Jonathan Bourne Jr. Letterbook

1854-1856

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

New Bedford Sept 4th 1854
Mr Wm Booker
Dear Sir
On my arrival home last evening after an absence of a few days I find a letter from Capt Purrington dated the 30 of August ~ saying that he had received a letter from you expressing a willingness to try another voyage with him in the Alexander Coffin. I should like very much to have you go in the Ship again if you are disposed to do so, and I know of no reason why you should not.

If I had given the Ship to any one else but Capt Purrington, I should not have expected you to go in her. But as it is, I think you had better ~ provided you do not have the offer of a good Ship. Capt P. has always [p.265] spoken of you to me in the most friendly manner, which leaves no doubt in my mind but that you would get along and have as pleasant a voyage with him and perhaps more so, than with many others. I will wait your answer.

I shall leave the City Wednesday for a few days ~ shall probably be at home Saturday morning. You had better write me on the receipt of this.
If you come before Saturday I shall be absent. I believe what I wrote you on the 25th ultimo will not amount to anything.
Hopeing you will think favorable of trying another voyage in the old Ship

I remain
Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Sept 7th, 1854
Capt Thompson
Dear Sir. I wish to enquire of you of a man by the name of George Taylor who was with you in the Java” last voyage. Was he a quiet, peaceable and good man? Did he sometimes act as Cook or Steward on the voyage, and would he make a good Steward for a whaling voyage. Please have the goodness to answer, on receipt of this and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Sept 8th, 1854
Mrs Charles P. Worth
Madam. On my return from a short absence from home, I hasten to answer your letter of the 17th ultimo

In order to send letters to New Holland, the postage must be prepaid in England. I have usually sent them through some person who had correspondence in England, and asked the favor to have them sent forward. It will be unnecessary to send them untill about the first of November. If you will forward your letters too me I will attend to the forwarding of them.

I have not yet recd any letters from Capt Worth and would enquire if he mentioned how he liked his Ship Officers, Crew &c &c. Any information that you can give me from what he wrote will be gratefully recd, and if he had seen any whales

Yours Very Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Sept 9 1854
Doct I H Wair
Dear Sir. Enclosed I hand you check on Mechanics Bank N York for Fifty four Dollars, the amount of my Daughter Annie’s dental bill.
Our absence is the only excuse I can render for not sending it before. Please receipt and return the bill enclosed and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Sept 9 1854
Mr H. A Patterson, New York
Dear Sir. On my arrival home a day or two since, your letter of 14th ultimo was handed me
I regret that you insist on my paying this order as it was drawn.
Capt Gorham committed an error in his additions and in the full short of guages in the amount of Oil on board at the time of Geo Ways discharge which can be shown by his books, his having /although unusual/ made a record of every whale taken on the voyage ~ the date when taken, Lat. and Long. and the number of Barrells of Oil each whale made. Capt Gorham is aware of his mistake, and will so testify. We ask to have this mistake corrected. If the order had been drawn in a negotiable form, I could not have legally asked to have it corrected

But as it is payable to Way or his assignees, I believe our Courts allow in such cases corrections to be made where it can be fairly shown that mistakes have occurred.
I make the amount due Way Nine Dolls thirty seven cents, and you make the sum fifty Eight Dolls.

I have not the time or inclination to contest this matter in a suit at Law unless compelled by a sense [p.269] justice to do so, and under these considerations, and in order to settle this business, I will send you a check for thirty/30/ dollars, as soon as you will forward the dft receipted to me

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 11th 1854
Mr Wm Booker
Dear Sir. I wrote you last evening after I recd your letter of the 7th inst. But suppose you may not get the letter as it was not directed to “[?] “. I now have to say that if you intend to go in the Alex Coffin you must come to New Bedford immediately as we are nearly ready for Sea and if we cannot agree I must Ship some else Be sure and be here by Wednesday night

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford 9 mo 15, 1854
Mr H. A. Patterson, New York
Dear Sir. Your favor of 13th inst is recd. Enclosed please find Cashr check on Mechanics Bank New York for Thirty-dollars acct of Geo Ways’ order
Please enclose receipt for same and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 29, 1854
Mr Geo Purrington Jr, Mattapoisett
Dear Sir. Yours of 25th inst is recd When I shipped Edwin and Edgar I supposed that I should have no bills to pay for them, and in consideration of this gave them better Lays. The day of the sailing of the Ship, Edgar asked me to pay a small order of $7.05 which I did

This is all that either of them /at any time/ said to me about paying anything for them, although they frequently saw me the day the Ship sailed.

I find on looking at my Books that I advanced Edgar before sailing last voyage $51.55 and nothing to Edwin ~ also that I paid on settlement of their voyages, Edgar $416.21 and Edwin $528.14. Under these circumstances I feel unwilling to assume liabilities beyond what I agreed to

Respectfully Yours
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Septt 29, 1854
Capt Joseph Adams
Dear Sir. A young man by the name of E. Kenney has been recommended to me for 2d mate of Ship Newton.

His friends state that he was 4th mate with you the last season. I would like to have you give me your opinion of him in a confidential manner by letter as I am aware that with the best of men for Officers it is difficult to obtain voyages at the present time.
Please answer me by return of Post if convenient, and oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 5th, 1854
Messrs Wright Barnes & Co
Gentlemen. Enclosed please find Check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Two hundred forty seven & 89/100 Dolls being the Amt of bill goods purchased of you on 3rd inst

You may mark for Ship Hunter 1200 lb[?] more of Sawn Coffer[?] ~ Shall be in Boston in a day or two and add to the bill
Please acknowledge the reeipt of Check and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Oct 5th, 1854
Capt B. Sears, Ship Hunter
Dear Sir
You will please forward the Hunters small anchor per Rail Road. If upon examination you find the Stock upon the small anchor will answer for the Anchor you have on deck I rather you would unstock and it, as her anchor stocks are of such peculiar form that it will not correspond with the one I want it to match. Mark it J. B. Jr New Bedford. Please write me if you have got an inside berth, and at what wharf, and when you expect to commence unloading. Use all the dispatch you can
Have you had any offer for freight or charter. Mr Robinson has shipped a man for his new Ship.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford, Oct 5, 1854
Capt Dexter Bellows, New London
Dear Sir
I am the managing owner of the Ship Hunter, said ship arrived in Boston last Sunday. I am disposed to fit her on a whaling voyage, provided I can secure the Services of an experienced Master.

The Hunters reputation I presume you are familiar with, and am happy to say that her reputation has not suffered during her [p.273] late voyage. I would like to know your terms which shall be strictly confidential if you wish it
Please write me on receipt of this letter and much Oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 9th, 1854
Messrs Dupee & Perkins
Gentlemen. On my return home this morning, I find your note of 7th inst encloseing Lawrence Stone[?] & Cos acceptance for Four thousand dollars payable 6 mos from Oct 7 Also your check for two hundred fifty four & 17/100 Dollars balance due me

You say you are authorized to extend B. B. Musseys note 6 mos at 15 I am inclined to extend this sum provided it will be paid at maturity, and you are better able to judge of the security than I am myself ~ resting entirely upon you ~ shall agree to extend if you beleive the security offered is entirely sufficient and beyond a question.
Please let me hear from you tomorrow upon this subject

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Oct 11th 1854
Messrs Dupee & Perkins
Gent. Your favor of 10th is recd Enclosed I hand you note signed by B. B. Mussey due 13th inst which you will arrange according to instructions and send new note by mail. In relation to Saml Leonard & Son note ~ of course there are notes that we think better of
You may offer $2650 payable Saturday provided you can let me know tomorrow
If you cannot get it at that you may take it at 1 ½ pr ct

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 11th 1854
Capt B Sears
Dear Sir. Your favor of 10th is recd covering Geo Rice and Wm Browns protection / have also enclosed Henry Williams’

You say that you will probably get out all the Cargo this week. My impression is that it will be slow discharging the scrap Iron ~ Still I am anxious to get it out of her. In consequense of the death of my eldest Brother I am delayed in sending the Bark Newton to sea as early in the week as I intended ~ she will not sail untill Saturday. Will be with you Monday Providence permitting when I intend purchasing [p.275] provisions, Oil Casks and sundry articles for ballast. I think it will be prudent to send down some of her light spars such as we should not need to come arround with. I am aware that it would not be safe to take out all her Cargo into[?] 75 or 100 tons before putting in more. You will take out of one or both ends of the ship so that we can have a clear place to stow ballast clear of the cargo and if you find it necessary to stop do so untill I come

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 13th 1854
Capt B Sears
Dear Sir. The bearer Mr Charles Parker goes to Boston for the purpose of purchaseing Casks and assist in directing the filling the same for ballast for Ship Hunter

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Oct 13th 1854
Messr Dupee & Perkins
Gent. Your favor of 12th is recd enclosing B B Mussey’ note for $600 due 16 April with Eight thousand Passumpsic R. R. Bonds as collatteral Dist Coupons off. I also enclose check on Suffolk Bank for Twenty two hundred fourteen & 8/100 Dolls balance due in payment for Saml Leonard & Sons note ~ endorsed by F & G R Taber as Agents for Bank D[irectors?] also coupon on Passumpsic Bonds Due in Dec’
I suppose the parties which you have bought Leonard & Sons note are responsible in case the note is not genuine.
I shall ascetain as soon as the note comes to hand ~ presuming however that it will be all right.
Please send it to me at your earliest convenience.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Oct’ 14 1854
Mrs Mary E. D. Gordon, Olneyville, R.I.
I advanced your husband the sum of $200 at the time he sailed, and cannot think that I agreed to pay anything more untill the return of the Ship ~ possibly I might have done so ~ when hearing from the Ship with a good quantity of Oil and he on board

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Octr 21st, 1854
Mr Charles Kempton, Augusta
Dear Sir
It haveing been a long time since I heard from you, and not knowing what your views are in relation to another voyage, I would like to have you write me on receipt of this ~ whether you intend going to sea again, or whether you have entirely given it up ~ I mean if a good opportunity should offer.
Please write me immediately on the receipt of this, that I may know what your calculations are

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Octr 21, 1854
Mrs John D. Willard
On my return home after an absence of a few days I find your letter dated Oct’ 2nd, asking me to forward you the sum of Fifty Dollars. I also find a letter from your husbands mother asking me to send her the sum of fifty or Sixty Dollars.

The two letters are so near the same date, and the amount so nearly the same I am in some doubt whether the fifty dollars asked for in each letter is to satisfy both, or whether both want the same amount.
I would like to hear from you again and will do as you desire in the matter.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Octr 25th, 1854
A. P. Everette Esq
Dear Sir. Enclosed I hand you copy of Capt Magus deposition
Similar questions may be asked you. If you please, you may avoid saying to any one that you have been furnished with a copy of Magus deposition.
Did I understand from you when in Boston that you would not probably leave the City again untill about the 20th of November? Please write me and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Octr 25th, 1854
Mr Elias Panis
Dear Sir
We have upon a Company Lot of which I am the princapal owner 100 to 125 cords of Oak & Pine Wood cut the past winter. There is probably not more than 8 or 10 cords of Oak in the Lot, and the quality is the same as you purchased of E B Gibbs.
I also have cut from the same Lot about the same quantity which has a larger proportion of Oak. It lies near the Rail Road opposite my farm house in Monument.
I would like to have your offer for both Lots to be landed as early as convenient for my team to deliver it to commence drawing that cut this fall as soon as the first Lot is down.
The principal reason I have in disposing of the wood now is I have a team which I wish to employ on the same as soon as I ascertain what I can do with it.
Any offer you may make me shall be strictly confidential whether we agree or not in the price.
Please let me hear from you pr return of mail
And much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Oct’ 26 1854
Messr Fisher & Chapin, Boston
Gentlemen. Enclosed I hand you check on Suffolk Bank for Five hundred Sixty seven & 50/100 Dolls for balance Ship Hunters bill enclosed. Please receipt and return the same to me.
The last afternoon that I was in Boston I either lost or left in your Counting room a pr of black kid gloves.
Please say if you have seen them

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 28th 1854
Capt Warren Reed, Warren R.I.
Dear Sir
Your son William called on me a few days since and said he wished to go another voyage in the Hunter. I agreed to take him as Boat Steerer and would advance him after the Ship sailed the sum of 60 to 75 Dollars. since he was here Messr Cook & Snow called on me with a bill of about seven dollars ~ This must be deducted from the amount. If this meets with your approbation please write me

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr.

P.S. I understand this bill was for his wife[?]

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New Bedford Oct 30th, 1854
Capt Geo W Kimball
Dear Sir. I dont reccollect of asking your opinion of Mr Munroe’ qualifications for Master of a whale ship, when you were here
I suppose I neglected to do so from the fact that his health was so poor.
Since that time he seems to have recovered his health entirely. I want you should give me your opinion of Mr Munroe in a confidential and candid manner speak of him as an Officer, Navigator and his judgement in all things appertaining to the welfare and success on whale voyage generally, and if he was sometimes complaining before this last attack with dysentery during the voyage. How he will manage Office and men. How he will disburse a ship during the voyage ~ in fact I am anxious to learn all I can of Mr Munroe as I think now of giveing him a ship and anything you may say to me shall be entirely between you and myself

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Oct 26th 1854
Capt A S Tobey, West Falmouth
Dear Sir
The Hunter is now comeing up with her provisions and Casks on board. Metal all ready to go on and I have not as yet shipped a master. Will you go in her If there is any prospect come over and see me tomorrow, will pay you well and can get the best of Officers

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 31, 1854
Mrs John D. Willard, Holyoke
Enclosed I forward you Fifty Dollars as pr your request.
Please acknowledge receipt

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Nov 2nd 1854
Mrs Francis Willard, Gardiner
Your letter of 29th inst was duly recd Enclosed I hand you Seventy Dollars on account of your son John D.
Please acknowledge receipt of same and much oblige

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 2nd 1854
Messr E T. Milliken & Co, Boston
Gen. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank for One hundred twenty-five & 77/100 Dollars for amount of enclosed bill of Empty Casks which please receipt and return

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Oct’ 28 1854
James Makee Esq, Honolulu
My Dear Sir
Your esteemed favor of 21st & 22nd of April was duly recd
You informed me by these letters that you had been before Judge Les of the Superior Court of your place and given in your deposition in the Finch Case, and that the Judge would forward the same to the proper Officer here to receive it, also that you had drawn on me for Seventy five dollars the amount of the bill of expenses.

The dft came duly to hand and was paid, but I regret to say the deposition has not yet been recd by any one that I can learn.
Will you please enquire of Judge Les and ascertain to whom the deposition was addressed that we may find it if possible?
In the spring of last year Mr John C. Bullious[?] of the firm of R Coady & Co was in New Bedford soliciting consignments I was induced by him to Ship to their House in the Sandwich Islands by the Ship Nestorian one hundred Barrels Provisions.

The Ship arrived out in November not hearing from Messr Coady & Co, I wrote them May 3rd 1854 enquiring what disposition they had made of the consignment.

They wrote me under date of July 10th that with the exception of 30 Barrels delivered to the Marengo, my consignment was still in Store. I have subsequently learned from Capt Holts accounts that they delivered [p.285] 20 Barrels of the same to the Hunter last fall.

I am not satisfied with the manner in which they have done my business, and I wish you to receive of them as pr order enclosed the balance of the provissions they may have on hand, pay all reasonable charges /freight and charges were paid out/ that may have occurred since landing and sell them for my account and remit to me the proceeds or pay it over to my masters that may be there in want of money.

The Consignment consisted of

40 Bbls Extra Prime Pork A H Seabury & Cos brand
60 Bbls Mess Beef Willson & Colbys brand

 

Please have them turn out the same brands as we may not get so good an article by taking other packings. I also enclose copy of part of my letter to them dated June 16, 1853 instructing them how to dispose of the same ~ also copy of a letter to them dated May 3rd last, enquiring of them what they had done with the Consignment, so that you may have the whole matter before you.

I wish you to collect the enclosed Due Bill given to Capt Jenney of my Bark Pantheon in 1846. It has been mislaid or it would have been forwarded for collection a long time ago
Please let me hear from you at your earliest convenience and much oblige

Yours very truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

P.S. If you think it will be to my injury to withdraw these provisions from Messr Coady & Co you may do what you think best about the matter

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New Bedford Nov 3rd 1854
Messr Warren Fisher & Co, Boston
Gent. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank for Seventy-Eight & 32/100 Dolls Amt of the enclosed bill of Casks which please receipt and return

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 3rd 1854
Messr Westlake & McKee, New York
Gent. Enclosed please find check on Mechanics Bank New York for Four hundred five & 36/100 Dollars for amount of the enclosed Bill Kentledge
Please receipt and return the same and much
Oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 3rd 1854
Mess Speare Burke & Co, Boston
Gent. Yours of 1st inst is recd. Enclosed I return bill of Oil recipted. You have reduced the Cartage to a sum less than I have to pay for carting the same, but will make that right with you when I see you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. Please recipt and return the Enclosed bill of Casks

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New Bedford Nov 3d 1854
Capt Theodore Cole, Brattleboro
Dear Sir. Your favor of 1st inst is recd. In reply to your question concerning money, I am sure I cannot now tell, as all the Oil and bone which I had when you were here is still on hand, ~ Should I sell the Coffin and Marengo Oil and bone of course that amount and more would be due you

In relation to conveying shipping as collateral, it requires a Mortgage Bill of sale and Endorsmt of the Policy of Insurance.
The Marengo was reported in the Okhotch July 20 16 whales this season.
In regard to Insurance on the Marengo I think that the danger was past in July. Dont you think so? I do not intend to get any more done for myself, but will for you if you wish

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Nov 6 1854
Mr Charles E. Pope, Sandwich
Dear Sir
Your favor of 27th ult is recd. The terms of Sale of the Pew mentioned belonging to my Fathers will be carried out as agreed upon by Mr Fessenden and Mr Pope.
Mr Fessenden is now absent from New Bedford, when he returns the matter shall be attended to, and in the mean time you can occupy the pew untill you get the deed

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 7th 1854
Doct David Fisher, Edgartown
Dear Sir I have had some talk with Capt Crosby about going in the Hunter and from his conversation I should think he was inclined to go. He has gone home to talk with his friends about it. He thinks the fleet has done well and that he ought to improve the present opportunity of getting another voyage. He agrees to write me tomorrow. Will you see him and have a talk with him if convenient. I believe him a very honest fellow but somewhat under the influence of his friends. By putting some leading questions to him he will no doubt tell you that he has been offered the Hunter [p.289]and will I think tell you that he would prefer her for a whaling voyage to any other ship ~ which will afford you an opportunity to advise him. See him early,
and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 7, 1854
A.P Everett Esq, Boston
Dear Sir. I learn from Mr Seabury that you have kindly consented to be in New Bedford on Wednesday morning of next week. I write to ask you to come in the afternoon train and remain through the night ~ when you can return in the morning if you choose. I do this because next week is Court week in our City, and possibly our counsel or the complainaint’ counsel may be engaged in a case, and if so we cannot compel them to take depositions during the sitting of Court.

If any other evening later than Wednesday will suit your convenience better please say so, and we will make the arrangements accordingly. I was very sorry to ask you to go to New Bedford at all ~ still it suits our convenience and that of our counsel very much better to have you do so, and shall feel under many obligations.
Please send a note by the bearer, Hotel Gray & Co Express. Give wishes and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Nov 10th 1854
A. P Everett Esq
Dear Sir. Your esteemed favor of yesterday is recd. We have appointed the time to take your deposition on Wednesday. We will meet you at the Parker House on the arrival of the cars in the evening

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 13th 1854
Mr Wm B. Phillips, Lynn
Dear Sir
Your esteemed favor of the 11th inst is recd, and from your letter I infer you recd the letter from Capt Lamphier although you did not mention from whom it was recd.
You also neglected to say when the letter was dated. You will oblige me by giving the date of the letter, and please say if Mr Lamphier remains at Monganui [Mangonui NZ] or proceeded on the voyage.
I have recd your two previous letters and am under many obligations to you for your kindness ~ haveing recd but one letter from Capt L. since he sailed

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Nov 21st 1854
Messrs Williams & Barnes New London
Gent. A coulerd Portugeese by the name of John Limord[?] applied to me for a Boat steerer berth, who says he was in your Ships Montezuma Electra and Mogul as Boat Steerer in each ship.

Will you at your earliest convenience please inform me of his qualificatns if his statements are true, and if according to your reccollection he was a good man and struck his whales well
and much Oblige

Yours truly

Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 23d 1854
Capt Geo. M. Kimball, Pottston
Dear Sir
I have been asked if you wished to dispose of your sextant.
If you wish to sell it, please say so by letter and what price I must ask for it. I have made a small sale of 50 Barrells of the Dracos Sperm Oil that remained on hand when you was last here for $1.75 pr Gall. and am disposed to sell 150 Barrells more at that price, for the balance of 200 Bbls shall want $2.00 pr gall

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Dec 4th 1854
Messrs Geo M Abbot & Co, Boston
Gent. Enclosed please find Bill of Tobacco purchased of you and check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Four hundred Sixty three & 59/100 Dollars for payt of the same. Please reciept and return bill
and much Oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec 7 1854
Saml Downes Jr Esq, Boston
Dear Sir
Enclosed I return your Bill of 22 Casks Sperm Oil receipted for which I have your notes.
If you are not disposed to go to New Bedford to see my whale oil I will send you /if you are disposed to purchase/ samples of each cask, and price. I have no doubt but the Oil will suit you if you want to purchase as it is all Arctic Oil and of good quality. Please let me hear from you

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Decr 8th 1854
Messrs Dabney & Cunningham, Boston
Enclosed I hand you check on Suffolk Bank for Two hundred Eleven & 20/100 Dollars. I have taken the liberty to correct what I believe to have been an error in your bill. The charge One dollar twenty five cents for cooperage. When I saw the oil it was in perfect order, and Mr Delano assures me that there was no cooperagd done to it. If I am right please receipt and return the Bill
& oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Decr 18, 1854
Mr Edward B. Gibbs, Monument
Dear Sir. Enclosed I hand you One hundred fifty Dollars which will enable you to take up your note provided Robert sends you what he ought to. I saw him this morning, but he had not then recd your letter, had not then been down Street. I think he may send the money. If he does not you can use the note ~ Still I rather you would use the enclosed money than the note. You will please return either the money or note by letter, and say if you sold the Ref. Wood, and for what price. I have one favor to ask of you and that is to help Mr Bailey fix and get [p.294] ready my two hogs to go to the Depot Wednesday morning in time for the freight train, and not fail ~ have two of those pieces of canvass used to cover them and have it done well. Secure the canvass thoroughly with rope yarns. You may if it will answer better cut holes for the legs. Dont fail to have them come by Wednesday morning train, as my Butcher thinks this weather may have spoiled them already

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec’ 21, 1854
Mrs Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
If you will forward me a letter in all this week, I will forward it by Overland mail to Swan River
The one you sent I forwarded by the Hunter believing it would be received by your husband quite as early as by mail as the English Steamers have been taken off their general routes to be used for Govt purposes to transport troops.
It now requires about 90 days to carry a letter to Swan River

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Dec’ 1854
Capt Charles P. Worth
Respected friend
Your letter of 8 September was duly recd also 22 Casks of good white Sperm oil guaging net from the vessel 2771 Galls which I sold in Boston from the vessel for $1.75 pr Gall deducting one cent pr gall for expenses to bring it to New Bedford. This price I presume will be quite Satisfactory to you. I would reccommend for you to Ship Sperm Oil home by any good whaling vessel bound to New Bedford for the first fifteen months, as I have no doubt that sperm oil will rule high for some time and quite likely reach $2 pr Gallon. In fact you may expect $1.50 for the next ten years to come. I regretted your not getting the other whale, it would have helped out a voyage very much to have known that you had about 200 Barrels at home so early in the voyage. The North west coast fleet have many of them done very poorly the last season, so much so that it has induced me to send the Hunter to the Indian Ocean to try her luck Sperm whaling, although I am aware she is quite too large for the business but from present prospect, I think it much the S[?]nt voyage. I hear from your good Lady occasionally by way of letter.

You neglected to mention how you liked your Officers and crew and from the fact of your doing so, I presume they are fair.
I hope you will be fortunate in obtaining a voyage and return in safety to your [p.296] family is the wish of

Your friend
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. You will find a package of News Papers accompanying this letter

 

New Bedford Dec’ 1854
Capt Matthew Fisher
Respected friend
Your letter of Augst 24th is recd. I was sorry to hear that you had been so unfortunate as to lose two of your men by the carelessness of your 2nd officer. If officers are so heedless as to endanger the lives of men, and their own too, when cautioned by the Maser, I must say that they certainly show a want of common sense. I did not consider Mr Weeks hardly competent for the berth before the Ship sailed, and had I not learned from several sources that his whaling qualifications was undoubted, I think I should have discharged him here at home. But I have paid a large amount for him and still hope he will prove a good man for you ~ perhaps this will be a lesson to him in future. You can tell better after a longer trial. You will learn perhaps before this reaches you, that the fleet at the No. West have many of them failed entirely, which has induced me to send the Hunter Sperm whaling, which I little thought of when you sailed as she is too large for the business Still the Master thinks he may try his hand at [p.297] Right Whaling off St Pauls. Sperm Oil is now selling for 175 pr Gall, and I expect it may reach $2. before the Winter is past, there being but a very small stock on hand. I would reccomend your shipping home Sperm Oil in any good whale ship bound to N. Bedford if any chance should offer ~ say for the first 15 months.

I send you a package of Papers with this and trust you will receive them in good time. I see Mrs Fisher occasionally She is in good health.
I trust Capt Fisher you will be fortunate in obtaining a cargo of Oil before you return, and am satisfied nothing will be wanting on your part to obtain it and with the kindness of Providence be spared to return safely to your family. If you intend to go on the coast of New Holland I would on account of Safety for your crew go into Swan River the first time. Afterwards if you have a considerable Oil, it may not make so much difference

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Dec’ 8th 1854
Capt James W. Munroe
Respected friend
I have given you the command of the best Ship I own, and I have the vanity to believe as good a vessel as is employed in the Whaling service To say that I have not confidence in your judgement, discretion, and perseverence, would be saying what is not true. You have performed three voyages for me, and in one ship, and I am happy to say in each berth. You have ever performed your duty to the satisfaction of your superior officers, and owners. Your responsibility will commence when you take command, greater responsibilities than you have ever before assumed. You are responsible to your owners for the conducting and managing the voyage, in obtaining a cargo and disbursing the ship. Also to your officers and crew in the example you may set before them.

I would not reccommend your visiting Port any oftener than it is necessary for the health of the crew, and remain no longer than to put your Ship in order and get your recruits on board. If you are fortunate in the first part of the voyage it will answer to be more liberal in letting your officers and crew have money when in Port, than if it should be otherwise. You will have to use the same discretion in visiting Port when your crew will be induced to leave the Ship, although it is hardly safe at any time to put much confidence in a crew, as in some cases it seems as if the better a crew was used the more they are [p.299] disposed to leave the Ship. This however I will leave to your good judgement as I am well aware you are acquainted with the Character of a Sailor. I hope you will be particular in the first part of the voyage, and prevent any unfair whaling that no jealousy is engendered among your officers, of course your going in your boats will prevent any difficulty of this kind. Instill the feeling into the minds of your officers, that it will make no difference who gets the whales so long as they show a proper desire to get them, and they come to the Ship, and if one mate is Surer or more fortunate in sticking, as often as you can, give him the chance always reserving the privilege of taking the first chance yourself, for the owners have great confidence in your qualifications as a superior whaleman, and consider themselves extremely fortunate if they have any officer as good

Your officers are all young men looking forward to promotion, and I shall be disapointed if some of them do not rise to be master early in life.
With these few suggestions I leave you in command of the Hunter hopeing that a Kind Providence will smile upon your efforts, and crown them with success, and watch over you and return you safely to those you leave behind, with fair equivelent for your services is the wishes of your friend

Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Dec’ 25th, 1854
Capt Charles P. Worth
Respected friend
Since I wrote you by the “Hunter”, I have learned from Wm G. E. Pope of this place who has a brother at Swan River that many articles of Provisions such as Pork and Flour are bringing a very high price at that place. Pork 30 to 40 $ pr Bbl, Flour 20 to 30 $. Now I would suggest that if these prices can be obtained when you are there, would it not be prudent to sell some of your Pork and Flour say one third part reserving two years provisions and write me to send out by some other vessel and replace it This will give you a fresher article and also make perhaps a larger profit for the owners, on what you sell. The prices you can obtain, and the safety of such a course you must judge for yourself, and advise me immediately by two mails if you conclude to adopt this course. Matters remain much the same as when I wrote you last Sperm Oil 1.75 Whale Oil 65 to 68 Whale Bone 40¢ and a general depression in business. “Confidential” I would say that although Mr Pope is from New Bedford you must always make some allowance for what men say that go so far from home to do business

Men go away from home to make money this generaly, is their only object Therefore Masters should keep their own counsels, and the business in their own hands or be satisfied that they are not paying too much for other peoples advice

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Dec 25th, 1854
Capt Matthew Fisher
Respected friend
Since I wrote you by the Hunter, I have learned from Mr Wm G. E. Pope of this place who has a brother at Swan River, that many articles of Provisions such as Pork and Flour are bringing a very high price at that place Pork 30 to 40 $ pr Bbl Flour 20 to 30 $ Do Now I would suggest that if these prices can be obtained when you are there, would it not be prudent to sell some of your Pork and Flour, say one third part, reserving two years provisions, and write me to send out by some other vessel, and replace it This will give you fresher article and also make perhaps a larger profit for the owners on what you sell. The prices you can obtain and the safety of such a course, you must judge for yourself, and advise me by two mails immediately if you conclude to adopt this course. Sperm Oil $1.75 pr gall Whale Do 65 to 68, Whale Bone 40¢ and a general depression in business.

“Confidential” I would say that although Mr Pope is from New Bedford, you must always make some allowance for what men say that go so far from home to do business Men go away from home to make money This generaly is their only object. Therefore Masters should keep their own counsels and their business in their own hands, or be satisfied that they are not paying too much for other peoples advice

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Dec 25th, 1854
Capt Sam W. Munroe
Respected friend
Since you sailed I learn from Mr Wm G. E Pope of this place, who has a brother at Swan River that Provissions are selling there at very high prices such as Pork, Flour &c. Pork at 30 to 40 $ pr Bbl, Flour 20 to 30 Should this be the price when you are there would it not be prudent to dispose of a portion of your Pork and Flour, reserving two years provisions, and write me by two mails in order that I may be sure to it to send you more by some other vessel to take its place. If you think this course a safe one you may do so

“Confidential”
Mr Pope although from New Bedford, you must keep your own counsels, as men go there for the purpose of making money, not for the purpose of accommodating others.
Nothing has transpired since you left of note.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Dec’ 30 1854
Mrs Joseph W. Bates
Enclosed I forward you pr Express, Fifty Dollars as pr your request, on account of your husbands voyage in Bark Draco

Respectfully Yours
Jon’ Bourne Jr
Pr Geo W. Ellis

 

New Bedford Jan 6th, 1855
Mr Benj F Cooke, Boston
Dear Sir. Your letter of 4th inst is recd. In answer say that a young man by the name of R. E Cooke sailed on a whaling voyage in the fall of 1853 in my Ship King fisher.
This Ship was at Lahaina Sandwich Islands in November last, and is now out on a cruise. They took 1/150 Bbls Oil the past season, and if nothing unforseen should prevent will be at home in the Spring of 1856

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jan 10th 1854
C H. Leonard Esq New York
Dear Sir
Your favor of yesterday is recd, But too late to comply with your request. I expected you here tuesday morning, and not hearing anything to the contrary, and agreeable to our contract, told the fillers Monday night to commence on the Oil tuesday morning which they did and finished to day

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 11th 1855
Mrs Eliza C. Bates
I regret exceedingly that any delay, or mistake, should have occured in your receiving the Fifty Dollars sent you as per your request.
I recd your letter under date of Dec’ 24th and the 30th sent you the Fifty Dollars pr “Swains Express” enclosed in a letter. Why he has not delivered it, is more than I can tell.
I hope you will call upon immediately, and write me what success you meet with

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jan 12, 1855
Mrs. Mary E. D. Gorten [?]
Your letter of the 8th is recd, asking me to send you some money on your husbands account.
You did not name the sum wanted and as money is rather scarce I have enclosed you Fifty Dollars which I hope you will receive in due time

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford, Jany 14th 1855
Mr Wm J. Swinburn Esq, Newport R.I.
Dear Sir. I beleive Mr. E. G. Gibbs of Sandwich sold you a lot of pine Wood last year that belonged to me. I would like to enquire if I can sell you from 80 to 100 cords of Oak Wood delivered previous to July 1st. The wood was cut in November and December and is of very good quality.

You probably are acquainted with our Bass[?] Wood. We think their is nothing better in the market. My object in disposing of it this early is to know to what landing to cart it, provided I wish to do so before Spring. Please say if you wish to purchase it, and if so, what you will agree to pay pr Cord, and I will reply in receipt of the same

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jany 26th 1855
Mrs Asa R. Gifford Edgartown
Madam. I received a letter from Capt Gifford dated Lahaina Dec’ 7th 1854 requesting me to write you if it was my practice to cause Oil and Bone to be Insured for all concerned when Shipped home from the Sandwich Islands, as he had written you to do so if I had not.

It is very usual practice to Insure for all parties concerned whenever shipped from Sandwich Islands, and I have caused the Oil, and Bone, shipped from the Roscoe pr Ship “Margaret Scott” to be insured for and on account of all parties concerned, but no further Insurance on Oil remaining on board of the Roscoe has been made by me

Respectfully Yours
J. Bourne Jr

[P.S.] I consider Capt Gifford with the opportunity he has had, the size of his vessel, and the time he arrived in the Okhotsk Sea, has done extremely well. Hopeing he will continue to be fortunate in takeing Oil, and arrive home safely.

J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jany 26th 1855
Capt Asa S Tobey West Falmouth
Dear Sir. Your favor of 20th was duly recd. But no opportunity to sell Whale Oil at any price which would be Satisfactory to me or you has offered since your letter was recd.

The fact is the manufacturers are holding back, for the holders to give way
The Holders thus far stand up to the Work manfully, and are hoping to bring the Manufacturers into the market at 65 or 67 cents, and what the result will be I cannot tell, but time will decide. One thing we know, that in the three first months of last year 70,500 Bbls of whale oil arrived in the Country. The first months of this year there will not probably more than two Ships arrive with only 4000 Bbls making a difference of 66,000 Bbls. If this is correct which I believe it to be so, It appears to me that the Manufacturers must come forward for some of the oil that is now held, and at fair remunerating prices

I recd a letter from Capt Gifford this day dated Lahaina Dec’ 7. Had shipped 230 Bbls Whale Oil, 15,529 lb Bone by the Margaret Scott of New Bedford. Has drawn on me for 1539 12/100 Dollars, was ready for sea bound Sperm Whaling, thence to the Japan and Ockstx Sea Ship tight as a bottle, taken in all 1000 Bbls took his first whale Augt 16th. I consider he has done first rate. I have caused the oil and bone shipd home to be insured at 60 & 40¢

J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jany 26th 1855
Capt Warren N. Bourne, West Falmouth
Dear Sir. Believing you would like to learn of the good Bark Roscoe I would inform you that I recd a letter from Capt Gifford this day dated Lahaina Dec 7th stating that he had shipped by the Margaret Scott of New Bedford 14529b of Whale Bone 46 Casks 8225 Galls Whale Oil and that he intended to have shipped more but had no opportunity. He had taken in all 1000 Bbls, took his first whale 16th of August. The Bark Roscoe considering all things of my fleet. Had to pay off 6 natives, and ship others in their places, purchased one try pot, and advanced considerable money to his officers and crews Has drawn on me for 1539 12/100 Dollars. Was bound Sperm Whaling thence to the Japan Okhtsk Seas so I have caused the Oil and Bone shipped home from Bark Roscoe to be insured for all parties. So much for the good Bark Roscoe, and Capt Gifford. If I remember rightly when you were here last, you told me you would like me to write you when ever I could pay you some money on acct. I am happy to say that if you want to invest now I can send you $2000 please write me pr return of mail whether you wish it or not

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford Jany 29th 1855
Mr Shadrack Bourne, Monument
Dear Sir. Your favor of 25th was not received by me untill Saturday evening, covering your bill of stock and labor on my buildings on farm.
Enclosed please find my bill with fifteen Dollars in money showing thirty two cents your due which I will hand you when I see you some time at the Depot

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 30 1855
Capt Warren N. Bourne, Falmouth
Dear Sir. Yours of yesterday is recd. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Two thousand Dollars as pr your request. Please acknowledge receipt of same

Very Respectfully Yours
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jany 31st 1855
Capt Theodore Cole
Dear Sir. Your letter of 23rd inst is recd. I delayed answering you immediately on the receipt of the same as the California Steamer was due at New York with later dates from the Sandwich Islands. Having made up my mind /although nothing has been sold since you was here/ to furnish you with the needful provided the Masters were moderate in their demands. But they come with a variyance

Roscoe----------$1550 ~
Lagoda-----------1400 ~
Washington-----2300 ~ Chain & Anchors
Kingfisher-------1000 ~
Marengo---------4700 ~

All this to be paid in a few days. I am obliged to say I cannot forward you without considerable inconvenience. Hopeing you will not fail in so productive, and fruitful part of Vermont as Brattleboro

I am Respectfully Yours
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Feby 1st 1855
Capt B B. Lamphier, Ship Lagoda
Dear Sir
Your letter of 7th Dec. came duly to hand, in which you express a desire to ship your oil in the Spring should you touch at the Islands. I have talked with some of the owners, and we have made up our minds that if you have an opportunity to ship your Sperm Oil you had better do so, provided it can be shipped by a good vessel and where the master would sign Bill of Lading to wet it twice a week. But believe it would not be policy to ship the Whale Oil as there is already a large quantity of Oil in the Country and probably 160 to 180,000 Bbls to arrive this year in addition to what we now have on hand will furnish all the Oil that will be wanted untill next year, when we believe whale oil will command a higher price. Again the expenses are so large upon Oil shipped home it very much reduces the price, therefore I rather you would keep your whale oil on board your own ship untill you are ready to come home yourself.

You mentioned that you had not recd any letters from me. I was very busy during the summer and fall, but intended to have written all my masters but neglected to do so untill it got to be too late, and finally did not write any of them.

You must take the will for the deed will promise to do better in future. Whale Oil at present very dull 62¢ offered 65 asked, no sales of any amount for the [p.312] last ten days. Whale bone nominally 38 to 40 cents Sperm Oil 170 to 172¢. I have sold considerable during the winter for 175¢ pr Gall.
Will write you again in the summer
Hopeing you will be blessed with good health and fortunate in takeing Oil the next season
I remain

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 8th 1855
Abram Nye Esq, Sandwich
Dear Sir. I shall need the Services of Some one to carry on my farm in the Spring /Mr Baileys time is out the first of April/ and it is time I was looking out for some good person to take his place

I remember you told me of a man I think he was at the time /liveing with his wife/ in some family at Spring hill whom you believed would answer my purpose.
Will you be kind enough to see him /if you do not think of some one better/ and ascertain if he can be hired, and by so doing you will very much oblige

Yours truly
Jona’ Bourne Jr

P.S. Please write me upon the subject

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New Bedford Feby 10th 1855
Mr O. D. Norcross, Hollowell
Dear Sir. My friend desires me again to ask you at what price you will sell him 3 to 5000 Bushels of hard wood leached Ashes delivered at the wharf in Hollowell. You will remember I wrote you about this time last year for the same Gentleman. You were then engaged and he purchased elsewhere on better terms
Your earliest answer will oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 15th 1855
Mrs Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
Madam
Your favor is recd In reply will say that the Oil shipped home from Bark Draco was sold on a credit of 5, 6 and 7 months. Consequently I have no funds from the Oil, but am out of pocket the expenses of freight &c &c

Yours Very Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Feby 20th 1855
Mrs Francis Willard, Gardiner
Madam. Your letter of 14th inst asking me to send you Forty Dollars on your Sons account is recd.
Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for the amount.
I have not heard from the King fisher since leaveing the Islands
In his letter to me he wishes me to send you on the first of May 1856 Three hundred Dollars /$300/. Now I should like for you to give m some explanation about it, if you can although the time mentioned is a good way off – Still I would like your explanation if you can give it
and oblige

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 20th 1855
William Howell Esq Bath, N.Y.
Dear Sir. Your letter of the 17th inst is recd making enquiries concerning your son Edward A. Howell.
The Bark Draco sailed from New Bedford Jan 22nd 1854, was reported last date Septr 18th off Tercia [Terceira] bound to the Indian Ocean, will probably be absent [p.315] about 40 to 44 months from time of sailing
The Bark was manned with twenty eight men including her Captain Charles P. Worth.
Any information which I can give you at any time I shall be most happy to do so

Very Respectfully Yours
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feb 20th 1855
Mr O. D. Norcross, Hollowell, Maine
Dear Sir Your favor of 16th inst is recd. In reply will say that my friend will take the ashes provided he can have them from the Pot ash manufactury /as I believe you have such an Establishment/ say from 4000 to 4500 Bushells just as he may get a vessel to carry.
Will advance you One hundred fifty dollars on account of them, provided you accept the above proposition
You speak of Capt Davis. I know of no such person in this transaction. I purchased the ashes for a friend of mine in an adjoining town Mr Charles H. Leonard.
Please let me hear from you on the receipt of this, and will remit you the money

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Feby 22nd 1855
Capt Theodore Cole Brattleboro, VT
Dear Sir
Your letter of the 20th is recd. I am sorry you should find yourself so uncomfortably short at this time money has been very close through the Country, but I think it is raising up some what now. Since I wrote you last I have recd another Draft from Devoll making in all this time $5060.56, and have sold nothing since writing either from her shipment, or the Alexander Coffin which makes me considerable out of pocket. But considering my old friend Theodore has not had quite so much experience in close times for money, I will endeavor to loan him the sum of $500 and trust you will not find yourself in such a tight place again
I have found John so before but did not expect to hear it of you
Please acknowledge the receipt of the check, and oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 1, 1855
Mr. O. D.Norcross, Hollowell
Dear Sir. Yours of 23rd inst is recd. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for one hundred fifty dollars on account of a cargo of ashes purchased of you for Mr Chs H. Leonard.
Please forward receipt for the same
and much oblige

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 5, 1855
Capt Asa S. Tobey, West Falmouth
Dear Sir. Your favor is recd I sold all the Oil belonging to Ship Alex Coffins Cargo last week / including yours/ at 63 ½ cents pr gall.
I believe obtained the highest price during the week. All sold on terms purchasers – Saml Leonard & Son and Joseph Chase

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 9, 1855
Mr George Bourne, Monument
Dear Sir. After I saw you in looking over my wood lot above the Barn, I noticed a fine growth of pine wood upon the extreme west line of the lot upon the top of the hill adjoining the lot I believe once owned by your father. I think it is the finest growth of pine wood any where in that section, perhaps 15 or 20 cords.

If you are disposed to cut it for 5/~[?] pr cord you may do so. I should judge it more profitable to the chopper than the lot you cut for Mr Gibbs at $1.25 pr cord. This is all I can afford to pay at the present prospect for selling wood

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. If you conclude to cut it you must commence immediatly, and have it cut this month.

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New Bedford Mary 10, 1855
Mr Jeremiah Harris, Monument
Dear Sir
Your letter of 8th inst was recd last night.
There is a few cords of pine wood above the new barn about half way up the hill upon the north side of the standing wood
That near the top of the hill is engaged to Mr Bourne if he wishes to cut it
This that I speak of is quite as good I will pay 5/~[?] pr cord which is all I can pay at the present prospect for wood and I think at that price it is better for the chopper than some of the wood is at $1.25 pr cord. Understand it is the pine wood that I want cut. If there is a few trees of oak among it you can cut it.
I want the pine well cut and split, if cut at all, and cut during this month. I shall probably be in Monument soon – will then settle the wood business.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 12th 1855
Wm Howell Esq, Bath, N.Y.
Dear Sir. Your favor of 9th inst is recd.
Please send to me any letters you may wish forwarded to your son and I will send them from here in vessels bound to the Indian Ocean, which I think will be as soon to reach him as any way we can send them

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 12th 1855
Mrs Owen McCarthy, Philadelphia
Your letter of the 3rd inst is recd. The Ship King fisher was at the Sandwich Islands in November, and left in December on a cruise.
They took 1600 Bbls Oil the past season and will probably be at home in the Spring of 1856.
I recd a letter from Capt Palmer while he was at the Islands, but he mentioned nothing in particular, in regard to his crew

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 13th 1855
Mr Patrick O. Bune[?] Galway, Ireland
Sir
Your letter of Feby 12th is recd. John O. Byrus[?] sailed in Ship Stephania Augt 5th 1854 on a whaling voyage to the Indian Ocean.
The Ship will probably be absent on the voyage 40 months from the time she sailed.
I advanced John $92.13 before sailing for an outfit. This is all that is customary and all that I can pay for him untill the end of the voyage. I think he must have been mistaken in regard to my agreeing to remit to you after the Ship had sailed six months, as the crew of whale ships all go upon Shares of the Oil taken, and if they do not get any Oil they receive nothing for their service.

If they succeed in getting a full Ship, they do not receive their pay untill the Ship returns and the voyage is settled
You will see that under the circumstances, I cannot advance anything further to John.

Yours Respectfully
Jon Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 15th 1855
Messrs Randall H Green & Son, New York
Gentlemen. I have two lots of Whale Bone which I would like to clean up. First Lot very fine Arctic about 11000lb, Second Lot Okhotsk large size very fine about 13000lb, all in good order
What can you get offered? Please let me hear from you
And much Oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 15th 1855
Messrs Randall H Green & Sons, New York
Gentlemen. Your favor of 17th inst is recd. You may sell the Okhotsk bone at 39 cents if no more ban be obtained, for the Arctic want 44 cents, will consider an offer of 43 cents if no better can be done

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 22nd 1855
Messrs Randall H Green & Sons, New York
Gentlemen
On my return to the City last evening I found your favor of the 19th inst adviseing me of sale of about 13000lb of my Okhotsk bone, also 5000lb Arctic.
Had I been at home would have shipped yesterday pr Potomska, will ship tomorrow pr Wamsutta. Hope you may be able to get 44¢ for balance of Arctic

Yours truly
Jon Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 23rd 1855
James Gould Esq, Boston
Dear Sir. My friend for whom I purchased the 20 Barrells of shell Lime of you on the 20th inst called on me yesterday and stated that he was taking the barrells into his Waggon one of the heads came out and exposed its contents to himself and the bystanders. And upon examination they pronounced it nothing but coal ashes, old plastering from some house or office walls, and other rubbish which led him to make further examination by opening several barrells. He found one barrel only, which appeared to him like shell lime.

He desired me to go to the Depot and examined it myself, but I declined as I was busy at the time, and the Depot quite remote from my counting room, but told him to take the barrells home, open them, and try some of them, /that [p.324] he thought did not contain shell lime/ by slacking[slaking] and if it proved otherwise than what it was purchased for I should look to you for damages

I have written you this early to guard against anything of the kind being sent to me at Monument, as I purchased as I supposed a good article of shell lime and shall expect such to be sent me on Monday

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 24th 1855
Messrs Randall H Green & Sons, New York
Gentlemen. Enclosed I hand you bill lading of 109 bundles Okhotsk bone marked Mo weighing 11484lbs, also bill lading 54 bundles Arctic bone marked N weighing 5193lb pr Propeller Wamsutta Capt Nye.
The bone I presume will be ready for delivery Monday morning, and I hope it will please the purchasers.
I had hoped to have heard from you this morning ordering the balance of the Arctic. Your charges I suppose will be the same as formerly, and as charged E. M. Robinson.
The proceeds you will please deposit in the Mechanics Bank New York to credit of Merchants Bank this city, and send me certificate of Deposit.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. The Okhotsk bone fell short of Estimate

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New Bedford March 31st 1855
Messrs Randall H Green & Sons, New York
Gentlemen. Yours of 30th inst is recd and I regret to say that oweing to the detention of the Cape Cod Cars I was not enabled to be in town in time to ascertain the Contents of your letter, and ship the bone, as the Propeller left one hour earlier than usual. Will ship it by the Potomska.

I have a lot of about 8000lb slightly damaged on the voyage home from the Sandwich Islands. The bone was a part of the Okhotsk sent you by the Wamsutta. Same lot and size will send you a sample of five or ten bundles by the Potomska if you think it will bring a fair price in your market. Have been advised to ship it to Philadelphia. We think it worth within a cent or one half cents of merchantable bone for cutters purposes but not so well to ship.
Please write me & say what you think about it

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 2nd 1855
Messrs R. H Green & Sons, New York
Gentlemen. In your letter of the 30th instince you mentioned you should hand me account Sales the next day with right to avail myself of the proceeds as pr my directions. Haveing been governed by your advices in my money matters, and receiving none of your favors yesterday, I would ask if convenient, /and not sent to day/ to send it Tuesday, which would reach me Wednesday morning in time to meet my engagements.
Please write me in relation to the bone mentioned in my letter of Saturday and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 3rd 1855
Mr Job Phillips, Methuen
Dear Sir
Your letter of yesterday is recd. The Bark Roscoe was at Lahaina in one of the Sandwich Islands Novr 10th last and sailed about that time on a cruise for Sperm Whales.

The Roscoe took the past season 900 Bbls Whale and 400 Sperm Oil, which is doing well. We recd a letter from Capt Gifford but he made no particular mention of his Crew therefore we presume your son is well, and on board
If they are successful the comeing season [p.327] they will be at home next spring

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 4th 1855
James Gould Esq. 70 State St, Boston
Dear Sir. I purchased of you the 30th ult, to be sent to Monument Depot Cape Cod 25 Casks shell Lime, 5 Casks muret[murat] of Lime and1 Cask 500lb Plaster. 26 Casks Lime in very bad order some ¼, some 1/3 out, and 4 casks muret[murat] Lime have been recd, but no Plaster.
Will you please ascertain if the Plaster was ever sent and oblige ~

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 4th 1855
Messrs Dupee & Perkins, Boston
Gentlemen
At what rate can you get Lawrence, Stone & Co’s acceptance for $5000 in exchange for the one I now hold due 10th inst

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 4th 1855
Messrs Randall H Green & Sons, New York
Gentlemen. Your several favors of the 30th ultimo and 2d & 3d inst are recd former Covering account Sales of two Lots whale bone, and certificate of Deposit in Mechanics Bank New York for $6590 88/100 Dollars to credit of Merchants Bank New Bedford, all of which is correct, and satisfactory.

Enclosed I hand you Bill Lading 62 bundles Arctic whale bone weighing 5749lb marked N, 5 bundles Okhotsk weighing 465lb markd Mo . The latter is a fair sample of the Lot of 8000lb which I have written you about.

I think the bone /although slightly damaged in Appearance/ its intrinsic value is not much less. Whale bone is doing better in our market now, than for some time past. Considerable moveing, and I think you will be able to get nearly or quite as much as for the other Lot.
You may sell however for half cent less, say 38 ½ if no more can be obtained.
Write me when it comes to hand and tell me what you think about it

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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April 4th, 1855
William Howell Esq. Bath, N.Y.
My Dear Sir. Your two favors are recd, the former of the 19th ultimo covering letter to your son, which I have sent by overland mail via England, and paid postage on the same $1.80 out of the two Dollars recd from you, balance 20 cents due you.
If you will write several letters say in about six weeks or two months I will forward them by vessels bound to the Indian Ocean
The Draco was last reported Oct 10th all well bound to the Indian Ocean

I am truly Yours
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 6th 1855
Messrs Randall H Green & Sons, New York
Gentlemen. I wrote you under date of 4th inst advising you of shipment balance Arctic bone, also 5 bundles Okhotsk, as sample of Lot of 8000lb.
After I mailed my letter I ascertained that all the bone was taken that probably could be had, at 40 cents deliverd here. I accordingly Telegraphed you next morning to hold for 40 cents
I thought very probably I should have heard from you after seeing the bone by this morning’s mail.
If what they say is true about all the bone being taken here at 40 cents that could be bought for that price, I believe I am justified in advancing my price on this Lot.
I think you will be able to obtain the last price named say 40 cents
Please let me hear from you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 10th 1855
Messrs Dupee & Perkins, Boston
Gent. What is the wish of Mr Mussey in relation to the note I hold, does he wish to renew it? if so what interest is he willing to pay. Please answer.
What can you purchase me for five bonds of the Michigan Central Rail Road for $1000 each?

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 12th 1855
Messrs Randall H Green & Sons, New York
Gent. Yours of 11th inst was duly recd Enclosing Certificate of Deposit in Mechanics Bank N. York to credit of Merchants Bank this city for 2427 & 47/100 Dolls which corresponds with account sales rendered and is correct

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 14 1855
Messrs Dupee & Perkins, Boston
Gent. Yours of 11th inst was duly recd and would have been answered before, but I have been absent from the City and have this moment returned
I will take the note of Mr Mussey at 4 mo 8½ % for the amt of his due 16th, and will be in Boston or forward the old note in exchange

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 15 1855
Messrs Dupee & Perkins, Boston
Gent. I wrote you yesterday that I would take Mr Musseys note for $6000 at 4 mo 8½% for one of same amt due 16th. I shall not be there tomorrow, please have the new note made and I will forward the old, and invoice the new one with the interest

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 17 1855
Messrs Dupee & Perkins, Boston
Gent. Yours of 16th inst is recd encloseing B.B Musseys note dated April 16 at 4 mo for $6000, and check on Webster Bank Boston for 174 & 25/100 Dolls the amt of interest on same which is correct. Enclosed please find old note for same amount

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne JR

 

New Bedford April 23d 1855
Geo W. Haskell Esq, Rochester
Dear Sir. At what price cash will you furnish me delivered at the “Depot” at Marion 5 ½ thousand of ½ inch Box Boards Square Edge and of good quality.
Please let me hear from you pr mail

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 25, 1855
Messrs Randall H Green & Sons, New York
Gent. Your favor of 23d inst was duly recd, and I immediately telegraphed to accept the offer of 40 cents for the lot of whale Bone of which you have sample
Have this day shipped the same pr Potomska as pr Bill Lading enclosed. Eighty two bundles weighing seven thousand nine hundred and sixty three pounds

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May, 1855
Capt Theodore Cole, Brattleboro, VT
Dear Sir. Your letter of 30th ultimo is recd
The Marengo has arrived – is not yet discharged, oweing to the low tides could not get her into the wharf untill this week.
The Alexander Coffins voyage is all wound up – all sold that is, but not paid for, the last note falls due will be willing to advance you some money soon.
Will write you again

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 15, 1855
Doct David Fisher, Edgartown
My Dear Sir
I recd your note last evening, also bag of corn.
I have returned the bath with five pecks of corn which may be equal to the four pecks sent – for feeding purposes, for this accommodation I am very much obliged

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 5, 1855
E. O. Parker Esq, Monument
Dear Sir. I have purchased a Bull Calf four weeks old – Come of imported stock, and am compelled to take it away. Will you have the kindness to inform me if there is any one in your neighborhood that has a cow with a calf about that age, that will let my calf have the milk for a month or two.

If I cannot obtain such accommodations, shall have to kill the calf. But if I can, will pay for the privilege. Please inform me by afternoon mail ,if you can. If not by Tuesday

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford May 7, 1855
W.B. Sayles Esq, Providence
Dear Sir. Mr Watson returned in Ship Marengo. Is liveing in Dartmouth an adjoining town to New Bedford

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 14, 1855
Capt Asa S. Tobey, West Falmouth
Dear Sir. Enclosed please find policy of Insurance and premium note, please sign the note and return the same. The Margaret Scott has arrived, the oil not yet out, but the bone is landed in good order
The Oil from the Alex Coffin’s Cargo was sold in 4 mos time

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 18, 1855
T. Tompkins Esq, Newport, R.I.
Dear Sir Enclosed please find check on Boston for Twenty two hundred & five & 90/100 Dollars the balance due you on a/c Ship Hunter to this date, as stated below
Balance due as pr Apr rendered to 3 mo15-------$2182.98
Interest on same to 5 mo 18--------------------------22.92
[total]--------------------------------------------$2205.90
Check as above to balance-----------------------$2205.90
Please enclose receipt for same and
Very much oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 24, 1855
Geo Marston Esq, Barnstable
Dear Sir. Enclosed please find $20 amt Bill Guano.
I was absent when your letter was recd, or would have sent it earlier

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr
Pr Geo W Ellis

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New Bedford May 24, 1855
Capt Theodore Cole. Brattlelboro, VT
Dear Sir. Enclosed please find check on Boston for one thousand Dollars on account
Please acknowledge receipt of same and very much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 25th 1855
Mrs Willard
Your letter of 12th inst was duly recd. We have been waiting for the Capt of the “Chusker” to come in town that we might make the necessary enquiries respecting your package, as we had previously called on Mr Hathaway the agent who said he had heard nothing concerning the same, but would ask the Capt when he arrived in the City.

The Capt of the Chusker was here yesterday, and said, nothing was put was put on board his vessel by any of the Officers or crew of the King fisher; so it must have been sent some other way
Hopeing it will come safely to hand

I remain
Very Respectfully Yours
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 24, 1855
Messrs Speare, Burke & Co, Boston
Gent. Annexes please find Bill of 9 Casks dark Whale Oil sent to the Depot this day
The ullage Cask was filled and measured out to fill the rest, so that it is correct
Please send note for same and much Oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 29, 1855
Messrs Speare, Burke & Co Boston
Gentlemen
Yours of 28th inst covering bill of Oil, and note for Twelve hundred Sixty five & 4/100 Dollars for Amount of same is recd
Enclosed please find bill receipted We should have put the want in the ullage Cask at 27 galls which would have been the actual want by guage, instead therefore of paying for, you gain the ½ gall.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 31, 1855
Messrs Dupee & Perkins, Boston
Gent. Yours of 30th inst is recd. Enclosed please find Coupons on $80000 Cont and Passumpsic Bonds due June 1, 1855 held as collatteral for the Payt of B.B. Musseys note.
Please send receipt for same and much Oblige

Yours truly
Jon. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 2nd 1855
Capt Matthew Fisher
Dear Sir. I have received your letter under date of Feby 6 reporting you as haveing taken 540 Bbls Whale Oil.
This I consider Capital business I hope you will continue to take Whale Oil whenever the season comes right.
Whale Oil is now worth 70 cents, So. Sea whale bone 40 cents, Sperm Oil 180 cents, all we want now is the Oil, and our fortunes are made at these high prices.
I hope Capt Fisher we will be fortunate and obtain a full Ship. It would be very gratifying to me even if I was not the largest receipient. When we send ships to pursue the monsters of the deep, there is a feeling beyond the profit. It is to excull [excel] in the business, and when a Ship arrives home and is full the whole [p.341] story is told as far as the Master and officers are concerned, they have done all that was expected, the ship is full.

I shall write you by mail in relation to selling Oil.
Mrs Fisher is very well. Make my kind regards to your officers.
Hopeing you will be successful in your Sperm Whale cruise, and Continue so through the voyage

I remain truly yours
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 2nd 1855
Capt Charles P. Worth
Dear Sir
I have recd none of your letters of late, and suppose you are some where a little one side of the path for news, and I hope cutting in the Oil of some kind as it is now very high, Sperm Oil 180 cents Whale 70 cents whale bone 40 to 45 cents. These are good prices, we only want the grease and our fortunes are made.

I recd a letter from Capt Fisher of the Stephania. He has done well haveing taken 540 Bbls of Whale Oil 6 mos out which if not worth as much as Sperm Oil helps fill up his Ship, and shortens the voyage and in fact is worth with the bone as much as Sperm Oil untill within a year or two. On the whole Capt Worth whaling was never better if we can only get the Oil, although the prices of outfits are very high at the present [p.342] time. Your wife was well the last time I heard from her, and presume she is now or I should have known it.

Hopeing you will be prospered in your voyage and when reported all well, and doing well, is the best wish I can send you

I am yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 2nd 1855
Capt James W Munroe, Ship Hunter
Dear Sir
I was glad to receive your letter from Cape De Verdes – Was pleased to hear that you liked your Officers and Crew and Ship of course. Was sorry to learn of your misfortune in being obliged to discharge your Cooper, and more so in loseing the second Cooper overboard. To be without so important a man as a Cooper is rather bad although Capt Cox thinks you are about as good as one half of the Coopers, but with so large a ship as the Hunter there should be one on board. I think perhaps when you fall in with the Draco or Stephania or some other Ship, you may obtain one, as a poor Cooper at so great a lay as they command is really worse than nothing.

The Stephania has been doing a good business right Whaling and I hope to hear of you doing as well either right or Sperm whaleing. I dont care which so long as it amounts to as much money, and I have no doubt you will do your part if you have a chance [p.343]

I have written you across land sometime since which no doubt you will receive before this. Sperm Oil is worth today 180 cents Whale 70 cents whale bone 40 to 45.

You see whale Oil with the bone is not a bad business if it can be got in any quantity, although the Sperm Whaling is probably the best business at these high prices, and we are looking for $2.00 in a year or two for Sperm, and $100 for whale Oil. On the whole Capt Munroe, whaleing at present is a very good business if we can only get the Oil.
Hopeing you will be fortunate in your next cruise

I remain
Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. Please remember me kindly to your officers

 

New Bedford June 4th 1855
Capt Matthew Fisher, Ship Stephania
Dear Sir. Since writing you, I have received the enclosed letter purporting to come from the mother of one of your men.
I have thought best to send the letter to you, that you may judge of the correctness of his Statement, and if true, and you have an opportunity to discharge him on board of some homeward bound Ship, and are disposed to do so it may be as well, particularly if he is of no service to you. If no opportunity of this kind should offer, and the man is suffering from being at sea, perhaps you can discharge him in some port that you visit

J Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 4th 1855
Mrs Mary Haskell, Baltimore, MD
Your favor is recd. I immediately wrote Capt Fisher of the Stephania, and enclosed your letter to him asking him to comply with your request if your son was unable to perform the voyage, and to discharge him on board some homeward bound ship or in some port that he might visit.

It will however, be uncertain when my letter will reach him, it may be some time first, but as the ship by which I forwarded the letter will cruise on the same ground with the Stephania.
I have no doubt but that they will get the letters

Yours Respectfully
J Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 4, 1855
Wm B. Phillips Esq, Lynn
Dear Sir. Your favor of 30th ultimo is recd. I defered answering in consequence of apprehending some difficulty in settling the freight of the Oil with the Consigners of the Ship.
I have sold the whale Oil in Boston although on long time, the Sperm Oil I could not sell there, and ordered it sent to New Bedford
The Whale bone is stored. I dont see as any settlement can be made at present. The Whale Oil is on interest, as will be the Sperm, and whl bone, when sold

J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 8th 1855
Geo A Simmons Esq Boston
Dear Sir. Yours of 7th inst encloseing Bill of Whale Oil and notes for balance due on same is recd.
Enclosed please find bill receipted and which I find correct

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 11th 1855
Messrs Wm Adams & Co, Boston
Gent. I understand the “Safe” you made for me is at the “Depot” – that its weight is 2740 lb. in the absence of a bill I am unable to judge deffinitely whether this is correct. I am quite sure that the one used by yourselves weighed about 2250lbs, and understood that mine would weigh about the same as you was to copy from yours.
I do not feel willing to purchase one weighing 500 lbs more. Please inform me if I am correct in the weight. I have never seen it, not being quite ready to take it in to my Counting Room

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 14th 1855
Messrs E T. Milliken & Co, Boston
Gentlemen. Yours of 13th inst is recd encloseing bill of whale Oil and three notes 5, 6 & 7 mos from June 2nd for $2607.38 each, for balance of bill, which is correct. I herewith enclose the same receipted

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 18, 1855
Messrs Hadwen & Barney, Nantucket
Gent. Your favor of today is recd. I am prepareing to fit the only Ship I have this Season the Marengo but she does not take Butts, being sufficiently high between deck to take two tiers of casks on bilge. I now do not know of any concern that wants them. Should I learn of any parties – will inform you

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford 18th 1855
Capt Charles P. Worth, Barque Draco
Respected friend
In the absense of any letters from you I shall continue to write whenever a favorable opportunity offers – expecting soon to hear some good news from you. The Stephania has done a good business Right whaling, and I learn from Mr Pope of Swan River that he sold some of his Oil at £48 pr tun which will nett about 66 per Gall, this with the interest when the ship arrives home will probably amount to 75 cents per Gall, besides the saving of Insurance which is quite an item. I hope you have been fortunate in catching some kind of Oil as a cargo of either Whale or Sperm pays well at the present prices. Sperm Oil is worth today 180 Whale Do [ditto] 70 cents So Sea Whale bone 40 cents.

Provissions rule high this year Flour $12 to $13, Pork $15½, Beef $16½ pr Bbl, other materials for outfits about the same as last year. We are looking for a further advance in Oil of all kinds. If the Northern right Whale fisheries should fail, or have a short Catch this present season right whale will go to a dollar pr Gall. You will keep yourself posted as to the price of Oil in England and this country whenever you go into port.
Friends and acquaintances are well my best regards to your Officer, wit a good share to yourself

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford June 18, 1855
Capt James W. Munroe, Ship Hunter
Dear Sir
Haveing a favorable opportunity, as I suppose to forward you a letter by the “Chrystal Palace” now bound to Melbourn” I would improve by writing to you the State of the Market for Oil, Whale bone, &@ & @. Sperm Oil is now worth 180 cents Whale Oil 72 cents, Whale bone, So Sea, 40 cents, No. West Do[ditto] 45 cents. These prices we beleive will be sustained, and probably there will be some advance in the course of a few months.

Capt Fisher of the Stephania I learn has disposed of some of his Whale Oil at £48 pr tun, which will net here 66 cents pr Gall. this with the interest will nett more than Oil is worth at home at home at the present time. No doubt a better price can be obtained than this even, if Oil should advance in this County and England.

If you should catch whale Oil and conclude to sell, you must be particular about your guage, and the manner in which you remit the proceeds. I think myself that all kinds of Oil will advance still more in price. You will no doubt keep yourself posted as to price of Oil and bone in England and this country, whenever you go into port.

Provissions of all kinds are very high at present. Bread stuffs particularly so. Flour from $12 to $13 Beef $16 ½, Pork $15 ½ pr Bbl. I hope you will be fortunate in obtaining Oil, and make a successful voyage for yourself and owners. Make my best regards to your officers, and accept them yourself

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 18, 1855
Capt Matthew Fisher, Ship Stephania
Respected friend
Yours of Feby 6 is recd, advising me of your safe arrival at Swan River with 540 Bbls Whale Oil which I considerd very good business.
You Spoke of haveing been offered 60 cents for your Oil and that you believed 65 cents could be obtained. Since the receipt of your letter Mr Pope of our City /who is the Brother of Mr Pope doing business at Swan River/ has recd a letter from his brother stating that you had sold about 300 Bbls of your Oil at 48£ pr tun which I think will nett about 66 cents pr Gall, and I beleive he stated that you had sent me two Bills on London one for £ 500.Stg[sterling] and one for £ 800. These Bills have not yet come to hand. I think well of the sale – perhaps it would have been as well to have sold the whole of your whale Oil at that price it being early in the voyage, the interest up to the time you would probably return home with the Ship, would amount to more considerable that the difference in price.

Sperm Oil is now selling here for 180 cents pr Gall, North West Whale Oil 72 cents, Polar bone 45 cents, So. Sea Do [ditto} about 40 cents.
I have no doubt that you can safely calculate on Whale Oil when you return at 75 cents pr Gall and perhaps more. Sperm Oil will not decline and probably advance to $1.90, possibly to $2.00 per Gall. If you are satisfied with the guage you may safely sell your whale Oil up to the time you are 2 years out /unless otherwise advised/ for 55 £ pr tun. I have written you [p.350] by vessels bound to the Indian Ocean, and also by Over land mails, but I think the mails are rather irregular, and this may reach you before either of the others.

If you are fortunate Capt Fisher in getting Oil, perhaps it may answer to be more liberal with your men in letting them have money, provided it will induce them to stay by the Ship, always of course charging them a large per centage on money from 25 to 50 %.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 22 1855
Capt Weston I Swift, Waquaett [Waquoit], MA
Dear Sir. I find your letter on my return home this evening, enquiring what repairs I made on the Ship Marengo last voyage, and what I expected to make this.
When I purchased the Ship ten years ago, I put one hundred timbers in her lower hold aft, with all new transoms. Last voyage I gave her a very thorough repairing with new timbers in the lower hold forward, and an entire new top taking out all her top and half top timbers also took off all her planks outboard nearly to the waters Edge, going two strakes below the lower wale /with all the Wales/ with an entire new upper deck 3 ½ inches in thickness. In fact I gave her a more thorough repairs than any Ship I own She being a favorite Ship with her owners, and haveing been fortunate in obtaining Oil. Her [p.351] repairs amounted to about $14000. She needs no repairs this voyage except what any new ship needs after a voyage, being in most perfect order

She has three tanks between decks two used for Oil, the other for water, and I believe has as many good qualities and Conveniences for taking Oil as any Ship belonging to our port
Hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience, you gave your furthest time as one week from the time of your last writing. Hopeing you will decide to go

I remain
Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 27, 1855
Wm Howell Esq, Bath, NY
Dr Sir. Your favor of 25th ult and 22d inst, duly came to hand. The former enclosing two Dollars for the Shipping List which I have directed to you, and enclosed receipt for the same. The letters therin enclose, I have forwarded by Vessel bound to cruise in the Indian Ocean.

The letter recd by your last I shall forward by first vessel.
The Draco has not been reported since the date of her report in the Shipping List Neither have we recd any tidings of her.
It will be time soon however, to hear from her in some Port in New Holland, and as soon as I receive any inteligence from her, will inform you. You have forwarded me more than money enough to defray all expenses of postages, Shipping List &c as yet. I shall be [p.352] happy at any time to attend to any request you may be pleased to make, and remain

Very truly yours
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 27, 1855
Capt Edward Chapel, Hudson NY
Dear Sir. I am i want of a Master for the Ship “Marengo”, and learning that you will probably go to Sea again this fall. Will you please say if you are at liberty to join this ship, and if so what your terms will be, and if accepted what time you will be willing to sail.

I presume you have seen the ship many times during your voyages. Consequently it will be unnecessary for me to say more than that we gave her a repairing previous to her last voyage of about $14000, and that she has ever been considered a first class vessel for the whaling business – combining as many good qualities perhaps, as any ship of her size
You will oblige me by favoring me with a reply at your earliest convenience

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 28, 1855
Mrs Eliza C. Bates, Nantucket
Madam. Your letter of 24th inst is recd. Enclosed please find Fifty Dollars on Acct our husbands voyage in Barque Draco for which please aknowledge receipt
We expect to hear soon from the Draco

Yours very Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 29th 1855
Messrs R. H. Green & Sons, New York
Gent. Your esteemed favor of 28th is recd. I have several lots of very fine Okhotsk Bone, which I am holding for 50¢. I suppose the time for my price has hardly come, but come it will, and that [not?] long, and perhaps go beyond.
Shall be pleased to hear from you at any time

Very truly yours
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 2nd 1855
Messrs Wm Coleman & Sons, Providence
Gent. On my return home Saturday night, I learned to my astonishment that Messrs Borland & Rogers had left New Bedford for parts unknown, fearing that there might be some mistake about the matter, I let it rest untill this morning when I learned that A. D. Thatcher who was on a note with me as their ensurer at the Savings Bank was in posssession of their goods by Bill of Sale dated last month

Believeing that you might be a creditor of theirs, I feel bound to inform you of their proceedings

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 11, 1855
Messrs Wm Coleman & Sons, Providence
Gent. Haveing been absent the most of the time since your letter came to hand – did not make the enquiries so as to be able to write you deffinetely: relative to the affairs of Borlalnd & Rogers. I find they have given Several small orders to parties here to whom they were indebted, and one or two attachments been made and executions obtained through the Police Court. I think you had better come to New Bedford immediately, and see if anything can be done
[no signature]

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New Bedford July 18, 1855
Capt Martin Palmer, Ship King fisher
Respected friend
Perhaps I owe you an apology for not writing you last fall. I intended to have done so, but under the pressure of business which commenced in March, and continued without intermission untill December I put it off from time to time untill it was too late to reach you in the fall season.

You must take the will for the deed Haveing disposed of the first subject, I will now commence and make known the wishes of the owners of the good Ship King fisher that you would stay, and cruise another season

In the first place Capt Palmer Your Ship is new, and expensive and fully competent to perform another year without injury or risk, that Whales are growing scarce, and Wild, year by year, and the chances for obtaining Oil more uncertain each successive season, and as it takes a year to make the passage home and back, it is our interest and duty is it not? to keep our ship there so long as they are fit, and it is prudent to do so. It behooves us to prosecute the business now with all the ability and energy we can command, while we have the opportunity – further a ship in condition to stay three seasons, by coming home after the second comparatively loses a year, as the chances when she returns for getting Oil are much less than when she left. A whaling season now lost is like a year of lost time in a mans life, it never can be regained. I think Sir you possess too much discernment, not to discover that your [p.356] own interest lies that way. By making another years cruise, you will add sufficiently to your property to enable you to remain at home with independance of feeling, and security against any minor loss which might otherwise make you feel compeled to make another voyage. You will undoubtedly at this time have with you a gang equal, if not superior, to any ship that starts on a new voyage, which will be a further inducement to stay, and the owners are exceedingly anxious to have you stay the third season.

From the last report of you at Guam with 450 Bbls Sperm Oil, between seasons, the probabilities are, that you will fill this season, the owners have authorised me provided you obtain during your absense enough with what you have sent home, and what you have on board, when you arrive at the Islands, to make you a full ship, or nearly so, as a further inducement to remain another year, to offer you one dollar pr Bbl on all the Oil you take after the receipt of this letter, which gives you two dollars pr bbl on Sperm and one dollar pr bbl on whale

My plan is to refit either at the Sandwich Islands, San Francisco, Talcahuano, leaving it optional with your good judgment with what information you can get after you arrive to decide.

If at the Sandwich Islands ship all your Oil but your ground tier, in some good New Bedford Whale Ship, one of my own if any then bound home. If at San Francisco be governed by what advices you have from that place, how much oil to carry over there [p.357] If at Talcahuano, the opportunity from there is not so certain as at the Islands

I have had some conversation with Messrs Morgan Hathaway & Co of San Francisco. They will transact all your business for 5 pr ct commission excepting selling Oil, on which they must charge 7½ %, but will remit in their accnt[?] 2½% which will amount to the same thing. For payment of your disbursements they take your bills on me, and sell them no doubt at a premium instead of a charge. If you go to San Francisco you will lay your Ship at Sau cilito opposite San Francisco, where the “Brig Morgan” of New London refitted, and as I learn never lost a man.

If you go to Talcahuano you will draw on me for the amount of your bills the same as at the Sandwich Islands, unless you can sell whale Oil to net you 65 cents Sperm Oil 167 pr gall, which will be better than sending it home, paying freight, and insurance. In no case ship by a Merchantman or put your Oil into the old ground tier [?] casks of a Whaleman, as it injures the Oil.

Your Shipment came home well, the Oil was sold at 68 cents from the wharf, Whale bone, on hand, have been offered 45¢ ask 50 cents, shall hold for the present.
Messrs Morgan && Hathaway & Co. will write you at the Islands, and give you such advice as may aid you in comeing to a conclusion where to refit.
Mr David R. Green, and myself called on [p.358] your wife, spent a few hours with her, which do doubt she will advise you of, found her and the two children very well, and apparently very happy. Capt Holly wrote me last fall he would remain the third season if I desired it. I have written him to do so.

I have also written Capt Gifford of the Barque Roscoe to remain provided his ship is in a suitable condition which may admit of a doubt, both of these Gentlemen will no doubt wish to confer with you if they have an opportunity. Any advice and information you may give them towards prosecuting their voyages will be gratefuly recd by me. But in no case Capt Palmer dont you mention to any one, either Masters or any other person, not even your own officers that I have offered you a bonus to remain the third season. It would be a great injury to me and of no possible benefit to you.

Provided it is necessary for you to settle with any of your men at the Islands, I rather you would pay them then by drawing money, or otherwise than to give them orders, unless you think the price of Oil and bone rules too high. Charge all that went from home 11% pr annum interest and insurance, ten dollars for loading Ship, two dollars for medicine chest each man making due allowance for leakage, Shrinkage ~
Your Bill Lading of Shipt Oil pr “Cherokee” stated 12670 Galls. It turned out and sold 12609 ½ galls net of Oil.
I will now close Capt Palmer hoping you will conclude to remain [p.359] another season, and that you will be successful in taking Oil is the sincere wish of your friend, and well wisher.
Please remember me to your Officers particularly Mr Willard, and say to him that his wishes expressed in his letter shall be attended to

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

[P.S.] Say to the Cooper that I have furnished his wife with all the money she wanted

 

New Bedford July 18, 1855
Capt Richard Holly, Ship Washington
Respected friend
An apology is perhaps due from me for not writing you last season. I intended to have written the masters of all my ships but the pressure of business caused me to put it off from time to time untill I found it was too late for letters to reach the Islands for the fall season. You must therefore take the will for the deed. Your favors of Nov 15 arvd ~ was duly recd. In the forms you say, you are willing to stay another season if I desire it. I approve of this plan, and am desirous you should do so. In my opinion it will be fore the interest of all concerned.

The length of time expended in going and coming is great, and as each year passes, there are less whales to be taken. Masters are also better able to judge being there the previous season what whaling ground they had better visit the next season.

I have sent out no provisions, or whaling materials, and leave it for you to decide whether to refit your ship at the Sandwich Islands [p.360] San Francisco, or Talcahuano. In case you refit at the Islands, you had better ship all your Oil excepting your ground tier by some New Bedford whale ship /I am opposed to shipping by Merchant Vessels/ bound home. One of my ships, if any happen to be here, and purchase what you will need for a years Cruise, not returning to the Island untill after the North West season, unless necessary. If however on getting advices from San Francisco, you are satisfied you can do better there in refitting you can reserve a portion of your cargo and proceed to that port, and call on Morgan, Hathaway & Co for what assistance you may need, as I have made arrangements with this house to that effect They will write you at the Islands, giving you some information as to prices of Oil, prospects of selling &c &c by which you may be able to judge which is the better place for you, or if you think it would be for the interest of the owners you will proceed to Talcahuana for the whole or part of your provisions and supplies, and draw on me for what funds you may need unless you can sell whale Oil at 75 cents less the freight home, Sperm Oil 180 pr gall less the freight home, as I think these will be the ruling prices here for 1856. This I think will be better than to draw money and pay Exchange on same, and insurance on Oil home. If you find it necessary to discharge any of your men at the Islands, and the prices dont rule too high, I rather you would draw money and pay them off, than give them orders [p.361] making sufficient allowance for leakage, shrinkage &c &c, charging all who went from here with 11% pr Annum interest and insurance, on advances which is the cost here at the present time, also ten dollars for loading Ship, two dollars for medicine chest, each man.

In shipping these cargoes, my Masters have sometimes to save their own Casks, run their Oil into the ground tier Casks of the ship by which they shipped, thusly injuring the same. Capt Palmer did so with his by the “Cherokee”’ last season which was an injury to it. Also ships taking freight are not always particular to have all the casks fitted that are marked and St[?]d. Cleaning[?], and rec[?]ing freight, the same on empty asks as on full ones. I have made these suggestions that you may not be caught in the same way

I have written Capt Palmer hopeing he would remain another season, although he has made his calculations to come home, if he filled or nearly so, and if he is at the Islands at the time you arrive you can consult with him if you please in relation to the time and place of refitting

Having committed the affairs of the good Ship Washington to your special charge when you sailed, and never for a moment have I regretted it, neither do I expect to whatever the result of the voyage may be which of course is in the hands of time ~ will leave the whole matter of when, and where you are to refit your ship to your good judgment [p.362] and will change the subject

Your shipment of Whale bone came home safely, and in good order, is still on hand worth now 45 cents hope to get 50, shall hold for the present. Whale Oil at this season of the year is a little dull, price 70 to 71 cents. I refused 72 cents for part of the Marengos’ cargo, have stored it for 75 cents

Capt Devoll remains at home this season. Capt Skinner late of the “Isaac Hicks” of New London goes out in the Marengo. Mr Smith has never called upon me since he arrived home.
I feel quite slighted. You remember he demanded in the outset a large bonus perhaps he thinks he ought to have had it
You may think otherwise although you have never written to that effect.
Please say to your steward that I recd his letters, and that I had advanced his wife money, and I believe all she wanted, also make my respects [to] your officers.
I will now close, hopeing that you will have no difficulty in refitting and that you will be successful in obtaining Oil is the wish of your friend
If you should go to San Francisco lay your ship at Saucilito opposite San Francisco where the Brig Morgan refitted, and as I understand never lost a man

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 18, 1855
Capt B. B. Lamphier, Ship Lagoda
Respected friend
Your letters of the 9th & 30 December arrd March 16th are at hand. Also Drafts for $1400. 730 28/100, $1400. $970 34/100, in all 4500 62/100 Dolls, this for the time I think rather Strong, more by nearly one fourth in ammount than my other three Ships. Less Dft fro Anchor Chain.

Your Shipment pr “Nor Wester” has been recd the leakage was considerable as is always by Merchantmen. I never want my masters to Ship by Merchant Vessels, rather they would keep it on board, unless they can ship by a New Bedford Whaler.

I had some idea of asking you to stay the third season, and order your provissions from San Francisco, but as you have said nothing about it, perhaps it will be better to come home. You will therefore get along with as little expense as possible, and take what freight you can bring from my own Ships if there any that want to ship. If not, from others. Sell you surplus of Casks reserving enough for your own use, and cruise homeward these are the wishes of the owners. Unless provissions are reasonable, and you find you can get along with a moderate amount of refit, and in this case I rather you would sell Oil at 65¢ pr Gall, which would be equal to 75 cents at home.

In case you find it necessary to settle with any of your men there, I rather you would pay them off than to give them orders [p.364] unless Oil and bone rules too high, always making due allowance for leakage, shrinkage, &c, charge all that went from here with 11% pr annum interest, and insurance, on advances, ten dollars for loading Ship, two dollars for medicine chest each man. I hope you will make a long cruise home, by way of New Zealand or some other place, not to arrive home untill September. The Whale Oil by the “Nor Wester” I sold for 70 ½ cents, Sperm Oil that was merchantable 179 cents, Bone on hand offered 45 cents, ask 50¢

Hopeing you have had a successful cruise to the North the last season in obtaining Oil, and that good health will attend you, and your Officers, through the voyage. My kindest regards to Mrs. Lamphier, and to your officers

Yours truly
J.Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford July 18, 1855
Capt Isaiah Purrington, Ship Alex Coffin
Respected friend
Your letter dated at Guam April 10th is recd, reporting you with 120 Sperm 100 Whale Oil, which was very welcome news.

I have caused your shares of the Oil to be insured, also that of Mr. Booker. Was Sorry to learn that your ship continued to leak although I have no fears of any increase, as I am satisfied it is nothing more than a Spike hole in the plank, and sincerely hope it will give you no further trouble, or alarm, than what it has already done.

In relation to Shipping Oil, if you wish to Ship a part of your catchings, ship by a Whaler bound to New Bedford, by my own vessels if any then bound home. Am opposed to shipping by Merchant vessels. I would not start my ground tier, if you should, you would find it difficult to get ground tier Casks, and if you did you would have to fill them with salt water, which is very objectionable, causes the Oil to be strong, also please see that your Oil if shipped is put in good order, and the Casks are filled, as it not unfrequently happens that Casks being stowed empty are neglected to be filled, and freight claimed on empty, the same as on full ones.

Please write me your views about stopping the 3rd Season, that I may, if I wish ship you out provissions &c. Should you need funds, you had better sell whale Oil, provided it will net you 65 cents clear of all charges. better do so than draw money, as at that price it would be equal to 75 cents here. Whale Oil is now [p.366] worth 70 to 71 cents, Sperm do [ditto] 175 to 178, whale bone 45¢

I called down to Mattapoisett last week and saw your wife, found her very well, she intends to write you by the mail of the 20th.

Hopeing you have been successful during your cruise to the North, and continue so through the voyage, and that you may be spared to return safely to your family is the wish of your friend. With my respects to your officers I remain

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford, July 18th, 1855
Capt Asa R Gifford, Barque Roscoe
Respected friend
Your letter of Nov 28th & Dec 7th 1854 now duly recd. I owe you an apology for not writing you last season. I intended to have written all my masters, but put it off from time to time whitch I found it was too late to do so.

I approve of your proceeding to the Islands, and shipping what Oil you did, and regret that you had not an opportunity to have shipped more. It has been received in first rate order, and the Oil sold at 70¢ the bone /which is very handsome/ is now on hand in Stow. Capt Gifford, if your Ship is in condition to stay another season, and you are willing to stay, the Owners would like to have you do so. The time consumed in makeing passage is great, and whales are growing less year by year. These are strong reasons for [p.367] staying as long as is safe and prudent.

You can ship your Oil, all but the ground tier by some New Bedford Whale Ship bound home, am opposed to shipping by Merchant vessels, and I leave it for you to decide whether to refit at the Sandwich Islands, San Francisco, or Talcahuana, at either place you may deem it for the interest of the Owners. You can purchase what supplies you may want for a years cruise, and draw on me for money, or sell Whale Oil provided it will net you 65 cents pr Gall there.

It will be better to sell Whale Oil at 65 cents there, than to pay freight and insurance home, and sell here for 75 cents.
Should you go to San Francisco, call on Messrs Morgan Hathaway Co. I have made arrangements with them to transact your business at 5% Commission. They will take your bills, without any discount, and sell them probably at a premium. You no doubt will receive letters from them giving you the prices, current of the market there. I think from what I can learn you will do better to refit at San Francisco, than at the Islands.

You will consult with Capt Palmer of King fisher. Capt Holley of Washington in relation to refiting.
If you thought you could get 1000 Bbls the next season, it will be for the interest of yourself, owners, and all concurred to stay, and I have no doubt but Mr Briggs would consent to stay, as he has always been ready to second my wishes in all things, consistent; and possibly all your officers may stay.

Whale Oil is now dull at 70 to 71 cents, Sperm Do[Ditto] 17[5] to 178 cents, Whale bone 45 cents. Provissions high Pork, Beef, Flour.
Should you find it necessary to pay off any of your men there, and the price of Oil and bone is low, I rather you would draw money and pay them, than give them orders payable here, Charging them 11% pr Annum in advances made here, ten dollars for loading ship, two Dollars for medicine chest each man and makeing due allowance for leakage, shrinkage &c

Provided you go over to San Francisco to refit you will lay your ship at Sauciliti opposite San Francisco, where the Brig “Morgan” refitted and never lost a man as I understand.
Hopeing if you go the third Season you will be prospered with good success and obtain a quantity of Oil to remunerate you for your services. My kindest regards to your Officers. I shall write Mrs. Briggs

Very truly yours
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford, July 18th 1855
Capt George B Sherman, Bark Newton
Respected friend
Your letter dated at San Carlos Feby 28 and Honolulu April 26th came duly to hand.

I regret the loss of Mr Parker very much. I had a very high opinion of his ability as a Whaleman, and Officer, and regret exceedingly the loss of so valuable a man, and hope and trust you rendered him all the assistance during his sickness that was in your power, as I have no doubt you did. You did perfectly right in shipping another man in his place and hope you got as good a Whaleman as he was.

Your order came to hand and is paid was pleased to hear of your obtaining a little Sperm Oil on your passage out, and that the Newton proved herself competent to weather all the Storms of a winter passage.

If you wish to Ship a part of your Catchings, you can do so, all but your ground tier, by some New Bedford Whaler bound home. Am opposed to shipping by Merchant Vessels, but dont run your Oil into their old ground tier casks it injures the Oil to do so.

You had better sell Oil at 65 cents there to pay your bills, than draw money, the freight and Insurance home will bring equal to 75 cents here

Capt Sherman what do you think of remaining the third Season. You know it takes a long time to make passages home and out, and would it not be well to make a little preparation to stay. If so, please write me to that effect, and I will make some arrangements for it. Dont think of coming [p.369] home untill after the 3rd Season, no doubt the longer you stay the more Oil will bring as you know Oil advances yearly
My kindest regards to Mr Mitchell

Yours truly
J Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford, July 21st 1855
Capt James T. Skinner, New London
Dear Sir. Your favor of the 16th is recd. Mr Bailey[?] has not made his appearance as yet. A man by the name of John Pope came home in the Indian Chief of your place. I believe was one season in her.

He will go 3rd Officer. Please make the necessary enquiries, and write me as soon as convinent. Mr Barker will go 2nd Officer
I think you will be able to get a mate that will be satisfactory

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 21st 1855
Capt James T. Skinner, New London
Dear Sir. I wrote you this morning in relation to a 3rd Officer, since then we have saw Mr Tobey who I think would like to go your mate. He came home mate of the Wm Hamilton with Capt Holm who I believe is of your place, or near there.

I know Mr Tobey, he was mate for me a number of years ago, was then a first rate Whaler, his habits were not exactly correct, although not troublesome at all. The master went again in the same vessel and remarked to me that he wished to have Mr T. going with him again.

He joined the Wm Hamilton at the Islands, was discharged from the Morea Capt Kelly[Kelley] when she was bound home.

He is about 45 years of age but a remarkable strong and healthy man, is a most Capital Officer, and navigator. Has been once master, will be here again the 26 or 27th. Should like to hear from you after making enquiries of Capt Holm

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 26th 1855
Capt James T. Skinner, New London
Dear Sir. Your favor of the 24th is recd. I have shipped Mr Bailey /provided he goes mate of any ship this year/ by giving him just what he asked, too much alltogether, but I supposed he was the man you wanted. 18th Lay and $500 payable at the end of the voyage, provided he remains by the Ship, the voyage, or untill filled or nearly so.
Please say nothing about what I have paid him. Dont let him ship now

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 27, 1855
Capt Geo M. Kimball, Pittston
Dear Sir
Enclosed please find Fifty Dollars, also your account showing a balance due you of 349516/100 Dollars to your credit, and on interest.
I have been busy or I should have written you before. You did not say in your letter ow your health was, and whether you had any idea of trying another voyage
Shall be pleased to hear from you at any time

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford, Augt 2nd 1855
Wm Howell Esq. Bath, N.S
Dear Sir. Yours of 30th ult is recd. I recd a letter from Capt Worth of the Draco dated at Swan River New Holland Feby 20th. He made no mention of any of his crew leaveing, or that any of them were sick, and I presume your son is on board well.

They had done very well in takeing Oil up to that time, and the season for Sperm whaling on the Coast of New Holland was before them, and they left the 28th of the same month on a cruise. We shall hear from them again in the fall

Yours very truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford, Augt 3rd 1855
Capt Martin Palmer, Ship King fisher
Dear Sir. Refering to my letter of 18th ultimo, in which I advised you strongly to stay and cruise another season, I have but to add that my mind is still unchanged and hope that you will think it for your interest and for the interest of all concerned to comply with my request.

One think I then forgot to mention which I deem important you should know ~
According to a decission of Attorney Gen’ Cushing it is necessary for masters in all settlements with their crews to have the same certified by an American Consul if one is at hand. The new receipt of the man settled with does not avail in this case, as if you should settle with one of your men at a price for Oil which you might agree upon there, and he should choose to come home in some other ship and the price here at the time of your arrival should be much higher, he could claim and recover the difference, his own receipt to the contrary notwithstanding, unless the signature of the U.S. Consul appeared in the settlement. This seems to present a new feature in our already perplexing business, which I want you to avoid by haveing the Consuls signature to all your settlements with any of your men, that may ever come to the United States.

Oil and bone remains about the same as when I last wrote you, nother[sic] enquiry [p.374] for Whale Oil and bone, some sales of bone at 46 & 47 cents for nice lots which is an improvement

You should always make a large allowance for shrinkage on Whale bone, if any settlement is made there, as the fall short at home is very considerable, from the weights at the Islands, sometimes as high as 10%

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford, Augt 3rd 1855
Capt Asa R. Gifford, Barque Roscoe
Dear Sir. In referring to my letter of 18th ultimo in which I advised your stopping the third season if your ship was in a suitable condition, and you deemed it best I will merely state that my opinion is still the same.

I omitted to mention then that by a decission of the Attorney General of the United States, it is necessary for masters in all Settlements with their crew to have the same certified by an American Consul if one is at hand. The new receipt of the man settled with does not avail in this case, as if you should settle with one of your men at a price for Oil which you might agree upon there and he should choose to come home in some other ship, and the price here at the time of your arrival should be much higher, he could claim, and recover the difference, his own receipt to the contrary notwithstanding [p.375] unless the signature of the U. S Consul appeared in the Settlement.

I hope you will have the Consuls signature to all Settlements which you may make with your men, and thereby avoid any difficulty which might arise otherwise.
Oil and bone remains about the same as when I last wrote you nother [sic] more inquiry For Whale Oil and bone, Some sales of bone at 46 & 47 cents for nice lots, which is an improvement.
You should always make a large alowance for shrinkage on Whale bone, if any Settlement is made there, as the fall short at home is very considerable, from the Weight at the Islands, sometimes as much as 10%

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford, Augt 3rd 1855
Capt Richard Holley, Ship Washington
Dear Sir. In referring to my respects of the 18th ultimo, in which I advised you to go the third season, I will simply state that I am desirous you should do so, believing that it will be for the interest of all concerned.

A matter which did not occur to me at that time, and which in my opinion is of importance to your owners, is a decission of Mr Cushing Attorney General of the United States that it is necessary for masters in all Settlements with their crews to have the same certified by an American Consul /if one is at hand/. The new recipt of the man settled with does not avail in this case, as if you should settle with one of your men, at a price for Oil which you might agree upon there, and he should choose to come home in some other ship, and the price here at the time of your arrival should be much higher, he could claim and recover the difference, his own receipt to the contrary notwithstanding unless the signature of the U. S. Consul appeared in the Settlement. This seems to present a new feature in our already perplexing business, which I want you to avoid by haveing the Consuls signature to all your Settlements with any of your men, that may ever come to the U. S. States.

Oil and bone remains about the same as when I last wrote you. Nother [sic] more enquiry for Whale Oil, and bone. Some sales of bone at 46 & 47 cents for nice lots which is an improvement. You should always make a large [p.377] alowance for Shrinkage of bone if any Settlement is made there, as the fall short at home is very considerable from the weights at the Islands, sometimes as high as 10%

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 3d 1855
Capt B. B. Lamphier, Ship Lagoda
Dear Sir
In referring to my letter of 18th ult, I will merely state that my mind is still unchanged.’ I then omitted to mention that by a decission of U. S. Attorney Genl Cushing it is necessary for Masters in all Settlements with their Crew to have the same Certified by an American Consul if one is at hand.

He new receipt of the man Settled with does not avail in this Case, as if you should settle with one of your men, at a price for Oil which you might agree upon there, and he should choose to come home in some other ship, and the price here at the time of your arrival should be much higher, he could claim and recover the difference, his own receipt to the contrary notwithstanding, unless the signature of the Consul appeared in the Settlement.

I hope therefore in all settlements you may make with your Crew, you will have the signature of the Consul to the same, and thereby avoid any difficulty which might otherwise [p.378] arise.

Oil and bone remain about the same as when I last wrote you, rather[?] more inquiry for Whale Oil and Whale bone, some sales bone at 46 & 47 cts which is an improvement
You should always make a large allowance for shrinkage on whale bone if any settlement is made there, as the fall short at home is very considerable from the weight at the Islands, sometimes as much as 10%.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 6, 1855
Capt James T Skinner, New London
Dear Sir. I have talked with Mr. May about going mate of the Marengo.
He declines shipping mate to any ship at present, is in hopes to get a ship, but agrees to see me provided he goes mate out of New Bedford before joining any ship. I think the chance rather small for getting him. Some one telegraphed him from New London last Friday in relation to gong to sea from there.

He will probably see you and perhaps you may get something from more definite.
You have never written me what you thought about about Mr Tobey. He is still to be had, and I wish you would see Capt Holm and write me the particulars how he made out and what he says of him as a mate.

Perhaps you may learn more of Mr May’s [p.379] movement by not telling him that you have heard from me.
What can you say about a Mr Rogers as Cooper and Boatsteerer.
Please write me about him, also about Mr Tobey

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 10, 1855
Mr Richard Watson, Two Rivers, WI
Dear Sir. Your letter dated June 1st, but post marked July 30, is recd.
The Barque Draco was at Swan River New Holland in Feby. Last with 130 Bbls Sperm 130 Bbls Whale Oil on board, had previously sent home 85 Bbls Sperm.

I recd a letter from Capt worth dated Feby 26th, in which he made no mention of any of his crew leaving, or but what they were all well. I presume your brother is on board well. They left the 28th of that month on a cruise. Would be in to some port in New Holland again in about six months from that time.
We shall probably hear from them again by December

Yours truly
Jon: Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Augt 11th 1855
Mrs John D. Willard, Holyoke, MA
Your letter of 6th inst is recd. Enclosed please find Sixty Dollars as requested.
Please acknowledge receipt of same and much oblige

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 13th 1855
Mr Geo A. May, New London
Your letter is recd. Stating terms to go in Ship Marengo I am sorry I cannot accept them being above our mark. Should you change your mind as to terms, would be glad to hear from you again, but to pay the lay you have named would be ruinous business for the owners

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Augt 13th 1855
Mr Wm A Underhill, Croton Point, Westchester County
Dr. Sir
I probably shall build a good size house, commencing early in the Spring. Have not fully decided whether to use Brick or wood. Have been shown samples of brick which were sent here by you to Mr Lucas of their shades. My object in writing you is to ask if I can buy a selection of the darkest, and as I suppose the hardest of the samples sent, say 60 m.
Please state your lowest cash price for selections as above, delivered here, then are calculated for face, and to paint. Also your price for common brick, same size, say for 90 m

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 13, 1855
Messrs Dupee & Perkins, Boston
Gent
Yours of 11th ult came duly to hand, enclosing B. B. Musseys’ note for $6000 at 6 mos 18% int. Passumpsic Bond No. 56 for $1000 and check on Webster Bank for Two hundred seventy four & 50/100 Dolls.
Enclosed please find note due 16/19 inst. Canceled.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Augt 16th 1855
Capt J. H Holm, Norwich, CT
Dear Sir. I would like to make some enquiry in a confidential manner respecting Mr Tobey who was your mate in the Wm Hamilton. Mr T. was once mate of a ship for me, but it was some years since, and I have not since that time had the sense of him. Capt Skinner who is going out Master, has some doubts about taking him as cheif mate, and wishes me to make further enquiries of you. Did he give you satisfaction? As a whaleman, and Officer? Was he troublesome in his habits when in Port? And would you take him if you was going again, as cheif mate provided he wanted to go. I have made no attempt to ship Mr T. and possibly could not if wished to, but it has been intimated to me that he would go
Please reply as early as convenient and very much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Augt 17, 1855
John H Gowen Esq, Saco
Dear Sir. You will remember calling upon me when at New Bedford a few days since in relation to a lot of hand pressed bricks. I saw what I supposed was the Article refered to, and for painting, I should judge them very good. Now Sir, I have about concluded to build of brick, but am in some doubt whether I had better use a selection of pressed brick with color uniform and not paint, or something cheaper and paint.

This I suppose is often all a matter of fancy, still it is not with me an easy matter to settle in my own mind.
I want to purchase my stock at as low rate as I can, whether it be at the best, or second best article, as I shall pay the money and want my moneys worth, am not particular whether I purchase this year or in the spring as I shall not build untill spring. Have written to one or two places for prices, and should be very much pleased to have yours in a confidential manner. If you are disposed to make your prices and wish the matter to remain between ourselves, you can do so with the utmost safety as I pledge myself it shall be. Say from 50 to 60 m a selection of your best pressed brick delivered at New Bedford, not met with salt water, Also price of same quantity of such as I have seen here all of good color and shape. Also price for 80 to 100 m good common brick. Cash on delivery, this fall or spring, as may best suit you.
Please let me hear from you

Yours truly
J. Bourne

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New Bedford 28th 1855
Capt Nathl N Sowle, Warren, RI
Dear Sir A dark Portugese by the name of Joseph Antone, called upon me this morning, and wanted a birth in the Ship Marengo as Boat Steerer. He shew me a reccommendation purporting to be written by you, but as they are sometimes made by the shipping master, I would like to know your opinion of the man for that birth, and if you would take him yourself for Boatsteerer provided you were going.
Please answer early, and oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Augt 30th 1855
Mr John W. Frost, Croton, NY
Dr Sir
I want to purchase for cash, say 180 m brick, a portion of which to be hard, and to be of uniform color and suitable for the outside of a house which I contemplate building. Understanding from a friend here that you are a manufacturer of Custom brick, you will oblige me by stating your prices for different qualities, in letter at your earliest convenience

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.385]

 

New Bedford Augt 30th 1855
Mr A. A. Dunham
Foot of 20th St No, River N[ew] York City
Dear Sir. I want to purchase for cash, say 180 m brick a portion of them to be hard, and to be uniform in Color, and suitable for the out side of a house which I contemplate building. Understanding from a friend here, that you are the Agent for Custom brick, you will oblige me by stating your prices for different qualities, at your earliest convenience

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

Duplicate of above sent
Edward D. Nelson & Co 290 West St
Geo. C. Byrn 43 Harrison St
New York City

New Bedford Augt 30th 1855
Geo A.Simmons Esq, Boston
Dear Sir. When I last talked with you about the Lot of Casks I was to have, you thought there was no doubt but I could have them by the 20th of Augt. It is now the last. Please tell me what the prospect is at the present time, as I must commence fitting immediately. If it is just as convenient for you I will have them sent by the Fairhaven R. Road.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

Please mark J. B. Jr

[p.386]

 

New Bedford Augt 30th 1855
C W. Cartwright Esq
President Manufacturers Ins Co, Boston
Dear Sir. I wish to get insured Ten thousand Dolls on Catchings on board Ship Kingfisher from March 17th Last, at which time she was at Guam, bound to the Northern Seas on a Whaling Cruise.

I want to insure for one year, and for note with the privilege of terminating the risk by paying for the time used, if the ship should go to the Sandwich Islands, and ship her Oil, or otherwise dispose of it, and stay another year.

The Kingfisher was built in 1853 by Elbridge G. Pierce of Gardiner, and is on her first voyage. She has a good Captain is well equipped, and has thus far been very successful and when last reported was all right.

Valuation of Sperm Oil $1.75 Whale Do 72¢ Whale bone 45cts. The Kingfisher being new and haveing a large amount on board, Our Officers are all up to the time upon her.
Should you conclude to take the amt at the rate charged by our Offices here, you may send me polsey, and premium note, and I will sign and return it

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.387]

 

New Bedford Augt 31st 1855
Capt James T. Skinner, New London
Dear Sir. I find on my return home yesterday, yours of 25th inst, in which you say there are two good Boat steerers at New London that would like to go in the Marengo.

It they have steered Boats before, and proved good, if they are young men of promise, and not steered before, but you are satisfied they are the men you want for that berth, ship them. The lays have always been for Boat steerers in the Marengo 100 & 115, but expect to give this voyage 100, but no more unless for something superior. Will advance the ¢80 when gone to sea. As for a mate, I have not got any, nor do I know of any one that is young, and first rate in his Whaling, except two men, both not navigators, but right in every other respect. If either of them will answer your purposes, I am satisfied to ship them although I am inclined to believe that the ships Log will have to be kept by the 3rd mate.
Please let me hear from you about the Boat steerer, also the mate

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

[p.388]

 

New Bedford Sept 3, 1855
Captain James T. Skinner
Dear Sir
Since I wrote last two candidates for mates berth have turned up. One is Capt Fales, late of the Helen Augusta of New Port. His qualifications as a Whaleman I presume are undisputed. He has some trouble with his owners in effecting a settlement, and now applies for a mates berth. If you know anything about him personally, please say so in your next. The other is a Mr Baker who was mate of the Antilope Capt Potter

I have seen Capt P. who is now in our city. He speaks well of Mr B. say he has reccommended for a Ship. Considers him a very superior sperm Whaleman, and is very good for Bowheads. He never had an opportunity to catch a right Whale. No fears about his trying hard, if anything too much go ahead he says, good failing this I think. His voyage with him was his first right Whaling of any kind, all before that was sperm whaling, of good habits, a good officer, prudent saveing man, a little jealous in his disposition, about 30 years of age, and belongs in Newburg, N.Y. Will want good pay if we can get him.

I am apt to think Fales the smart whaleman, but not the surest man. I would like to have your opinion of the two men by return of mail, as I shall probably have to go to Newburg if I ship him

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.389]

 

New Bedford Sept 4th 1855
T. Tompkins, Esq, New Port
Dear Sir. Your being there on the spot, I want to make a few enquiries in relation to Capt Fales, whether you think he will answer to go mate of the Marengo, what was his qualifications as a whaleman and officer? I was aware that he has had some difficulty with his owners.
Please state what they are &c &c. Your opinion in this matter will have some influence with us in shipping him

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 4, 1855
Capt James T. Skinner, New London
Dear Sir. I recd a Telegraph dispatch today from the Cooper, saying he could not go. Will you make enquiry and write me what the trouble is. Also keep the run of Mr Getchell, or he will be stopping out next news

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 10th 1855
Mrs F. Willard, Gardner
Enclosed please Twenty five Dollars, as pr your request

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.390]

 

New Bedford Sept 12, 1855
Capt James T. Skinner New London
Dear Sir
Your favor of 11th inst is recd. Also the Telegraph from Rogers saying that he would go.

I was absent from, consequently could not answer untill today. It would have made no difference however, as I had shipped another Cooper Saturday, one offered and I made the enquiries of the owners, and have it from them, that he is “first rate”, to use their own language. Therefore I shall not need the services of Mr Rogers and hope that when he makes another bargain to go in a New Bedford Ship, he will consider what he is doing, and not make another one afterwards. After a man once makes a Contract, I consider him bound to fulfill it. Rogers dont deserve a berth in a Ship out of any Port, from the fact, you don’t know whether he is going or not. You can say to him that we shall not need his services. Have two fourth mates in view shall ship one of them tomorrow morning. Two Boat Steerers shipped, and talking with one third Mr Getchells, makes up the Compliment. Also have shipped Cook. We are putting the Stuff into her pretty fast

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.391]

 

New Bedford Sept 13, 1855
Messrs Wm Coleman & Sons, Providence, R.I.
Gent
Please send me pr Rail Road immediately, the following list of Blocks:

24 Single 8 inch Blocks
16 Single 7 inch Blocks
20 Single 6 inch Blocks
6 Single 5 inch Blocks
6 Double 9 inch Blocks
6 Double 7 inch Blocks
6 Double 6 inch Blocks
2 Double 12 inch Blocks Patent
2 Double 10 inch Blocks
4 Single 8 inch thick Shievs [sheave]
4 Single 9 inch thick Shievs [sheave]
1 Single Cutting Block for Rope Strap
18 Jibb Hanks
12 Fly Jibb Do [Hanks]
12 7 ½ inch Hanks
8 Hickory Hand Spikes ---

All of the above Blocks for Rope Strap, and two patent as marked above.
As our mutual friends Borland & Rogers have left, I shall want Blocks, from time to time, and suppose the prices will be the same as those for my other ships.
Please send Bill with discount off and I will forward you check for same

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.392]

 

New Bedford Sept 16, 1855
Capt F. Cushman, Steam Propeller Potomsky
Dr Sir
Please purchase, and bring me 30 Bushels Indian Meal

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 18, 1855
T.Tompkins Esq, New Port
Dr Sir. Enclosed please find check on Boston for Six hundred Seventy Eight & 7/100 Dollars, which is to your Debit in account with Barque Draco

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 18, 1855
Messrs Wm Coleman & Sons, Providence
Gent. I wrote you on the 13 inst, and enclosed an order for Blocks, since which I have heard nothing from you. Will you please forward them at once as the Ship will go to sea soon.
I presume you have them on hand as I want such as you usually make

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.393]

 

New Bedford Sept 20th, 1855
Capt Warren N. Bourne, Falmouth
My Dear Sir
Yours of the 19th is recd. I am very glad you wrote, as positively, I never have thought of your wants, from the time we parted to the receiving of your letter. So much for my memory when I am pressed up with business. It has either been from, or home constantly.
Enclosed you will find check on Boston for Five hundred Dollars
Please acknowledge receipt and oblige

Yours truly
J.Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 20th 1855
Mr David P[?], West Meriden CT
Dr Sir. Your letter of 14th inst is recd. I have no knowledge of any such man shipping on board the Stephania as referred to in your note.
If you will write me by what name he shipped, I will write Capt Fisher to let him come home.
I think you must be mistaken about his being in the Stephania

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.394]

 

New Bedford Sept 24th 1855
Capt James T. Skinner New London
Dear Sir. I write to say that we are now haveing fine weather, and getting along nicely in fitting. Shall want you here by the 6th of Octr without fail.
If your son dont arrive in time /which I have always had my doubts/ I know another man ready to take his place.
Am very sorry you did not conclude to go the 1st as all the ships are leaveing.
“South America” bending sails today, “Geo Washington” goes the first.
I am sorry for you to be the last on the list of the large Ships, but hope not to be the last to return.
Please see that Mr Getchell is on hand in time, as I am exceedingly anxious to have the ship go on the 11th without fail

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Sept 27, 1855
Mrs Frances Willard, Gardiner
Your letter of 3 inst was duly recd. I enclosed to you, as pr request Twenty five Dollars two weeks ago. I have just been up and enquired of our Post Master in regard to it, and he says you will find it in the Office at Gardiner
Please make the search in the Gardiner Post Office, and write me the results. I was surprised to learn you had not recd the money, as it was duly sent.

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.395]

 

New Bedford Sept 28, 1855
Messrs A B. Crossman Son
Huntington, Long Island
Gentlemen. I have now concluded to build of brick and to commence in the Spring. What will you furnish me 125 to 150 m of your hard brick delivered here on the wharf in the Spring – Say first Cargo by the 1st of May – balance in all May and June, cash as soon as delivered, quality same as those now landing from Sloop Alice?
Please let me hear from you by return of mail, as I am ready to close if price suits

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 28, 1855
Mr Charles Jones
Cold Spring, Long Island
Dear Sir. I shall commence to build a brick house in the Spring. Please say what you will furnish me 125 to 150 m of your hard brick, delivered on our wharf? Say first Cargo by May 1st balance in May and June, cash as soon as delivered, quality same as those sold Ward M. Parker of our City.
Please answer by return of mail and much oblige

Yours truly
J.Bourne Jr

[p.396]

 

New Bedford Oct’ 2nd 1855
Capt Theodore Cole. Brattleboro, VT
Dear Sir Your letter of 29 ult offering your 1/8 of the Marengo for $1800 is recd. I dont pretend to say that the price is too high, although ships of her class are not sought after this year, and as I told you when I first talked with you about selling, I do not wish to increase my interest in right whalers, particularly of her size.

To show something of the value of ships carrying Four thousand Barrells, I will state that 1/8 of the Ship Champion was sold at auction last Friday at the rate of $5200.
I think the Champion has been owned here about the same time that the Marengo has, and has been quite as extensivly repaired as the Marengo, besides she is off of a one seasons voyage, which of course gives her a large advantage in outfitting. It makes a material difference in outfits, whether a ship has been a one season, or a three season voyage.
You seem anxious to sell although I should advise you to hold.
I will give you at the rate of $13000 cash for your 1/8, but don’t consider myself bound, by this, beyond the due course of mail.

Yours truly,
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. 3/16 of Bark Sarah Sheaf[e] carrying 3600 Bbls, off of her first voyage, in good order and considered a good vessel sold at the rate of 7000$

[p.397]

 

New Bedford Oct’ 2nd 1855
Messrs A. B. Crossman & Son, Huntington
Gent. When your Mr Crossman talked with me at my house, /I believe I am correct in saying it was him, although I have lost the card which he gave me, but he will reccollect/, I was undecided what I should use for out side, whether pressed brick, or comon with mastick cover. Haveing decided in favor of pressed brick and purchased the same, I wrote you immediately.

Mr Crossman /if he is the Gentleman who called upon me/, offered me the brick for 6 1/8 cash on delivery, to be delivered this fall. Beleving that it might not make more difference than the interest would prefer to have them in the Spring. Still if you would prefer to deliver them this Fall, will take them now and pay for them on delivery.
So much time haveing elapsed since he was here, I do not consider him bound by our talk. Still I would like to have the brick, and will receive them as soon as they can be sent forward.
Please let me hear from you immediately

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.398]

 

 

Copy of a Letter to Capt A. Devoll
Sent to Honolulu Augt 2nd 1852

New Bedford Augt 2, 1852
Capt Z. A. Devoll
Respected friend
Haveing a piece of news which I suppose might however reach you through another channel, I could not forego the pleasure of communicating the fact myself.

 

Four weeks ago last Saturday, Mrs Devoll was delivered of a fine girl – not a Ship Master, but one calculated to [?] the heart of one no doubt at some future time. I understood Mrs Devoll was getting along nicely, and no doubt the little girl grows finely, and will be quite a little Miss when you shall arrive home, particularly if you stay to fill the Marengo, which I hope however will not require a great length of time, as every year makes one the less for us to enjoy our gains.

I was disapointed in two ways when I heard of you in at Talcahuano, first in your going in so soon, then in not receiving a letter from you. I had the mortification of seeing some of your crew walking about the street before the orders were due[?], that they drew on me when they sailed. I supposed that there was enough said about avoiding the loss of men when first out, before you left, and haveing received no letters, showing the necessity of going in, of course leaves me only to conjecture, which is not the most pleasant situation an agent may be placed in, however time may explain to the satisfaction of all concerned, as it probably will

I hope you will not be so unfortunate [p.399] when you go into Port again, as to lose so many men, in my judgement it is a severe loss and I believe the first crew is generaly the best, to change we know costs money, unless the ship has considerable Oil on board.

In relation to Shipping home, you must use your own judgement, if the Catchings on the North West dont very far exceed those of last year, and if it does, it must come home or Whale Oil cannot recede much. The prices thus far have reached from 72 to 75 cents per Gall.

I would be careful if I ship home oil, and see that there was not much bone in the same vessel, as the bone often causes the Oil to leak badly, and again they do not like to wet hold, when they have large quantities of bone on board. I should rather ship my bone, when they are taking mostly bone, and in good ships. This matter however is familiar to you.

In relation to recruiting for another season, I received a letter from Capt Tobey of the Lagoda. He stated he recruited at East Cape New Zealand, where he found abundance of Potatoes, onions, Hogs &c at very reasonable prices, from there he went to Tryphuna harbor for wood and water, and found the facilities good for obtaining it, and without price. Fresh Beef could also be obtained there at five cents pr pound, crew all safe. This Harbor he states is situated on the South West part of the great Barrier Island distance 50 miles to the North East of Auckland the Capital of New Zealand, and a good harbor.

Should you fall in with the Lagoda you would do well to make further enquiries of Capt Tobey [p.400] Tobey. I sold the balance of the Marengo whale bone, 10000lbs for 46cts, and 21000 lbs at 55cts, this is the highest point it has reached.

I hope you will have no trouble in obtaining Oil to your satisfaction. Still I must say that I am not without my fears that we all reached into the business in 1851 on the blind principle.
Capt Holt wrote me from Talcahuano that you was sanguine you should obtain 2500 Bbls the approaching season. I sincerely hope that may be your fortune, and his too.
I have no disposition to keep either of you away from your friends, by wishing you hard luck, even if I was not interested.
You will please write me when you arrive, and when you leave.
Give my best regards to Mr Watson, tell him his boy was walking about the streets here grinning. I have no doubt if he could have had had his muscular arm upon him, he would have made him grin to some purpose. My regards to Mr Masin[?], and Mr Hood, and accept for yourself the good wishes of your friends and well wisher through life, and may it be our privilege to meet again in health, your haveing performed your duty to those under your command, and return to your owners with an equivelent for there outlay

Very truly yours
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. from the best information I have from Hong Kong, I am decidedly of the opinion that it is injurius to the voyage for any of my ships to visit that Port

[p.401]

 

New Bedford Oct’ 6, 1855
Messrs R H Green[?] & Son, New York
Gent. Your telegraph and letter of 5 inst were recd, and answered.
And am waiting for your reply. Have several lots of bone for sale. I have no foots on hand, and have not been able to find any for sale

Yours truly
J. Bourne

 

New Bedford Oct’ 11, 1855
Mrs F Willard, Gardiner
Yours of 4 inst is recd and enclosed I forward you check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Fifty Dollars for which you can get the money at either Bank in Gardiner.
I regret that the Twenty five Dollars has not been found. Have written to the Post Master at Gardiner in this State, and may yet find it

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.402]

 

New Bedford Oct’ 15, 1855
Mrs Martin Palmer, Norton
Madam. I regret to say that by Telegraph we are advised of the total loss of the good Ship Kingfisher and Cargo. The report is that she was lost on entering the Okhotsk Sea /Crew saved/

This is a serious loss to our Insurance Offices, also to owners, Officers and Crew, although a serious loss of property to all concerned. We have our comforting report which more by far, outweighs everything else, that is, the safety of the Crew.

The Kingfisher and Enterprize of New Bedford are reported lost at one place. The crews of both ships are saved. There are however a number of other ships reported as lost, names not given, and of course the fate of Crews not known.

We shall perhaps have more particulars in the morning, and if anything more definite, will write you again
In haste

Yours truly
J.Bourne Jr

Copy of the above letter sent
Mrs John D. Willard Holyoke
Mrs Frances Willard Gardiner

[p.403]

 

New Bedford Oct 19, 1855
F. R. Whitwell Esq
President Fairhaven Mutual Marine Ins Co, Fairhaven
Dear Sir. Enclosed I hand you notice of the abandonment of Catchings on board Ship Kingfisher insured by you in Policy No 10

Very Respectfully Yours
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 19, 1855
Francis M. Mitchell Esq
President Commercial Ins Co, Nantucket
Dr Sir. Enclosed I hand you notice of the Abandonment of Catchings insured on board Ship Kingfisher insured by in Policy 40

Very Respectfully Yours
J. Bourne Jr

[p.404]

 

New Bedford Oct 25, 1855
T. Tomkins Esq, Newport
Dear Sir. Enclosed I hand you acct with Barque Draco last voyage with check on Boston for Four hundred Sixteen & 99/100 Dollars for balance of same
Please acknowledge receipt of same and much
Oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 25, 1855
Davis Collasmon[?] New York
Dr Sir Enclosed please find Bill of Dining sett, with check on New York for amt of same.
Please receipt and return bill. Have returned Sample pr Express

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

[p.405]

 

New Bedford Oct 30 1855
Capt Matthew Fisher, Ship Stephania
Respected friend
Your favor of the 22nd June at Angier[?] is recd advising me of your haveing taken 150 Bbls Sperm Oil during your last Cruise, which is very Satisfactory. Also of your continued good health, and that of your Officers and Crew.

You say that you have taken every Whale that you have been fast to. You also say Capt Fisher that you shall be under the necessity of discharging Mr Weeks. I hope Capt F. this will not take place before this reaches you and I will explain.

When I shipped Mr Weeks I considered fully that I understood his character, and it has proved exactly what I supposed, that he was a good whaleman, and I hope you will not on any account discharge him, or let him run untill you have done whaling, although I am aware that it may at times be difficult for you to get along with him. Still what is a little trouble compared with the loss of a Sperm Whale, or even one right whale, after looking for them two or three months, or possibly the loss of the voyage

You possess too much good common sense Capt F. to run the risk of loseing a good whaleman because he is a poor officer, so long as you are not afraid of his doing you any particular injury [p.406].
I beg of you therefore to get your voyage on board first, and bear and forbear, untill that is secured, and then make him toe the mark
Your Bills from Swan River were recd all right, net amts recd here $6355.56
Whale Oil worth to day 80¢ Sperm Oil 175¢ Whale Bone, Polar 50¢, So Sea 40¢. All well at home

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Nov’ 1, 1855
Mrs. Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
Madam Your letter was recd, and forwarded by the Cherokee.
Will you please write me if you have an Insurance for Capt Worth, also if Mrs Bates has any on her husbands voyage, and if you wish any done.
And much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.407]

 

New Bedford Nov 3, 1855
Messrs R. H. Green & Sons, New York
Gent. Yours of the 9th ultimo was duly recd, I did not reply earlier from the fact that I suffered from some false reports recd from the Whaling Fleet about that time that your Cutters expected to get their Bone at a Considerable reduced price

Subsequent reports seem to indicate the present season to have been quite disastrous, and I suppose your purchasers of Bone may have made up their minds by this time, whether they will purchase or not before further news when we expect to get 55 cents.

You ask me to describe my bone The lot of 11000 pounds, I purchased 6 mos since and paid one cent pr lb more than the ruling price at that time, as I considered it the finest lot of Okhotsk Bone I had seen this season. It being very clean, bright, and of good size. I thought at the time it was rather extra size for the season, as most of the bone of last season from the Okhotsk was rather smaller than usual.

I think I can say, it is of full usual size, and in most perfect order. Would like to close this lot and others if it is wanted.
Please let me hear from you and oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.408]

 

New Bedford Nov 6, 1855
Mrs Eliza Terrel, Tarboro, N.C.
Madam. I have recd a letter from your son Charles Taylor who is 2nd officer of Barque Roscoe belonging to me, wishing me to send you one hundred Dollars which I will do if you will write me, and inform me where to direct the same, that it may go safely

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 14th 1855
Capt James T. Skinner, Ship Marengo
Dr Sir
By the last accounts from the Northern whaling fleet, you will perceive that the accounts are in a very Confused State. Whale Oil to day may be quoted heavy at last prices, Also whale bone, Sperm Oil are upward tendancy.
All well as when you left

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.409]

 

New Bedford Nov 19, 1855
Messrs R. H. Green & Sons, New York
Gentlemen. I have sold the 11000lb Lot of Whale bone, and will now offer you 14000lb of large size Okhotsk very black, and in as good order as any bone in our market. I doubt if a finer lot has been offered in this or your markets this season. In fact you can say very fine lot, nothing better.
Please see what you can do and write me. 52¢ ought to be obtained easily

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 19, 1855
Mrs Martin Palmer, Norton
Madam. I have received a long, and very Satisfactory letter from Capt Palmer, dated Okhotsk Sea June 18. He was then on board of the Ship Syren Queen Capt Lakey, would remain there untill an opportunity offered to get to the Islands. If you have not received letters from your husband, and would like to see mine, I will enclose it to you with pleasure.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.410]

 

New Bedford Nov 16th 1855
Messrs R. H. Green & Sons, New York
Gent. I have your letter of the 24th inst. Have no objections to sending pr Wednesdays Propeller five bundles of my 14000lb lot of Whale bone, provided the lot can be sold to arrive by sample if as good as anything of the kind in this Country
Please reply pr return of mail in time to ship by Wednesdays’ Propeller

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 26th 1855
Capt Theodore Cole, Brattleboro, VT
Dear Sir
Your letter of 22nd inst was duly recd. Enclosed you will find a Statement of Ship Alex Coffins Voyage with acc made up to Nov 26, showing a balance to your Debit in acct with Ship Marengo of Twenty three hundred Ninety Eight & 81/100 Dollars. I have effected Insurance for you on Ship Marengo and Outfits to the amount of Fifty Seven hundred and fifty Dollars, at the rate of $46000. I have also enclosed a blank affidavit from the Custom House, with an extract from the law which will give you the information required in order to comply with the same. After you have taken the Oath, please return it to me, and I will hand it in to the Collector. I have recd a letter from [p.411] Capt Purrington of Alex Coffin dated at Ayan Bay Sept 3rd with 1200 Bbls Whale 120 Sperm Oil

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 28, 1855
Messrs R. H. Green & Sons, New York
Gent. Your telegraph is recd. I have shipped you pr Propeller Potomska 5 Bundles Whale bone marked B weighing 428, as samples of the lot of 1400 lbs

This is a very handsome and good lot of bone. I could have sold half of it here today for 50 cents. The purchaser not finding any lot in our market that suited him as well. You must sell this lot for not less than 51 cents, and after you have closed this, shall have other lots to offer. The weight is not exactly true as it was weighed by scales, not as correct as should be for bone.
Please let me hear from you and
Much Oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.412]

 

New Bedford Nov 30, 1855
Messrs Dupee, Perkins & Sayles, Boston
Genlemen. Yours of 27 inst is recd. Enclosed I forward you Coupons on 9000 Dolls Passumpsic Bonds due Decr 1 amounting to Two hundred Seventy Dolls for which please send me Mr Musseys receipt

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 30 1855
Mrs Eliza Terrell, Tarboro, N.C.
Yours of 16th inst is recd. Enclosed I send you check on the Mechanics Bank New York for One hundred Dollars on account of your son Charles Taylor.
Please acknowledge receipt of same and much oblige

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.413]

 

New Bedford Decr 6th, 1855
Capt John Cole, Westmoreland, N.C.
Dr Sir. Your letter of 3rd inst is recd. I have not yet recd anything from the Washington, or Roscoe.

The Washington sent only her bone home last season, which is still on hand in store, her Dfts last season were Twenty two[six?] hundred Dollars. The Roscoe sent home two hundred fifty bbls Oil, and her bone. The Oil was sold on time, and has not yet matured, bone on hand in store, her Dfts were sixteen hundred Dollars, which has made me in advance to both ships since last Winter

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr
pr G. W. E.

Mr Bourne is absent
Out of town and will
Not return for several days

 

New Bedford Decr 8th, 1855
Watson Freeman Esq, Boston
Dear Sir. Upon the receipt of your letter of the 4th inst, I wrote Mr Norcross of Holliwell Maine, to reserve for me 6000 Bushels of his leached Ashes and that I would advance during the winter if he wished one half of the Cost. Will inform you of his reply as soon as received and if in the affirmative, you shall have 3000 bushels.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.414]

New Bedford Decr 8th, 1855
Mr O. D. Norcross, Holliwell
Dear Sir. A friend of mine wants 3000 bushels of leached ashes, and I want the same quantity, say 5500 to 6000 bushels in all – delivered in the Spring.

Can you accommodate us? If you can, will advance half the cost some time during the winter if required.
Please let me hear from you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Decr 20th 1855
James W. Elwell Esq,
Receiver [Treasurer] Reliance Mutual Ins. Co., New York
Dear Sir. Your letter of 23rd ultimo is recd and contents noted. You wish for information in regard to Ships Alexander Coffin, Stephania, Marengo, and Monongahila, insured for me by the Reliance Mutual Insurance Company.

The Stephania arrived here April 15, 1854, Alex Coffin May 23rd 1854, Marengo April 24 1855 and the risks terminated on each at the dates of their arrival.

The risk on the Monongahila terminated in the loss of said Ship about the 26th of September 1853, as you will see by the Abandonment made at the proper time, and which you have on file in the papers of the Co. The 15th of Oct 1853 [p.415] was the date agreed upon with the other Companies haveing risks on the Monongahila for the premiums to stop accruing, and for them to pay their losses in fourteen months from that date, all of which have paid, with the exception of the Reliance.

I will also refer you to the Correspondence between Mr Lawrence Grinnell of this place Agent for the Co. to obtain policies and Mr Boker President of the Company in regard to the same – copies of which you have in the files of the Co.

After the suspension of the Company, and before a Receiver had been appointed ~ to protect myself I trusted parties here holding policies from said Company for the amount due from them - judgement has been obtained in our courts, and an Execution[?] taken out.

Mr Boker will acknowledge I think that my claim would have been collected if I had pressed it at the time it was due. In fact, I understood from a friend of mine, that he has said so ~ I called on him once myself and he then said, that the Company was solvent but wanted a little time to make arrangements to meet their losses, but subsequent losses I suppose placed them beyond hope.

Under these Circumstances I supposed I should be justified in making use of the advantage the loss gave me as a resident of Massachusetts.
I also enclose to you a statement of the account made up between myself and the Company, showing the balance due me

Very Respectfully Yours
J. Bourne Jr

[p.416]

 

New Bedford Decr 20, 1855
William Howell Esq, Bath, N.Y.
Dear Sir. Your favor of 18th is recd. The last account from the Draco is by letter from Capt Worth at Angier Augt 3 all well bound on a cruise.
The Draco has done well in getting Oil since she sailed from home and will no doubt make a good voyage.
We shall hear from them again when they go in to recruit

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec 20th, 1855
Mr William B. Phillips, Lynn, Mass
Dear Sir. Yours of 18th inst is recd. I recd a letter from Capt Lamphier dated Okhotsk Sun Sept 12th in which he stated that he had purchased two hundred sixty Bbls Oil, and that he had 1300 Bbls on board, which I presume included what he bought.

He had done well, and there was a chance of his getting some more Oil before he had to leave.
I have caused to be insured for Mr Arrington[?] One thousand Dollars

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.417]

 

New Bedford Decr 18, 1855
Mr Albert S. Gorton, San Francisco
Sir
Understanding from Mr Willard who arrived here this morning that you was at San Francisco when he passed through, and that you would probably remain there. Haveing Sympathy for all the unfortunate seaman on board of my late beautiful Ship Kingfisher I will inform you that I caused to be insured for you before her loss, ~ the sum of $1000 which I am ready to pay in to your hand whenever I shall have collected the same from the Insr Company

Respectfully Yours
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Decr 25th 1855
Watson Freeman, Boston
Dear Sir. I called at your office last Wednesday, and understood that you was confined at home ~ wanted to see you in relation to Ashes. I left Mr Norcross letter, with a request that it might be handed to you that evening, and that you would write me the next day enclosing Norcross letter
Did you receive the message?

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.418]

 

New Bedford Decr 26 1855
C. Darling Esq. Boston
Dear Sir. Yours of 22nd inst is recd. Enclosing Dft from Capt Worth of Barque Draco for Two hundred fifty three & 7/1000 Dollars, for which please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston.
I also enclose the Dft for you to receipt, which please do so, and return the same to me

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Decr 26, 1855
Mrs Eliza C. Bates, Nantucket
Your letter of 21 inst is recd. Enclosed I forward you One hundred Dollars by Express as pr your request, on acct of your husband J. W Bates. Please acknowledge receipt of same
And much oblige

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Decr 26th, 1855
Messrs Morisey & Moore, Nantucket
Gent. Enclosed I forward you four Dollars for the Enclosed bill which please receipt and return.
I knew nothing of this only by way of Mrs Potter, but presume it is all right

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.419]

 

New Bedford Dec 26, 1855
Mrs Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
Yours of 17th inst is recd Enclosed I send you by Express Three hundred for forty five & 80/100 Dollars the amount due Capt Worth for his share of Sperm Oil sent home from Western Islands.
Please sign the receipt below and enclose the same to me

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec 27, 1855
Mr O. D. Norcross, Hollowell
Dr Sir. Your letter is recd ~ Should have answered before, but was not able to hear from my friend who wanted a part that I ordered.

You do not say that I can have the ashes even at 10¢. I want for myself and friend, as I wrote you about 5500 Bushels. Can I have them at 10 cents delivered at the Wharf ~ measured as those I purchased before five pecks for the bushel? Please answer. ~ Will advance as I wrote you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.420]

 

New Bedford Decr 29, 1855
Francis M. Mitchell Esq
President Commercial Ins Co, Nantucket
Dear Sir Your loss on the Catchings on board Ship Kingfisher is now due, and if it is Convenient should be glad to have the same paid.
Please say if you are ready to settle same
And much Oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 2nd, 1856
Mrs J. S. Gatchel, New London
On my return home I find your order for Thirty Dollars on a/c of your husband.
Enclosed please find the same for which please acknowledge receipt.
When Mr G. shipped to the Marengo I advanced him Four hundred Dollars which as I understood was to be all the advance that he would need. When he came here to go to sea, he wished me to let you have a little money, which I consented to do, but I did not expect to make what advances you might ask for from time to time.

I think I understood from him or Capt Skinner that he had sold his interest in the vessel which he had [p.421] sailed for some time previous, and that you could realize from the sale in the course of a year or less.
Please write me on the receipt of this if I am correct

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 5th 1856
A.J. Morton Esq, Nantucket
Dear Sir. Your letter of the 30th ultimo is recd. I herewith enclose Capt Palmers Protest, and would ask the favor to have the same returned immediately after examination if agreeable to you, as one of the owners of the Kingfisher Mr D. R. Greene called for it this morning wishing to send it to Boston where he was insured on Catchings.

In relation to my Insurance, I have Ten thousand Dollars on Catchings, and no more. Five thousand at your office and an interest of five thousand in a Policy of $8300 in the Fairhaven Co. and was the owner of one half of the ship. You can readily see that there was quite a margin for more Insurance, if I had wished to have insured it.
Please remember to send the Protest and write me when it will be convenient to pay and oblige.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.422]

 

New Bedford Jany 3rd 1856
Mr. John D. Willard, Gardiner, ME
Dear Sir. Enclosed I hand you Eight hundred fifty seven & 14/100 Dolls amount of your dft on J. Howland Jr & Co. less one hundred Dollars recd of me 18 ultimo.

I would keep this money in some safe place, and use it as I needed it. There are some sharp folks in Gardiner, and a few in Farmingdale – hence the lack of sympathy for me I suppose. I have long known there was a feeling against me by some of Mr. P.s[Peirce] family, but I hope to survive the shock of being told of it. I am induced to beleive however, that the builders of the Kingfisher got off quite as well in building the K as the last vessel they built – the Brig.

I have got letters to show what I was to pay for the Kingfisher, and receipts also, showing that I paid a good deal more than the understanding. However that is of no consequence now, the ship is gone.

In relation to another voyage we are waiting for Capt Ps[Palmer] return. However this will make no difference with you whether he comes or not, you will be taken care of in due time, and in a satisfactory manner.
Please write me on the receipt of this, that I may know that it goes safely

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.423]

 

New Bedford Jany 4, 1856
A. J. Morton Esq
Secry Commercial Ins Co, Nantucket
Dear Sir
Yours of 3rd inst with Protest is recd, contents noticed.
I cannot avail myself of your offer to make a Dft at 30 days on your Company for Forty Seven hundred and forty nine Dollars, as I should in doing so lose forty five days interest, amounting to Thirty five & 60/100 Dollars. Will wait for the Thirty days to expire

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 8, 1856
Mr O. D. Norcross, Hollowell
Dear Sir. Yours of 29th ult is recd. Enclosed I send you Two hundred Dollars on account of ashes to be delivered me in the spring for which please send me receipt

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.424]

New Bedford Jany 8, 1856
Mr John D Willard, Gardiner
Dr Sir. Yours of 5 inst is recd I sent you by Express on Friday last Eight hundred fifty seven & 15/100 Dollars, which no doubt you have recd and this I thought it best to send by Express, as I sent your mother some time since twenty five Dollars in letter which never reached her.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 1 mo 14, 1856
Messrs Vernon Brown & Son, Boston
Gentlemen. I expect to buy or commence to build soon a vessel for the whaling service, and noticing the advertisement for freight or charter of the Barque Sea Bird by Messrs Lombard & Co, I venture to make the enquiry of you if her owners would be induced to sell her. If so, please send me the probable price, and description of the vessel and oblige. If price, and dimentions suit, will go and see her

Respectfully Yours
J. Bourne Jr

[p.425]

 

New Bedford Jany 16th, 1856
Watson Freeman Esq, Boston
Dear Sir. I have purchased for our joint account 5500 bushels leached ashes at 10¢ pr Bush deliverable in Hollowell 1st of May. Have forwarded Mr Norcross Two hundred Dollars on a/c of the same for which I have his receipt

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 16, 1856
Capt James Witherd, No Falmt
Dear Sir. Your letter of 14th inst is recd. Your sons voyage is in a policy of $8300 I have in the Fairhaven Co, and as this is a new Company, we may have to wait two or three months before it will be paid. We have not recd one dollar for Insurance on the Kingfisher, the Companies haveing met with heavy losses it is difficult for them to pay at once, but I consider it all good and shall use all diligence in collecting and when paid will inform you at once

The bone was sold at 8 mos and will not be due till July.
Capt Palmer is here present, haveing arrived yesterday via California. When he last saw your son he was in good health and spirits, and I shall be pleased to see [p.426] him home again

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 24, 1856
Mrs Jerusha S. Gatchel, New London
Your letter of the 11th inst is recd. In relation to the money advanced Mr Gatchel, it was advanced him in consideration of his going in the ship and is not to be refunded if he performs the voyage –

Still it does not make the owners any the less out of Pocket. At the time of his shipping my understanding was that this was all the money he should need – nothing being said about his family. But according to your situation it appears your necessities require money.

You can depend on me for One hundred dollars pr year untill further notice. You did not acknowledge the receipt of the Thirty dollars sent you
Please do so on receipt of this, and much oblige

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.427]

 

New Bedford Jany 28th 1856
Mr J. D. Willard, Gardiner
Dear Sir. Yours of 17 inst is at hand. Capt Palmer arrived home last week via California in good health. Mrs Lamphier came with him.

The particulars of the loss of Capt Lamphier are as follows. He and several other Captains went on board the Ship Phenix of Nantucket to dine. This was of Sunday Oct 7. – while on board the Phenix it commenced to blow a gale and the Lagoda began to drag her anchor.

Capt Lamphier being very desirous to regain his ship, the Capt of the Phenix furnished him wit a boats crew of picked men, when they started for the Lagoda, and when near the L. Capt Lamphier lost his steering oar and in trying to recover it filled the boat, and although every exertion was made from the Lagoda to save them, the gale was so furious they could not reach them, and they were all washed off and lost. This is truly a sad affair.
Capt Palmer paid every attention to Mrs Lamphier, and saw her, and her son safely at home

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. Mr Bourne is absent to day in Boston

[p.428]

 

New Bedford Feb 5, 1856
Capt A S. Tobey, West Falmo’
Dr Sir. Yours of 30 ult~ is recd. I have forwarded you two shipping Lists as requested.
The Barque Roscoe had not arrived in at the Islands at the latest date. Capt Palmer heard from her about the middle of the season and thinks she will come out all right

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 9, 1856
A. S. Morton Esq, Secry
Commercial Ins Co, Nantucket
Dear Sir
I have this day drawn on you in favor J. B. Congdon Esq Cashier for Forty seven hundred Eight four & 61/100 Dollars the amount due with interest to Feby 2nd on your policy No 41, Catchings on board Ship Kingfisher, which please honor, and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

Amt Policy----------------------$5000~
Less Premium Note---------------251~
[total]----------------------------4749~
45 Days interest-----------------35.61 from Dec 19 to Feb 2, 1856
[total-------------------------4784.61]
The Officers here have paid me interest from Dec 19 and I have added the same to Feb 2 the time which you wished to pay

[p.429]

 

New Bedford Feby 15, 1856
Messrs Dupee Perkins & Sayles, Boston
Gent. What are Mr Musseys wishes in regard to the note $6000 due 21st inst. Please say pr return of mail
and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 18, 1856
Messrs Dupee Perkins & Sayles, Boston
Gent
Yours of 16 inst is recd. I will renew Mr Musseys note 6 mos from 21st inst @ 1%. Please forward new note with interest, on same
and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 18, 1856
Messrs R. H. Green & Sons, New York
Gent. Yours of 13 inst is recd. You may sell the lot of whale bone which you have sample of, for 48 cents. I have no whale foots, and do not know of any lots for sale at present

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr
Pr Geo W Ellis

[p.430]

 

New Bedford Feby 20, 1856
Messrs Dupee Perkins & Sayles, Boston
Gent. Yours of 19th inst is recd Enclosing B. B. Musseys note dated Feby 19 6 mos for Six thousand Dolls, and your check on Webster Bank Boston for Three hundred one & 67/100 Dolls for the interest on same

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

Enclosed please find old note

 

New Bedford Feby 22, 1856
Messrs R. H. Green & Sons, New York
Gent. Yours of 19th inst is before me. Dont sell on time. If the parties with whom you are negotiating do not take the lot at 48 cents cash, you must hold for a price that will net 48 cents here, as I can do as well as that in this market

Very truly yours
J. Bourne Jr
pr Geo W. Ellis

[p.431]

 

New Bedford Feb 25, 1856
Mrs. Holley
Yours of 23rd inst is recd. I have attended the Insurance of the Washingtons Oil shipped pr “Lagoda”.

Capt Palmer late master of the Kingfisher /now at home/ saw Capt Holley at the Islands, and says he has for mate a Mr Woods formerly of this place and for 2nd mate name unknown, but Capt Holly thinks him to be a very good man
Hopeing they will be successfull the comeing season,

I am
Very Respectfully Yours
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feb 27, 1856
Mrs O McCarthy, Camden, NJ
Yours of 24th inst is recd. Capt Palmer who was master of the Kingfisher and who has arrived home says your son John McCarthy went on board the Bremen Ship “Joseph Hayden” and that he would probably go into Bremen, and then come home, and will probably be here this spring or summer

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.432]

 

New Bedford Feby 28th, 1856
Messrs R. H. Green & Sons, New York
Gent. I waited till yesterday for your favors ~ not receiving any I sold the bone which you have sample here, and telegraphed you to that effect and received your answer that you had already sold. Believing that there might be some mistake about it I telegraphed to you as follows ~ “Unless I receive your letter mailed previous to my telegraph, I must consider your sale void – and shall not deliver.” Haveing waited till todays mail, and not receiving your letter, must consider the sale here binding.
I shall be in N. York next week and will call and see you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. I have this moment 2 ½ P.M.
recd your telegraph as follows
“See our letter as no sale of bone”

[p.433]

 

New Bedford March 1, 1856
Messrs Randall H Green & Sons, New York
Yours of 28th ult is before me. On the 24th Nov last I recd your letter asking me to send 5 Bundles Whale bone as you felt assured you should get 51 cents for it. In answer I replied that I would do so if the lot could be sold by sample and recd your telegraph that for me to send it.

The 28th Nov I wrote you that I had shipped 5 Bundles pr “Potomska” and not to sell for less than 51 cents, as I could have sold half of the lot here that day for 50¢.

In yours of Dec’ 1 you ascknowledged the receipt of the sample, and hoped to report the next week. Since then till Feb 13, I recd no favours from you, when you wrote that you had been offered 45 cents and wished my price for the lot, I replied on the 18th, that you could sell for 48 cents, and recd yours of 20th that you could sell at that price 90 days.

I wrote you on the 22nd, and put the letter in the Officer that day not to sell on time, and if the parties you were negotiating with did not take it at that price – cash, not to sell except at an advance.
I waited untill the 27th and receiving no favors from you, sold the lot here and telegraphed you to that effect immediately.

I believe you will justify me after waiting so long in not letting a favorable opportunity pass to sell, /I have sold the same/, and also in thinking that the parties have no claim to the same. If I am in New York next week, as I expect to be will call and see you

J Bourne Jr

[p.434]

 

New Bedford March 7, 1856
Mr James M Mitchell, No. Falmo’
Dear Sir. On my return home last evening Mr Ellis told me that you was doubting whether you should go to sea for me again or not. I told him from the conversation we had it could not be possible, as you well know my views, and that I was, as I told you, depending on you to go for me, when you went again, and would give you any berth you wanted, and that you could go with either Palmer, or Willard and on no account could I give you up.

It has really made me feel unpleasant as you stated to me on board of the Ferry Boat, you supposed you was under obligations to me, having been for me twice, and that I had used you entirely to your satisfaction. I believe the last voyage you set your own lay. I have not time to go into the particulars, but must say that under no circumstances, can I be willing to give you up, and you must not think of such a thing. Am going to Falmouth before long, and will then call and see you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.435]

 

New Bedford March 7 1856
Messrs Randall H Green & Sons, New York
Gentlemen. Your letters of 28 ult & 4 inst are recd. Should have replied earlier, but have been out of the city. Refering you to my letter of 1st inst I stated that I should probably be in New York this week, and would call and see you. I am compelled by circumstances to defer my visit untill next week, when I will call on you.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 7 1856
Mr E B. Gibbs, Monument
Dear Sir. Enclosed I hand you two hundred Dollars, on account of timber as pr Agreement. When you carry the money to Mr Besse, please ascertain if Mr Andrews can have 25 to 50 tons more on same conditions, and write me immediately.

After I left you yesterday morning I went to Town, and called at Abraham Nyes. He was absent, then called at Seth Popes, told him what I wanted. He replied that there was a very smart young man who had just got married and wanted a place of that kind, the son of Jos Hamblin /the refused wood man I suppose/ and Abraham Nye had written to him to go on to [p.436] Freemans place, that Knight intended to leave. We went over to Holways store, and there found his father J. Hamblin. He stated that was the fact and that his son was at West Barnstable at his wifes fathers, about 8 miles from there. I took a horse and chaise, and drove there during the snow storm, when I got there I found young Hamblin had left in the morning to go up to his fathers, and that he was probably there. Went back and found him. He is I think disposed to engage with me, but did not feel willing untill he saw Abraham Nye, as he had written to him ~ observed that he had rather be hired than take a place, which gave my offer the preference.

If I make a bargain with him, shall want John there, instead of New Bedford during the summer, as Hamblin has no boy.
In the event that I do not make a bargain with Hamblin, I think Knight will answer my purpose, and shall try to get him.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 7th 1856
Capt Asa S. Tobey, West Falmo
Dear Sir
Your letter of March 5 is recd. I have seen Mr Baker and made the arrangement with him about the timber, and am very much obliged to you for the trouble you have taken in the matter. I now have a private matter Capt T. which I wish to commit to your charge in that section, and one in which I feel more than [p.437] you would suppose I should perhaps as it is not perhaps a case of very great magnitude. Still my feelings are very sensitive on this point and when I become attached to one of my men, no matter what place he may have occupied, he is my pride, and will not willingly give him up without a Struggle. The Case is simply this. You remember young Witherd [James M.] who was in the Lagoda with you. He went out with Capt P. in the Kingfisher, and after the loss of the K. joined the “Reindeer” with Capt Cromwell, when he and Capt Palmer parted, as I learn from Capt P. he told Witherd to come and see me when he arrived, before he made any contracts with any one, which as I understand from Palmer he agreed to do. I did see him before the owners of the Reindeer, and said all that was necessary and told him he could have his choice to go with either Palmer or Willard. He spoke in the highest terms of Willard in particular but said but little about Capt P. and he remarked that he supposed he was under obligations to me haveing been for me two voyages, and had been used entirely to his satisfaction, and as I suppose all safe. We parted at Mattapoisett where I was going to see about a ship for Palmer, telling him I would write him when the owners of the R were ready to settle. Mr Ellis wrote him at the time agreed upon, and he came up the night before I left for my farm, and I did not see him. But Mr E did before he settled, and talked with him not to engage himself in no way untill he saw me which he agreed to, and also agreed to come into the Counting room after settling, but did not come, he saw him up street, and learned from him that they had partly [p.438] committed him to go in the “Reindeer” again.

When I saw Capt Palmer last I told him that Witherd, thought rather prefered Willard. He seemed to think that could not be, and I also so said that he spoke in the highest terms of Capt Cromwell. Palmer remarked in relation to Cromwell that he was in his opinion an unprincipled man and would no doubt do anything to prejudice the minds of others to gain his own points. How this is I cannot tell, but fear there is something in it.

Capt P. wants your Witherd to go with him in the new ship. Still I am contented for him to have his choice either with him or Willard. I have thus stated the matter as it now stands, and I am anxious for you to call and see young Witherd and his father, without intimating to them that you have heard from me on the subject. If you have not seen him I have no doubt you can call to see him without suspicion as he was a boy with you, and in whom you felt a good deal of interest. I must have him. I cannot think of having my neighbors [E.W.Howland] taking one of my men away from me in this way, it will mortify my pride too much. Talk the voyage over, and see after learning the bent of his mind what the matter is, and advise him, and his father, to stick to our employ as long as they are well used.

I shall write him to day, claiming the right to his services, and intend before long to go to Falmo[uth], will also call and see him.

I remember telling you at one time what Capt Palmer had been writing to me about [p.439] his Boatsteerers, not comeing up to the mark but did not name any one in particular, and I never told any one except you, and told you at the time not to say anything about it, and it is no way, likely you did. Please make an early call on Witherds folks, and learn all you can, go from time, to time and write me the particulars. I will satisfy you for any trouble you may take in the matter.
Please keep this letter entirely to yourself

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 11th 1856
Friend Willard
Not knowing but that you might take it into your head to visit New Bedford soon, provided you was not entirely frozen up and as I am desirous of seeing you when you do come, I would say that I am expecting to go to New York this week, and then to my farm. Shall be absent a week or more.

On my return will write you to come either to New Bedford, or Boston as I want to see you to make some arrangements for another voyage. Ships arrive slowly, Reindeer and Carolina, all as yet. Whale Oil worth 82¢ Sperm Oil 182. Whale Bone 52 to 58. Capt P. was here a few days since, said he recd a letter from you and should answer soon.
He was in fine spirits and health.
My respects to your wife and mother

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.440]

 

New Bedford March 13, 1856
Messrs Randall H. Green Sons, New York
Gentlemen. I wrote you on the 7th inst that I should be in your city this week. I am again prevented from leaveing home by the illness of my family, but think there is no doubt that I shall go by the middle of next week. Will then call and see you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 13, 1856
Mr Jos H Hamblin
Sir
I now expect to go to Sandwich tomorrow. If I do, will call and see you by Saturday morning, possibly Friday afternoon.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. If any thing should prevent my going
Friday, will write Monday if I do not come.

 

New Bedford March 19, 1856
Benj. Bourne Esq
Dr Sir. Your favor enclosing copy of letter relative to bill against my Brothers Estate is recd. I am sure I know not the writer, and am unable to give any opinion in the premices. Will call and see you when I go to Monument, and will bring the Sperm Oil

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.441]

 

New Bedford April 2nd 1856
Messrs Randall H Green & Sons, New York
Gent
Your several telegraphs were duly recd yesterday.
Enclosed please find Bill Lading 13 244lbs Whale Bone pr Wamsutta. This Bone was shipped to me from the Sandwich Islands. It weighed there 14 529lbs, and it now weighs 423 shipd in Nov. 13 244lbs now. 13 672lbs, difrence is 867lbs

It has fallen short more than any lot I ever had shipped home, therefore fear there has been a mistake in weighing.
Expences here here[sic] are Cartage and Weighing $510 Wharfage 137 Six 47/100 Dollars, which please add to Bill
Please let me hear from you
and much Oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 2nd 1856
Capt Asa S. Tobey, West Falmo
Dear Sir. I wrote you on 7th March ult, in regard to James M. Witherd who was with you in the Lagoda, and who is now at home in No Falmo[uth].
Did you receive the Letter? Please say pr return mail, and much Oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

[p.442]

 

New Bedford March 29, 1856
Watson Freeman Esq, Boston
Dear Sir
On my return from Sandwich I find your letter of the 25, making enquiries relative to getting ashes from Hollowell
I have written to Pocasset to get price from Capt Phinney who has a good vessel and brought two cargoes of ashes for Mr Leonard last year. When I hear from him, will write you again. I would suggest for you to have your ashes brought to Cohasset wharf and taken on the Cars and carried to your place. I think this the best mode of conveyance and if this plan meets your approbation, perhaps I can make an arrangement with Capt P. to bring both Cargoes.

The time for delivery was the 1st of May. I dont think they will be thawed out as early as that. You are aware that ashes are a non conductor of heat, and will take a long time for the frost to get out. Unless the weather changes, I dont know as they ever will.
You will not be able to get them in time for this years use

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 1856
Messrs J. L. Jackson Bro. Co, New York
Gent. I accept of your proposition with a slight alteration for Lintells and Sills for my house and will send you my order when I get if from my Architect, or go to your city myself next week

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 7, 1856
Tillinghast Tompkins Esq, Newport, R.I.
Dear Sir. Enclosed please find your acct with Ship Alexr Coffin on her last voyage, showing a balance due you of Twenty-one hundred & twenty &79/100 Dollars this day with check on Suffolk Bank Boston for amt of same.
Please sign receipt below, and enclose same to me

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 8, 1856
Capt Martin Palmer, Norton
Dr Sir. Three of the Portugese with you in the Kingfisher have arrived here and wish to settle their voyages. One of them taller than the others, with a round face says his name on the shipping Articles is Antone Jorking Gulate, but was called on board “Silvia”, and that the amount you have charged on your book against Antone J. Gulate amounting to $48[.]17, and he says he had only the following Articles which corresponds nearly with your charge to Jose Martos. Cash at Guam $1.00 1 Palm, 2 Days Board, 1 pr Stockings, 1 pr Boots 1 pr mittens, cash at Lahaina $4.00. Will you please say if you reccollect so that you can give me any information that will enable me to settle the same, also, what lay was Manuel Tecira to have the little Portugese you took away sick, and did [p.444] not sign articles here.
Please reply as early as convenient

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford April 8th, 1856
Capt Asa S. Tobey, West Falmo
Dear Sir I learn through a private source that the owners of the Bark Rajah thought of offering her to Mr Kempton, and as I have no other ship to offer him but the “Roscoe”, I would like your views in relation to the matter and if you thought well of it. You might write to him in a friendly way, and make the suggestion merely asking him if he would take her provided she was offered to him. Whatever is done must in my opinion be done soon. At any rate I should like to know your views upon the matter.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford April 8, 1856
Mr Simeon Dike
1st Officer Ship Purless
Dear Sir. I recd your valued favor of 3rd inst, which places me under obligations for valuable information. I shall as you suggest ask my masters bound to the Northern Whaling ground to pass along that Lat. And Long. And if successful [p.445] shall feel under many obligations for your information

Should be happy at all times to hear from you and would ask the favor of you to give me a Copy of the ship log during the time of your seeing Whales, that I can impress my master in a more formal manner the importance of passing that way.
Wishing you success in all lawful occupations you may undertake.

I remain
Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford April 23rd 1856
Messrs J. L. Jackson Bro. Co., New York
Gent. Not receiveing any of your favors of late, would enquire how you are advancing with my lintells & Sills, and if you can send me a part this week by Propeller.
My Carpenter wants to make the Window frames and needs a cap and sill to commence.
Please let me hear from you by return or mail and oblige

Yours truly,
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford, April 25, 1856
Messrs L. Dorsey
Yours of 23rd inst is recd Enclosed please find check on Mechanics Bank for Thirty three & 25/100 Dollars the amt of bill
Please acknowledge receipt of same and much Oblige

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne, Jr

 

New Bedford May 1, 1856
Mr. John D. Willard, Gardiner, ME
Dear Sir. Your letter of the 29th ult is recd asking me to send you six hundred Dollars by Express. Enclosed I hand you the amount say $600. I have not settled with the Officers, but this will make no difference. I have shipped you a 2nd mate one who was with Capt Palmer in the Washington. I consider him first rate No 1 and hope he will prove so

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 1856
Mr. James M. Witherd, No. Falmo
Dr Sir. I have this day recd the amt of Insurance on Catchings on board the Kingfisher, and am now ready to settle the same with you, as also your voyage. Please call over as soon as Convenient.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 9, 1856
Messrs J. L. Jackson Bro & Co, New York
Gentlemen. I recd pr Propeller Wamsutta 9 Iron Window Lintells in tolerable good order excepting occasionly a sand hole in the Casting, also 5 Do[ditto] today pr Propeller Potomska not in good order. One in particular was but partly painted, and most of them some rusty, and many sand holes in them. My agreement was that they should all be in perfect order and twice painted.

I am disappointed in the condition in which the last were recd, and am compeled to say that I cannot receive any more in condition of the last ~ that they must be well painted and put together and free from sand holes.
Will you please govern yourselves accordingly and see that all come perfect

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. My Carpenter cannot make the frames without sills
Will you send one or more by next Boat

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New Bedford May 20th 1856
Messrs Saml W. Pope & Co, East Machias, ME
Gent. I telegraphed you this P. M in relation to my House frame purchased of you through Mr Horatio Kempton of our City. Will you inform me if it is shipped? Mr Kempton is now absent from the City and the last talk I had with him was that it was all sawed and that you would commence sawing the Barn frame, and would ship immediately. I am exceedingly anxious about the house frame, as the masons are now up with their work and if the frame detains them it will be a sufficient excuse for them to delay their work for a whole season. It is of the utmost importance to me that the frame for the lower floor of the house be here this week.
Will you write me on receipt of this and give me the particulars, and much oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 21 1856
E. W. Gardner Esq, Nantucket
Dr Sir. Your letter of 19th inst is recd. I am hourly expecting the arrival of the Ship Lagoda and will give the subject mentioned in your letter an early attention after her arrival

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 21, 1856
Messrs Saml W. Pope & Co, East Machias
Gent. Your telegraph is just recd saying the frame would be shipped in a few days. It will be a great damage to me if the shipment is delayed in consequence of getting my house ready to plaster before cold weather. I therefore hope Gentlemen, you will use all possible haste in the matter and forward it along as speedily as possible
Please write me as soon as you commence loading as I am exceedingly anxious to hear of its being on the way

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 22nd 1856
Mr Job Phillips, Chicago
Yours of 16 inst is recd. The Barque Roscoe has not yet arrived and we do not expect her before July. Your son shall be attended to when the Ships get in, and will endeaver to have him go home to you

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 26, 1856
Mr Josiah Metcher, Sandwich
Dear Sir. Your note of 23rd inst is recd, offering me 1/7 part of Brig “Ocean.”
I am not anxious to increase my whaling interest beyond what I have already agreed to, although I have a very good opinion of Mr. Smith, and think he may do well. But must decline availing myself of your offer

Truly yours
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 26th 1856
Capt Warren N. Bourne, Falmouth
Dear Sir
Your favor is recd. In reply would say that I had talked with a man for master of the Roscoe before I recd your letter, therefore should not feel at liberty to negotiate wit any one at present

She has done poorly the last season, but as near as I can ascertain hey have not seen the Whales. The Lagoda arrived yesterday with a very fair voyage. I suppose you are employing yourself farming. I am building a Ship, a House, and farming too which keeps me pretty busy

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford May 29 1856
Messrs Dupee, Perkins & Sayles, Boston
Gent. Yours of 25th is before me. Enclosed please find coupons on $9000 Passumpsic Bonds due June 1, 1856 for which send receipt

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 2nd 1856
Messrs J. L. Jackson Bro. & Co, New York
Gent. Please send forward immediately, the Lintells & Sills for lower part of House, as we need them to use, dont fail to have them here by next Propeller if possible only nine sills recd.
The Window in the lower story are 5 4ft 6 in, 4 3ft 8 in, 5 2ft 2 in, and you have account of the sizes sent therefore know what is wanting to make up
Some of the sills sent are warped, rounding in the middle. Please see that all come true

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 4, 1856
Watson Freeman Esq, Boston
Dr Sir. Your letter of the 2nd inst is recd Mr B. is out of the City. Mrs Norcross’ address is O. D. Norcross Hollowell, Maine
In relation to the delivery, He Mr N. will I have no doubt attend to it himself. Your Captain can see the Waggons measured first, and then keep account of the loads. Annex you have an order for the Ashes

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr
Pr Geo W. Ellis

 

New Bedford June 5th 1856
Capt Josiah G. Childs, Schr Pauqueset, New York
Dr Sir. I met Capt Wm Bourne yesterday on his return from New Bedford, and he told me he had written you in relation to going to Hollowell after my ashes, and that you would expect to hear from me today.

In relation to the ashes Capt Childs, I would like to have you go after them, as they are ready for delivery, and I have no one engaged to take them as yet, and he had no doubt that Samuel Bourne would come an go with you provided you wanted him. He is I believe a good Pilot in that region. I offered what he thought to be a good freight $250 for your hold, you to deliver them up the River, would have to scow them about 2 miles. Capt Bourne and Samuel are well acquainted with the River [p.453] and all the facilities and difficulties to be encountered in getting them up to the place of landing, both of them haveing lived by the River all their days and Capt B. will render you all the aid you may want. He has written you I suppose in relation to getting freight East ward which no doubt will pay better than to come here ~ and your deck load will be a seperate matter, and belong to the vessel in addition. If you can check to go write me immediately when settled upon and I will give you an order for the Ashes, and further directions.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford, June 6th 1856
Messrs J. L. Jackson Bros Co. New York
Gent. Yours of 5 inst is recd, also Lintells and Sills pr Potomska
Please send forward by Saturday’ Propeller the parts wanting for 5 windows in lower story 2 ft 2 in opening, if you cannot send them Saturday send by next Boat, as my masons are waiting, and will be great damage to me

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford June 6, 1856
Mr John D. Willard, Gardiner, ME
Dr Sir. Your letter was recd during my absense. In relation to Mr. Fish, he cannot think of going as early as July or August. You will remember I observed this would be the case but hope to get as good a man as he is. In relation to the ship I shall put her bottom in first rate order ~ Calk all over top and bottom when I commence ~ Am very busy now will write you again soon

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 7, 1856
Capt Martin Palmer, Norton
Dr Sir. I entirely forgot to ask you the name of the young Officer you spoke to me about at the Westword[?] who you thought would make a good mate for Mr Willard. Please write me and give me the particulars. His name, in what ship he was in, where he lives &@ cs

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 9, 1856
Messrs J. L. Jackson Bros Co. New York
Gentlemen. I was disapointed this morning in not finding the sills and Caps for small lower windows on board the Propeller. I am surprised you should procrastinate in this way, nothing but the Elements prevented the mason from haveing the brick work of my house up to the 2nd story. Head winds and fog prevented the frame from getting here from the Eastward untill the latter part of last week. It is now all on the ground and shall in a day or two need all the lower Sills and Caps.

Mr Pierce the Contractor notified me Saturday, that if he had to wait for them he should claim damage as it would be of serious loss to him, his men would either leave him or be kept on pay.
I wrote you twice last week in relation to them, and telegraphed you this morning, and if they dont come forward by Wednesday’ Propeller, and I am Compelled to pay damages shall expect the same of you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 11th 1856
Mrs J. S. Gatchel, New London
Your letter of 10th inst is recd asking me to send you Thirty Dollars on account of your husband.
Enclosed I forward you the same for which please acknowledge receipt

Yours Respectfully,
Jona Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford June 11th 1856
Mrs Mahala Greenleaf, So Framingham
Your letter is recd. The Ship Hunter was spoken off St Pauls in the Indian Ocean December last. We are expecting to hear from her again soon as she will go into some of the Ports in New Holland from whence we shall receive letters. The Hunter will probably be absent on her voyage about two years longer

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr
Pr Geo W Ellis

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New Bedford June 16, 1856
John F. Trumball Esq, Stonington
I wish to enquire respecting Nathan Wilcox late mate of Ship Tybee of which you are agent. Was he a man of good character and habits? Was he a good Officer and Whaleman and would you take him again in your Ship a chief mate:
Will you please reply at your earliest convenience, and let me know ~all concerning him for Chief Officer of a ship which shall be strictly confidential

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 18, 1856
Mr James Gould, Boston
Dear Sir. If you have on hand a good article of Oyster shell lime same as I purchased of you in March 1855 at forty cents pr Bbl, you may send 50 Bbls to Marion Depot over the Cape Cod & Fairhaven Rail Road, marked Charles H. Leonard. Make Bill to him and enclose the same to me, when he will forward you the amount.
Mr Leonard wants a good article, and have it sent in good order, and wishes it sent as soon as possible.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 18, 1856
Mr H R. Lovejoy, Fayette, MD[?]
Dear Sir. Yours relative to the whereabouts of James Keating is recd.
Mr Keating was discharged from the Lagoda last fall on her arrival at the Sandwich Islands at his own request and went on board the Ship Washington belonging to me for another seasons cruise, and will be at home next spring. He was at that time well, and doing well.
The Washington is now up in the Northern Seas, and will be at the Islands in the fall before leaving for home when we shall hear from them again

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 19, 1856
Orison[?] Blunt Esq, New York
Dr Sir. I am already under many obligations to you for attentions recd while in your City – some two months since. Also for valuable information in relation to Iron Lintells and Sills which I adopted for my house, but have one more favor to ask. While viewing your beautifull house, I was impressed with the beauty of the balconies in front of the 3rd story windows, but neglected to ask if they were stone or Iron. If Iron, I would enquire where you purchased them, the exact opening or width, & cost of each window. Also the height of railing from the floor. If you will give me [p.459] the above information, you will confer another favor on

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 19, 1856
Thomas Fitch 2nd Esq, New London
Dear Sir. Capt Stephen G. Russell late master of Ship Lagoda recd a letter this week from A J. Cartwright, Honolulu Sandwich Islands, saying that after the Lagoda left the Islands he found two account books belonging to her in his safe, and that he had forwarded them by F. W. Fitch Esq of your place who I suppose arrived home by the last steamer.

Will you be kind enough to make enquiries and if the books are there forward them by Express to me, as we very much need them in settling up the accounts of the ship. I have written you in regards to the matter as I suppose Mr T. W. Fitch may be connected with you in business, and therefore you would know at once whether he had arrived or not.
Please write me in regard to the same and very much oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford, June 23d 1856
Messrs J. L. Jackson Bros Co. New York
Gent. Your letter requesting me to forward you my check for $815 is recd
I beleive the number of Lintells and sills specified are recd. There was an express understanding between one of the Partners of your House, and myself. /I think the name was Throckmorton/ that they should all have two coats of paint before sending them forward ~ All were recd in very bad condition as regards paint, many of them very imperfectly done, finding them in this condition caused them to be painted twice here with red lead and herein enclose the bill amounting to 88 & 99/100 Dollars, and ask you after examining the matter well to say if you are willing to allow the bill, if not what portion of it.

I was particular in haveing it understood at the time that the Lintells & Sills should be twice painted in a thorough manner which was not done, and now, I want nothing but what is right in the pre[?]sers, but must insist upon that.

If your decision meets what I have a right to expect, from the expressed understanding, I will send check on some of your Banks for Amount due

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford, June 25th 1856
Mr. James P. Thorndike, Boston
Dear Sir. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Fifty Six & 34/100 Dollars, amount of bill of Leather purchased of you yesterday.
Please receipt and return same and oblige

Yours truly,
J. Bourne Jr
Pr G. W. Ellis

 

New Bedford June 25th 1856
Mr O. D. Norcross, Hollowell
Dear Sir. Yours of 24th inst is recd. I have been expecting a vessel here for some days to go to your place for Three thousand bushels of Ashes for myself and Watson Freeman has an order for the balance twenty five hundred Bushels, and will I presume send for them soon.
I shall send a vessel as soon as I can get one, and probably shall send the one I have been expecting for a week

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 25th 1856
Geo A Simmons Esq, Boston
Dr Sir. Yours of 23rd inst is recd enclosing check for 36 & 60/100 Dollars for freight collected due Ship Hunter & Ors for which I am much obliged.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 26, 1856
L. Davis Esq, Barnstable
Dear Sir. Enclosed I forward you deed of E. O. Parker to me for recording.
Please return the same to me and I will send you the fees

Yours truly,
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 27, 1856
Mr. James Gould, Boston
Dr Sir. I wrote you on the 18th inst in regard to 50 Bbl shell lime for Mr Charles H. Leonard, such as I purchased of you March 20, 1855 for my farm at Sandwich at 40¢ pr Bbl.
Please say if you recd the order and if you can send the same as directed.

Yours truly,
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford June 26, 1856
Messrs J. L. Jackson Bro & Co, New York
Gent
Your letter of 24th is recd. I am surprised to hear that you believe the Lintells and Sills were sent in good order, as I should have been the last man to have laid out any unnecessary expense on them if they had been in good condition but every one who examined them here thought they should be painted twice – at least, before using, and to all appearances never had been painted more than once and very imperfectly at that, and if you want testimony to that effect I can give you a cord of it. I am not disposed Gentlemen to Cavil in this matter, nor delay the payment of the bill I only ask you to allow the whole or such part of the bill as in justice you ought to under the circumstances & understanding that they were to be twice painted in a thorough manner.

My sending for a part of these was no fault of mine, those for the first story should have been done long before the time I sent for them. I had no doubt when I sent the bill to you but you would pay the whole or a part of it, without a word as I supposed you must have known that the contract was not fulfilled except in numbers

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 28, 1856
Capt John D. Willard, Gardiner
Dr Sir. I wish to enquire of you about John Petersen the cook of the Kingfisher, if he was a good man and good cook, and if you can reccommend him. He is here now.
Please say pr return mail and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford, July 1, 1856
Messrs W. W. Coswell & Co, New York
Gentlemen. When I was in your city a few weeks since I saw upon Ex Alderman Blunts house in Ninth St some Iron Balconies which I understood from him were furnished by you. Will you supply me with two of the same pattina[?] equally as good in finish &c for the same price, which he paid?
If I understood correctly they were $35 each My openings are 4 ft 6 inches. I shall need them in two weeks. Please answer by return of mail and oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 2 1856
Mrs. Eliza C. Bates, Nantucket
Your letter mailed 23d ult was duly recd, and would have been answered before had it not been overlooked and entirely forgotten.
Enclosed I forward you one hundred Dollars as requested pr Express on account of your husband Joseph W. Bates.
Please acknowledge receipt of same and much Oblige

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 3rd 1856
Messrs J. R. & W. W. Cornell, New York
Gent. Your favor of the 2nd inst is recd and contents noted.
Will you please give me the opening of the first and third storey balconies made for Mr Blunt, Also projections out, and height of railing of balcony on each story.
If I understood correctly the stone platform is also furnished by you.
Please write the particulars, and oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 2nd 1856
Mr H. B Hastings, Sandwich
Your note is recd. The Lagoda we expect to be ready for sea about the 15th inst
In conversation with Mr Fish, He stated that he should not be willing to take you as Boatsteerer. He thought you too light in that capacity for the Northern Whaling, and that you had better go another voyage before the Mast.

If that will answer I will reserve you a berth. I have obtained the missing Books belonging to the Lagoda from the Sandwich Islands and find upon your account the following Articles which was not put in your bill on settlement, and ask you to remit the Amount

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 2nd 1856
Messrs J. L. Jackson Bro & Co, New York
Gent. your letter of 28 ult is recd. In reply would say that I never have intended to doubt your word, and regret exceedingly that you should have put any such construction upon my language. That the Waiter[?] erred in relation to the condition, and painting of the Lintells and sills was true, and if they had not all been painted since comeing here, would willingly pay the expense of sending one back for your [p.467] inspection. Mr Bradford who painted them here is I have every reason to believe an honest man He has done my painting for more than ten years, and I have ever had confidence in his integrity and faithfulness. You was mistaken as to his charge pr day. You say in your last that he charged $2 ½ pr day his charge was $1 ¼ which is the customary price through the City, and the price for stock is the usual price for the quality used. I did say that I should cause them to be well painted, and I intend to paint them twice again. One Coat of brown[?], and one of sanding. I intend that everything shall be done to the Lintells and sills to put them in such a condition to have them please the Eye, and stand the weather regardless of Expense. All this tends to your credit as well as my benefit. There are other bills Gentlemen contracted upon them that I did not put in, such as stopping sand holes, fitting the double Lintells which got sadly out of shape, and now I have said all that is necessary in this matter, and will venture to make a proposition. That it that I send you on the 12th inst $815 less one half of Mr Bradfords Bill $44.50
Hopeing that this may meet your approbation

I remain
Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 5th 1856
E. W. Gardner Esq, Nantucket
Dr Sir. Your letter of 2nd inst is recd and contents noted.
I have made enquiries of the officers of the “Lagoda”, also of Capt Swift of the “Brutus” who was on board of the “Phenix” at the time of the sad occurrence and must decline paying the bill

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 7th 1856
Capt John D. Willard Gardiner
Dear Sir. What conclusion have you come to in relation to trying the new cruising ground I spoke to you about? I hope you have thought favorable of it as I am exceedingly anxious to have the Ship go there, and if she does, I can ship out to the Islands my provisions for the Alexander Coffin.
Please Write me on receipt of this and say what you think about it and oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

P.S. Will write you the middle of the week when to come up

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New Bedford July 8th 1856
Messrs J. R. & W. W. Cornell, New York
Gent. I wrote you under date of July 3rd asking you to give me the opening of the first and third story balconies made for Mr Blunt, also projections out and heights of railing on each story, and if I understood correctly in relation to your furnishing the stone platforms, also difference in price of upper and lower ones.

My object in asking the question was to ascertain which dimensions could be used to advantage in the places for which I intended them. I also telegraphed you yesterday morning to write me by mail but no answer to either letter or telegraph has been received. Will you please answer by return of mail

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 9, 1856
E. W. Gardner Esq, Nantucket
Dear Sir. Your letter of 7th inst is recd. Should you be in New Bedford and call at my Counting Room I think I could satisfy you that you have no claim upon the owners of the Lagoda

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 10th 1856
Mr O. D. Norcross, Hallowell
Dear Sir. Yours of 9th inst is recd. I have engaged a Vessel to go to your place for the ashes, and expect her to leave Saturday for Hallowell but if anything should occur to prevent will then write you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 10th 1856
Messrs J. L. Jackson Bro & Co, New York
Gent. Yours of 5 inst was duly recd. Enclosed I forward you cashier check on Mechanics Bank New York for Seven hundred twenty & 50/100 Dolls the amount of the bill of Iron Lintells and sills for my house.
Please forward me bill receipted and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 11th 1856
Mr. O D. Norcross, Hollowell
Dear Sir. Please deliver the bearer Capt Childs of Sch’ Paugasett 3000 Bushels leached Ashes purchased of you in January last, and if Capt Childs should want a few hundred Bushels more to fill his hold, please let him have what he may want for the same if you have them to spare, and on receipt of the Bill Lading will forward you the money for the Amount of the Bill

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 12th 1856
Wm S Grant Esq, Farmingdale
My Dear Sir
I am desireous of purchasing a frame for a small dwelling house, and not being acquainted with any of the lumber dealers in Gardiner, I would ask the favor of you to ascertain what the enclosed memo can be furnished at there on the Wharf cash, and write me at your earliest convenience and Oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 14th 1856
Mr J. H. Gowen, Saco
Dear Sir. Mr P[?] selected the low[?] lot of brick sent, and found what he considered No 1 9000, for which I have paid over to his son the amt of same $153 less freight paid Capt Evans $36.90 balance paid Mr P[?] $116.10.

I have concluded to use the same kind of brick for my barn, and find upon reference to your bill that I am lb[?]7000 short of the quantity purchased last fall. – shall I take those left on the Wharf, and can you furnish the balance at same price paid for the 75 [?] ?
Please say be return of mail as the owners of “Liberty Hall” are exceedingly anxious to sell those which they now have on hand.
I believe they are from Danvers but Mr P. says they are very good brick

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford July 19th 1856
Mr J. H. Gowen, Saco
Dr Sir. Yours of 18th inst is recd. You may send me 10 M of pressed bricks, provided they are all hard, and one fair side, if not, when they arrive cannot receive them. The lot of 42 M landed on the Wharf below my office were not such as I should take again, many of them had no fair side, but I learn that you have now the finest and smoothest brick you ever have made and I suppose I may get my share of them. Will send check for balance of lot remaining on wharf soon as counted.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 22nd 1856
Wm S. Grant Esq, Farmingdale
Dr Sir
Your favor of 21st inst is recd. I gave Capt Childs of the Schr Paugasset your address also memo for the frame of Spruce and I presume he has ere this called on you.
You will oblige me by purchaseing according to the Memo /of Spruce/ and ship by Capt Childs Schr Paugasset, and draw on me at sight, and very much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 25th 1856
Mr O. D. Norcross, Hollowell
Dr Sir
On the 8th of Jany last I forwarded you $200 on acct of 5500 Bushels leached Ashes purchasd of you to be deliverd in the spring, and on the 4th of June gave Watson Freeman Esq an order for 2500 Bushels of the Ashes, and for you to deduct One hundred Dollars of the money advanced from the Amt of his bill, leaving One hundred Dolls to be deducted from the balance when sent for

I chartered Capt Childs of Schr Paugasset to go to Hollowell for the 300 Bushels, and gave him a letter to you under date of July 11th to deliver him the same and a few hundred bushels more, if he should wish to fill his hold. And on receipt of the Bill of Lading would forward you the money for the amount of the Bill. Yesterday I recd your letter and Capt Childs Bill of Lading and today your Dft has come to hand for the full amount of the Ashes, not deducting the money advanced as you should have done. Consequently I was obliged to let the Dft go back protested

If you had sent me the bill, with the Bill of Lading I should have immediately sent you the money as I instructed you I should, and deducted the One hundred Dollars from the same which would have made it all right.
I regret it is so, but believe I am not at all to blame in the matter as it [p.475] was no mistake of mine.
Please send me Bill of the Ashes shipd pr Schr Paugasset; and I will immediately forward you check for the balance due you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 25th 1856
Capt Josiah G. Childs
Dr Sir. I recd a letter from Mr Grant today saying you could not wait for a hundred frames to be sawed. I did not want hemlock, but spruce, and I believe nothing was said to you about getting Hemlock. Mr Grant has the order and I wish you to call upon him, and he will tell you when to get it. Dont fail to bring it as I very much want it

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 26, 1856
Mr O. D. Norcross, Hollowell
Dr Sir. I wrote you yesterday that I had let your Dft go back, as you had not deducted cash advanced. Today I have recd your telegraph to deduct it from Ashes Watson Freeman is to have. In regard to the money advanced, One hundred Dollars was to be deducted from Mr Freemans bill, and One hundred from my own. I supposed Mr Freeman had taken his ashes some time ago, and had settled with you for them and know nothing to the contrary untill your despatch was recd

Enclosed please find cashrs check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Two hundred thirty three & 40/100 Dollars the amount of bill of ashes pr Schr Paugasset /less One hundred Dollars advanced/ for which please acknowledge receipt.

I am sorry and very much regret that I was compelled to have your Dft returned, but hope the enclosed check will reach you in time to cause you no inconvenience

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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