Jonathan Bourne Jr. Letterbook

1856-1858

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

New Bedford July 28th 1856
Mr J. H. Gowen, Saco
Dr Sir
I wrote you on the 19th in answer to yours of the 18th that you might send me ten tn pressed bricks. Did you receive the letter and have you shipped them by the “Tiger”?
Please say pr return of mail as I need some of the bricks for my chimney tops

Yours truly
J’ Bourne Jr

New Bedford July 30th 1856
W. W. Fairbanks Esq, Taunton
Dr Sir. Will you please say if you can make me one Deck Pat[ent] Cooler & Strainer same size as those you made for Messrs S. Thomas & Co of this place. Also your prices for the same, cash, and how soon you could get them done if I should conclude to have you do them

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Augst [1st 6th ?] 1856
Capt Isaiah Purrington, Ship Alex Coffin
Respected friend,
I have received your several letters from the Sandwich Islands on your cruise last year, also from Guam this spring and noted their contents.

Edwin has arrived home and reports all well on board, and says he does not think anything of the leak, in his opinion it is of no consequence whatever. I have shipped out by the Lagoda Capt Willard 30 Bbls Beef 10 Do[Bbls] Pork, 9 Casks bread, 3 Casks towline 1350 fathoms, 1 Cask Slops, consigned to Gilman & Co Lahaina to be landed in the Spring for ship Alex’ Coffin, and hope you will ship before going on the 3rd Season and take them on board. Now Capt Purrington how you will feel about staying the third season, I cannot tell, but the owners are anxious for the ship to to make a good voyage, and are perfectly satisfied with your management thus far, and believe that you understand that it is for your benifit to stay for third season – that whales are growing scarce, and wilder year by year and the chances for obtaining Oil more uncertain each successive season, besides, it takes a Year to make the passage home and back which is comparatively lost.

Now Sir I believe you possess too much Strong Common sense to say that you will not stay. You understand that unless you obtain three thousand barrells in two seasons you do not get your bonus which is a further inducement to stay the third season and see if you cannot obtain it by getting four thousand barrells. I will offer a further inducement, should you obtain your bounty the second [p.2] season, that is obtain 3000 Bbls, I will give you in addition /if you obtain 1000 Bbls more of Oil/ $600, Mr Booker $450, Mr Harris $250 which will make them satisfied.

In no case /unless absolutely necessary to get her home/ would I consent to have the ships bottom stripped at the Islands or any where else except at home, should you be compelled to discharge any of your men in consequence of your going the third season, I rather you would pay them off there, and not give any orders to pay at home. We consider that when a man ships, he ships for the voyage for two or three seasons.

In shipping your Oil, or bone. Oil in particular, always ship it by a whale ship comeing to New Bedford if possible, and never ship any more than you want the room, as we can as well pay the Insurance as pay the freight. I do not think there is any danger of Oil falling. I presume the Washington will be in there bound home and you can ship by her if she can take it.

I think between seasons I would proceed to coast of California and spend what time I had before proceeding to Lahaina for my provisions which will not be landed very early.

I gave the Lagoda new cruising ground which I obtained from a Merchant Captain one who had formerly been in the whaling business and if he meets with any success he will not be in at the Islands very early, should he find whales as we have a right to expect you had better get information of him, and proceed there on your way home after the third season, as it will not be very far out of your way, and in case he does not arrive [p.3] in time for you of course you will supply yourself from the Merchants and proceed on your voyage.
Hopeing all I have written will meet your approbation

I remain
Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[P.S.]Your wife was well as I learned some little time since

 

New Bedford Augt 7 1856
W. W. Fairbanks Esq
Taunton Lockmaster Man’g Co, Taunton
Dr Sir. Your letter of 30th ult is recd. You may make the deck Pat. Oil Strainer and Cooler of the same size of those made for Messrs Thomas & Co. Agreeable to your proposals.

You must paint them with two coats of red lead, inside and outside, and have them sufficiently dry before sending them so that it will not get rubbed off in transporting them here

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Augt 11th 1856
Mr John B. Ogden, New London
Dr Sr. Yours of 7th inst is recd. I called on Messrs C. H. Salsbury & Co today, and asked them if they would send forward Mr Ogdens Chest and Clothing. they could not untill their bill of about $35 was paid. They advanced him money and clothing, and say they will forward his goods immediately on receipt of the payment.

Capt Gifford of the “Roscoe” advanced Mr Ogden $250 cash before leaving the Islands. he also had some goods on board the ship, which amounts to more than his wages, and lay while in the Roscoe, consequently there is nothing due him from the ship

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 11, 1856
Mr Wm Concord, Philadelphia
Sir. Your letter of 8th inst is recd. Capt Palmer who goes master of the Ship Kingfisher carries his wife with him on the voyage, and I do not know as he would want a passenger. He is not in the City now but will be here in a few days, and if you wish to take the trouble, and Expense of Comming here upon unCertainties, the better will be for you to do so, and see the Captain, and ascertain if you can make arrangements to go in the ship as you desire

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.5]

 

New Bedford Augt 13th 1856
Mrs Mary Phillips, Philadelphia
Your letter of 10th inst was this morning recd. George Massey of whom you enquire, shipped, and sailed July 18th on board the “Lagoda” for a whaling voyage and will probably be absent three years.

They will touch at Lahaina one of the Sandwich Islands in the early part of next spring, and if you will direct a letter to him at that place Care of Capt Willard Ship Lagoda he will get it.
Letters written him a any time between this and December will reach Lahaina in time as it takes about sixty days for a letter to go from here there via California.
They will cruise the next year in the No Pacific and Okhotsk seas, and return to the Sandwich Islands again in the fall when letters will reach them again
The Masters name is John D. Willard

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 15th 1856
Mr Charles W. Shankland, Summerfield, Ohio
Dr Sir. Your letter of 2 ult was duly recd and overlooked or it would have been answered before. The best way to get letters to your brother is to forward them here to my care, and I will send them by ship bound to the India Ocean.

We have vessels going from here every month by which we can send letters, and they will be quite likely to get them.
I am very glad to forward letters at any time to the officers and crew of my ships, or to give [p.6] their friends any information concerning them I can without charges, any letters sent to my care will be forwarded by the first opportunity

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 16th 1856
Messsrs J. L. Jackson Bro & Co, New York
Gent. Yours of 14th inst is recd makeing enquiries in relation to the credit of Mr H. Price[Pierce?].

I know Mr Price[Pried?] personally but do not know much of his affairs, but believe him to have acquired some property in California, and I understand he has a good job, in this building. Have no doubt but that you will get your pay, should sell him this amount myself.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 18th 1856
Watson Freeman Esq, Boston
Dr Sir. I have this day recd a letter from Mr O. D. Norcross Hollowell saying that he still had on hand Twenty five hundred of the fifty five hundred bushels of ashes sold me to be taken away in June, and quote from his letter as follows, “we have been, and are suffering for the money, and the ashes are in our way.”

Will you be kind enough to say when you intend getting them as Mr Norcross wishes me to reply immediately

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford Augt 18th 1856
Mr O. D. Norcross, Hollowell
Dr Sir. Yours of 15th is recd. I have this day written Mr Freeman in Boston in regard to his ashes, shall receive an answer tomorrow and will then immediately write you again

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 19th 1856
Capt Richard Holley, Ship Washington
Dear Sir. I suppose you will expect to hear from me on your arrival in. I have no news of importance to communicate, hopeing you have been successful on your last cruise & if any room remains in your ship for freight, take what you can as it will all help make up the voyage in the end.

If you have not used your Butt shooks, and they are in good order, I rather you would bring them home than sell them for less than three cents pr gall, at that price I rather you would dispose of them than bring them home.

I suppose if you should have no Oil between decks, Bone would be the most profitable to bring, but be exceedingly careful in your account of cargo taken from other ships. I believe the invariable rule of Merchant ships is to have a mistake, so as to insert in the Bills of Lading, so many bundles or casks more or less, if this clause is not inserted, we have to make up the number, and if it over runs we have to turn it out, therefore I want you [p.8] should be careful in your Bills of Lading, and in your accounts.

I approve of Settling and paying off there instead of giveing orders – for all those who want their discharge, and you feel willing to give it them, although all good men whom we can rely upon for another voyage, I rather they would come home in the ship where I have a chance to get them again.

Hopeing that you have been successful on your last cruise and that you will have no trouble in makeing your arrangements to come home is the wish of

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 19th 1856
Capt Holley
Dear Sir. I recd the following from a stranger, and from enquiry I find that his statement may be relied upon. I have confidence that Whales may be taken there. I want you should on your way home, take the track, and examine the ground well - say nothing to anyone about it at the Islands. It probably will detain you twenty days, which is of no consequence if you can get some Oil by it. I would not reccommend your leaving room for more than 150 to 200 Bbls, provided you can get the freight

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.9]

 

New Bedford Augt 19th 1856
Capt James T. Skinner, Ship Marengo
Dear Sir. I suppose after a years cruise you will expect to hear from me. I hope Sr you have had a pleasant a cruise if I may be allowed to use the expression in connection with a northern cruise for whales, and also a successful one for Oil, and that you have had no trouble wit Ship, Officers, or Crew.

In relation to shipping Oil and Bone in the first place always ship by a whaler if possible and by a New Bedford whaler if possible to do so, as it is quite sure to come more safely, and with less leakage and if landed at another Port we have to another freight and other expenses to get it home, and I would reccommend if I had my choice, to ship Oil where there is but little bone in the same ship. I would never ship my ground tier as it invariably leaks comeing home and you have to fill your ground tier put down to replace it with salt water which causes the oil to smell badly and is a serious objection to the quality.

The ship being large, we can hardly expect to ship in order to make room for more oil and we can better afford to pay Insurance than to pay freight, and I think there is no danger of Oil being lower unless the fleet is vastly more successful than for the last two years.

You will not understand by this that I object altogether to your shipping Oil but that I do not want you should make a clean ship of it, but ship a part if in your opinion it is for the interest off all concerned. Sperm Oil [p.10] worth in our market 150 whale oil 75 to 80 according to color whale bone 55 to 60 cents according to length.
Hopeing to hear from you on your arrival at the Islands all well and with a good report of oil

I remain
Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 19th 1856
Capt Geo. B. Sherman
Respected friend
I recd your letters from Sandwich Islands and New Zealand, was glad to learn of your success after leaveing the Islands in takeing the 160 Bbls Sperm Oil.

Capt Sherman I am anxious to have you stay the third season, provided your ship is in condition to do so. It takes so long to make the passage to and from the Whaling ground, it would in my judgement be a loss of one years time for the ship and for yourself, and all concerned – Ship home in some homeward bound whaler /the Washington if she is there and can take it/ all but your ground tier /dont ship that/.

I am opposed to shipping Oil in Merchant ships, whenever it can be done in Whaling vessels and again: but few Merchant ships will come to New Bedford and when shipped to any other port there is another freight, and other Expenses to be paid to get it home.

I have no doubt Capt Sherman you will view this matter just as I have [p.11] and with a moderate outlay refit your ship for another season.

If you are obliged to discharge any of your crew, settle with them and pay them off there, but do it before the Consul, then the settlement will be valid. I rather you would not give them orders to settle their voyages at home. Sperm Oil worth 150 whale oil 75 to 80 according to Color, whale Bone 55 to 60 cents according to length.
I will write you more at length the next mail. Give my kindest regards to Mr Mitchell, and accept them your self

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Augt 20th 1856
Mr Richd H. Mead, Coxsackie
Dr Sir. Your letter is recd, and am glad to learn that you are well. The Kingfisher will be ready for sea about the 20th of September and we have reserved a Boatsteerers berth for you. We will write you ten days before the ship is ready, and tell you just the day she will go to sea so that you can be here in time.
Capt Palmer is at Norton in this state, where he resides, but is here every week

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.12]

 

New Bedford Augt 22th 1856
Messrs Dupee, Perkins & Sayles, Boston
Gent. Yours enclosing three bonds of Conn[ecticut] & Passumpsic R. Road Co for One thousand Dollars each, B.B. Musseys note for $6000 at 6 mos from 22d, and your check for three hundred five Dollars for inst on same is recd.
Enclosed please find old note returned

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 28th 1856
Mr J. M Read, Halls Corners Inda
Dear Sir. Your letter of no date is recd, contents noted, the Ship Stephania was at Swan River New Holland April 1st 1856 all well. They had been very successful the last cruise, haveing taken 850 Bbls whale oil during that time. If they are as successful this season, they will be at home the first part of next summer with a full ship.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[P.S.] I will forward any letters you may send to my care

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New Bedford Sept 1, 1856
Messrs J. L. Jackson Bro & Co, New York
Gent. Have your two Circular Window Lintells 3 to 6 inches in the Opening, /Exact dimensions/ and can you send them forward by Wednesdays Propeller if I should want them.
Please telegraph me on receipt of this letter, and I will reply by Telegraph whether to send them or not –
If you have not got them you need not answer.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.14]

 

New Bedford Sept 9, 1856
Messrs D. Dow & Co, Boston
Gentlemen
Will you send 2 Bbls N. England Rum, 5 Bbls Cider Vinegar via Fairhaven Rail Road at once. Will settle this with the other Bill

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 9, 1856
Messrs Wm Underwood & Co, Boston
Gent. Will you please send me via Fairhaven Rail Road the following meats, as soon as possible

2 Doz 2 lb Cans Roast Beef
2 Doz 2 lb Cans Boiled Mutton
1 Doz 2 lb Cans Mutton Chops
1 Doz 2 lb Cans Oysters
1 Doz 2 lb Cans Clams
2 Doz 2 lb Cans Corn
2 Doz 2 lb Cans Beans
2 Doz 2 lb Cans Peas
1 Doz 2 lb Cans Boiled Chickens
1 Doz 2 lb Cans Roast Turkey
4 Doz Pints Milk

Being an old Customer suppose I shall save commission by sending direct to you, and probably shall want for another ship
Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

[p.15]

New Bedford Sept 13, 1856
Messrs Tracing & Hinckley, Boston
Gent
The chains, anchors, and cordage purchased of you for my new ship are recd.
Please draw on me at sight for the amt of the Bills, less 5% off for cash as pr agreement

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 13th 1856
Mrs Jones
Enclosed I hand you thirty-four Doll & 39/100, that being the amount of Mrs Bournes Bill. I am happy to say that Mrs. B arrived home safely, and remains quite well, wishes to be remembered to you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

[P.S.] Please receipt and return the bill

[p.16]

 

New Bedford Sept 18, 1856
Mr Geo T. Drew, Sandwich
Dr Sir. Your letter of 17th is recd asking if I will accept an order from H. B. Hastings to the amt of Fifty Dollars if he goes in the Barque Kingfisher. I will accept to that amount if he goes in the ship, but it wont include cash $1.20 I let him have, and a small bill of board he owes here as this is all I shall advance him
Please see that all his bills are settled as this amt must include the whole

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 17, 1856
Messrs D. Tillson & Son, Boston, 107 Friend St
Gent. What will be your price to furnish and put on, pr square foot, Red Colored Slate, Corners Cut, or rounded such as you put on Mr Randalls House. The work to be done immediately, the roof being now ready, building 34 x 44 [?] Curved, top turned
Please answer by return of mail

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.17]

 

New Bedford Sept 18, 1856
Capt James W. Munroe, Ship Hunter
Respected Friend
Although it is a long time since I have recd a letter from you, and hard luck had attended you up to the last time you was reported, I am anxious to say to you that your owners have not in the least lost confidence in your ability to obtain a cargo of Oil provided you have got the help and see the chances. All I have got to say to you James, is to take good care of your ship, and good care of your self, for without you we might be in a bad fix. You are fitted for a long voyage, and you have a good deal to look out for, and I have no doubt you will do it in a proper manner, treat your Officers well and then keep them moving where there is a chance to get Oil.

I saw your wife the other day, she was well, and expecting news from you.
I heard by Capt Hicks that you had been sick which gave me a great deal of anxiety, and I would say here, that should your health fail you, and you should feel the necessity of returning home, I rather have you return with the ship, than have her left in charge of any one else for any considerable time, of course I have no objection if it should be necessary for a cruise but what I mean is for you to return home and leave your ship behind.

I see by the last report that the Right Whalers are doing well in that Ocean.
I hope James, you will be prospered and obtain a cargo of Oil in good time, [p.18] for your own sake, if not for my own.
Sperm Oil worth today 1.50 whale 80 whale bone So. Sea 56 long polar Do [same] 70¢, makeing whale Oil with the bone nearly equal to Sperm. Give my respects to your officers, and accept them for yourself.
I remain your friend and well wisher

Jon’ Bourne Jr

P.S. You will receive a package of Papers by the Roscoe

 

New Bedford Sept 18, 1856
Capt Matthew Fisher, Ship Stephania
Respected friend
I write you by the “Roscoe” and send you a package of newspapers. Your last report with 1200 Bbls on board was very satisfactory and sincerely hope before this you have added to your quantity sufficiently, to insure your filling in the Cruise of one year from this date.

I am very glad Capt Fisher you went right whaling it has not only given you a good start in quantity, but whale Oil with the bone is nearly or quite equal to Sperm. Sperm Oil worth at this time 1.50 pr Gall, and dull of sale. Whale Oil 80 to 82, whale Bone 60 to 70, according to length.

If you can fill your ship Capt Fisher you will not only make a good voyage for your owners, but for yourself, and all concerned, which of course will be very gratifying. Mr Roberts 2nd officer [p.19] of the Roscoe will give you all the news of your family, he haveing married into the family. Please let me hear from you as often as convenient.

Your dfs[draft] came home all right and was paid and is now on Interest
Please give my respects to your officers, and accept them yourself
Your friend and well wisher

Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 18, 1856
Capt Charles P. Worth
Respected friend
It will not do for me to neglect so favorable opportunity of writing you, although I am very much harried with business, and can not think of much anything of interest to write. Your last report with 900 Sperm and 100 whale shows pretty conclusive that the last years cruise had been rather unfortunate. I had hoped, you was so fortunate the early part of the voyage ~ that your good fortune might continue and that you would have a successful and short voyage, and that hope still continues. You have done well Capt Worth thus far, and I have no doubt that every thing has been done on your part to get oil and shorten the voyage as speedily as possible. I would advise you if an opportunity should offer to take whale Oil by all means to improve it, as at present Whale Oil with the bone is almost [p.20] equal to Sperm. Sperm is worth 1.50 Whale 80 to 82, Whale bone So. Sea 56 long Polar 70¢. You will receive a package of News Papers by the Roscoe giveing you all the news of the day.

Your family were all well last I heard from them. Also Mrs. Bates
My regards to your officers and accept them yourself.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Sept 19, 1856
Mr Wm Camplin Jr, Warren, RI
Dr Sir. The Barque King fisher will sail next Wednesday or Thursday consequently you can make your arrangements to be here in time

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 19, 1856
W. W. Fairbanks Esq, Taunton
Dr Sir. Please send down the Cooler, Strainer, &c made for me as the ship I want them for will go to sea next Wednesday.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.21]

 

New Bedford Sept 24, 1856
Mr Benj Hamblin, W. Falm[outh]
Dr Sir
The Kingfisher will go to sea Saturday, and shall want your son here on Friday.
Please say to H. H. Baxter and Wm P. Bowman to come over at the same time

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 24, 1856
Mr H. R. Hastings, Sandwich
Dr Sir
The Kingfisher will go to sea on Saturday, shall want you here on Friday

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 30, 1856
Messrs Wm Underwood & Co, Boston
Gent. Enclosed please find Cashiers check on Suffolk Bank for Eighty Eight & 11/100 Dollars the amount of the enclosed bill meats
Please receipt the same and return and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.22]

 

New Bedford Sept 30, 1856
Messrs Abels & Co, Northampton
I learn through Mr Cushing of our place, that you can furnish me Chesnut boards fitted for Ceiling and in order to put up. How soon will you furnish me delivered at New Bedford, say 3300 ft dry, tongued and grooved ready for use, a good article for inside work of suitable width boards 11 ft long. They can come over the Fairhaven ranch Rail Road, their Depot is at the Old Colony Depot Boston. Terms, Cash on delivery at New Bedford.
Please let me hear from you at your earliest convenience stating prices &c &c

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Octr 4, 1856
A. T. Stewart Frothingham Esq, Cashier
Dr Sir. Enclosed please find check on Boston for Two hundred two & 60/100 Dolls amt my note Neptune Ins[?] Co. due 3/6th as pr notes enclosed
Please enclose note to me

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr.

[p.23]

 

New Bedford Oct 4, 1856
Capt John Cole, Westmoreland, N.C.
Dr Sir, Yours of 3rs inst is recd. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Three hundred fifty Dolls. Money is very short here now and could not very well send more
Will write you again in regard to the Roscoe.
Please acknowledge receipt of check.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 7, 1856
T. James Glover, 133 Nassau St N. York
Sir. Your letter of 6th inst is recd, enclosing copies of papers relating to Francis J. Warren formerly in Barque Roscoe. If you will forward the original order, I will examine the matter, and see how it stands.
I can do nothing without the same

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.24]

 

New Bedford Oct 4, 1856
Mrs. Mary E. D. Gorton, Olneyville, R.I.
Your letter of Sept 29 is recd. Enclosed I forward you Twenty five Dollars on account your husbands voyage in Ship Kingfisher.
Please acknowledge receipt of same and much oblige

Yours Respectfully,
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 10th 1856
Thomas Swift Esq, West Sandwich
Dr Sir. Your favor of the 6th is recd. I should have answered before, but I expected to have gone to Monument Saturday, and would have you down and seen you and talked the matter over, but find it will be impossible. In relation to the Oxen, I think $150 a high price, still if you think the Cattle are what I want, well matched, good travellers, quiet in pasture & not breachy you may purchase them and send them up, or notify Mr Hamblin & write me or tell Mr Hamblin and I will send the money for them

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

P.S. If you think they will not suit me, you may wait till you see me as I may conclude to wait till spring

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New Bedford Oct 27, 1856
W. W. Fairbanks Esq, Agt. Taunton
Dr Sir. Enclosed please find check on Boston for one hundred forty five Dollars the amt of the within Bill cooler &c. Please receipt and return the same
And much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 27, 1856
Messrs Noel & Sautter New York
Gentlemen. I send you today by Express, patterns for 46 lights plate glass, as pr Memorandum left with you Saturday last. The sashes for the remaining 8 lights is not recd from the manufacturers. Will forward patterns for them as soon as recd.

Hope you will let me have them as soon as you can get them ready as the weather is getting cold and it becomes necessary to shut the house up to keep out the frost or it will injure the plastering

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.26]

 

New Bedford Oct 27, 1856
Messrs Schancke & Downing, New York
Gentlemen. After talking with my glazier I have concluded to have my D.T. French Chrystal Glass sent on in the original packages to save the trouble of making and sending patterns
Believing this will be the best course, you will please send by the Wednesday propeller 15 boxes according to memorandum and oblige.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[P.S.] If you have any doubts about the payment ask C. H. Leonard, Front St, Your City

 

New Bedford Oct 29, 1856
Messrs Robert I. Brown Co, New York
Gentlemen. Please send with the 3rd Story mantles Saturday, a Shelf for my range and fire place of black stone or marble polished, 9 ft 6 in long, 9 inches wide, 1½ inches thick, front straight and moulded, corners rounded.

I also find upon measuring the fire place in the N. E. Chamber 2nd Story, that the Statuary mantle designed for the room must not be over 5 ft, marked on your memo, 5 ft 4 inches.
You will please govern yourselves accordingly

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Oct 30, 1856
Capt Theodore Cole, Brattleboro
Dr Sir. Enclosed please find Bills Sale, Policies of Insurance &c which have been assented to, recorded as desired, have paid $1.50 for haveing it done, and have charged the same to you

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 31, 1856
Mr. T. James Glover, New York
Sir. Yours of 28th inst enclosing papers related to Francis J Warren’s voyage in Barque Roscoe is recd. The matter will be investigated, and will then report to you –

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.28]

 

New Bedford Novr 3rd 1856
Messrs Robert J. Brown Co, New York
Gent. yours of the 29th ult is recd. Under the pressure of business since my return, I had entirely forgotten that you needed the size of grates. You may arrange in the following manner Viz’
So. East room fire place
Dining Room, grate, medium size as we have a register in same room
So. East room 2nd Story, fire place
Nursery grate usual size for 18 ft room
No. East 2nd Story usual size Chamber grate
No. West 2nd Story fire place
So. East 3rd Story fit with grate usual size for Chambers
No. East 3rd Story Do Do Do
So. West 3rd Story fire place usual size
No. West 3rd Story fire place usual size

Hopeing you will send forward the 3rd story this week, Wednesday Propellor if Convenient which will oblige

Yours truly
Jon Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Novr 10th 1856
Mr. Weston A. Briggs
Dear Sir. Yours of 8th inst is recd asking me to send you one hundred Dollars as desired. Also your account made up to date showing a balance due you of One hundred fifty six & 25/100 Dolls with interest.

In regard to the ships, none have been reported this fall yet, but the Stephania in the Indian Ocean.
She was Anjier in July with 1400 Bbls whale 400 Do Sperm, bound on a Sperm whale Cruise, she will be at home next year with a good voyage. Shall expect to hear from the Northern fleet soon. Nothing particularly new

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[P.S.] Please acknowledge receipt of the money

 

New Bedford Novr 10th 1856
Messrs Robert J. Brown Co, New York
Gentlemen. I was disapointed on the arrival of the Propellor in not finding my 3rd Story, and Kitchen Mantles.
It is very necessary for me to have them all very soon, particularly the 2nd and 3rd Stories.
Hope you will not fail to send part of them by Wednesdays Boat

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.30]

 

New Bedford Novr 11th 1856
Messrs Schancke & Downing, New York
Gentlemen. When I negotiated with Mr Van Ingen for my Chrystal Glass, I understood from him that it would take 15 boxes to fill the order say 750 feet. I asked as he will undoubtedly reccollect, if I should have some space lights and was told I should. My order to have the glass sent on as originally packed shows my understanding of the bargain.

I was surprised upon unpacking to find jut the number of lights required to fill my sashes, and two of them broken. I think Mr Van Ingen will have the same recollection of our Conversation. I now lack 3 lights 18 by 38 to fill my sashes, haveing broken one in Cutting. Invoice sent if I have figured correctly is 635 ft and I supposed I bought 15 boxes 750 ft, if so I lack 105 ft.

I hope you will arrange this matter justly, and send me the balance on by Wednesday or Saturdays Propellor.
Will forward patterns for side lights soon.

Yours truly
J. Bourne, Jr

[p.31]

 

New Bedford Novr 12th 1856
Mr. T. James Glover, 133 Nassau St. New York
Sir. Enclosed please find Francis J. Warrens account with Barque Roscoe for Voyage ending in 1853 showing a balance due im of One hundred Seventy two & 19/100 Dollars for which I forward you check on the Mechanics Bank New York.
Please sign the enclosed receipt and return the same to me and
Much Oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Novr 13th 1856
Messrs David Dow & Co, Boston
Gent. I purchased of you July 30/56 one half chest of oolong Tea to what I had been useing untill I went from home. I now think it very superior and if you have more of the same kind and class, Please send my another chest and I will send you the money for it

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

Marks Carrington[?]
H.F.
Curious
Ooloong
A. Horn[?] No 2

 

New Bedford Novr 14th 1856
Messrs Robert J. Brown Co New York
Gent. Yours of the 12th inst is recd. Also 3rd Story Mantles are recd. What will a shelf of the dimentions ordered Cost from the Cheapest dark Marble you have, that is suitable for the place

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Novr 17th 1856
Messrs Dupee Perkins & Sayles, Boston
Gent. Your favor of 15th inst is recd. Enclosed I forward you Coupons due Dec 1, 1856 on 12000 $ Cont[Connecticut] & Passumpsic R. Road Bonds held as Collatteral.
Please return receipt for same
and much Oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr
Pr Geo W Ellis

[p.32]

 

New Bedford Novr 19th 1856
Mr. James R. Bourne, New Haven
Dr Sir. I have sold the Pew belonging to your Fathers Estate at auction, and bid it off for you for Fifty Dollars. What do you wish done with it. Please write me and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

New Bedford Novr 20th 1856
Messrs Schancke & Downing, New York
Gent. I wrote you under date of Nov 5 enclosing patterns for Dome lights, also Nov 11th as follows.
/See copy of letter to Messrs S. & Downing Nov 11th ‘/
Niether of the above letters have been acknowledged.
I have forwarded you this day by Express, patterns for Door lights

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.33]

 

New Bedford Novr 20th 1856
Messrs Noel & Sautter New York
Gentlemen. Your favor of Yesterday is recd. I had just got the balance of sashes from manufactures, and am no able to send patterns.
You will notice that the number of lights are increased, but same number of feet of glass

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Novr 24th 1856
Messrs Robert J. Brown Co, New York
Gent. We are waiting for the mantles, and hope they will be here soon. One word in relation to them that came for the 3rd Story and intended for fire places. The facings were not finished, we got one of our Marble Workers to finish and shall charge to you the bill, and if any more come so, shall do the same.

I do not want work unfinished. The Key for the So East room was injured by a nail slightly, I had that filled here, but am sorry I did not return it as it shows very plainly, I regret to say that the mantles for the So East Chamber does not please me. Less I think than any I saw in your rooms of that pattern. I hope the balance that are to come forward will be more perfect, and please better.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.34]

 

New Bedford Novr 24th 1856
Messrs Noel & Sautter New York
Gent
Your letter of 21st inst is recd, and contents noted.
I am a little surprised find so sharp men in New York.
No Yankees profess to be sharp, but have always looked upon a large Article as of more value than a smaller one, particularly when there was more surface to the article, than to the many when prices can be worked in.

If I understand figures, (in making what I admitted in my last letter to be a change), I have not asked for one inch more of glass, and again one of your firm (the smallest in stature I think it was) saw my plans for glass and also saw what I wanted, but in figuring for the glass he of course took the size that would fill the sash if we take out the dividing lines on sash 38 x 14 will do. If you charge 3 $ for cutting that is another matter entirely, and is what I did not expect and shall prefer to cut it myself.
I think you must have made some error in your figures, and when you look the matter over, you will I think find it so

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.35]

 

New Bedford Novr 26th 1856
Messrs Shober, Bunting & Co, Philadelphia
Gent. I have about 5500lbs of Polar Whale Bone – say 10 to 11 ft in length. I have not been able to get my price, and as I am anxious to close the ships account that Cargo to the same, I would like to enquire the price in your market and if satisfactory, will ship to you if not disposed of when your reply is recd
I have asked 75¢, it being very long

Yours truly,
Jon’ Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Novr 26th 1856
Messrs Schancke & Downing, New York
Gent. Your letter of 23 is recd – should have replied before, but have been absent from the City. I regret exceedingly that any misunderstanding should have occurred in our trade for glass. I intended to have guarded myself against any delay in replaceing a light, if one should get broken, by haveing some spare glass on hand and if you will send me six spare lights I will so far as the Window glass is concerned let the matter drop.

In relation to the Dome sash, I was aware that my Architect got on more work than you agreed to furnish, but was busy at the time and barely looked at it when my check enclosed it to you. [p.36] I would like to know what the least money such a sash can be furnished for filled with such glass as we agreed upon.
Please say at your earliest convenience and oblige

Yours truly,
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 29 1856
Mr Wm B. Phillips, Lynn
Dr Sir. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank for One thousand Dollars on account amt due the Estate of Capt Lamphier on his voyage in Ship Lagoda
Please have Mrs Lamphier sign the receipt below, and forward the same to me
and much Oblige

Yours truly,
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec 1 1856
Messrs Robert J. Brown Co, New York
Gent
Please say by return of mail when my mantle will be sent forward.
If my memory serves me correctly they were to have been finished a long time since, and was much disapointed in not finding them on board of the Propeller this morning

Yours truly,
J. Bourne Jr

[p.37]

 

New Bedford Dec 4 1856
Mr Weston A Briggs
Dr Sir
Enclosed I forward your $50. Please acknowledge receipt
and much oblige

Yours truly,
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Decr 10th 1856
Messrs Dupee, Perkins & Sayles, Boston
Gent
Yours of 9th inst is recd. Enclosed I forward you $12000 Connt [Connecticut] and Passumpsic Bonds as pr your request
Please make the Endorsement and return the same to me

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec’ 15, 1856
Mrs Esther Worthen, Chichester N.H.
Yours of Nov’ 16 is recd Mr Worthen sailed Sept 27th in the Barque Kingfisher as Carpenter. We advanced him before sailing Eighty four & 58/100 Dollars for which he now owes me.

The Crews of Whaleships ship on shares, they recieve such a portion of all the Oil and bone taken, and if they obtain nothing, they have nothing. You will percieve therefore that it will be impossible for me to advance you any money

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.38]

 

New Bedford Dec’ 16th 1856
Messrs Robert J. Brown & Co New York
Gentlemen. I have returned by Express the Key sent for 2nd Story So East Room Chimney piece as entirely unfit for the mantle or room and not being what I was to have. I thought it was distinctly understood that the Key to nearly all the Mantles /except 3rd Story/ were to be same patterns of the one upon the large mosaic mantles standing in your room on exhibition except they were to be thicker & bolder in their general appearance.

The Key sent for the White Mantle is such as I agreed for, and one of that size and pattern will suit me.

Have the goodness to make and send me one by Express as soon as you can conveniently and oblige. I cannot plaster around the Mantles untill I receive them which annoys the Masons exceedingly, they do the Work by Contract. I am not satisfied with the thickness of the nursery Mantle, it is only 7/8 inch thick. Why was it made of so thin marble?

Yours truly,
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.39]

 

New Bedford Dec’ 16th 1856
Messrs Randall H. Green & Sons New York
Gentlemen
I have about 20000lbs Whale Bone unsold.
What is the state of your market? What can you get offered for 5500lbs 11 foot bone?
Please let me hear from you

Yours truly,
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec’ 16th 1856
Mr Z. H. Thompson, Rochester
Dear Sir When you are in New Bedford, will you please call at my Counting room as I would be glad [to] see you on some business

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Dec’ 17, 1856
Wm Howell[?] Esq, Bath, N.Y.
Dr Sir. Yours of 15th inst is recd Encloseing letter for your Son, also your letter of some time past was recd encloseing three letters, all of which have been forwarded to your son in the Indian Ocean. I recd a letter from Capt Worth at King Geo[rge] Sound dated Augt 3rd
All well had taken 50 Bbls last cruise

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.40]

 

New Bedford Dec’ 19, 1856
Messrs R. H. Green & Sons, New York
Gent
Yours of 18th inst is recd asking for description of the different lots of Whale bone I have for sale.

I have one lot of 5500lbs of handsome, long, polar bone – considerable hair on the same, very little short bone in it, from 10 to 11 feet long, some of the slabs are 11 ft in length, a very desirable lot.

Also one lot of 9500lbs polar bone from 8 ½ to 9 feet. Some of the slabs are 9 ft. This is a good sound lot of bone. Another lot of 2500lbs handsome North West bone, from 8 to 9 ft in length. All in good order, and desirable lots
Please let me hear from you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.41]

 

New Bedford Dec’ 22’ 1856
Capt Theodore Cole, Brattleboro
Dear Sir
Your letter of 18th inst is recd
I have the Fairhaven Insurance Cos policy for you on the “Marengo” for 5750 Dolls Valueing Ship and Outfits at $46000 which we consider full Amount.
I think in a day or two I shall obtain Insurance on Marengos Oil in part. Will then get for you same ratio as for myself. She is reported with 1300 Bbls there may be some doubt about it although it come straight.
I have nothing different in relation to the quantity of Oil on board of the Alex Coffin when lost, and cannot get any further Insurance if we were disposed to, untill the Oil and bone arrives at the Islands. Will then advise you

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.42]

 

New Bedford Dec’ 24th 1856
Messrs Sam’ W. Pope & Co, East Machias
Gentlemen. What will you furnish delivered at New Bedford in the Spring – say April or May – Spruce deck plank from your longest and best Spruce – the plank must be 3 and a part 3 ½ inches in thickness, 5 inches wide for upper Deck, 7 Do[inches] for lower deck

I may want some of each, in all about 30M feet. I used spruce for the upper deck of a ship about 3 years ago and it proved very satisfactory and I am disposed to try it again and have induced others provided they can purchase it on favorable terms to try it.
The frame sent Mr Kempton by you for a brick house was for me and the timber I thought very good which has induced me to write you

Yours truly,
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec’ 27, 1856
Capt Theodore Cole, Brattleboro
Dear Sir. I wrote you on the 22nd inst – since then I have recd a letter from Capt Purrington at Ayan Sept 8. He shipped his Oil (1961) Bbls Whale, 134 Do[Bbls] Sperm) home by “Alice” of Cold Spring, and Rebecca Simms and Metacom of New Bedford [p.43] and his bone to the Sandwich Islands

Capt P. states that he was wrecked on the 10th of August, but does not give the place – got his Ship into Ayan on the 30th of same month under jury masts – would sell the ship the day after the date of his letter and gave no further particulars

I have abandoned the Ship and Outfits, and enclose a form for you to copy and sign.
I do not know at what office you are insured on Ship, therefore you will put into the Copy you send me the Company you are insured with, also the No of the Policy and enclose the same to me and I will take it to the office.
Shall get insured to day $1500 on Catchings on board Ship Marengo for you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

P.S. Since writing the above have obtained $1500 insurance for you on Catchings on board Marengo at the Commercial Mutual Ins Co.

[p.44]

 

New Bedford Decr 27, 1856
Mrs Eliza C Bates, Nantucket
Your letter is recd Enclosed I forward you by Express $50.
Please acknowledge receipt of same Have you insured your husbands share of Oil on board the Draco?
Please say and much oblige

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec’ 30, 1856
Tillinghast Tompkins Esq, Newport, R.I.
Dear Sir I have recd a letter from Capt Purrington dated Ayan Sept 8th. He had shipped his Oil home by the following Ships – Alice of Cold Spring and Rebecca Simms and Metacom of New Bedford in all 134 Bbls Sperm 1691 Do[Bbls] Whale, and his bone 34 Bundles by Ship Newton[?] to Sandwich Islands.

I have since recd a letter from Mr Booker the mate saying that they had sold the Ship for $300 – that she was wrecked on the 10th of August on one of the Kuril Islands (the same group on which the Kingfisher was lost) and by great exertions they succeeded in getting her off after cutting away masts &c and getting her to Ayan leaking badly. We have abandoned the ship and outfits, and if you wish to, please sign the enclosed and insert the No of your policy and return the same to me and I will take it to the Office

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.45]

 

New Bedford Jany 6, 1857
Mr Ferdinand Carnes, Milford, Mass.
Dr Sir. Your letter of 20th ult’ is recd. I regret more than you the loss of the Kingfisher. But as she was lost by the perils of the sea we cannot complain.

The loss to me was great, about ten thousand Dollars, and I am sorry for the Crew who lost their share of the voyage, but as it is one of those cases when niether of us are to blame in the matter and which we cannot help. You will see therefore that it will be impossible for me to advance to the crew

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

[p.46]

 

New Bedford Jany 6, 1857
Capt Theodore Cole, Brattleboro, Vt.
Dr Sir. Yours of 30 ult enclosing Abandonment was duly recd
The Abandonment on Ship and Outfit has been left with the Union Mutual Marine Ins Co, but they have not accepted the same. This is the Case with all of us, they did not accept mine – they say they must have proof of loss (that is the Masters protest) before they accept – but as it is more a matter of form than any thing else, I presume it will make no difference.

We have not abandoned the Catchings consequently have not left your notice enclosed for the same[?]
If any thing occurs will write you

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.47]

 

New Bedford 1 mo 10, 1857
Messrs Dupee Perkins & Sayles
Gentlemen. Have you purchased any Western[?] Rail Road Stock for me?
Please answer

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 1 mo 10, 1857
Messrs Wm Underwood & Co
Gentlemen. I have not recd the tomattoes

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jan 9th 1857
Messrs Robert J. Brown, New York
Gentlemen. I suppose you will expect before long to have your bill paid. On examining your bill this morning I find you have charged me $30 each for the two 3rd Story mantles when I was distinctly told I could have the two for $55 and you have not discounted the $10 which Mr Holly assured me I should have. He will remember the first bill amounted to $785 and he agreed to make it $775. I afterwards changed one of the 85$ mantles to $65 and then asked him if I should have the same discount and he assented to it. Mr Allens bill for finishing the faceings and the last key which did not fit is $3.87. If you [p.48] will make these deductions, I will pay the bill in a few days

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jan 14, 1857
Mr Weston A. Briggs, Middleboro
Dear Sir
Enclosed please find One hundred six & 25/100 Dollars which square our account.
You have not in all your letter said one word about the newly purchased farm, whether it produces potatoes in the Winter, or Corn, or neither, or whether you have any idea of trying another Whale voyage in the spring. I would like to hear from you upon this subject. I dont believe the old fellow is worn out yet. What say you? Take a look at the shipping List and write me

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 15 1857
Mr William Phillips, Philadelphia
Dear Sir Yours of 13th inst is recd. The Ship Lagoda touched at Flores one of the Western Islands Augst 18th on her outward passage all well. Since then she has not been reported. She will touch at the Sandwich Islands in February or March when we shall get news from them from there

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.49]

 

New Bedford Jany 15, 1857
Mr E. Kuabe[?], Baltimore
Dear Sir. Yours of 12th inst is recd. The Barque “Newton” was reported in the Okhotsk Sea in Sept with 650 Barrells Oil this season. By the last California Steamer we recd no mail from the Sandwich Islands, therefore we have no further news from the whaling fleet.

By the next California Steamer we shall probably receive news of the Arrival of the Newton at the Islands.
In regard to her stopping another year we cannot now tell, in a couple of weeks after the next Steamer we shall problably know

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 15, 1857
Messrs Shober, Bunting & Co, Phila
Gent. I have your favor of 12th inst. The lot of whl bone refered to sold to a party in this City last week
I was anxious to close the ships accounts and haveing a favorable opportunity, closed off all the bone I had on hand

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.50]

 

New Bedford Jany 15, 1857
Capt Warren J. Bourne, Falmouth
My dear Sir
Your favor of 13th inst is recd. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank for two hundred Dollars
I have caused to be insured for you on Catchings on board of Ship Stephania four thousand dollars which I deemed expedient and hope it will meet you approbation

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 15, 1857
Messrs Shepord & Harris, New London
Gent. Yours of 13th inst is recd. Enclosed please find Fifty Dollars for Mrs Gatchel[?] for which please acknowledge receipt. Money is very short and close here, and I cannot send any more now

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.51]

 

New Bedford Jany 15, 1857
Mrs J I. Gatchel, New London
Messrs Shepord & Harris letter of 13th inst is recd
Enclosed please find Fifty Dollars on a/c your husbands voyage on Ship Marengo. Please enclose receipt for same.
Money is very scarce and I cannot send any more now

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 19, 1857
Messrs Gilman Co, Lahaina
Gent. I have shipped to my Ship Lagoda Capt John D. Willard and consigned to you freight to be paid at New Bedford say 30 Bbls Mess Beef, 10 Do[Bbls] Prime Porke, 9 Casks Bread, / / Do Slop Clothing and 3 Do Manilla Tow Line

The Above Articles were intended for Ship Alexr Coffin which is lost.
I would ask you to hand the goods over to Barque Newton Capt Sherman if said Barque should remain the third season, and should visit your port for provissions before going to the north. In case Capt Sherman should not remain the third season you may supply the first Ship of mine that visits your port that wants the whole or a part of them. If they are not wanted by my own vessels up to the arrivals of the fleet next fall [p.52] you may deliver them to Capt Palmer of the Barque Kingfisher who will be authorised to receive them – Provided he does not stop at your place in the fall, Please dispose of them to the best advantage, and pay over the proceeds to either one of my masters or remit to me as may be best for my interest.
With the Compliments of the season I am

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 19, 1857
Capt John D. Willard, Lahaina
Dr Sir. I am expecting to hear good news from you when you arrive at Lahaina, as I have great Confidence in your success on the new whaling ground, and should you obtain 7 or 800 Bbls and beleive that by spending more time on that ground you could do even better, by all means keep the matter to yourself 9except what you communicate to my own ship masters) and go to New Zealand or some other place sperm whaling untill the season comes right – then proceed there instead of going North.

You will learn on your arrival at the Islands of the loss of the Ship Alex Coffin she will not now need the provissions of course – You will leave them with Messrs Gilman & Co who will be authorised to receive them in accordance with my wishes.

Capt Willard I made some enquiries of Capt Edwards of the Geo. Washington about your steward and I am inclined to [p.53] beleive that he will desert you desert you the first opportunity. I hope you will watch him Closely, and defeat his purpose. His bill is large, and I have no doubt he is a good steward, but a little tricky. Dont let him leave you if you can possibly keep him.

I hope you will be successful wherever you may go during this voyage
Sperm Oil worth this day $1.30, whale Oil no price named, probably 75 cents, Whale Bone 63 to 70¢ According to length. Common right whale bone, such as you catch in the Indian Ocean 52 to 55¢.

The price of Sperm Oil is much lower than when you sailed and it is not very probable that it will advance this year. You may not be very particular to ship Oil home at present unless a good opportunity offers to ship direct to New Bedford and at a reasonable price – never ship your ground tier, I had rather pay Insurance on ground tier than freight money.
I have not heard from your friends since you left home, but presumed they are well. Hopeing you are in good health and spirits, with good Officers, ship, and Crew.

I am
Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[P.S.] Write every opportunity

[p.54]

 

New Bedford Jany 28th 1857
Capt John Cole, Medway, Mass
Dr Sir
Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Five hundred Dollas on account Ship Washington, for which please acknowledge receipt of same.
No mail was recd by the last Steamer from the Islands and we have received no further advices shall probaly have news by the steamer now about due, and will then write you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 30 1857
Messrs Schancke & Downing, New York
Gentlemen. You letter of the 26th was recd yesterday covering bill of Dome sash.
The sash has not been received therefore cannot tell whether it will suit or not.
The lace glass for side lights came some time since and sit by the glazier during my absence. On examination and of inquiry I judge it is not the double thick glass, as it appears very thin. It was certainly Specified in the memo to be of that quality. I said nothing about it as I did not see the glass untill it was sent, and I thought I should be in New York, possibly before the Dome was finished and intended then to take with me one of the lights if necessary, feeling quite sure if any mistake had occurred I would be made right

Your Dft for ninety Dolls was presented [p.55] but under the Circumstances, I did not accept it. If the Dome has not left the Express Office New York, I wish you would withdraw it from the office and send it by the Propeller as the express and danger of being injured are very considerable by Express

You will remember my desire to have thicker enameled glass than any you showed me, on account of the exposed situation, also liability to be broken by children and the great difficulty of replacing it in this City

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 4th 1857
Mr Obed Nye, No Fairhaven
Dr Sir. I have a policy of $6500 on my brick house on Orchard Street and should like to see you in regard to the same

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 5th 1857
N. S. Perkins Esq, New London
Dr Sir. Yours of 30th ult was duly recd. I have caused to be insured for Capt Skinner Ship Marengo Three thousand Dolls on Catchings on board said Ship

Yours Truly
J. Bourne Jr
Pr G W E

[p.56]

 

New Bedford Feby 7th 1857
Messrs G T & C Shepard, New London
Gent. Yours of 4th inst is recd. Benj’ Wiks[?] order to you, June 13 1854 for One hundred Seventy five Dollars is entered in his A/c

Yours truly
Jon Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 2 mo 7, 1857
Messrs Gordon & Bacon, New London
Gent. Yours of 2nd inst is recd. In regard to your demand against Mr Gatchel, I understand /but not from Capt Skinner/ that he drew an order payable to his wife for his voyage before sailing, securing the same to her – therefore nothing can be done with me in regard to it.
You had better get an order from Mr Gatchel, and arrange the mater with him on his arrival

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.57]

 

New Bedford Feby 9, 1857
Hon C F Swift, Senate
Dr Sir
I understand the Election of two Directors on the part of the State for the Western Rail Road will come off this week. My purpose is to secure your influence if not already secured in another direction to re elect one or both of the outgoing members. The names of the gentlemen whose term expires are Mr Tyler from the Western part of the state, and Mr Ely of Boston, both very good men.

I think you will agree with me in thinking that these frequent changes are not conducive to the best interests of any corporation, and, of course in this case, not for the interest of the state, whose interest you represent.

Our meetings are held over a month – of course it is not convenient for a business man always to be present and in two instances the past year the meetings has been postponed to accommodate the President, there being no important business for the board to transact. Thus you see that Seven or Eight meetings in a year cannot qualify one any too well for a State Director, nor even will this number provided he should remain two terms.

The pay is $300 pr day while actually employed, I consider this no inducement for the change.
In relation to Mr Ely, personally, I do not know what his wishes are or the wishes of his friends. I only speak generally, of Mr Tyler I know he would like to be returned. So far as I know him [p.58] he is a gentleman, and has, I believe always been watchful for the interest of the State. As an associate in the board I like him, as you or any other gentleman would. He is I think about our age not too old to learn - Politically I know not what his antecedants were, or proclivities at the present time – that would not weight a feather with me, and I presume it will not with you.

I have told some of his friends if I could secure the services of two of my old friends I should consider the matter pretty safe for his renomination – and Election You were one, the other I have secured.
If it is consistent with your views to aid in My Tylers nomination, you will confer a favor upon

Your old friend
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 10, 1857
Mr Simeon R. Hart, Adamsville, R.I.
Dr Sir. We cannot ancher the ship at the Custom House without you the Papers haveing been endorsed to you
Please come over right away, as it is necessary that it should be attended to

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.59]

 

New Bedford Feby 12, 1957
Obed Nye Esq
Dr Sir. Enclosed please find check for Fifty five & 75/100 Dollars the amt premium for Insurance on my house
Does it make any difference about the house not being occupied, it being so expressed in the Policy?

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 13th 1857
Wm Howell Esq, Bath, NY
Dr Sir. Yours of 9th inst is recd, Enclosing letter for your son.
I have recd nothing further from the Draco than what is reported in the Shipping List.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.60]

 

New Bedford Feby 14, 1857
Messrs Robert J. Brown & Co, New York
Gent. Your note of Feb 11th is just recd. In reply would say that I am not satisfied to pay any interest, or Exchange on your bill of Marble. The mantles were not finished at the time agreed upon, which gave me considerable trouble, and when I did get them the weather was so severe that the mortar froze and injured the Appearance of the work. I therefore beleive the damage to me is considerably more than the interest.

You can draw on me at sight for the note amount $751.13, or will send you a check on New York, either way that suits you best. Shall allow the Dft to be protested if it comes to hand before hearing from you

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 18, 1857
Messrs Robert J. Brown & Co, New York
Gent. Yours of 16th inst is recd. Enclosed please find Dft on Mechanics Bank New York for Seven hundred fifty one & 13/100 Dollars, amount of your bill mantles.

I believe I have paid the full price of the artcles recd – possibly I [p.61] I have been deceived in the Appearance when set, but the workmanship and finishing does not appear to me to be equal to that I saw in New York, and those that I saw in houses in this City – perhaps when properly cleaned off will appear better.
Please acknowledge the receipt of the Dft
And much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Feby 19 1857
Mr. I. H. Haskell, Baltimore
Dr Sir. Yours of 17th is recd Above please find a/c as desired. You will perceive that I advanced him on sailing $68.87 He had on the voyage $84.11, and since his arrival $67.43, the other charges are the customary charges in all cases. Theodore is still here we advised him on his arrival to go home

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.62]

 

New Bedford Feby 20th 1857
Messrs Schancke & Downing, New York
Gent. The dome sash came to hand the 7 inst with freight bill of $5 which I would not pay, neither can I receive the sash according to your bill previously rendered
It varies very essentially from the design furnished. I was surprised you did not withdraw the sash from the Express Office as I desired you in my letter of 30 January
It will not be convenient for me to go to New York at present as I intended, and would like to know what you are willing to do about the sash and Enameled glass, neither is what I bargained for.
Please let me hear from you

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 23, 1857
Abner Bartlett Esq, New York
Dr Sir. Your Tellegraph is recd In reply will sell my So. Sea Whale Bone all sound and in good order, haveing been rebundled, for 60¢ delivered in New York if no more can be obtained, considering the sale binding if not previously sold here

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

[p.63]

 

New Bedford Feby 20th 1857
Messrs Dupee Perkins & Sayles, Boston
Gent. Yours of 26th inst is recd. Encloseing check for Six thousand & one Dollars, the amount of B. B Musseys note due 25th inst with one days interest on the same

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 27, 1857
Mrs Warren Reed, Warren R.I.
Yours of 23 inst is recd. Enclosed please find Twenty Dollars, the amount required.
Please acknowledge receipt of the same
And much Oblige

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.64]

 

New Bedford Feby 28, 1857
Mrs Ellen Read Hudson, N.Y.
Your letter of 25th inst is recd. The Ship Stephania arrived here Feby 9th. Moses is here in the City, or was yesterday haveing been in my counting room and was well. Any letters forwarded to him in my care I will see that he has them.

Yours Respectfully,
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 26, 1857
Mr J G. W. Crandall, New London
Dr Sir
Yours of 21 inst is recd. Encloseing Benjm Weeks order for $60.
Mr Weeks gave A. H. Potter & Co of this City a balance order for the net proceeds of his voyage some time before he sailed, and left the same with me at the time. We have settled with Mr Weeks and paid to Potter & Co the amt of his voyage they demanding the same on their order put in prior to yours, and would not consent for me to deduct anything for you. Consequently I could not do otherwise than pay them, and you will have to look to them for the same.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.65]

 

New Bedford Feby 28, 1857
Abner Bartlett Esq, New York
Dr Sir. Refering you to my letter of 23rd inst, I now have to say that a part of my Bone has been sold @ 65¢ cash and parties are in treaty for the balance at same price.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 28, 1857
Messrs Schank & Downing, New York
I must refer you to m letters of Jany 30 and Feby 20th. If not answered soon shall return enameled glass and dome sash as not being what I bargained for

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 28th 1857
Messrs Damon, Sherborn Co, Boston
Gent. You will recognize the writer as the person who called Wednesday and priced your thick glass. Your price given me for 5 in by 22 was $5.00 pr 100 ft 5% for cash. Please be particular in cutting the glass as I understand from Mr Burgess who superintended the building that from the manner in which it is arranged that it must not vary in the width or length. I will take all of your 5 x 22. I think you said there was about 1000 ft.

Please say how much tripple[?] thick you have [p.66] in hand of this dimension.
Ship the glass by the Fairhaven Branch Rail Road (Old Colony Depot). Will remit the amount of bill on receipt of glass. Shall want more glass for the upright.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 3, 1857
Messrs Schank & Downing, New York
Gentlemen. Your letter of the 28th is recd. Am I to understand Mr Van Ingen to say, that the enameled glass sent me is the double think glass, and that the dome sash is made from the pattern furnished by me, and is like it? If he is to be so understood so far as the dome sash is concerned it can be very easily settled ~ since the pattern furnished by me to some friend of yours in this city, and let the comparisons be made. If I am wrong in my premises I will acknowledge my error, and pay up forthwith, but, if not, I shall claim a deduction corresponding to the deficiency.

I would also enquire of Mr Van Ingen whether he did or did not assent to my demand, made at the time of our last talk to include with the enameled glass and dome for the sum of $90, four panes of double thick glass average size furnished for my house?
An answer at your earliest convenience will oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.67]

 

New Bedford March 4th 1857
Messrs Damon Sherburne & Co, Boston
Gent. Yours of 2nd inst is recd. Will you please say pr return of mail how much of the tripple[?] thick glass you have on hand of the same size you are cutting for me, and will you sell it for the same

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 7, 1857
Mrssrs Randall H Grun[?] & Sons, New York
Gentlemen. I have about 6000 lbs South Sea Whale Bone large size and in fine order except slightly touched with rats, sold a part of the same lot here for 65¢ cash to ship. What was not ratted. Please say what offer you can get by return of mail
And oblige

Yours truly
Jon Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 7th 1857
Messrs Damon Sherburne & Co, Boston
Gent. Your letter and memo is recd. You may send me the 5 or 600 lights of 5 in 24 to 30 long, provided it is double thick and I have no loss to bear in cutting &c.
The length is no objection

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.68]

 

New Bedford March 7, 1857
Messrs E Robinson & Co, Boston
Gent. My Carpenter has called to day and says he wants some of the trimmings ordered from you the other day for immediate use and also says that the back flaps for shutters must be 13/8 in square. Parliment[?] Butts 3½ in do. and that will need 3 Butts to a shutter & hope the door butts or some of them are also ready.
Please let me hear from you & oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 9th 1857
Messrs Lawson & Co, New London
Gentl
Enclosed I forward you a bill against John H. Smith Cooper of Ship New England due the Estate of Elisha Bourne of which I am the Executor
You will perceive that the most of it is for Cash and if you can collect it for me I shall be very much obliged

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

P.S. The Amt of the Amt of the bill is 73.09 with the interest

[p.69]

 

New Bedford March 13, 1857
Messrs G T & C Shepard, New London
Gent. Yours of 4th inst was duly recd. Enclosed I forward your check on Mechanics Bank New York for Two hundred three & 23/100 Dollars the Amt of Benjm Weeks order with interest on the same to the time of settlement of his voyage.
Please receipt the enclosed order and return the same to me.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 3 mo 13, 1857
Geo A. Simmons Esq, Boston
Dear Sir your letter is recd. The Stephania Cargo is still on hand. When it first arrived, parties looked over it with their foreman and made me the offer of 72¢ for all the Cargo except Six Casks. I declined the offer asking 73¢. Since that time I offered it to the same parties at 72¢ which they declined, hopeing that a decline might take place in consequence of the large arrival in New York. In this I am thinking they may be mistaken, as I learn that all of that of that cargo that was consigned to Willets & Co say 7000 Bbls has been sold at 72¢ ~ no selection, which I consider a good sale [p.70] It being Western Oil and very probably much of it dark and sour, and casks, Lord deliver me from owning any part of them.

I sold a little of the ground tiers yesterday for 69¢, casks returned equal to 72¢. I will see you 3 to 500 Barrells at same price 72¢, time satisfactory to you and nothing less.
Will give you 2½ ¢ for two thirds of the casks delivered at our Depot.
When the parties looked over the Oil they considered it a strictly prime lot, every cask sweet, and light but six casks which I take out.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 13th 1857
Messrs Damon, Sherburne Co, Boston
Gentlemen
Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank for Seventy & 69/100 Dollars, amount of your two bills of glass.
In relation to the thicker glass, I cannot tell at present whether I shall need more or not. Will write you if I do.
Please acknowledge the receipt of check,
& Oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.71]

 

New Bedford 3 mo 13, 1857
Messrs Willets & Co, New York
Gentlemen. Your letter of the 7th inst came to hand by due course of mail. I left the City the morning after receiveing your letter and then expected to go to New York when the Oil was out.
As there may be some doubt about it, I would enquire of you, if the “Pampero”[?] has commenced discharging, and when the Cargo will probably be out.
One clause escaped my notice untill now. You ask if the Oil was insured. It was insured at our Officeces in New Bedford partly, while on board of the “Alex Coffin” and partly since it was reshipped

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 14, 1857
Mr[?] Seth Coffin, Hudson N.Y.
Dr Sir. Your letter enquiring about Moses Read is recd. Moses left the City before the receipt of your letter as I supposed, not haveing seen him since. In relation to his qualifications as a sailor, I have asked the Captain and he says he is a clever quiet man, but thinks he will not advance very rapidly in his profession, so far as I know Moses myself, I have a very good opinion of him, he has always appeared to be an honest straitforward man, and one whom I have thought well of. Haveing never been to sea myself.

[no signature]

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New Bedford 3 mo 16, 1857
Mr E. Robinson Boston
Dr Sir. My Carpenter called this day for the bronze butts for lower story main body of house. Also gave me the thickness of the doors. Front double door 2 ¼ inches two double doors in main Halls not ready – will send another time.

All the rest of Doors in lower story 1 7/8 inches. All the doors in 2nd and 3rd Stories 1 ¾ inches. You did not send butts sufficient for shutters, and we purchased here of same kind.
Please send immediately as we need them. You may if you please let the glass knobs in the 3rd story be bronze instead of light color.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 3 mo 17, 1857
Mrs. John D. Willard, Gardiner Me
Your letter is recd. Enclosed I forward you check on Suffolk Bank for One hundred Dollars for which you can obtain the money at Bank in Gardiner
Please acknowledge receipt of same and much oblige

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.73]

 

New Bedford 3 mo 20, 1857
Mr E. Robinson, Boston
Dr Sir. I return 4 prs Butts, and want 4 other reversed. Also return front Door Lock and want one reversed.
We are waiting knobs. Please return this evening Butts & Lock, and as many knobs as you can get ready

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 17th 1857
Capt Geo M. Kimball, Pittston, Me
Dr Sir
Your esteemed favor of 15th inst is recd. Enclosed please find One hundred Dollars the Amount you desired me to send you.
In relation to the Whaleing business to be sure Oil has been a little dull of late, but we are looking for a better market soon. Sperm Oil, last sales 142, whale Do North West 75, So Sea 70 to 72, Whale Bone, Polar 80, north West 70, So Sea 65. Bone as you see bears a great price partly owing to the ladies wearing hoops. Capt Cox and family are in usual health. I presume it will not be long before there may be another member of the family, perhaps some of the younger branches to wear the same old Boots looking for business

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.74]

 

New Bedford April 7, 1857
Mr C. H. Leonard, New York
Dr sir. Your favor of 6th inst is recd. Enclosing your check on Bank of New York for Six hundred forty seven & 22/100 Dollars, Amt recd for I. M. Luckeys note left by me for collection for which please accept my thanks.

You also make enquiries about Washingtons cargo Whale oil which is in the main a good one with the exception of about one hundred barrells dark, a portion of her ground tier is also sour, the Captain haveing taken out a part of her ground to ship home last season and replaced and filled with Salt water. A considerable portion of the Cargo is beautiful. On the whole I call it a good Cargo ~ very good after takeing out the black which I have done in selling 800 Barrells @ 74¢ foolishly as you no doubt will say. The balance has not been sold, but something has been said which places me under some obligations to see the party. If we don’t agree will sell you on your time except about $5000 on shorter time say 4 [?] which I would like to hand over to one of the owners in settlement for his share

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

[p.75]

 

New Bedford April 4, 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gentlemen. I find upon enquiry that the person to whom I had spoken to make my carpets was prepared and expected to make them
You will please cut them according to plans furnished and send them by Propeller lying at Pier No 3 East River. Please send bill by mail and I will remit you check on New York

Yours truly
Jon Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 9, 1857
Mr E. V. Haughwout, New York
Dear Sir I have measured the distance from the floor to gas pipe in ceiling. First floor 11 9 ½/12 feet. Second floor 10 3/12 feet.
You will please govern yourself in prepareing my fixtures accordingly
I further beg to say that since my return my wife says she does not like the china chamber set purchased of you and I would ask you to withdraw it from the bill if you please

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.76]

 

New Bedford April 10th 1857
Messrs Noel & Sautter, New York
Gent. You will please send me pr Propeller lying at Pier No 3 East River Four looking glass plates all with Eliptic tops and of the following dimensions

82 by 62 V
66 by 48
60 by 40 V
50 by 40 V

Please let the glass be first quality of good thickness, particularly the larger ones. You will also please notify Mr J Cartisser No 25 Ninth Avenue to call and take the four door lights to embellish according to our understanding, the patterns I send by Express. I think these lights should be thick or they would be very apt to break if the door was shut to quick

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.77]

New Bedford April 14, 1857
Mr Gilbert Hathaway, New Baltimore, Michigan
Dear Sir, Your letter of 2nd inst is recd and contents noted.
A young man who gave his name as Bassett from Irving New York was in my Ship Stephania He also gave his age at the Custom House as being 21 years. As to his qualifications for Boat steerer, I cannot tell as he was sick during the last part of the voyage, and if my memory serves me correctly I did not see him when he returned

He gave an order to A. H. Potter & Co to settle his voyage (which has been paid over to them) and he left immediately. My practice is never to ship a minor, unless with the consent of his parents or guardian or some surety that he has been left to act for himself. Please ask the young man what he told Mr Munroe from time to time on the voyage about his friends knowing of his whereabouts and intentions while at New Bedford before sailing, and my offering him money to go home if he wanted
Enclosed is a copy of his Account

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

[p.78]

 

New Bedford 4 mo 17 1857
Messrs Gifford & Campbell, Boston
Gent. Annexed please find Bill of Whale Oil purchased of me 6th inst which I forward to you as pr your request to Mr Edmund Rodman

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 17, 1857
Mrs James T. Skinner, New London
I recd by Express this morning a Draft purporting to be signed by Capt Skinner and Endorsed by you for four hundred and fifty Dollars. I have recd several letters from Capt S. but he has never mentioned anything about wanting money and if I was oweing him money I should have perhaps thought it all right but under the circumstances I did not think proper to pay it untill some further explanation about it.
If you can give any, please do so

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 17, 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gent. Have you recd my order of the 9th inst? If so, why this delay in sending forward.
Please reply

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.79]

 

New Bedford April 10th 1857
Messrs Noel & Sautter, New York
Gentlemen. Your returned favor of 17th inst is recd ~ Some person in New York who furnishes the frames ready for guilding for Mr Marvin, will call at your place and give directions for tops for glasses
Mr Marvin will write the person this day

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 20 1857
Messrs J. Parkhurst Jr & Co, Baltimore
Gent. Enclosed please find Bill and Bill Lading thirty six barrells Whale Oil shipped you pr Schr M. H. Read.
Please forward your note for the amount Seven hundred Sixty three & 35/100 Dollars at four months from 17th inst
and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.80]

 

New Bedford April 21 1857
Mr H B. Lovejoy, Fayette, Ind
Dear Sir. Yours of 13th inst is recd and would have been answered before but the letter was mislaid.
Mr. Keating left the Washington at the Sandwich Islands unwell. But I understand that he is comeing home in some whaling ship. When he arrives will inform you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 20, 1857
Capt John Cole, Medway
Dear Sir Enclosed please find your a/c with Barque Roscoe which I have closed and charged the balance to your Debit in a/c with Ship Washington.
When the Washingtons Cargo is all sold will send you an account of the same

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.81]

 

New Bedford April 22nd 1857
Capt Richard Holley, Edgartown
Dear Sir. In regard to the Oil taken while Mr Woods was on board the Washington, I see you have it marked on your book 142 Barrells. I think you told me it was more and suppose the quantity you have on your account was what was taken while on duty
I observe by the Log that you took four whales while he was on board
Will you please say pr return mail and oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 22, 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gent. Yours of 20th inst is recd. I regret to learn that you can not furnish the Oil Cloth which I selected, and I would enquire if you could furnish the pattern (as I am partial to the same) by waiting a month or more
Please Answer

Yours truly,
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.82]

 

New Bedford April 15th 1857
Messrs Litchfield & Co, New York
Gent. Your favor of 23rd inst is recd. I sold yesterday all the merchantable whale oil I had at 74¢
I have now 130 Barrells of bright dark whale oil which I will sell you at 70¢, also about 20 Bbls of very dark at 68¢ 4 mos interest added at 6%.
This is the market price as far as I understand it here.
Please let me hear from you pr return of mail

Yours truly
Jon. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 27, 1857
Mrs Mary Phillips, Phila
Your letter of 16th inst is recd. We have not heard of the arrival of the Lagoda at the Islands. But we expect to hear by the next California Steamer or the following one of her arrival at Lahaina. We did not expect the ship to be there before March, and it is hardly time yet for news to get here if she was there last month

Yours Respectfully,
J. Bourne Jr

[p.83]

 

New Bedford April 29, 1857
Messrs E. T. Milliken & Co, Boston
Gent. Annexed please find Bill Sixteen packages Sperm Oil sent to Depot this day marked ??.
I have marked 9 of the Casks B with marking Iron which you may send to the Depot for me, or not as you choose
Please send note for the amt of the Bill
and much Oblige

Yours truly
Jon Bourne Jr
Pr G H Ellis

 

New Bedford April 29, 1857
Messrs Litchfield & Co, New York
Gent Your favor of 27th is recd. The best that I can do is to deliver the Oil in New York at price named in my letter say 70¢
I find there is only 120 Barrells of that Lot. The other black will deliver in New York at 67¢ for sake of closeing cargo, providing it is not sold when I hear from you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.84]

 

New Bedford May 2, 1857
Messrs E. T. Milliken & Co, Boston
Gent. Yours of 1st inst enclosing two notes at 5 & 7 mos for Thirteen hundred fourteen & 96/100 Dollars each Amt bill Sperm Oil sold you under date of April 29, 1957 is recd

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 30 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gent
Your letter of 23rd inst is recd and contents noted. I have recd the Seven rolls carpeting pr Propeller
Am I to understand that you can not furnish Oil Cloths of any pattern or of the particular pattern which I selected

In your letter of 20th inst you say you have sent more than my order, and ask me to return the balance at my earliest convenience. I find I have ordered the Carpets earlier than I needed them supposeing that the house would be ready about this time, but am sorry to say that it is not, nor will it be under two weeks and if you are anxious for your money you may draw on me for about the amount that will be due, and I will return the balance not used as soon as possible which from present appearances will not be untill the latter part of May

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.85]

 

New Bedford May 4, 1857
Mesrs Shober, Bunting & Co, Phila
Gent
Enclosed please find Invoice twenty one casks dark brown whale oil shipped you pr Schr Matthew Vassar Jr Capt Crapo for Sale for my Account
The Oil is in good packages and in good order
Will forward you Bill Lading tomorrow
Please close sale as soon as practicable
Will you please say what you can obtain for five sound casks very black whale oil

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 5, 1857
Messrs Gifford & Campbell, Boston
Gent. Yours of 4th inst encloseing Six notes for bill of whale oil of April 6th as stated above is recd.
I find the same correct and have placed the amt to your credit for balance of account

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.86]

 

New Bedford May 5, 1857
Mr Weston A. Briggs, Middleboro
Dr Sir
I should be glad to see you in relation to some business matter, and would like to see you on Saturday next
Will you please call down on the Saturday morning train and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 5th 1857
Messrs Shober, Bunting & Co, Phila
Gent. Enclosed please find Bill Lading of twenty one casks whale oil shipped you pr Schr M. Vassar Jr. Invoice of which I forward you yesterday.
Please pay Capt Crapo freight of the same at 30 cents pr barrell as stated in the Bill Lading

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.87]

 

New Bedford May 11, 1857
Wm Howell Esq, Bath, N.Y.
Dr Sir. Yours of 2nd inst encloseing Cashiers Check on Leather Manufacturers Bank New York for Thirty Dollars is recd
I shall take pleasure in handing the same to your son on his arrival.
The Draco was reported at New Holland in January, but I recd no further information from them at that time by letter or otherwise. They will not be in probably before fall. As soon as I receive a letter from Capt Worth I will inform you of its contents.
Any Commands that you wish executed will at all times be attended to with pleasure

I am Sir
Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 13, 1857
Geo A. Simmons Esq, Boston
Dear Sir Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank for one hundred seventy Eight & 40/100 Dollars, and bill of casks purchased of you April 17.
Please Acknowledge receipt of same, and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.88]

 

New Bedford May 15, 1857
Messrs Shober, Bunting & Co, Phila
Gent
I have your favor of 7th inst.
As the lot of Oil consigned you is all that remains of the cargo of a ship, and as I am desirous to close up her voyage, I wish you to close up the lot as early as possible, and if to effect such, you are compelled to submit to a reduction in price from sales recently made, I rather you would close than hold.
Hopeing that you will be enabled to forward your account sales soon.

I remain
Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[P.S.] Please let me hear from you

 

New Bedford May 15, 1857
Messrs Noel & Sautter, New York
Gent. Your favor of 13th inst enclosing bill of mirrors, and stating that you had shipped them by the New Bedford Propeller is recd. The Propeller arrived yesterday but brought nothing for me

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.89]

 

New Bedford May 16, 1857
Messrs J. Parkhurst Jr & Co, Baltimore
Gent. Yours of 13th inst encloseing your note for Seven hundred Sixty three & 35/100 Dollars for Amt bill Oil sold you April 17th is recd

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.90]

 

New Bedford May 18, 1857
Hon Geo. Marston, Barnstable
Dr Sir. Tomorrow will be Probate Court and license will be granted to sell. I enclose an advertisement of the property, and the time I wish to sell, which will give times to insert in all the papers, that is, the Patriot, Register, and Advocate.

Will you please have the Advertisement put in the three papers named above, also notice of the guardian of the children of Joshua Bourne to sell at the same time, or an hour later as you named to the writer of this.
I forward the same to you so that you may arrange the matter right

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.91]

 

New Bedford May 21st 1857
Messrs Noel & Sautter, New York
Gentlemen. Your favors of 13 & 18th inst are recd, with bill of glass $205, also bill of four lights of $30 which is correct, and I presumed (although I have not seen the contents of the box) the glass is all right.

In relation to Mr Cartissirs bill of $50 it is not according to our understanding. I selected my pattern and he told me he would do them for $28.40 which I agreed to pay him, it was all he asked me and I presume he will recollect the conversation

I enclose check on Mechanics Bank New York for Two hundred sixty three & 40/100 Dollars the amount of your two bills less $11.40 which is correct according to my understanding with Mr C. Please acknowledge receipt and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

[P.S.] Will call and see you when in New York

[p.92]

 

New Bedford May 25th 1857
Messrs J. & J. W. Weeks, New York
Gent
Your letter of 25th inst is recd. I regret very much that you should have waited untill after the time the Articles were to have been ready, and then inform me that you could not obtain the brocatelle selected by me nearly two months since.
I supposed the furniture was ready for delivery, and have been daily (since the 15) expecting a message from you to that effect. My Daughter is in N. York and will call and see you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 27, 1857
Messrs Hart, Baldwin & Botume, Boston
Gent. I will take the 200 Bbls Rump Pork upon conditions named yesterday $20 pr Bbl cash on or before 4th of June. Will send Cooper tomorrow to put in order 50 Bbls to ship pr “John Gilpin”.
Will ask the favor of you to make and get Bills Lading from owners

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.93]

 

New Bedford May 27, 1857
Messrs Hart, Baldwin & Botume, Boston
Gent. I wrote you this afternoon that I would take the 200 Barrells rump Pork, and that I would send Cooper to fit 50 bbs to Ship pr John Gilpin.

The bearer Mr Taylor goes to Boston to do the work, will you allow him a place in your cellar and furnish him with salt and the conveniences necessary to put the same in order, and charge in your bill for it

If it is not asking too much would feel under obligation if you would have it plainly marked Ship Marengo and on bill of Lading. I prefer to pay freight in Boston with the usual discount. Please notify Mr Brewer that we want to ship 50 Bbls Pork in lower hold, will send other freight for between decks

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

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New Bedford May 28, 1857
Messrs Wm Coleman & Son, Providence
Gent. Please send me as soon as convenient the following list of blocks. I wold like locust shell if you have them.
12 - 7 inch Double
12 - 8 inch Double
12 - 9 inch Double
12 - 10 inch Double
12 - 5 inch Single
12 - 7 inch Single
20 - 8 inch Single
8 - 10 inch Single
6 for Jibb Sheets

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 29, 1857
Messrs Wm Coleman & Son, Providence
Gent. I sent you an order for Blocks yesterday, unless you can send them forthwith, you may omit sending them as a part of them are to be shipped to Sandwich Islands and the vessel sails the first of next week

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.95]

 

New Bedford May 29, 1857
James Hunnewell Esq, Boston
Dr Sir
I have shipped or Messrs Hart Baldwin & Botume will send to the “John Gilpin” 50 Bbls Port for Ship Marengo Honolulu which I wish stored in the lower hold. Please fill up Bill of Lading of same consigned to my own order, freight to be paid in Boston.
I shall have the bulk of 50 Bbls more for between decks consisting of Cordage &c in Casks and boxes will it be in time to send beginning of next week. please say pr return of mail.
All goods shipped by me I wish bills of Lading filled consigned to my own order at Honolulu and to pay the freight in Boston ~

Yours truly,
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 29, 1857
Messrs Hart, Baldwin & Botume, Boston
Gent. Please have the Bill Lading of the 50 Bbls Pork by the John Gilpin consigned to my own order ~ at Honolulu, freight to be paid in Boston
You may send forward the balance of the Pork by the Fairhaven Branch Rail Road Depot at the Old Colony and Fall River

Yours Truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

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New Bedford June 2, 1857
Mrs Frances Willard, Gardiner
Yours of 30th ult is recd Asking me to forward you some money
I regret to say that I have written instructions from Capt Willard to advance money to no one on his account except by an order from his wife.
You will perceive therefore that I am not authorized to pay any money for him unless an order from Mrs Willard accompanies the application

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 3rd 1857
Messrs Hart, Baldwin & Botume, Boston
Gent
Yours of 2nd inst enclosing Bill 200 Bbls rump Pork is recd.
The provisions are also recd in good order.
Enclosed please find Cashiers Check on Suffolk Bank for Four thousand fourteen & 67/100 Dollars Amt of bill, receipt of which please acknowledge
And much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.97]

 

New Bedford May 29, 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gent
To day I opened the Seven Rolls of Car;eting recd pr Propeller, in order to distribute them to the several rooms to be cut and made up.
Am sorry not to find either of the Stair Carpets or 2nd Hall Venitian.. or in fact any for the rooms in the 2nd Story.
Will you send them forward immediately as I have after much delay got clear of the mechanics and am now very anxious to get the Carpets put down.
Let me hear from you by tomorrows mail

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 2nd 1857
Capt John Cole, Medway
Dear Sir. Your letter of 30th ult has just been put into my hands haveing got into another mans box.
If I understand the tenor of your letter, you leave it with me to suit my own convenience, whether to send the $5000 now or wait until July.

I have money falling due about this time as I told you, and you was to have written me soon after you returned home [p.98] failing to do so, I have made other provisions for my receipts, and it will suit my convenience better to pay on the 15th of July. As for the 1/8 of the Washington Capt Purrington has not yet concluded to purchase, haveing found more to do to the ship than he expected, he feels a little shady. We have to put in a new main mast and Bowsprit Fore and Mizzen masts to repair, all new backstays and considerable portion of the fore and aft stays also. In fact she was shamefully neglected in her rigging last voyage through the inexperience of the Captain and the many changes of mates.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 2nd 1857
James Hunnewell, Esq, Boston
Dr Sir
Yours of 30th ult came to hand last evening. In consequence of not hearing from you we have delayed sending forward the Cordage and sheathing untill today It will be sent to the ship tomorrow.

Enclosed please find Invoices of all the goods shipped to me, including that on board and on the way from here, which please put onto one good Bill Lading consigned to my own order at Honolulu freight to be paid in Boston

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.99]

 

New Bedford June 3, 1857
Messrs Dupee Perkins & Sayles, Boston
Gent. Enclosed I hand you Two hundred Eighty & 51/100 Dollars, Amt of Eleven shares Western Rail Road Stocks purchased for me 27th ult, with interest to date. I notice sale of nine shares a day or two afterwards which I supposed was purchased for me at same rate, and have been waiting for advices from you to that effect.
I wanted twenty shares as I told you.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 3, 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, Boston
Gent. I regret exceedingly not to hear from you in relation to balance of my Carpeting. Wish you to deliver them to the bearer Davenport Mutual & Co Express. I am exceedingly anxious to have them to put down.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.100]

 

New Bedford June 4th 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gentlemen. Your letter of 1st inst is recd Contents noted. When I purchased my carpeting, I left plans of rooms and supposed nothing more would be required. First flight stairs 13 ½ yds, second hall. Third & second flight stairs are one width through third hall to be covered with sazal imitation, as marked on plans. Nursery Carpet, In grain no groove[?]. I well remember that you sold by samples for the two first chambers and dressing rooms in 2nd story and also remember that there was no doubt expressed but what it could be had in a very few days or weeks.
My daughter is in New York and will call and select some other pattern in the mean time please send those you had at the time of purchasing
and oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford, June 5 1857
Capt Rich Holley, Edgartown
Dr Sir
The Court before which your Portugese case comes, sits on Monday. If you have not settled the same please come off Monday that we may attend to the same

Yours truly
J. Bourne J

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New Bedford June 5th 1857
Capt Richd Holley, Edgartown
Dr Sir. I wrote you this morning that it would be necessary for you to be here next Monday in order to give attention to the suit pending. Since which I learn that a settlement has been made through Mr Mackie which surprises me. I consider this very foolish on your part ~ a loss of money; if I understand the case.
However you had a right to take such course as to you seemed best in the premises, and perhaps I did not understand the case

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 9, 1857
Mr Wm B Phillips, Lynn
Dr Sir
Annexed please find account with Capt Lamphier’s Estate as requested

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.102]

 

 

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 12, 1857
Capt Warren N. Bourne, Falmouth
Dr Sir. Enclosed I send you Certificate of fourteen shares of Western R. R. Stock. I left orders for twenty shares and hoped to get it at my limits 98 ½ I hope they will be able to purchase at that price. I noticed last evening that a share or two was sold for $99. I think they will yet get it at my limits.
You will also find account current made up to May 25th. The Ship Stephania came over today in good order

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.103]

 

New Bedford June 19, 1857
Mr Weston A. Briggs, Middleboro
Dear Sir. Your letter of 17th inst is recd.
Enclosed I forward you thirty dollars as requested
In regard to work here Mr Sewell had so many men previously engaged as he could find employment for, therefore could not give you a chance.

We are getting along well with the ship. The outboard work is all done, her bottom put in good order as any ship that goes from here this season. She is put in thorough repair and looks first rate. The Services are now putting in the Cabin.
Her ground tier is in and we shall be loading her up soon.
Nothing particularly new, the ships come along scattering, the Rebecca Simms (with balance of Alex Coffins Oil) arrived last

Yours very truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.104]

 

New Bedford June 19, 1857
Messrs Wm Coleman & Sons, Providence
Gent. Enclosed please find Cashiers check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Ninety four & 19/100 Dollars the amount of your bill of Blocks of May 30 less 3% disct
Please acknowledge receipt of same and much
Oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 19 1857
E I. Winslow Esq, Hyannis
Dr Sir. I have considered your proposition to take my wood lying on the Road, and have examined the wood Also. You are mistaken in relation to the large pile of pine being old and Colorded[?] it was all cut a year ago last winter but it is small as you stated. The next pile of 8 or 10 cords So West of the one mentioned above is of a larger growth of wood, the most of it being quartered.
You can have the last mentioned pile for $4.25 the balance for $4 including two or three cords large size hard wood which I want to put in.
Please reply. If you take it I will measure it when I go to Monument

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.105]

 

New Bedford June 22, 1857
Mr Geo Purrington, Mattapoisett
Dear Sir Manuel Antone has shipped to the Washington to go as Boat Steerer and have agreed to advance him one hundred Sixty dollars provided he goes in the Ship.
You can govern yourself accordingly if he fits with you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 22, 1857
Mrs Sarah Bourne, West Yarmouth
I did promise Achsah to send you some money and have thought of it from time to time, but never when at the Counting Room.
Enclose please find One hundred Dollars which I hope will go safely to your hand. You will please acknowledge receipt of the same

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

June 22, 1857
Capt Purrington
Dear Sir. If Mr Cannon has any of that felting on hand I think I would try some of it on the Washington bows. Please ask him and let me know by day after tomorrow – shall be in Boston tomorrow

Yours
J. Bourne Jr

[p.106]

 

New Bedford June 24th 1857
Mr Silas G. Baker, West Falmouth
Dr Sir. I would like to see you in regard to going in Ship Washington. Please call over this week
and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

New Bedford June 24th 1857
Messrs Young & Jayne New York
Gentlemen. On representing to my wife the Oil Cloth selected at your store, she thought she should not fancy the style & color, of course she is the one to be pleased. Haveing business in Boston yesterday, I looked at Oil Cloth in that City and found one which suited me very much better although at a considerable higher price than yours it is one which I think will please Mrs. B. It is an article so seldom replaced that it would be much better to be satisfied with the purchase, consequently I have no doubt you will readily excuse me from taking yours

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.107]

 

New Bedford June 26th 1857
Messrs A. B. Butterfield Co. Boston
Gent. Enclosed I forward you Casher Check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Two hundred one & 97/100 Dollars
Amt of enclosed bill of Butter
Please receipt and return same

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 16th 1857
Messrs J & J W. Weeks, New York
Gent. The furniture pr Propeller Potomska has arrived. I regret to say that some of it is unsatisfactory, and that I can not receive ~ it.
The oval table needs repairing now It seems to have been made a very long time, and was not in the beginning a good article.
Mr Weeks will reccollect doubtless what was said with regard to a chest for the leaves of my dining table ~ I was to have a chest to close entirely as it being necessary to keep them in my dining room I desired to use the top for a dresser ~ He cannot fail to reccollect our talk on the subject and that he was to furnish a chest substantially made, of good style for that purpose. I presume gentlemen you will make the Articles satisfactory according to our agreement

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.108]

 

New Bedford June 27, 1857
Messrs E. V. Haughwout, New York
Gent. Your favor of 26th is recd The Propeller Wamsutta leaves Pier No 9 East River this P.M. for New Bedford. The Potomska will leave same pier Wednesday next for New Bedford

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 30th 1857
Mr Wm Booker, Moosap, Connt
Dear Sir
There seems to be some mistake about the Oil by the “Rebecca Simms” according to the Bill of Lading. That calls for 156 Casks, numbering from 1 to 156. It then says two casks taken out No 43 and 45. Now we find No 43 guaging 172 Galls of Whale Oil marked the same as all of it A.C. The question I want to ask you is to whom does this cask of Oil belong, to the Alex Coffin or the Rebecca Simms, or in other words was this Cask put on board empty and to your knowledge not filled.

Please say by return of mail what you personally know about the circumstance.
If I understand rightly you was on board of the Rebecca Simms and will know about it

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.109]

 

New Bedford June 30th 1857
Messrs Shober Bunting & Co, Philadelphia
Gent. Your favor of 27th inst is recd covering check on Fulton Bank New York for Twelve hundred Dollars.
I notice you have closed sales of the consignment of brown whale Oil at 69cts [? ?] and that you will forward Acct Sales in a few days with check for balance.
I do not wish to pay guaranteed Commissions and shall prefer to wait untill the notes mature.

I have a lot of handsome polar whalebone about 19 000lbs which I have been offered 90¢ Cash here, when you can obtain a price that will net me $1.00 /which is the price I hold for/ it will be an inducement to ship it.
Please let me hear from you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 30, 1857
Mrs Eliza C. Bates, Nantucket
Enclosed I forward you Fifty Dollars on Account your husbands voyage in Barque Draco
Please acknowledge receipt for same

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.110]

 

New Bedford July 1st 1857
James R. Bourne
My Dear Nephew
Enclosed please find check on Mechanics Bank New York for $225. 125$ on Achsah’ Acct ~ $100 on your own
You speak of haveing purchased a painting and ask if I would like to own it.
I must decline your offer as I do not intend purchseing pictures for the present ~ The place between the Bay Windows is filled by a large mirror

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 3rd 1857
Messrs Shober Bunting & Co, Philadelphia
Yours of the 1st inst with Acct Sales of brown whale Oil and check on Fulton Bank New York for Twelve hundred two & 71/100 Dollars is recd. Referring you to my letter of May 15 & June 30th ~ my object in urging sales was not to realize from the same immediately but to close the Acct. I therefore prefer to hold the paper for which the oil was sold till it matures and shall keep the checks forwarded me for the same untill I hear from you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.111]

 

New Bedford July 4, 1857
Messrs E. V. Haughwout, New York
Gent
Your letter and Invoice of the 24 June & 2nd July is recd
In unpacking the first Invoice fixtures and Globes, I find four of the un[/] (globes) broken which seemed to be crushed apparrently from packing; also one of the small Glblets.

I endeavoured to fit the globes which I supposed untended for the drawing room chandeliers, but found them unsuited for the place and think if you will try the size to one of the same pattern you may find some difficulty. The portable burner is not satisfactory Also the Library four burners has a bust where it should have full image. I have not yet recd Invoice of glass bone knives &c Will honor dft as soon as the articles come all right

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 3, 1857
Messrs Faxon [&] Brothers, Boston
Gent. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Three hundred Seventy & 49/100 Dollars the amount of bill of goods purchased 2nd inst.
Please acknowledge receipt of same and much oblige

Yours truly
J.Bourne Jr

[p.112]

 

New Bedford July 4th 1857
Messrs Shober, Bunting & Co, Philadelphia
Gent. Yours of 3rd inst is recd. This is our National Independence and a holiday, no business being done will write you Monday in answer to yours recd this day

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 6th 1857
Messrs Fearing & Hinckley, Boston
Gent. What will you furnish me delivered at the Depot Boston 90 fathoms Chain Cable 1¼ inch Woods make & 30 fathoms 1 7/8 inch do.
Please inform me by mail & oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.113]

 

New Bedford July 6, 1857
Messrs Shober, Bunting & Co, Philadelphia
Gent. I wrote you on Saturday that I would reply to yours of 2nd inst to day. When I made the shipt I expected if the Oil was not sold for cash to wait untill the paper for which it was sold matured, always prefering to do so and save the guarantee commission, presuming you would not sell to any parties whom you did not consider good. But as the account is closed, remittances made, and as it will disarrange your settlement with one of the purchasers, I have concluded to let it remain as it is.
In regard to Whale bone I have been offered 95¢ here for my lot, expect to get $1.00 for which I am holding.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 8th 1857
Messrs Fearing & Hinckley, Boston
Gent
Your favor of yesterday is recd contents noticed.
I learn from Mr Howland whom I refered to you that he has purchased two chain cables for himself and that you will add the 1 5/16 inch Woods for same price as 1 5/8 cash, also 30 fathoms 1 2/16 Hugley at same price delivered at Old Colony R.R Depot for the Fairhaven Branch. I now want to change the 30 fathoms to 1 3/16, and you may send the forward immediately marked J.B. Jr

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.114]

 

New Bedford July 9th 1857
Messrs Worster & Dupee, Boston
Gent. Enclosed please find cashrs check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Twenty Seven hundred Seventy two & 50/100 Dollars Amt of bill provissions purchased of you. Please receipt and return the bill and oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 9th 1857
Capt Warren N. Bourne, Falmo
Dr Sir. Yours of 6th inst is recd. Eclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Five hundred Dollars as pr your request.
Please acknowledge recipt of same and much Oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 10th 1857
Messrs J. & J. W. Weeks, New York
Gent. Have shipped pr Propeller this day table without the top as I presume the top will fit another of same pattern, Also dining room table rack
She leaves tomorrow for New York

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.115]

 

New Bedford July 10th 1857
Messrs E. V. Haughwout & Co, New York
Your favor of the 6th inst is recd. In relation to the drop burner it dont suit me and I think I will return it, and when I go to New York look at something Else

There seems to be some mistake about the Arms, to the drawing room chandeliers – not one of them will admit of the large globe – nothing but the very smallest globes sent will fit. They have been examined by the foreman of our gas works in the City who was formerly in Cornelius & Bakers establishment Phila He says they were not intended for so large a globe without a muzzle, I think the arm must be shorter than those I saw when at your place. If you have any doubts about it, I will send one of the arms to you and you can judge for yourself. The Kitchen swing light is too short it wants 2 ½ feet longer drop

I thought the understanding was that the Library Chandelier was to have an extra key for drop burner – this has none. The dining room four light that I saw had a stock and I objected to it at the time and was to have a full size figure
You was draw for the bill of glass and flaked ware at sight

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.116]

 

New Bedford July 11 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gent
The 10th of July has passed and nothing from the Ryal Venitian Carpeting. Where it is?
I would like to have you send me a roll of Ingrain W9029 the pattern I selected first, for third story chambers.
The balance remaining unused I am anxious to return but prefer to do so altogether

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 14th 1857
Dr. J. Bachelder, Monument
Dr Sir
I send you Eight blank Adminr[?] deeds & two guardian deeds these are all I can get today but will send more if necessary.
I wish you to get the boundaries of the several lots and fill the deeds.

If you can fill the Admrs so that the Heirs can sign with me, I should like it as it is necessary for them to join in conveyance I haveing an Admr role more than enough to pay the debts which is all an Admr can do. But if it cannot be done will have them to convey to me. The guardians deed must be seperate. All the lots sold to to E. B. Gibbs may be put into one deed except the Cedar Swamp

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.117]

 

New Bedford July 14, 1857
Capt John Cole, Medway
Dear Sir. Enclosed I forward you cashr’ check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Five thousand Dollars as pr our arrangements. Please acknowledge receipt of same and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 15, 1857
Mr Geo Purrington Jr
Dr Sir. I agreed to pay for Manuel Antone if he went to sea on a whaling voyage in ship Washington, One hundred Sixty Dollars as he wants Forty Dollars now I will pay Two hundred Dollars for him provided he goes in the ship instead of one hundred Sixty Dolls

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. I will also pay for Wm H Kensiery[?] Seventy Five Dollars if he goes in Ship Washington

[p.118]

 

New Bedford July 15th 1857
T. D. Robinson Esq, New York
Dr Sir. DeVergrus[?] Accepce is endorsed by Sanford & Howland and James G. Howland. The meeting for the proof of claims against these Estates is on the 22nd inst. Will you please enclose the acceptance to me on receipt of this that I may prove it against those Estates for a dividend
It will be necessary for you to forward it an once

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr
Pr G. W. Ellis

 

New Bedford July 15th, 1857
Capt Geo M. Kimball, Pittston, ME
Dr Sir. Enclosed please find check[?] made up to Sesberdry[?] showing balance due you of thirty one hundred Dollars.
I also enclose check on Boston for One hundred forty two & 39/10 Dolls as desired

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.119]

 

New Bedford July 15, 1857
Mr E. O. Parker, Monument
Dr Sir. Please purchase and send me Friday 15 Bushels good potatoes. I want them for a ship that sails Saturday. Purchase them as low as you can, but get them

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 16, 1857
Mr B. L. Nye, West Falmouth
I will pay for Wm T. Crocker if he goes in Ship Washington One hundred Dollars for an outfit in six months from sailing on 4% off if paid before

Yours
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 16, 1857
Mr Geo Purrington, Mattapoisett
Dr Sir. Yours of 15 is recd. It is customary here when the fitter knows the man, and the owners will pay to advance money if wanted.
It will be impossible for me to be advancing to all the crew as it will cause me much trouble. You therefore can govern yourself accordingly

Yours
J. Bourne Jr

[P.S.] I think you will do well to let him have the money wanted

[p.120]

 

New Bedford July 16, 1857
Messrs E. V. Haughwout & Co, New York
Gent
Your Dft for Six hundred fifty three & 30/100 Dollars was this day presented and accepted
I shall return a portion of the Brackets which your saleman will reccollect was the understanding.
I recd the box of goods, but found one of the globes broken. Also the rod for kitchen swing burners of a smaller size than the other.
I presume however you will make all right

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford July 16 1857
Messrs J & J W. Weeks, New York
Gent. Your letter of the 14th inst is recd in reply would say that no bill of goods has ever been recd by me
I have only a memorandum of prices.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.121]

 

New Bedford July 18, 1857
Mrs. Mary McElroy, Sowles Crossing, Alburgh, VT
Yours of 20th June is recd. We have been to the Counting Room of the Agent of the Barque “Manuel Ortiz” and examined Barnards account with said Vessel and find the following result

Amt his share of the voyage--------207.76

 

His advance before sailing----------100.00
Bills on board ship & orders-------71.47
Order to F P Seabury----------------43.39
[expected total]---------------------214.86

Balance against him of seven Dollars ten cents. You will perceive therefore that there is nothing to be collected and nothing to be sent.
I see nothing but that the accounts are correct, and presume the voyage did not amount to as much as Barnard anticipated

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 16, 1857
Capt James T. Skinner, Ship Marengo
Dear Sir
Your several letters have been recd and contents noted
I shipped by ship Lagoda Capt Willard provissions &c as pr Invoice enclosed for Ship Alex Coffin to the care of Gilman & Co Lahaina. The Alex Coffin being last, the provissions will remain there as pr my order to them at the time of shipping untill some of my ships go there. The Newton Capt Sherman will need some of the provissions to bring her [p.122] home probably, and I wish you to take the balance. I also shipped by the ship John Gilpin, pork, cordage &c as pr Invoice enclosed expressly for the Marengo the freight by both ships was paid here

I have given Capt John A. Macomber Bill of Lading and order to ship the provissions from Honolulu to Lahaina he hopeing to arrive at the Islands in time to meet the John Gilpin before she was discharged. Should you arrive at Lahaina first, you will oblige me by letting Capt Sherman have what he may want of the goods shipped by the Lagoda provided he is in there in time

I was glad you did not ship your whale Oil, and would reccommend small shipments if any except bone unless it is to make room which may be needed and if shipments are made, do it by the Newton if she can take it, if not, by some New Bedford whale ship.

I regretted you did not ship your bone last fall by the Washington Capt Holley. The Oil and bone is unsold, have refused one dollar pr lb for the bone, no offer for sperm Oil. I regreted exceedingly when I heard you had discharged Mr Gatchel remembering what you told me the day you sailed from New Bedford, that you knew all about him, and for no mate that has sailed from our Port that season would you exchange him. I hope you have never regreted it up to this time. Hope you will get along with drawing as little as practicbl and succeed in filling the good ship Marengo.
With the high price of Outfits this year I could not be induced to purchase a ship even at half her value. Hope to feel in better spirits another year

Your truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.123]

 

New Bedford July 18, 1857
Messrs Gilman & Co, Lahaina
Gentlemen. I wrote you under date of Jany 19, that I had shipped by ship Lagoda to your care provissions &c for Ship Alex Coffin and that as she was wrecked you might let Capt Sherman of the Newton have what he wanted of them, and if he ???? of them, to let Capt Palmer of the Kingfisher have them when he arrived next fall, or if Capt Palmer did not touch them to dispose of them to the best advantage for my account

I have shipped this season by the John Gilpin for Honolulu, provissions &c for Ship Marengo, and have Capt John A. Macomber who leaves for the Islands today via California instructions to tranship them from Honolulu to your care at Lahaina for the Marengo, also with letters to Capt Skinner of the Marengo to take the goods shipped by the Lagoda which you now have, and for him to let Capt Sherman of the Newton have what he wished and keep the balance for the Marengo as Capt Palmer will not need them this season. You will therefore please govern yourselves accordingly

If Capt Sherman of the Newton should arrive before the Marengo at Lahaina, you may let him have what he may want of that shipped by the Lagoda and turn over the balance to Capt Skinner when he arrives, and not dispose of any of them untill my ships have taken all they want

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.124]

 

New Bedford July 18th 1857
Capt John A. Macomber, New Bedford
Dr Sir. On your arrival at Honolulu Sandwich Islands you will please receive the goods shipped to that place by the Ship John Gilpin to my order for Ship Marengo and tranship the same to Lahaina care of Gilman & Co for the Marengo, Bill of Lading of which is herein enclosed

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 20, 1857
Mr. J. S. H. Gardel, Phila[delphia]
Enclosed please find check on Mechanics Bank New York for Eight hundred Eighty five & 35/100 Dollars the balance due on [Armcis?] Account.
My Absense from the City has occasioned delay in sending it
Your letter of the 9th inst is recd. Will answer it soon

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 20, 1857
Messrs J. & J. W. Meeks, New York
Gent. Your favor of 17th is recd with bill of furniture annexed. You are at liberty to draw for the amount of the same at ten days sight

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

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New Bedford July 20, 1857
E. N. Winslow Esq, Hyannis
Dear Sir. Enclosed please find survey bill, and bill of 70 cords 7 ft wood sold Cape Cod Rail Road Co in Monument

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 23, 1957
Messrs Fearing & Hinckley, Boston
Gent. Please send me a recipt of this, via Fairhaven Branch Rail Road
40 ft 3/8 inch Chain
24 ft 5/8 inch Chain
80 ft 7/16 inch Chain
with bill of same and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 23, 1857
Edward Pearce Esq, Providence
Dear Sir. Your letter of the 21st inst covering scrip Certificate is recd. I called upon the Secretary this day and he replied that his Office Books and papers were in much confusion at present, the office undergoing a general Cleaning painting &c, but would attend to it in a day or two. I will then obtain the Amount due upon the same and forward it to you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.126]

 

New Bedford July 24th 1857
Capt Theodore Cole, Brattleboro
Dear Sir. Enclosed I forward you Gifford & Campbells note payable to my own order and endorsed at seven months from April 6, 1857 for Thirty two hundred ten & 29/100 Dollars on Ship Alex Coffin’ account
This note has short of four months to [?] and you can get it discounted at your Bank.
Please acknowledge receipt of same and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 24, 1857
A. L. White Esq, Boston
Dr Sir I return 7 sides of Sole Leather purchased of you for rigging purposes it being unfit for such use.
Please send me same number of sides as I looked at in your place yesterday by Pauldings Express. Let the sides be of fair size. I will call and see you when I go to Boston which will be before many days, and arrange the affair satisfactorily

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.127]

 

New Bedford July 25, 1857
Mr Davis Benson, West Sandwich
Dear Sir
Enclosed please find Nineteen Dollars for balance of your Account, the exact balance is $18.81 but I have made it even money
I should have sent this before, but have been expecting to be at your place from time to time for several months past

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 27, 1857
Edward Pearce Esq, Providence
Dear Sir Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Ninety nine Dolls which is five years interest for $330 on Mutual Marine Scrip No 13 at 6% pr annum
The Secretary told me this morning that the highest sale within his knowledge for the past year was at 30%, At that rate I have no doubt that it could be cashed ~ perhaps at a higher figure

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.128]

 

New Bedford July 27, 1857
Wm Howell Esq, Bath, N.Y.
Dr Sir. Yours of the 24 is recd. I recd a letter from Capt Worth of the Draco at Freemantle Feb 23, this is the last report of her.
Capt Worth stated that he thought they should leave for home the last of June, but did not say whether they should come directly home or Cruise on his way. I expect the ship here however in Oct or Nov.
Your last letter was duly recd, and is put way with the first one, and the dft to be handed your son on his arrival

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 28, 1857
Mr Silas G. Baker, West Falm[outh]
Dr Sir
Joseph Marshud (portugese) was with your brother last voyage in the Nimrod and has a reccommendation from him for a Boat steerer.
Please make particular enquiries of your brother concerning him, and find out all about him. Also ask Capt Baker if he would like to have him with him as a Boat steerer, and write me immediately particulaly about him. One of the Portugese Boat steerers is not going and I want another.
Please send over your protection, with Wm T. Crocker as we shall want them before you come over to go

Yours
J. Bourne Jr

[p.129]

 

New Bedford July 29, 1857
Edward Pearce Esq, Providence
Dr Sir. I wrote you on the 27th and enclosed a check on Boston for the interest on Mutual Marine scrip due you, but omitted to send the scrip.
Please find the same herein enclosed and excuse the oversight

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 29, 1857
Andrew Breed Esq, Lynn
Dear Sir. A colored man by the name of James Sanders has been offered me to go Cook of my ship Washington says he was Cook of your ship Com[modore] Preble the two last voyages. Will you be kind enough to give his character by return of mail
And very much oblige

yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 1, 1857
Mrs John D Willard, Gardiner, ME
Yours of 27 ultm is recd Enclosed please find check on Boston One hundred Dollars as desired.
Please acknowledge receipt of same and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.130]

 

New Bedford Augt 3, 1857
Messrs Worster & Dupee, Boston
Gent. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Thirty one hundred fifty two & 50/100 Dollars on acct bill of provissions. We have mislaid the bill, therefore cannot send the exact amt ~ shall be in Boston soon and will call and settle the difference.
Please acknowledge reciept of check and forward new bill
and oblige

yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 6, 1857
Mr Wm Booker, Moosap, Conn.
Dear Sir. I understand from a party here that a concern will try to get you to go mate. I tell you not to go mate of any ship this year. I have no doubt but you will get a ship. I talked with Mr Knowles this morning, he said that he was expecting to hear from you, that you told him you would write Mr Harris[Hanes?] and let him know what his lay would be

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.131]

 

New Bedford Augt 6, 1857
Mrs Warren Reed, Warren [R.I.]
Your letter of 3rd inst is recd. I regret to say that I have so many calls to advance Money that I am compelled to decline
I cannot do so consistent with the interest of my owners ~ they would be dissatisfied
Hopeing you will get along without trouble untill Wm returns
I remain

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.132]

 

New Bedford Augt 4, 1857
Capt Geo B Sherman, Barque Newton
Dear Sir. I suppose you would like to hear from me and as the time of writing to meet the earliest arrivals is by the 5th of Augt mail I will endeavor to give you as near as I can what my wishes under ordinary circumstances. Should you need provissions you will call upon Gilman & Co for such portion of the Invoice enclosed consigned to them as you may need to bring you home, leaveing the balance for Ship Marengo and purchase when you can at the best advantage for your owners for other necessaries to make up for your cruise home.

If you should have room in your ship for freight and wish to take it – take from my own ships if they are there and want to ship Oil or bone.

I would rather you would pay your men off by drawing money than to give orders always makeing allowance for leakage and shrinkage also for dark Oil if you have any and the difference is now ten cents pr gallon between dark and light Oil. Sperm Oil is very dull. I have that on hand you sent home haveing no opportunity to sell it. Takeing the lot through today I doubt if I could obtain more than one Dollar pr gall, deducting the freight and other expenses you see would bring it down to about 90¢. good whale Oil is worth about 72¢ whale bone at this time very high and nearly every lot sold. This state of things will not probably last long before the price will break down. Holders now ask 125 for long bone. In regard to takeing freight I must leave it to you the quantity. My [p.133] own opinion is to take freight if you can get it and sell your casks to make room if a fair price can be obtained for such as you want to sell. Be very particular about the number of packages in filling your Bills of Lading as they make us pay for the fall short either in oil or bone. Hopeing you will have good luck this season and fill your ship, therefore not needing the Catchings of other ships to fill is the wish of your friend

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 4, 1857
Capt Martin Palmer, Barque Kingfisher
Dr Sir
The time for writing in order to meet the first Arrivals from the North seems to be at hand
I hope you have enjoyed good health together with all on board that you have been successful in obtaining Oil. I am of the opinion Capt Palmer that small shipments are the best unless it is for the benefit of getting room in the ship. My opinion is that we had better pay Insurance than freight money, to a fair amount I mean. However I must leave it to your good judgement. If you have any men to pay off I rather you would draw money and pay them on the best terms you can than orders to pay on settlement at home always makeing allowance for leakage and shrinkage and charging Interest and Insurance for advances before sailing. There is a wide difference [p.134] between light and dark Oil this year. About 10¢5/10 gall I mention this because the difference is unusually large ~ good whale Oil is worth today 72¢ dark 63¢ Sperm Oil dull at 125 whale bone, small sales 125 for large bone, tell Mrs P. the ladies have caused this in wearing hoops

Capt Palmer have a friendly interest for my ships while you are there, dont be afraid of advice, you know I have every confidence in your good judgement, and whatever you may advise any of my masters whether it proves for my benefit or not, I shall always appreciate the motive with the best and kindest feelings and regards. Capt Purrington goes out in the Washington to sail Wednesday, Capt Holley in the “Thomas Nye”, I had no ship for him, he is a good man, would give him any ship I own that had no master. I think very highly of him indeed reccommended him to Mr Nye. Masters are rather plenty this year but few ships added not enough to make up the losses. Provissions and every thing also high, Molasses worth today 50[?] & flour 7 1/4 to 7 1/.2, Beef 184 Pork 21 to 22¢ Cordage moderate Manilla 13¢ tow line 114 tared 134 duck higher than last year.

You will please write me what you think about stopping another season. My own opinion is you had better stay three or even four seasons if you have yet a good gang, if not you can get them. While you are there and in a good ship Capt P. make your voyage while it can be made and while you are there and have a good ship under you.

I shall expect to hear a good account of you in this seasons work although dear sir I do not expect you can get whales if you dont see them. I suppose Mrs [p.135] Palmer has by this time got to be quite a Sailor and the little boy too. My Kindest regards to her. You will also remember me to your officers
Hopeing the season has proved to your entire satisfaction, and that the voyage may end profitably for all concerned.

I remain yours with respect
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. In no case ship Oil to any other Port but New Bedford unless compelled to from necessity, when this is done it is attended with additional trouble and expense to the amount of two cents pr gall

 

New Bedford Augt 4 1857
Capt John D. Willard, Ship Lagoda
Dear Sir. No doubt you will expect to hear from me after your first season North which Capt Willard I hope and trust you have been successful in obtaining Oil, or at least in getting a fair Average with your neighbors, although I will acknowledge you had rather a young gang, but I thought a smart one. Capt Willard you pay due regard to your expenses while in Port and if you make shipments, I would not reccommend large ones as in my judgement we had better pay Insurance to a reasonable extent than freight, unless it is for the want of room, of course that will govern in all cases. If either of my ships are comeing home and want freight ship by them in preference to other ships – [p.136] things being equal. in no case ship to any other port but New Bedford unless compelled to by necessity as it is attended with a deal of trouble and expense of two cents pr gall. Please tell in your letter what you think of stopping the 3rd season that I may if approve of it ship you out provissions. My own opinion is now is the time to make a voyage and a year lost in comeing home is lost forever. these are matters to be considered and looked at with care. Should you be compeled to settle off with any of your gang, I rather you would draw money and pay them there than give orders on me, always deducting for shrinkage and leakage and interest and Insurance on advances and ten dollars for loading ship at home.

I expect to hear a good account of the Lagoda in takeing Oil, haveing the fullest confidence in your judgement and ability and energy to carry on a whaling voyage successfully, and all that will be wanting is the help and the fish which I trust you have had. Good whale Oil worth 72¢ dark do 62, Sperm Oil dull 125 long whale bone 120 to 125 rather scarce, remember me to your officer. Please write me all the particulars and believe me your friend

Yours truly
J.Bourne Jr

[p.137]

 

New Bedford 8 mo 15, 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gent
When may I expect the Royal Venetian Carpeting
Please answer and oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 15, 1857
Messrs Dupee Perkins Sayles, Boston
Gent. I recd a letter from you to day which was misdirected. It was for some one in Connt advising them of the purchase of three shares Cont River R. R. Stock. I have mislaid it or would return it to you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.138]

 

New Bedford Augt 18, 1857
Messrs Dupee Perkins Sayles, Boston
Gent. Yours of 15th inst is recd I should have replied yesterday, but left the City Saturday and returned last evening
Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Two hundred Seventy one & 51/100 Dollars for Six shares Western Rail Road Stock.
Please enclose Certificate and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 19, 1857
Mr Wm Booker, Moosap
Dear Sir. I now have a ship myself to offer you and the only difficulty seems to be, Can we get Mr Hanes[?]. I have ascertained that he is expected home to night and if so, I will see him. I want you to come to New Bedford immediately on receiving this
Dont fail to come

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.139]

 

New Bedford Augt 19, 1857
Mr Wm Hanes Jr, Piemont, N. C.
Dr Sir. I expect Capt Booker here in a day or two and wish you to come down and meet him here and see if arrangements can be made for another voyage.
Please some on receive of this

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 19, 1857
Mr E. W. Bourne, San Francisco
Dr Sir
Your letter of April 30th makeing enquiries relative to your fathers Estate was recd.
Enclosed I hand you a copy of the inventory of his effects. I hoped in this to be able to send you a copy of the settlement but have been delayed in consequence of your grandfathers and Uncle Charles Estates.
I will forward one as soon as those matters are adjusted

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.140]

 

New Bedford Augt 20, 1857
Stephen Fairbanks Esq, Treas Boston
Dear Sir. Enclosed please find two Certificates No 9056 & 9419 Western R. Road Stock of ten shares each issued to Thomas Nickerson now transfered to me
Will you please enclose Cerficate in my name
And very much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 21, 1857
Messrs Pettes & Lovejay, Boston
Gent. Enclosed please find bill carpeting and check on Suffolk Bank for Ninety Eight & 93/100 Dollars the amount of the same
Please receipt and return

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 21 1857
Messrs A. B. Butterfield & Co, Boston
Gent. Enclosed please find bill Butter and Check on Suffolk Bank for Two hundred fifty four & 50/100 Dollars the amount of the same.
Please receipt and return

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.141]

 

New Bedford Augt 21, 1857
Messrs Curtis[?] & Mitchell, New York
Gent. I have a lot of ten Casks 1689 Galls Sperm Oil pr “Aspasia” in New York. Do you wish to purchase it at $1.30 if good.
Please let me hear from you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 21, 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gent. Yours of the 18 with sample of Royal Venitian Carpet is recd
There seems to be some misunderstanding in regard to the Carpet I purchased when I was in New York the first of April.
I purchased together with others for my second story Hall and two upper flights of stairs, a brown royal Venitian yard wide price $1.05. Upon examining the first lot of Carpets sent me, this with others was not among
[Void in left margin]

[p.142]

 

New Bedford Augt 21, 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gent. Yours of the 18th is recd Also sample of Carpeting
There seems to be some misunderstanding about the price of Carpeting I want
I purchased the first of April brown Royal Venitian yard wide carpet for my second story hall, second flight of stairs &c. – was told in June at your store that it was sold by samples, and that it was shipped and would no doubt be ready to deliver by the 10th of July the price was 105¢ pr yard. The color and style pleased me and I am anxious to get it. I cannot say that I like the one sent. I hope you can furnish the carpet I want. Am ready to send back that not used but have waited to return all at one time

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 24, 1857
T. Tompkins Esq, Newport
Dr Sir. Yours of 22 is recd The Loss on the Alex Coffin has not yet been adjusted with the Ins Cos, when it is ready will write you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.143]

 

New Bedford 8 mo 27, 1857
Messrs Dupee Perkins & Sayles, Boston
Gent. Enclosed please find check on SuffolkBank for Thirteen hundred thirty three & 50/100 Dollars, Amt of 14 shares Western R.R. Stock purchased for me. Please send certificate and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. You may omit purchasing more untill you hear from me

 

New Bedford Augt 29 1857
Messrs Dupee Perkins & Sayles
Gent. Yours of 27 & 28th inst is recd. Enclosed I forward you check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Nine hundred fifty two & 50/100 Dollars Amt ten shares Western R.R. Stock certificate of which I have recd.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.144]

 

New Bedford Augt 30, 1857
C. H. Leonard, New York
Dr Sir. Yours of 28th is recd The “Franklin” has arrived with nine casks of the Oil, reports are not out, will you please see to that before paying freight
Please draw at sight [?] [?] for the freight or I will send you check on New York as suits you best.
Accept my thanks for this and commend my services when you have occasion for them

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 1st 1857
Capt Thoedore Cole, Brattleboro, Vt.
Dr Sir. Yours of 26th ult is recd. I will send you on the 5th inst Six hundred Dollars.
Please send me an order on the Commercial Mutual Marine Ins Co for the Amt due you on catchings on board Ship Alex Coffin insured there and I will collect the same when they have the money.
The Adjustment of the loss on the ship is yet ready, therefore it cannot yet be settled

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

[p.145]

 

New Bedford Sept 2, 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gentlemen. I return to day pr Davenport & Munroes Express five packages of carpeting, three of which are the original rolls and uncut.
When my I expect the balance

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 4th 1857
Mr C H. Leonard, New York
Dr Sir. Yours of Yesterday is recd. The Oil is all right. Will you please pay the freight and Charges and send bill to me for check or draw at sight without grace

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Beford Sept 5, 1856
Capt Theodore Cole, Brattleboro, Vt.
Dr Sir. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank for six hundred Dollars.
Please acknowledge receipt of same and at the same time send order for Ins on Catchings as requested in my last letter

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.146]

 

New Bedford Sept 14, 1857
Messrs John H. Penson[?] & Co, Boston
Gent. A man by the name of Adam Myer has applied to me to ship as Steward for a whaling voyage, says he was last in the Ship “Trimountain” of which you are the Agents. Can you give ma any information in regard to him whether he was a good Steward and good man. Will you please write me in regard to him and very much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 18, 1857
Mr James R. Bourne, New Haven
Dr Sir
Your favor of the 14 is recd. Enclosed please find two Fifty Dollar Bills on the Merchant Bank.
I don’t know how soon I shall be able to sclose your fathers Estate as it depends some what upon your Grandfathers Estate.
Your Uncle Alexander remains much the same as when you last saw him although of Course growing weaker by long suffering – faint hopes if any an enhertrance[?] of his ever being better

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.147]

 

New Bedford Sept 28, 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gent
I recd your letter enclosing sample of Royal twill Carpet
The Color is not what I saw and am unable to judge how well it will suit until I see it as I fear from the piece sent it is if an uneven surface
Please send a roll by Davenport & Masons Express

Yours Truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sep 29, 1857
Messrs Dunham & Dinion[?], New York
Gent. A man by the name of Charles M Hill applies for a stewards birth in one of my ships, and says he has been in your employ for several years – was last in the “Carolina” as it impossible to change stewards in our business (whaling) without great inconvenience,
Will you have the kindness to give me his character for that birth by return of mail
and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.148]

 

New Bedford Sep 29, 1857
Messrs Dunham & Dinion[?], New York
Gent. A man by the name of Charles M Hill applies for a stewards birth in one of my ships, and says he has been in your employ for several years – was last in the “Carolina” as it impossible to change stewards in our business (whaling) without great inconvenience,
Will you have the kindness to give me his character for that birth by return of mail
and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.149]

 

New Bedford Sept 30, 1857
Messrs Dupee Perkins & Sayles, Boston
Gent
You may omit purchasing stock as per my order left with you until you hear from me again

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 29, 1957
Messrs Fearing & Hinckley, Boston
Gent. Enclosed please find bill of chain with cash 313 27/1000 Dolls for the acct of the same which please recipt & return.
Please send by Paulding’s Express 100 ft ½ inch Chain 120 ft 7/16 Do
And much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 30, 1857
Messrs Wm Coleman & Son, Providence
Gent. Please send me the following list of blocks provided you can start them from Providence by Rail Road tomorrow, otherwise it will be too late and you need not send them of same kind sent last
22 . 8 in Single blocks
12 . 7 in Single blocks
24 . 6 in Single blocks
12 . 5 in Single blocks
6 . 13 in Single blocks
4 Blocks for jibb sheets
3 ~ 10 inch Double Blocks
8 . 7 inch Double Blocks
10 . 6 inch Double Blocks

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.150]

 

New Bedford Sept 28, 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gent. Your letter with two samples is recd. I like the first sample sent the best of the three
In asking about the uneven surface my wish was to know whether this was an uniformity of surface of if at intervals the threads were tightly woven giving a Stripe in appearance like refit[?] goods.

I return pattern with a thread stiched in the place I allude to. If this is the case it will not suit, if not send a roll and I will use from it and return balance immediately.
Shall probably take the whole or the most of it

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Sept 30, 1857
Capt Wm Booker, Plainfield
Dear Sir. I promised to write you to day and tell you how we are getting along loading the Hibernia. Today we are building try works and loading shall commence rigging up tomorrow if the weather is good. Hope to get ready by the 10th, will write you again next Monday or Tuesday

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.151]

 

New Bedford Oct 3, 1857
Mr Edward Hixon, Boston
Dear Sir. Your letter of Yesterday is recd. I cannot accept your Dft for the Amt you mention as I distinctly recollect our bargain which was two hundred fifty Dollars without rose wood upper draw for rose wood beau[r]ow

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 10th 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gent
Your letter of 5th is recd encloseing samples &c You speak of having one piece Royal twild. Oak Carpet on board the Baltic.
I am not certain how many yards a roll contains but shall need for my use 80 yards and probably more. I say this to prevent sending the roll if not sufficient to cover the Hall, and at the same time would say that I still would prefer the brown which I saw when the purchase was made if you have it

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.152]

 

New Bedford Oct 10, 1857
Mrs Weston A Briggs
Your note of the 7th is recd and Contents noted. I fear you are not aware how your husband stands upon my books, and the bargain I made with him. When I shipped him to go in the Stephania I was to advance him in all during the voyage five hundred dollars. I now have demands to the amt of $483. I don’t feel like increasing them until I hear of the ship taking Oil enough to cover this amt, neither can I.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 15, 1857
Capt T. Cole, Brattleboro
Dear Sir. Your letter of the 13th is recd. I find upon examination of the “Alex Coffins” affairs that I have up to this time paid out more money for dfts, freights, and the Officers and Crew than I have Collected from Oil and bone sold, beside I have settled with and paid the Officers that were insured, they wanting their money and not being able to collect from the Insurance Companies. This with the stringency in the Money Market makes me entirely unable to meet your request. I think you had better send me an order to settle with the Union Mutual Co for loss on ship and outfits, the order you sent being for catchings only, which I have not as yet been [p.153] able to settle, but hope to before long

I suppose we must take notes and probably the sooner the safer as we know not what the next news from the No. West may be. If a great many losses occur of course it would tend to embarrass the Companies, annexed, please find on order which please copy and forward me immediately.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct’ 16, 1857
Messrs Comstock & Miner, New London
Gent
Mr Gatchel went out in the ship Marengo as Chief Mate was discharged after the first seasons whaling
The ship took about 1300 Barrells of Oil. I recd a letter from Capt Skinner saying that he had discharged his mate and given him an order payable to his wife Thus securing the voyage to her as I understand it, or in other words it is not negotiable.
I cannot advance until the settlement of the voyage

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.154]

 

New Bedford Oct 26, 1857
Mrs. John D. Willard, Gardiner
Yours of 18th is recd Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for One hundred Dollars as requested
Please acknowledge recipt of same and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 28th 1857
Mrs. Frances Willard, Gardiner
Your letter of the 26th is recd and contents noted
I am sorry to say that I cannot comply with your request – not being authorized to pay money on your sons account to any one except upon an order from his wife. I have a written notice from him to that effect, and it will not do for me to go beyond his orders. If I do, I lay myself liable to censure and blame - You therefore will see at once that it is not right or proper for me to advance money excepting as stated above
Hopeing this explanation will be satisfactory to you and that I am doing as I ought to do, following his instructions

I am
Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.155]

 

New Bedford Oct 28, 1857
Tillinghast Tompkins Esq, Newport
Dear Sir. Have you insured your 1/8 of the Hibernia?
I have not done it - not having any instructions from you to that effect
Will you please say what your wishes are in regard to the same
And much Oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.156]

 

New Bedford Nov 5th 1857
Geo A. Simmons Esq, Boston
Dear Sir. I have just landed from the “Draco” 4133 Galls whale Oil made from two whales. Will you buy it?
It is a good lot and sweet.
Please let me hear from you & oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov. 7, 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gent
I returned by Davenport & Munroes Express balance of roll of Royal Venitian Carpet (not used).
You will please send my bill and oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 7th 1857
Messrs Tappan & Starbuck, New York
Gent. Enclosed please find Bill Lading of 13 Bundles 859 lb whale bone pr Propeller Potomska which I want you to sell for cash, or cash in a few days.
I still hold the lot of 19000lb long bone which I want to dispose of soon

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.157]

 

New Bedford Nov 7th 1857
Messrs Shober Bunting & Co, Philadelphia
Gent. I still hold a lot of long Polr Bone say 19000lb.
What is the prospect in your market for Cash sales. I also have 4000 galls whale Oil of good Color and quality.
Please inform me as to the market and oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 7, 1857
Cat Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
Dear Sir. John Hanold[Harrold?] who came home with you says he can get a cooks berth if he can get a reccommendation from you. Can you give one, if so please send it to me.
He is very anxious to get away and this is the only chance for him

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

Please reply pr return of mail

[p.158]

 

New Bedford Nov 7, 1857
Mr Edward Howell, Bath, N.Y.
Dear Sir
Your letter of inst was duly recd.
We have discharged the Draco and made up her voyage and have settled with the Officers and most of the Crew

The Sperm Oil we had to put in at one dollar pr gall that being the market price here, and for which it is selling for good lots. I regret it is so low but cannot help it as it cuts down the voyage, but I could not get more than this price for the Dracos Cargo to day and it is not likely to go higher at present

Whale Oil 60¢. The cargo turned out here 1068 Bbls Sperm 130 whale and 11 Bbls B. Fish Oil &c. Enclosed please find your account showing a balance due of Fifty seven Dollars and fifty cents including Mr Wordells demand

The net proceeds of the voyage is $41,802.02 and the charges for Interest and Insurance on advance before sailing and fitting and discharging ship, are customary charges and always made.
Hopeing you will find the acct correct

I remain
Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.159]

 

New Bedford Nov 16, 1857
Capt John Cole, Medway
Dr Sir. Your letter of the 9th inst was duly recd. In reply would say that at present no settlement can be made as the notes have not all matured Four thousand Dollars is placed beyond our control by the failure of Mr Edmund Rodman.
On the 9th of December if Gifford & Cambells pay their note I can pay up the balance due, less your interest E Rodmans notes

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 28, 1857
Messrs Bates Cook & Co, Nantucket
Gent. Your letter of 23rd inst came duly to hand I have delayed answering hopeing to have something that I could turn out in place of my note but have nothing of this amount
The understanding with Mr Bates was that if I took his Oil and advanced him part money, the balance was to remain untill spring otherwise I should not have done so
You say you will take a note at six months I do not give time notes but if you wish to discount the present rates for money for that time, I will make an effort to raise the amount.
Please say what disct you are willing to make and I will reply immediately whether I will pay it now or not

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.160]

 

New Bedford Nov 28, 1857
Mr C C. Comstock, New London
Dr Sir. Your favor of 26th inst is recd. I am sorry that Mr Gatchel left the Marengo but as he did and took an order for the amount due him on settlement of the voyage there is no reason that I should advance money and pay him off in the present state of finances

My owners would not wish me to do so but if you will send me a copy of the order and if it is correct I may be induced to make an offer for the same on my own account
I do not expect the ship home untill one year from next spring

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.161]

 

New Bedford Nov 13, 1857
Messrs A. T. Stewart & Co, New York
Gent
Yours of 9th inst encloseing bill of Carpeting was duly recd.
I find the bill correct wit the exception of an error in extending the amt of the twilled Carpet which I have noted on the same. Corrected the balance and enclosed the bill to you with Cashr check on Mechanics Bank New York for Seven hundred forty Eight & 24/100 Dollars the Amt of the same
If on examination by you, it is found to be right, please receipt and return the same
And very much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 16, 1857
Josiah Holmes Jr Esq, Mattapoisett
Dr Sir. When you are in New Bedford I should like to see you at my Counting room relative to repairing the Barque Draco

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.162]

 

New Bedford Nov 25, 1857
Messrs Shober Bunting & Co, Phila
Gent. Your favor of 21st inst is recd I am willing to ship the 5000lb bone, but must know what your market will warrant in price provided the Article is satisfactory in quality

The vessel which Mr Hussey proposes to ship Oil by is not yet unloaded
What price can be obtained for 4,000 galls So. Sea crude whale Oil of good quality

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 26, 1857
Stephen Fairbanks Esq Treas, Boston
Dear Sir. Enclosed please find Certificate five shares W. Rail Road duly endorsed which please transfer to me and enclose certificate

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 30, 1857
Capt. Theodore Cole, Brattleboro
Dr Sir. Yours of 23rd inst duly came to hand. I am not able at present to forward you any money, beside your note being due on the 24 it was too late to meet it provided I had the money to spare. Hope money will be plentier by and by

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.163]

 

New Bedford Dec’ 1st 1857
Capt Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
Dr Sir
Yours of 26 ult duly came to hand. Enclosed I forward you two hundred Dollars by Express as requested for which please acknowledge recipt
The Draco cargo is still all on hand Have put the sperm Oil under seaweed for better prices – recent sales have been at one dollar for several thousand barrells
We have news from the northern whaling fleet which so far as heard from reports the catch as fair

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr
R G W Ellis

[p.164]

 

New Bedford Dec 2nd 1857
Messrs Tappan & Starbuck, New York
Gent. Your favor of the ult was duly recd and contents noted
I suppose you would close off at once my small lot of bone as I gave no limits at the time, and would like for you to do so soon
I am not so anxious for the proceeds as I am to sell it and know that it will ultimtely be paid
What can be obtained for long Okhotsk

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec 2nd 1857
Messrs Shober, Bunting & Co Phila
Gent
Annexed please find Bill Lading 54 Bundles 5067lb Okhotsk Whale Bone shipped you pr Schr Martha Wrightington for my account
Will write you in a few days in regard to prices &c

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.165]

 

New Bedford Dec 3, 1857
Bates Cook & Co, Nantucket
Gent. Yours of 30 ult is recd. I accept your proposition.
You may send the note to some friend here with instructions to settle as you propose and I will cash the same

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec’ 4th 1857
Mr E O. Downing, Boston
Dr Sir
Yours of yesterday is recd Encloseing an order in favor of Sam’ Munroe for amount due him from Barque Draco

Munroe died at the Hospital at Perth Western Australia in 1856 I have made up his Acct which you will find annexed showing a balance due the ship
Enclosed I return you the order

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[P.S.] beside the above balance due the ship there is an order given by Munroe for $115 payable on settlement of the voyage which is not included in the Acct as there is nothing to pay it with

[p.166]

 

New Bedford Dec’ 8th 1857
Messrs Bates Cook & Co, Nantucket
Gent. Yours of the 4th inst was duly recd encloseing note
Enclosed I forward you check on Boston for Three hundred fifty five & 54/100 Dollars the Amt of my note to J. W. Bates less 3% deducted from face

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec’ 8th 1857
Wm Howell Esq. Bath, N.Y.
Dr Sir
Your much esteemed favor of Oct’ 21 was duly recd.

On the arrival of the Draco Edward purchased clothing &c of Mr Alden Wordell to the amount of Fifty Six & 25/100 Dollars and gave him an order on me for the same In consequence of the low price of Oil there was nothing due Edward from the voyage and will be seen by the account sent him and Mr Wordell being a very worthy man and unable to lose this amt I would be much obliged if you would forward the Amt for him – otherwise he will have to lose it – the owners haveing nothing in their hands to pay Edwards orders.

The Oil market has been very much depressed and there has been no time that I could get for the Dracos cargo any more if as much as we paid the Crew on settlement

Yours truly
J. Bourne

[p.167]

 

New Bedford Dec’ 10th 1857
Mrs. J. S. Gatchet, New London
Yours of 3 inst duly came to hand. I have not advanced any money to Comstock & Miner on your husbands account in regard to advancing money I am not in the habit of doing so on unsettled voyages

You may send me a copy of the order you hold and I will see how it is
Mr Gatchel shipped for the 20th Lay

Yours respectfully
Jon Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec’ 11th 1857
Messrs Shober Bunting Co, Phila
Gent. Refering you to my letter of 2nd inst. The “Martha Wrightington” I presume has not yet arrived, as I notice she was in Newport harbor on the 9th.

In regard to price of whale bone it is very difficult to tell at what price to sell, but on its arrival and you see the quality of it. You will then please advise me of the state of your market and what you can probably obtain for it. I then shall be able to determine whether to sell now or hold a short time for better prices.

This is part of a lot of bone that I could have sold for $1.25 pr bb and am desireous to obtain the highest price that bone will reach before the new importations come in
Please let me hear from you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.168]

 

New Bedford Decr 15, 1857
Messrs Campbell & Thayer, New York
Gentlemen. What will you sell me 2500 Galls best Linseed Oil Cash on delivery
Please answer

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Decr 1857
Messrs Sinclaire & Rose, New York []/19 Front Street
Gent. What will you sell me 2500 Galls best Linseed Oil Cash on delivery
Please answer and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Decr 19, 1857
Capt Joseph Holley, Edgartown
Dr Sir. Enclosed please find check on Boston for Fourteen hundred twelve dollars the balance due Richard Holley for his voyage in ShipWashington, less his interest in Oil sold Edmund Rodman not paid, for which please sign and return the annexed receipt and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.169]

 

New Bedford Dec’ 19th 1857
Messrs Campbell & Thayer, New York
Gent. Your favor of the 16th came to hand this morning.
I will take 2500 galls of best quality linseed Oil at the price you named 55 cents

I would like to have it in One hundred gallon whale or sperm Oil Casks and be particular and have them very clean before starting the Oil into them.
You may ship the Oil by the New Bedford Propeller and will refer you to Charles H. Leonaard Esq, 140 Front Street Your City

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec’ 23, 1857
Messrs Dupee Perkins & Sayles, Boston
Gent. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for three hundred seventy seven Dollars amount of four shares Western Rail Road Stock for which please forward me Certificates, and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.170]

 

New Bedford Dec’ 26, 1857
Capt John Cole Medway
Dear Sir. Yours of 23rd inst is recd. Enclosed I forward you Cashiers Check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Twenty three hundred Dollars on account of amount due you on Ship Washingtons last voyage
Please enclose receipt for same and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec 30, 1857
Mrs Weston A Briggs, Middleboro
I have not heard from you for some time, and would like to know if you have needed some money
Please write me how you are getting along and much oblige

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jan 1, 1858
Mr P. C. Fish, Falmo[uth]
Dr Sir. Yours of 30 ult recd. I wish to enquire whether you wish Insurance effected for your Brother on Oil as Shipped home or on boord the ship
Please say and I will attend to the same

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.171]

 

New Bedford Jany 1, 1858
E N.Winston Esq. Hyannis
Dr Sir. I have 7½ cords best quality Maple wood in the landig directly below the house recently occupied by Charles Bourne which I would like to sell you
What will you give me pr cord for the same

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 1st 1858
Mrs Wm Champlin, Marion
Yours of 29 ult recd. I have recd an intimation that Mr Champlin would be discharged at the Islands.
If he is not paid off there and settled with I will forward you some money on receiving advices, but if Capt Palmer settles with him then of course Mr Champlin himself will send the money to you

Yours Respectfully
Jon Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 4th 1858
Capt Charles P. Worth Nantucket
Dear Sir. I find it is about time to look about for a master for the Draco haveing put her in good repair would enquire of Capt Worth what he would say to another voyage in the Indian Ocean
Please say soon and Oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.172]

 

New Bedford Jany 5, 1858
Stephen Fairbanks Esq Treas Western R. Road
De Sir. Yours of the 4 inst is recd encloseing your check on New England Bank Boston for Two hundred thirty six Dollars the Amt due net upon dividends on my stock the 4 inst

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 5, 1858
Messrs Campbell & Thayer, New York
Gent. Enclosed please find Cashier Check on Mechanics Bank New York for Fourteen hundred ten & 58/100 Dolls the Am ount of Bill Linseed Oil purchased of you
I herin inclose the bill which please recipt and return to me

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

Telegraph New Bedford Jany 6, 1858
Mrs John D. Willard, Holyoke
My opinion is you had better meet him in the face as the chances are against your getting there as early as you name

Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.173]

 

New Bedford Jany 6th 1858
Mr. James R. Bourne, New Haven
Dear Sir. Yours of 2nd inst is recd Enclosed please find Thirty Dollars the Amount you wished. I have annexed a shedule of the Account as it now stands. I have settled with Achsah and put in to the hands of her Trustee five bonds of Michigan Central Rail Road which she takes at par for her voyage $5000.

The Bonds now on hand as pr statement annexed can be sold whenever the market will warrant to sell them, and you will perceive it will depend on the price they bring whether there will be anything more due you or not. As soon as it will do I shall sell and settle up the Estate

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 7, 1858
Mrs John D. Willard, Holyoke
Dear Madam. I recd your telegraph yesterday and answered to the best of my ability in relation to the matter. Capt H. W. Seabury was in my Counting room at the time and is well posted up in making passages and stated it would be uncertain about your arriving at so early a date as you named. Still said it was possible you might.

Your letter of yesterdays date is now before me I did receive a letter from your husband dated in the Okhotsk Sea ~ have not recd any since his arrival at the Islands. My opinion is that you had better defer going untill his arrival [p.174] off of the second season as I shall ask him to stop the third season and you can go out in a ship from Boston for a much less sum than what you would have to pay in the Steamer and much more comfortable I think. Capt Skinners wife of my ship Marengo went in this way last season and met him there when he came in from the Okhotsk.

I advise this Course first because the difference is only one season to the North where many Ladies object to going with their husbands ~ Secondly the saveing of expense to your husband, thirdly the time which you have to get ready for so long a journey ~ not perhaps knowing a single person on the whole route, and fourthly the uncertainty of your arriving there by the time which you wish to. There will be several good vessels going from Boston during the comeing summer and perhaps some from New Bedford when you can be accommodated with other Lady passengers. Now Mrs Willard if Capt Willard was my own brother I should advise you in the same manner.

If you adapt my advise write me immediately your decision and I will be on the lookout in time, and also write your husband and I will do the same and presume he will be satisfied

Yours very truly
Bourne Jr

 

[p.175]

 

New Bedford Jany 8, 1858
Obed Nye Esq
Dr Sir. I have sold he house on Fifth Street covered by policy No 64 for $1500 in the Hingham Company ~ Am to give a warranter deed and the purchaser to give me back a mortgage for security of past payment. Can you endorse the policy so that it will be valid to me and the loss payable to me in case of any ~ will you please say, and Much Oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jan 8th 1858
Capt Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
Dear Sir. I think it is quite as important to ship good Officers as to ship a good Master, therefore I must always hold the right to be satisfied who are to go Officers in my ships so long as I carry on the business
I would like to have you come to New Bedford in the course of a day or two when we can talk the matter over more fully

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.176]

 

New Bedford Jany 8th 1858
Messrs Wm Coleman & Sons, Providence
Gent
Enclosed please find Check on Suffolk Bank Boston for sixty four & 28/100 Dollars Amt of your bill of Oct 1, 1857

Please excuse this delay as it was overlooked or it would have been forwarded before this In regard to the block sent ~ as sample as it happened, it got on board the ship with the others therefore am unable to speak as to its merits

In regard to Cutting blocks of which you speak ~ there has several kinds been tried new but none I believe has given so good satisfaction as the old fashined rape strap block

It is as good time as ever now however to try such a block as you name if you think it worth while to send it
I shall want some more blocks probably before long

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

New Bedford 18 mo 11th 1858
E N Winslow Esq Supt Hyannis
Dr Sir
Your favor of 2nd inst is recd. I have made up your account of first bill of Wood ~

Added the lot of maple and four cords four and half feet Oak and pine which Mr Parker surveyed on Saturday ~ in all twelve Cords 6 inches at the price you offer ~ the last lot surveyed is of very good quality most half Oak ~ have added four months three days interest to the whole bill, and for which you may if you [p.177] please send me your me your note at four months as there will be some uncertainty about the Fairhaven Co Accepting ~ and a note will answer my purpose just as well

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 18, 1858
Capt John D. Willard, Ship Lagoda
Respected friend
Your letter dated in Ochotsk Sea Sept 20th was duly recd and contents noted. On the 6th of the present month I rec from your wife a telegraph dispatch of which the following is a copy. /See dispatch on file/ I immideately answered by telegraph as follows. /see message on this book sent/. On the 7th inst I recd a letter from Mrs. Willard dated So Hadley Falls Jan 6th of which the following is a copy. /see letter on file/ I immideately answered as follows (see letter on this book)

The foregoing is the Correspondence of your wife and myself in regard to her starting for the Sandwich Islands on the Steamer of Jany 20th, since which I have not heard from her

I wish to call your attention to the advantage of stopping the third season as I suppose your ship is in good order and the loss of time to come home and return would be about one year, and from the present prospect and view of things I think we must all economize in time and in the business also if we expect to make money which seems to be the object of carrying on the business

I am yet in the dark to what you have taken the last season One report says 500 [p.178] another 700 another 800 Barrells. I hope the latter may be true. Now I want to send you our provisions and stores for the third season, and will assist your wife in precuring a passage in some good vessel provided she wishes to go out. I cant say that I approve of any such movement ~ still shall not object if you wish her to go.

The present prospect of the whaling business together with the general prostration of all kinds of trade in the Country cast a gloom over the minds of those engaged in so precarious an enterprise as the whaling business has got to be. The enormous expense which it has cost to fit our ships together with the expenses on the voyage and the low price of Oil and bone at present and prospective cannot of course make us feel anxious to encourage any movement which may incur an additional expense. A number of our ships have laid at the wharf during the winter for want of means to fit them and I doubt not could the owners of many of them that sailed during the summer and fall of 1857 have foreseen the financial crisis which has overtaken them – kept them at home.

At present prices of whale & sperm Oil the cost of outfit would purchase more oil than the ship could bring home were they to fill. With this state of things your see it is necessary to get along with as little expense as possible – Still I dont say but what I shall consent for your wife to go out and meet you if you and she desires it. Should this reach you before you go North dont fail to write me how you feel about stopping the third season that I may govern myself accordingly. Hopeing all may prove well
I remain

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.179]

 

New Bedford Jany 18, 1858
Capt Martin Palmer, Barque Kingfisher
Respected friend
Your two letters of Nov 2 and 8th with Bills Lading of Oil and bone were duly recd.

I was glad to learn that you had been fortunate in obtaining a good Catch of whale Oil Although the prices of both Oil and bone have receded from what it was when you sailed In fact all kinds of Mrch. Have fallens from the high point reached while you were at home, but we have to get to economise in every thing in order to make our ships pay, and in the course of a year or two I expect to see Sperm & whale Oil and bone bring fair prices again.

You said nothing in your two letters in regard to stopping the third season although I shall expect letters by the next mail when I hope you will advise me more fully upon that subject as without you do so I cannot say that we shall make any money by the investment which I hoped to when you sailed.

I was glad to learn of your officers giving you satisfaction and of Mrs Palmers continued good health. Please keep me advised in regard to all matters which may concern my interest in regard to your future intentions concerning the Kingfishers voyage and if you have not written me about about stopping the third season dont fail to do so if this reaches you before going north. My family are all well, remember me to your officers, also my kind regards to Mrs Palmer

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[P.S.] Shipment of Oil and bone is all insured

[p.180]

 

New Bedford Jany 18, 1858
Capt James F. Skinner, Ship Marengo
Dr Sir. Your letter of Nov 9th is recd, also Bill Lading whale Bone &c I was sorry to learn that you intended to ship Oil as I always thought your ship was of sufficient Capacity to bring all the Oil you would probably take after discharging Mr Gatchel. Oil and bone will rule low this season – have still on hand the bone sent home last year – sold the sperm Oil for 105 pr gall. The business looks rather gloomy for the present unless pursued with economy. I fear those who have invested largely in the whaling business at the late high prices for Masters and Officers Outfits &c will find it a loseing business

I hope you will use proper economy in all things concerning the voyage. Hopeing for better luck the next cruise
I remain

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

Sperm Oil-------------100 to 105
Whale Oil-------------56
Whale bone-----------no sales

[p.181]

 

New Bedford Jany 21st 1858
Capt Warren N Bourne, Falmouth
Dr Sir
I have delayed writing you perhaps longer than I ought in relation to the Michigan Mortgage Bonds

When in Boston last I was told that the bonds falling due Jany 1st, 1858 would not be paid It was my informants opinion with my own that this would effect the price of the new issue of Mortgage bonds but to my astonishment they advanced and are now selling in New York at 92 to 93 without Calculating the interest now due which if Calculated would make them net about 90 and a fraction. If you would like to have me send you two at this price I can do so

These will be due April 1st 40 on each bond. Please let me hear from you by return of mail as these bonds seem to be working up in New York each day

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.182]

 

New Bedford Jany 21st 1858
Dear Brother
When I wrote you last for power of Attorney last spring in order to transfer your interest in our Fathers Estate I supposed from the Conversation I had with the Judge of Probate that I could Convey with such power, but from further talks with him I learned that under the Circumstances I had better obtain a Quit claim from all the parties interested and then give titles in my own name

I accordingly enclose deed signed by a part of the heirs all that it has been presented to. For your signature and Marys, it will not be necessary for any acknowledgment before a justice as I learn from our Probate Judge – a simple witness to your signing by some member of your family of age or any neighbor that happens to be near is all that is necessary
The whole property is now disposed of and the last payment made last week it was for the wood land.

I shall be able to remit you as soon as you return the deed and say to me how you will have the remittance made I can send you a check on New York which will no doubt sell for a premium at Peoria as it now appears there will be about $2000 to divide among heirs

Please write me of your health – that of your family – how the hard times have affected you – of your Crops the prices they command – at what time you intend to pay us another visit &c &c Also where Edward Gibbs is at present – a lazy fellow I fear. I am happy to say that we are all well. With love from all to yourself [p.183] and family – I hope to hear from you speedily

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 21 1858
Messrs Tappan & Starbuck, New York
Gent. A Mr Wheelwright of Newburyport may call upon you to look at my So Sea whale bone I told him if unsold he might have it at 70¢ Cash. If you think I am above the market you are at liberty to close it at a less figure

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

“Telegraph” New Bedford Jany 22, 1858
Messrs Tappan & Starbuck, New York
I have no bone to sell for fifty cents – see my letter of yesterday

J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 22nd 1858
Capt Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
Dr Sir. I forgot to ask you about Top galt mast royal mast and pole, whether you would prefer to have them in one stick or stump as last voyage. Please answer which way you would prefer them & oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.184]

 

New Bedford Jany 26, 1858
Capt Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
Dr Sir. In your letter of 23rd you gave me the address of Capt Rose late of the Zenas Coffin, but I could not make out the first name
Will you please give me the name again. Also was Wm Gale to have bounty paid him for raising whales and how much

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 28, 1858
E N. Winslow Esq. Supt Hyannis
Dear Sir. Yours encloseing Cape Cod R. Road Cos note dated Jany 11, 1858 4 mos for Three hundred fifty four Dollars Amt Bill wood
Please find herein Bill enclosed of same receiped

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 29, 1858
Mrs Warren Reed, Warren, R.I.
Yours of 13th inst is recd Enclosed I forward you Twenty five Doll[ars] on account your son Wms voyage in ship Hunter. Please acknowledge receipt of same.
The Hunter will be at home probably in the coming fall

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.185]

 

New Bedford Feby. 1, 1858
Messrs Shober, Bunting & Co, Phila
Gent. Your letters and Telegraph was duly recd. In reply to Telegraph I said you might sell my bone at a price that would net me 80¢ pr lb. I am aware that whale bone may for a time drop but have confidence that it will rally when it begins to arrive, much of the bone taken this past season is very short and cannot be used for skirting. My bone is of good length and in fine order. I think you will have no difficulty in selling at the price named in telegraph

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 1, 1858
Capt Warren N. Bourne, Falmo[uth]
Dr Sir. Yours of 23 ult was duly recd. Enclosed I forward you two bonds of the Michigan Central Rail Road due in 1882 for One thousand Dollars each at $92 Amounting to $1840 / Eighteen hundred forty Dollars as cash Jany 23, 1858

These bonds are now selling in New York for 94 ¼ and will probaly go to par
Please acknowledge recipt of same and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.186]

 

New Bedford February 4, 1858
Mrs J. R. Champlin, Warren
Your note of 3rd inst is recd In relation to settlement of your husbands voyage I cannot tell whether we can settle it or not untill I see a Copy of the order given by Capt Palmer to your husband. If you will send me a copy of the order, and the Oil which is sent home arrives – perhaps we may arrange the matter satisfactory to both parties

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Feby 16, 1858
Mrs Weston A Briggs, Middleboro
Enclosed please find ten Dollars on a/c your husbands voyage in Stephania

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 18, 1858
Capt Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
Dear Sir. Capt Cox has been to see Capt Rose in regard to Mr Pitman and talked the matter over with him. Capt Rose gave Mr P. a very good name and says he intended to have taken him with him as second Officer if he had gone again. Pitman was Cooper of the “Zenas Coffin” – never has steered a Boat – Consequently can have but very limited experience in whaling – was no doubt a favorite with the master and may be an extra smart man. I would like to know if you [p.187] have talked with any one that was in the ship with him and what further you have learned of him – A Cooper has applied to me for the berth of Cooper and Ship Keeper, belongs in Fairhaven is young and looks as if he was first rate shall make the necessary enquiries about him &c &c. Let me hear from you soon and oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 18, 1858
Capt Theodore Cole, Brattleboro
Dear Sir. On my arrival home from Boston where I have been stopping several days I find your favor of 10th inst and have noted its contents
I have settled with the Insurance Cos your loss on Ship Alex’ Coffin & Catchings as per statement herewith
Recd of Commercial Ins Co on Catchings--------------940.66
Recd Union Mutual Ins Co ship & outfits-------------3356.49
[total]------------------------------------------------4297.15

Paid Premium notes on same--------------------------533.29
Paid Premium notes on “Manuel Ortiz”----------------248.25
Sent you Gifford & Campbells note------------------3210.29
Cash--------------------------------------------------600.00
Recovery Bill sale----------------------------------------1.50
[total]------------------------------------------------4593.33

You will perceive that you have recd Two hundred ninety six & 18/100 Dollars more than the amount recd of the Ins Cos. In regard to the Cargo, Eighteen thousand three hundred thirty one & 92/100 Dollars of the amount was sold July 25 1857 to Saml Leonard & Son at 4.567 & 8 mos – subsequently and during the financial panic and in consequence of losses they asked an extension of time of their creditors to meet their liabilities believing themselves possessed of means sufficient to pay [p.188] in full if time was given. Isaac Howland Jr & Co Chs R. Tucker & Co and others who were large Creditors and all the other Creditors with myself deemed it best for all concerned to do so and arrangements were made with them to pay 25% of their notes as they became due from time to time and extend the balance to 4 mo each time which makes it 25% when due 25% in 4 mos 25% in 8 mos 25% in 12 mos from the time each of the original notes were due. They have paid thus far the percentage on their liabilities which have matured and probably will pay the most of their indebtedness – may pay the whole – still we may have to make them some discount in the end as it is difficult to forsee the obstacles that may arrise in such a concern to prevent their paying in full. They are prosecuting their business buying and selling Oil and hope they get along

You will see that it will take some time to close up the account and the amount I have recd from the Alex Coffin’s Cargo more than her bills is about the same as advanced for provissions drafts &c for ship “Marengo” which offset one against the other would leave nothing in my hands due you now. I see no difficulty however in advancing to a moderate amount by and by should you purchase a farm

I am Sir
Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.189]

 

New Bedford Feby 23, 1858
Capt Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
Dr Sir. Enclosed please find Two hundred Dollars as pr your request of 16 inst. Please acknowledge receipt of same

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

Nw Bedford Feby 27, 1858
Messrs Shober, Bunting & Co, Phila
Gent. Your favor of 24th inst Covering Check on Fulton Bank New York for Two thousand Dollars is recd and same passed to your credit.

Will wait for the maturity[?] of the last sale
Was any of my bone sold or delivered previous to the 29 ultime?

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 27, 1858
Mrs John D. Willard, Gardiner
On my return home after an absense of some little time I find your letters of 12 & 22 inst
Will answer them in a few days

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.190]

 

New Bedford March 1, 1858
Mr James R. Bourne, New Haven
Dr Sir. Enclosed please find check on Mechanics Bank New York for Two hundred Dollars the Amount of Mrs Achsah G. Gaylords order for which please acknowledge recipt

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 1, 1858
Mrs Mary E. Heywood, So. Easton, Mass
A colored man by the name of John P Jackson about 20 years of age has applied to me for a situation to work about house stable &c says he was wit you in such a capacity for six months and to whom he refers me

Will you be kind enough to inform me of his Character, if he was of good habits, good disposition, honest neat, faithful and did he understand taking care of and driving horses?
An answer will very much oblige

Yours Very Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.191]

 

New Bedford March 2nd 1858
Mr Geo W Howland, New Bedford
Dear Sir. One of the Bonds of Michigan Central Rail Road belonging to the Estate was due Jan 1, 1858
It is our opinion that the proceeds of the same be invested in a mortgage bond of same company due in 1882
If you assent to have it done so, please sign and return the enclosed paper

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 2nd 1858
Messrs G & M Starbuck & Co, Nantucket
Gent. Enclosed please find bill freight Bone pr Washington in March 1857 for which please send your check

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 3rd Mo 5, 1858
Mr Isaiah Fish, Collector taxes, Sandwich
Dr Sir. Enclosed please find sixty five & 10/100 Dollars the amount of the enclosed bills of taxes which please recipt and enclose to me

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.192]

 

New Bedford March 6, 1858
Messrs Shober, Bunting & Co Phila
Gent. Yours of 4th inst enclosing Acct sales whale bone shipped you pr Schr “Martha Washington” and check on Fulton Bank New York for Four hundred Dollars on Acct of same is received
I have passed the check to your credit and wait for the balance

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 6, 1858
Wm Howell Esq, Bath, N.Y.
Dr Sir. I wrote you Decr 8th in regard to a bill of Clothing furnished Edward by Mr Alden Wordell on his arrival from the voyage in the Draco Amounting to Fifty Six & 25/100 Dollars since which I have not heard from you or Edward in regard to the same

Mr Wordell feels himself unable to lose this amount and wishes me to ask of you to collect the same of Edward and forward it to him.
Will you be kind enough to give this your attention as it will save Mr Wordell a trip up there and the expence attending the same to see Edward and collect the bill

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.193]

 

New Bedford March 6, 1858
Mrs John D. Willard, Gardiner
I find on my return home your two letters asking my consent to go to the Sandwich Islands and join your husband

I recd your telegraphic dispatch on the 6th of January and answered it to the best of my judgement – Also I recd your letter on the day following which I answered, did you receive it? In that letter I Conveyed the idea that it would be better for you to go in a ship and that I would assist you in getting a chance and wrote Capt Willard to that effect. Since receiving your last two letters I have consulted the Owners in relation to your going, they unanimously agree in reccommending to you to give no further idea for this voyage for the following reasons

First the expense of going out and during the voyage will cost your husband probably from Six to Eight hundred Dollars which is more money than was paid him for the first seven years of his following the seas. second, he could not have been aware of the low price of Oil and bone when he wrote for you to come, the price at home being on Oil 1/3 on bone 2/5 less than what he undoubtedly supposed it was at the time of his writing. This one fact in our judgement would have been sufficient to have changed his mind if he had known it at that time

Third This is his first voyage master and his Catch for the past season has been small compared to what he has heretofore done. Fourth, It is a long and tedious voyage and if he stops the third season and if you go, you will only be with him one season before he comes home.

Fifth and we unanimously believe a whaling voyage wholly unsuitable for a female to encumber [p.194] Still we do not deny that we have from necessity consented in two or three instances, but it was at a time when the whaling business looked far more cheering than it does now –

You perhaps may be astonished when I tell you that at the present rate of Oil and bone, not one ship in ten that is to arrive this year can make a dollar to their owners and many I fear who thought a few months since had some thousands will be left nearly destitute.

This being the fact with regard to some of the small ones will it not become masters and masters wives to look at the loss of even a few hundred Dollars. Now Madam these are subjects for your serious consideration and as the time for leaving is some two or three months ahead I think you may yet come to the conclusion to give it up willingly and wait untill he goes another voyage, and as I most sincerely believe you and he will join with us in our opinion when he shall return, that the advice above given is correct

You will percieve that I have not said that we would not consent, but leave the matter for the present to your good judgement and to consider and should be pleased to hear from you again

Yours very Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.195]

 

New Bedford March 8, 1858
Capt Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
Dr Sir. I have no doubt you the run of two of the right men for mate and 2nd ate if we can get them. They were 2 & 3 mates of the Barque “Osprey” Capt Fisher of your place. I saw the owners Saturday who told me they were both fit for chief mates but thought Mr Grinnell would prefer going 2nd mate. In their opinion there was nothing better out of Port than either of them in every respect

Capt Cox saw Mr Brughton[?] the Candidate for mate and he told him that Capt Fisher had spoken to him and that he supposed he expected him to go with him when he got a ship. Will you see Capt Fisher and make some enquiries about them and he will tell you if they are engaged to him and then see if you can not prevail on him to hive them up to you. Let it be done immideately as there is others now which I want to see. We have done nothing since the Cold weather Came on. Undoubtedly the winter will soon break and we must then go ahead
Attend to the above forthwith and let me hear from you immideately & oblige

Yours Truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 3 mo 15, 1858
Paran Sevens Esq. Tremont House, Boston
Dr Sir. A letter was sent from this place 11th inst addressed to me at “Tremont House” Boston
Will you be kind enough to remail the same and oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 3 mo 18, 1858
Mrs A. W. Moore, North Anson, Me
Madam. Your letter of the 17 inst is recd and contents noted.

In relation to Capt Willards affairs the order was from him in a letter from the Sandwich Islands under date of March 6th, 1857 in which he states as follows “And I would here add that you would oblige me by not advancing any money except by the order of my wife and by so doing you will oblige your humble Servant” John D. Willard”

In no letter recd from Mrs Willard has she even mentioned the name of Mrs Frances Willard (except to enquire if Capt Willard left an order for his mother to draw money while he is gone) and of course has not stated what you say she has in her letters to me, in relation to extravagance silk dresses &c &c. As for advancing money contrary to Capt Willards orders is something which I as an Agent ought not to do. Still I will further consider the matter after hearing from you again

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.196]

 

New Bedford 3 mo 20, 1858
Mrs John D. Willard, Gardiner
Your letter of the 17th inst is recd. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank for One hundred Dollars, and Account Current with your husband showing balance due of $221.13. In relation to the other portion of your letter I will reply soon
The letter sent you in Jany was directed to Holyoke Mass

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[P.S.] Please acknowledge receipt of the money

 

New Bedford March 24, 1858
Messrs Snow & Ryder Boston
Gent. Enclosed please find check on Boston for Eighty two & 12/100 Dollars the Amt of the within bill of anchor which please receipt and return

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 24, 1858
Miss Hannah E. Rowland, Wilmington Del.
Your letter of 20th inst is recd In regard to your brother Geo S. Rowland after the wreck of the “Alex Coffin” I think he went on board the Dutch Ship “Republic”, when he will be at home I cannot tell, but as soon as he arrives I will give the letter to him as you request.

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.197]

 

New Bedford March 24th 1858
Eleihu Hathaway Esq, Boston
Dear Sir. Refering to our Conversation a few days since, Will you please write your Correspondents in all the Posts in Australia and New Zealand to advise Capt Munroe of the Ship “Hunter” to recruit his ship for home as he has been out nearly four years which is the extent of the policy of Insurance on his and the ship will suffer in her hull and rigging unless overhauled at the expiration of that time

I rather she would return than stay any longer. Please ask them to give this as their advice. I do not want to excite any suspicion that the owners do not believe all is right as far as the Master is concerned

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 245h 1858
Joseph N. Bourne
I recd your letter this morning encloseing plan of house. I see that you have departed from our talk in relation to cost which if I understand your figures is for house $1400. Painting and furniture $800 whole amount $2200 – more money than you possess and as you have asked me for my opinion, I tell you frankly I think you are putting too much money into a house, and think you had better wait untill an opportunity offers to buy a house which is already built

You talk Joseph about paying two or three [p.198] hundred dollars a year towards your house
How has it been for the last two or three years past? Have you not used some of the money left you by your father and can you expect to live at a less expense than you have done
New houses are very apt to bring along with it further expenses in all matters of liveing
Hopeing you will be governed with a due regard to keeping out of debt is the advice of one who has always been governed by the same rule through life. I see you particular haste about the matter. – suppose you dont fine a house this spring or even this year

Your money is drawing interest and I presume you are comfortable situated and better be so than make yourself miserable by getting in debt and if anything ever would make me so in this world it would be to get involved with a debt that I could not get clear of. Be wise, be Cautious.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 25th 1858
Messrs Tappan & Starbuck, New York
Gent. Yours of 24th inst Covering Acct sales of 13 Bundles So Sea whale Bone is recd and I find the same correct and satisfactory Have drawn on you this day at sight for Five hundred twenty six & 21/100 Dolls for the Amt of same as advised, which please protect[?]

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.199]

 

New Bedford 3 Mo 25 1858
Messrs Shober, Bunting & Co, Phila
Gent. Yours of 23rd inst is recd Covering check on Fulton Bank New York for Fourteen hundred forty & 24/100 Dollars which is passed to your credit for balance sales whale Bone as pr your Acc rendered.

Some sales Bone in this market I sold a few days since a lot of 18000 lbs just landed from ship 79¢ cash here.
The quality of which was not as good as the lot shipped you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 25th 1858
Messrs Snow & Ryder, Boston
Gent
Did you send three or four rings with the Anchor as only three have come to hand

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 29 1858
Hon Geo Marston, Barnstable
Dr Sir. Will you please fill blank appraisal and appoint Wm Bourne and Erastus [?] O. Parker appraisers of the Estate of Joshua T. Bourne for John Bachelder guardian, and forward the same to him at [p.200] Monument immediately as he want to settle the matter immediately

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 30, 1858
Joseph
I recd your letter saying you can purchase a house for $1065. If the house suits and your friends think it is what you want and need and you are satisfied offer them $900 Cash and let them think of it for a few days and in the mean time if they dont take you up look around and see what other houses can be found and I have no doubt you can find others that will want to sell if they can get the money
Remember that the titles must be clear of all incumbrances

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 30 1858
Capt Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
Dr Sir. We are now loading the Barque – Have been waiting a few days for wood which is now on the wharf - we shall I think be ready for sea about the 20 April should the weather be favorable. Have shipped all the Officers, Cooper and Ship Keeper with two Boat Steerers – Mate and second mate that I think no fault can be found with either of them
I shall be glad to hear from you soon

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.201]

 

New Bedford April 1st 1858
Capt Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
Dr Sir. James T. Patch makes his appearance to day and wants to go in the Draco. I told him there was no chance but for a Boat Steerer and I did not know as I wanted him for that berth beleiving he was worn out. Please say to me by letter how he performed his duty last voyage and what you think of giveing him another chance this. Dont take him if you have any doubts as I think there will be plenty more offering, but if you think adviseable say so and I will make a bargain with him if I can

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 1st 1858
Doct J[ohn] Bachelder, Monument
Dr Sir. Enclosed I forward you the acct against the heirs of Joshua T. Bourne..

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.202]

 

New Bedford April 5 1858
Capt Wm Cleveland, Edgartown
Dr Sir. A man by the name of Leon Dupuys offered himself as steward for Barque Draco – says he was with you.

I understand him that he went out and returned in that Capacity, but on enquiring at Mr Thomas Counting room I learn you shipped him on the voyage. Will you please tell me by letter his qualifications for that berth and if he has any bad traits – and if you would take him in that Capacity and oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 5 1858
Capt Charles P. Worth Nantucket
Dr Sir. I wrote you on the 1st inst Concerning Patch – no answer yet.

Mr Lewis who goes 3rd mate wants John Tereco [?] (Portugese) to steer him, what say you is he fit for Boat Steerer. You have marked him good man. I suppose the the Kanaka will insist upon haveing him as he named him when he agreed to go. Capt Worth have you any objection to taking out three or four passengers to land at Flores Western Islands. They will pay for their passage and help Catch whales if you see any
Please answer & oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.203]

 

New Bedford April 5 1858
Hon Geo Marston, Judge Probate
Dr Sir. Enclosed I forward you my accounts as administrator of the Estate of J[?]’ Bourne lots of Sandwich deceased

Also Enclose Five Dollars the amount of your bill
Have you sent the appraisal to Doct Bachelder at Monument if not will you please do so at your earliest convenience

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 9th 1858
Mrs Abby S. Reed[Read?], Worcester
Madam. A young man by the name of John C. Weston is desireous of shipping on board of Barque “Draco” bound on a whaling voyage. Haveing some doubts whether he is of age, I would enquire of you if he is twenty one years old and if not whether you will give your consent for him to go, and make his own contracts and settle his voyage on his return
Please write me on the receipt of this and oblige

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.204]

 

New Bedford April 9 1858
Hon Geo Marston
Dr Sir. We wrote you on the 29th ult asking of you the favor to appoint Wm Bourne & Eratus O. Parker appraisers of what Estate there is belonging to the heirs of Joshua T. Bourne of which John Bachelder is guardian

Thinking it might not have reached you I will be much obliged if you will mail the same to me tomorrow as I would like to go down on Monday and arrange the same and settle with Bachelder

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford April 9th 1858
Joseph
Yours of 8 inst is recd in which you state you have entered into an agreement for a house, to pay part on the 15 of this month and balance June 1st, but do not state the Amount. Will you answer by return of mail what the Amounts are

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.205]

 

New Bedford April 10, 1858
Capt Benj Manter, Holmes Hole
Dr Sir. A young man by the name of Wm A Lavender was Boat Steerer in the Julian and steered your son who was then mate of her at that time. He wishes to go in the Barque Draco and says that you know him and as the Officers of the Julian are all away will you be kind enough to answer by return of mail and say whether you know him to be a good man and Boat steerer and all about him. If not a good Boat steerer would he be a good man before the mast

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 12 1858
Mrs Abby S. Read[Reed?], Worcester
Your letter of the 10th inst is recd. I have enclosed an agreement for you to sign. It is a rule we always adapt before shipping a minor and then there is no misunderstanding at the end of the voyage

The vessel is a good one and well fitted She will have a good Crew. The mate who will have more to do with him than any one officer is a very likely pious man, and he will be well used if he performs his duty and I have no doubt he will get along well
Please sign and return the agreement certified by return of mail, and much oblige

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

[p.206]

 

New Bedford April 12th 1858
Capt Charles P Worth, Nantucket
Dr Sir. I think you had better make your arrangements to come to New Bedford Friday next 16 inst as we are now nearly stowed off and shall want to talk over matters and settle up as near as we can the last voyage
I think of bending sails tomorrow, then paint and sail on the 20th.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 13, 1858
Joseph N. Bourne
Yours of 12 inst is recd I have sent you by Express today Five hundred Dollars in Bank Bills on account of the Legacy left you by your father. I wish you to sign the receipt therein enclosed and forward the same to me on receiving the same

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 13, 1858
Mrs J. D. Willard, Gardiner
Your letter of the 12 is recd I am waiting to see one of the owners of the ship and will then write you
The John Gilpin had not yet arrived and will not sail at the time advertised

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.207]

 

New Bedford April 14, 1858
Messrs G & M Starbuck & Co, Nantucket
Gent. Yours of 12 is recd enclosing check on Commercial Bank for One hundred thirteen & 30/100 Dollars the Amt bill freight bone pr ship Washington in 1857
Please find bill of same herein receipted

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 20, 1858
Messrs Wm Underwood & Co, Boston
Gent. Please send me by Parddings[?] Express 2 doz 2lb[?] Cans Roast Beef, 2 Doz. Do Boiled Beef, 2 Doz. Do. Roast Mutton, 2 Doz Do Boiled Mutton, send bill and i will forward you payment for the same

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 20, 1858
Mr O. B. Finner, Providence
Dr Sir. The Draco will go to sea on Thursday morning – shall want the young lman to come Wednesday afternoon train

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.208]

 

New Bedford April 22, 1858
Doct Bachelder
Dr Sir. Have you recd the Appraisal Papers, or heard anything from Judge Marston in relation to the appointment of Appraisers for Estate of heirs of Joshua T. Bourne. Please say pr return of mail and oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 22, 1858
Hon Geo Marston
Dr Sir. Will you please say if you have appointed Appraisers to the property of the heirs of Joshua T. Bourne.
I am desirous of settling up the matter and will be very much obliged if you will attend to the same as soon as possible as I am anxious to settle with the guardian

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 20th 1858
Mr Wm A. Mosher
Dr Sir. When the Draco is refreshed[?] with more Oil than will cover your indeptedness to the ship for advances made before sailing so that I can effect insurance upon the same I will advance money to a reasonable amount for the support of your wife should she need and want the same

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.209]

 

New Bedford April 22, 1858
Capt Matthew Fisher, Ship Stephania
Dr Sir. Your two letters the first under sate Sept 6, second Nov 4, 1857 are recd, also Cap Tompkins report with three hundred barrells Sperm Oil which is Certainly very satisfactory. I am glad Capt Fisher for your good fortune in obtaining Oil so soon out. I hope and trust with your vigilance and the help of your officers you may be prospered in obtaining a cargo of Oil in a reasonable time and arriving home safely. I am sorry to say that oweing to Capt Terrys absence from home I have never been able to see him or in any way to get at him to purchase the 1/16 we talked about before you left. I have certainlly been on the look out expecting that he would call to see about the settlement of the last voyage, but have never been able to say one word to him since you sailed.

I have never had a doubt but I could purchase if I could get at him but of course cannot if I cannot see him. You have been so fortunate now it may make some difference but shall try when he comes home.

Your house is still viable, and the rent paid regularly, one quarter paid to day and they ask to have some painting done inside. I told Mrs Roberts I would go down and see about it should not do it unless it was necessary and I hardly thought it would be. The three Linden trees was set out as you requested and yesterday ordered the Carpenter to put something around them to protect them from being injured by the horses, or boys who are inclined to cut them with their knives. Capt Fisher since you sailed [p.210] the whole commercial world has passed through one of the severest financial commotions that was ever experienced, failures without number have occurred throughout the length and breadth of this Country and in fact the whole world. Men who were rich have become poorer and none have become richer All have suffered every mans property is worth from 25 to 50% less than when you sailed. Sperm Oil went down to 95 and 100 pr gall, whale bone from 125 to 70¢ whale Oil from 72 to 55¢ and everything else in nearly the same proportion but after the storm is over we are now looking for better times. Still business does not revive as was expected and we cannot in my opinion go along smoothly again for some time, whale Oil will not advance this year, neither will sperm Oil over 130¢ whale bone then being a short Catch, and the loss of the John Gilpin with 230 000lbs creates a speculative demand which will carry long bone to a dollar and upwards. If you can sell whale Oil that will nett you 60¢ any time during the voyage for Govt bills, I think you had better do it as I believe the sale would be safe and when it gets home would be on interest, also afford you more room in the ship. I send you a package of papers by the Draco. With my kindest regards to Mrs Fisher, yourself and Officers

I remain
Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.211]

 

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