. Hopeing this voyage may prove profitable to all concerned and that something better may offer, which will induce you to continue longer in the Hunter, and result to the benefit of yourself, and owners,
I remain,

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Augt 1, 1854
Capt A. S. Tobey, West Falmouth
Dear Sir. I send by Capt Baker the balance due you on Saml Leonards & Son note after deducting Eighteen hundred dollars, on acct of bill of Oil and twenty four & 34/100 Dolls, amt paid Insurance as pr policy sent. The amt is Two hundred fifty & 21/100 Dolls, which I have paid to Capt Baker as pr your order
You can give me the notes for the balance of the Oil sold you, when you come over

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 5, 1854
Messrs Hadwin & Barney, Nantucket
Gent. I have been waiting patiently to have you send me the length of those nice Butt Pipes, your Mr Barney talked to me about. Will you do so?
and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Augt 10th 1854
Messrs Hadwin & Barney, Nantucket
Gentlemen
On my return last evening, I find your letter of 5th inst. I think Mr Barney must have forgotten our conversation in relation to the price of those nice Butts of yours. When he spoke to me about them, often Stating the good quality of the Casks, he distinctly said the price would be $1.05, pr barrell, landed on the wharf here. I asked him to write me on his return home and send me the length which he promised to do when I could decide whether I wanted them at that price.
If they are what you state, I will take them at the price named then, $1.05 pr barrell landed on Merrills Wharf, but should not think of takeing them at any higher price

Respectfully Yours
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 11th 1854
John Sargent Esq, Boston
Dear Sir. On my arrival home last evening your note of 7th inst was handed me. I called upon Mr Grinnell President of the N. B. & Taunton Rail Road this morning, who readily consented to reduce the fare for delegates at half price on the day of our Convention, and said the Advertisement should appear tomorrow morning [p.260] in the Mercury

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 22nd 1854
Messrs Hadwin & Barney
Gent. Enclosed please find Three hundred twenty six & 33/100 Dolls for Amt of Bill of Butt Pipes of 15th inst
Please acknowledge receipt of same and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Aug 24, 1854
Mr Wm Booker
Dear Sir
I learn from Mr Ellis this morning that before you left you called and wished him to say to me that you did not like the John & Edward, but liked the Euphrates better, and understood the Owners wanted a Master I have not yet had an opportunity to speak to them about you. If the Owners of the John & Edward write you, or should any other concern write you, come to New Bedford before you give them an answer, as I think from some movements this morning, there may be an opportunity for you in as good a Ship and owners as either of those you have named ~ Still it [p.261] may possibly turn out to be smoke. But if you are written to, do not answer until you come. I can ascertain and let you know.
I will write to you as soon as the matter is decided

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 24th, 1854
Mr Frederick Parker
Dear Sir
I recd yours of 14th inst last evening, asking me to send you Twenty-five Dollars, and that you should go in the “Newton”.

Enclosed I hand you the sum required $25. which I hope will go safely to you ~ You will please write me when you receive it, that I may know it went safely. You may defer comeing to New Bedford untill the 20th or 25th of September if you wish to, as I hardly think the ship will go untill the 5 or 10th of October

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Augt 25, 1854
Mr Edward Bains [?] Phil[adelphia]
Dr Sir
Yours of 23rd inst is recd. The Ship Marengo is now in the O. Sea and will probably be at home in the Spring of next year.

Yours Respectfully,
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

Aug 25, 1854
Messrs Baring [?] Brothers & Co, London
Gentlemen. I am in receipt of your esteemed favor of 11th inst, and note that you have to my credit £’ 900 ~ deposited by Capt Sears of my Ship Hunter.

I beg to inform you that under this date and for this amount I have drawn on you at ten days sight payable to the order of I. R Congden Esq Cashier of the Merchants Bank of this place, which please honor.
I am Gentlemen,

Very respectfully Your Obt Svt
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Aug 29, 1854
Capt Miller
Late Master of Ship India, New London
Dear Sir
A Portugise by the name of Manuel Enos applied to me this morning for a Boat Steerers berth, He says that he Steered a boat with you in the India the voyage before the last.
Will you give me his qualifications as such and oblige

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Aug. 29, 1954
Capt Isaiah Purrington
Dear Sir
A man by the name of Manuel Enos applied tome this morning for a Boat Steerers berth. He came home in the Bark Oscar. Will you make the necessary enquiries and write me about him

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Aug 29 1854
Mr Wm Harris Jr
Dear Sir
I am shipping my Officers for the Alex Coffin. Capt Purrington goes again as Master and I should be very much pleased to have you go again in her. Will you make it convenient to come to New Bedford the first of next week? If not, please write me on the receipt of this letter, as it is necessary that I should know something definite in the early part of the comeing month

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

 

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