Jonathan Bourne Jr. Letterbook

1860-1861

 

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

New Bedford Jany 2nd 1860
Stephen Fairbanks Esq Treas, W. R. Road
Dr Sir. Yours of 30th ult encloseing check on New England Bank Boston for Three hundred forty four Dollars the amount of my dividend on Eighty six shares, is recd for which I am much obliged

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr
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New Bedford Jany 13 1860
Benjm Poor Esq. Boston
Dear Sir. Yours of 13t enclosing Capt Walkers Dft on me for Four hundred twenty Eight & 50/100 Dollars is recd.

Enclosed I hand you check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Four hundred twenty seven & 57/100 Dollars the amount of the same less thirteen days inst

Please acknowledge recipt of same in payment

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jany 4 1860
Capt Geo M. Kimball. Pittston Me
Dr Sir. Yours of 2nd inst is recd. Enclosed I forward you check on Suffolk Bank for One hundred fifty Dollars as desired
Please acknowledge reciept of same and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 4 1860
Chs E Stevens Esq. Boston
Dear Sir. Yours of 2nd inst is recd. Enclosed I forward you cashier check on Suffolk Bank for Fifteen hundred Dollars one & 50/100 Dollars for Fourteen shares W. R. Road Stock for which please send Certificate

Yours Very truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jany 5 1860
Mrs Chs P Worth, Nantucket
Madam. Your letter of 1st inst has just come to hand and contents noted

You say that you want I should assist you to purchase a house ~ that you can purchase one very cheap and in good part of the Town &c &c. I hardly approve of any lady purchaseing a house in the absence of her husband. It is in my opinion assuming too much for the wife of any one during their absence.

Again, you are aware that real Estate is at this time perhaps very low. But in my opinion it will be very much lower in the course of a few years, both at Nantucket and New Bedford too, as the whaling business never looked darker than now and if that goes down what is to be done with the houses, people cannot live on them, consequently they must dispose of them and remove to other places where they can find other employment. Now Madam I hope you will not think of such a thing as purchaseing a house during your husbands absense. The advice, if given you by others is I fear through selfish motives. You must remember that the Draco at the last report was low, and whales scarce and your husband owns a part of the vessel and should he make an unsuccessful voyage, he would not want real estate on hand that was not paid for.

With these considerations I hope you will abandon all idea for the present
The Oil is all sold and I herein enclose your husbands account showing [p.315] him in my debt for Five hundred thirty five & 74/100 Dollars
Hopeing to hear better news from them next time

I remain
Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 5th 1860
Dear Brother
Yours of 30th ult is just recd. In regard to the check, if Exchanged in New York is selling for 1 pr ct in Peoria You will have to let it go for that and send to me for the difference which I will forward to you

You wrote me it was 1½ pr ct premium, therefore I put it in so at that
The check you returned was recd all right
[To] M. T. Bourne Esq. Trivoli, Ills

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 6 1860
Messrs Speare Burke & Co. Boston
Gent. Your esteemed favor of 4th inst was duly recd. I am very much obliged to you for your offer. But as this is a very handsome lot of Oil, have concluded to withdraw it from the market at present prices. When you are in our city please give me a call

Yours very truly
J. Bourn Jr

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New Bedford Jany 7 1860
Chs. E. Stevens Boston
Dr Sir. On the 4th inst I enclosed to you check on the Suffolk Bank for Fifteen hundred one & 50/100 Dollars, for fourteen shares W. R. Road stock
Did you recieve the same?

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

New Bedford Jany 12 1860
Mrs Cannon
Your letter of today is recd. Mrs Palmer is stopping at the house of John C. Smith Second corner of Spring St. A letter addressed to her in his care will reach her, or if you will forward it to my care it will be immediately handed to her. Capt Seth Blackmer lives just above the Head of the River on the Rochester road. His Post Office address is No Fairhaven

Yours Respectfullly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jany 17 1860
Doct Saml West, Stone Bridge P. Office, Tiverton
My Dear Sir. A young Irishman applied to me wishing me to employ him about my House and stable, upon enquiring of him how much he knew, or what experience he had, he stated that he had lived with you and that you would give him a reccommendation &c &c

Please Doct tell me of his good qualities for all Irishmen have bad ones enough
If you will give me his general character and long he was with you and what he is capable of doing

You will much oblige
Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

New Bedford Jany 17 1860
Messrs Daney & Cunningham, Boston
Gent. Your letter of 14 inst to Jose Grande[?] has just been put into my hands. Mr Grande is now confined to his house by sickness and wished me to attend to the matter of business of which you speak. I shall be in Boston in a few days and will call and see you in regard to the same

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jany 18 1860
Dear Bro
Yours of 13th inst is just rec. You may enclose the note to me at once and order Mr Cooper to forward the papers direct to me from Peoria when ready
[To] Melatiah F. Bourne Esq. Trivoli, Peoria County, Ills

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 19, 1860
E. N. Winslow Esq. Supt C C Road
Dr Sir. Enclosed please find bill of Oak Wood sold you at Monument also [?] bill

Yours truly
J. Bourne J.

 

New Bedford Jany 20 1860
Mrs Francis Willard, East New Portland
Your letter of 15 inst is recd Enclosed I forward you check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Fifty Dollars on account of your son John D.

I recd a letter from him at Honolulu Nov’ 16 by the last mail all well. He will be at home some time in the spring

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr
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New Bedford Jany 20th 1860
Capt John Cole. Medway, Mass
Dear Sir. Your favor of 18th inst was duly recd. I have been waiting for the Sandwich Island mail to arrive before replying and which came to hand yesterday. Capt Purrington has shipped by the ship “Sylvia” and “Black Sea” which are now on their way to this Port 13075lb galls whale Oil 2392 do Sperm, 13 Bbls slush and about 10000lb whale bone

The Oil and slush is insured for $10,150 the bone will be insured immediately, all for the benifit of all parties concerned and there is left on board about 1200 Bbls whale Oil.

The Washington sailed from Honolulu Nov 22nd on a cruise sperm whaling to the Westward and from thence in the spring go into the Ochotsk Sea for the season and touch at the Islands in the fall and refit for home

Capt Purringtons Dfts now paid and on the way, amount to about Eleven thousand Dollars, this does not include provissions to the amount of Seventeen hundred Dolls shipd to the Sandwich Islands in June last by the “Washington Allston” and which Capt Purrington did not recieve as they had not arrived, and will reach there before spring, the ship haveing put into the Falkland Islands to repair damages

I have recdd for shipments home net proceeds, twelve hundred Dollars and the bone of last season about 5000lb is still on hand in store

Capt Purrington paid off his mate [p.320] this time in and shipped a new one. Also advanced some to his crew

The gross Amt of Barque Roscos voyage is $16500.53. Expenses including amt paid Captain and Crew $4026.25, net proceeds $12,474.28, your 1/16 is $779.64

In regard to money I shall have to use all I have for the present for Dfts &c which are now comeing in haveing accepted some Eight thousand Dollars today and am expecting more at any time
Nothing further of interest and I remain

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 24 1860
E. Smith Jr Esq. Peoria, Ills
Dear Sir. Your esteemed favor of 19th inst is just recd

I am just now useing what money I have to pay dfts from ships at the Sandwich Islands But shall have money comeing in by and by which I may want to invest and will then write you

In my loan to you, Mr Johnson promised me that the policies of Insurance should be made in my name and which I have never recd

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Jany 31 1860
Messrs Wm & Haven, New London
Gent. Yours of 25th inst is recd encloseing Capt acceptance Capt Purrington for date
Enclosed I return same to you with date of Acc/ce inserted as desired

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 1, 1860
Capt Warren N. Bourne, Falmo
Dr Sir. Yours of 31st ult is recd. Enclosed I forward you check on Suffolk Bank payable to Wm Nye Jr for Thirty two hundred Dollars on Acct as desired
Please acknowledge receipt of same
And much oblige

Yours truly
J.Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Feb 8th 1860
Capt James Witherel, No. Falmo
Dr Sir. Enclosed I return James’ letter as desired
I recd a letter from Wilcox Richards & Co Honolulu dated Nov 30 saying the Kingfisher sailed 28th of that month to cruise and home, would be here in May or June.
Nothing further there I remain

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 10’ 1860
J. K. Cooper Esq. Peoria, Ills
Dear Sir. Yours of 6th inst is recd. Enclosing Langworthy and Collins deed of property in Peoria, also policies of Insurance on same for which I am much obliged

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Feby 14, 1860
Messrs Wilcox Richards & Co. Honolulu
Gent. Your several favors was duly recd Encloseing accounts with the Washinton & Kingfisher

The reason of the now amount of the “Washington Allston” at Honolulu in due time was caused by some damage sustained at sea and was at the Falkland Islands in November repairing and will probably reach your Port in Feby or March

In regard to the provissions for the “Washington” and “Hibernia”, as the season will be over for disposing of them when they arrive, I think it best to have them stored till fall, and you will please see that they are safely put away in good order and I will give instructions in regard to them in due time

The Consuls charge in your account with the Kingfisher is 74630. Will you please obtain the items from the office and give me. Also was Mr Parker paid the fourteenth lay of the Oil and bone taken after he took command of the Kingfisher or was he paid pro rata for time served. The latter would seem to be right according to the shipping articles

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Feby 17, 1860
Mr Charl D. Marsh, New York
Dear Sir. Your letter of the 13th inst is recd in reply to your enquired, upon examining the shipping articles, I do not find the name of J. McSpeedon, must therefore infer that you are mistaken in the name of the ship he sailed in

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr.

New Bedford Feby 18, 1860
Mrs John Johnson. Little Falls, N.Y.
Your letter is recd making enquiries concerning the ship Stephania on board of which is your son Thomas H. Johnson
The Stephania was at Mauritius Indian Ocean in Sept last and we expect her home in April or May

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Feby 24, 1860
Mrs Charlotte Stratton, Edgartown
Your letter of 21 inst is recd. The Kingfisher will be at home in May or June probably

I was not aware that your husband was on board of her, and do not know anything about how he stands with the ship, therefore cannot advise anything untill the ship arrives

Yours Respectfullly
J. Bourne Jr.

 

New Bedford Feby 29, 1860
My Dear Brother
Your letter of 20th inst came duly to hand and I see no reasons from your representation of Mr Merrills property why I should not furnish him with the amount he wishes provided, namely that I do not lay myself subject to usury by taking the 2 pr ct. I asked you to make the enquiry in my letter of Nov 15 1859 but you did not answer, please do so now. The property must be all clear, he agreeing to keep pay taxes and keep it insured with policies in my name, and on same conditions as the other loans in Peoria
All well at home but wife who has a bad cold

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 2, 1860
Mrs S. W. Worth, Nantucket
Yours of 29th ult was duly recd.

Enclosed I forward you check on Merchants Bank this City for one hundred Dollars as desired
They will give you the money for it at the Bank in your place
Please acknowledge recipt of same and much oblige

Yours Respectfully
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 12th 1860
P Hickey Esq. Assigee
Dear Sir. Yours of the 5th inst enclosing Check on Bank of Commerce New York for Seven hundred fifty Dollars Amt of inst on S. W. Cochrans Mortgage due 11th inst is received.

I have forward you the Coupons for the sum and much obliged for your promptness in remitting the money in due time

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 14th 1860
Mrs M D Weld Guilford Ct.
Your letter of 12th inst was duly recd.

Enclosed I forward you Cashiers Check on Merchants Bank – New York for Sixty Dollars on acct sperm Oil recd from the Marengo.

This is about the amount due which I shall charge Capt Weld and his shair will go to his Credit in the general account of the voyage.

Hope to hear from the ship soon and that they have been successful.

Yours Very Respectfully
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 20th ‘60
Dear Brother,
Yours of 12th inst was duly recd and I forward you check as per Statement hearwith.

Amt loan----------------------------------4000.00
Less 2 per Ct per annum 3 years--------240.00
[total]--------------------------------------3760.00
Check on New York---------------------3704.43
Will sell for 1½ pr ct premium------------55.57
[total]---------------------------------------3760.00

Exchange on New York at last quotation was selling in Chicago at from 2 to 2½ per ct premium, and it is worth as much and probably a little more generally in Peoria.

 

You will however sell this Check for all it will bring, and send me a statement of the matter when you have arranged the same & I will send you any deficiency this may be in[p.328]clude the Compensation for your services.

In relation to the other loan named by you, I am expecting Dfts &c from ships
And if you will give me a statement of the property immediately I shall be able to give you answer by that time wheather I can take it or not

I am elected a delegate to the Convention that assembles in Chicago May 16th and if nothing happens see you then in Trivoli
All well as usual

Yours very truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 21st 1860
S K Cooper Esq. Peoria, Ill
Dear Sir, I have recd through my brother your note addressed to him in answer to his enquiries respecting the two per ct above the legal interest of Ill.

Your opinion is that taking it out in the out set will subject you to the laws of usur ry. I would enquire if the person to whom the loan is made Cannot give me his notes seperately for the two per ct payable in equal amounts at the time the interest is paid, and will this abviate the difficulty.

Money is loaned in this state above the legal rates, though a third party or broker, thus abeviating all liability for usury. Can it be done in Illinois?

Have you ever known a case of usury in your state. Will you please reply on recpt of this and I will satisfy you for the same when in Peoria as I expect to be in may

Jona Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 21st 1860
Dear Brother
I wrote you yeasterday and sent check on New York for Mr Merrill[?] as to day have recd you with Mr Coopers annexed. If he is right in his opinion when it is done by the third party and by way of exchange or Commission. All the Banks in Illinois and Massachusetts are in the same dilma, for all take exchange and are all liable to the same laws of usuary. I think in the same manner.

Ask Mr Cooper if it will make any difference if you have the papers must be made in your name and then endorsed to me. If then the same difficulty exists I dount see but you will have to return the check to me.

One or two propositions more. Mr Cooper suggests that the whole amount of interest for three years at 10 per ct be reserved which he says will be legal. I make it equal to 11416/1000 per ct per annum if paid semmi annually or about one per ct less than the loan to
now I think it may be legal for Mr Merrill to give his notes for the difference as per Statement herein enclosed.

Or it may be legal for him to give his notes payable semiannully for the whole amt of the two per ct with int on same as per statement herein.
Please submit these porpositions to Mr Cooper and if either can be adopted do so, if not, then you will have to return the Check

I am of opinion however however that money may be loaned through a third party without subject either one to the laws of usury.[p.330] Please not make any stir about this matter, that other to whom I have loaned may think it but to take advantage of my fears in regard to usury.

I have made up my mind not to let money less than one per ct per month in that regon but am willing to let it at that rate when it can to some safty and reliable man.
I have writen Mr Cooper to day asking him questions in relation to this matter and presume he will answer immediately, when you see him.

In conference with a friend here who has negotiated money loans at Chicago. He reccomended or said he had known larger interest had been taken notes given seperately as in schedule No 2 which was considerd safe, but what Mr C will say you will learn when you see him.

I regret that any thing of this kind should be in the way and am almost purswarded at the moment Merrill have the sum sent without saying any thing more a bout it provided an honest, fair minded man, but I think it best never to put yourself in the hands of strangers of course I would not think of doing it after the matter was opend to him that it was illegal.

I think however one of the plans may be legally adopted and satisfy him.
If schedule No 2 is adopted I will remit you the check for 236.45 if No 1 is adopted you may write me the difference

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 22nd 1860
Charles C Leonard Esq. New York
Dear Sir. Enclosed I forward you these notes, Wm J. Phelps, Interest on same due 28th inst, will you have the goodness to Collect as before and much oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 22nd 1860
Mr D R. Budd, New York
Dear Sir. Enclosed please I forward you those notes Wm J. Phelps for two thousand Dollars, int on same is due 28th inst at American Exchange Bank, will you please collect the int and return the notes as Mr Leonard has done before and much oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

[P.S.] I saw Mr Leonard just now and mentioned the matter to him and said he would drop you a line in regard to it

J.B Jr

 

New Bedford March 22nd 1860
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co, New York
Gents. Please tell me if there is a demand for So. Sea Whale bone and at what price.

I have a small lot in good order and of fair length would like to clean [p.332] it and will ship it to you if it can be sold at once.
Let me hear from you and oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 29th 1860
Mr D R. Budd, New York
Dear Sir. Yours enclosing Wm J Phelps notes is this moment recd Mr Leonard has handed me his Check for Five hundred Dollars the amt of the interest – due on same 28th inst – Collected by you.

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 3, 1860
Mr M. J. Brown, Yantic Ct
Yours of 20th ult was duly recd. I find by referring to the shipping articles of Ship Marengo which sailed from this port Augt 13,1859 on a whaling voyage to the Indian Ocean the name of Charles Ladd as one of her crew. The ship was reported in Nov off the Tristan Islands all well. Any further information in regard to him will be cheerfully given at any time

Yours Respectfully
Jona Bourne Jr,

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New Bedford April 5th 1860
Dear Brother
I recd a letter from Mr Cooper yesterday and he rather advises this plan of taking the two per ct in seperate notes, falling due at the time of the interest semmiannually as pr shedule No 2 sent you and would ask you on receipt of this if Mr Merrill has not accepted that of schedule
No 1 to carry out the above by acting under his Mr Coopers advise. All well at home
[To] Melatiah T. Bourne Esq. Trivoli, Ills

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 7 1860
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co, New York
Gent. Your several favors were duly recd. Enclosd I forward you Bill Lading 5 Bundles S. Sea whale bone as sample of a lot of about 4000lbs, also 9 Bundles Humpback, shipped pr Wamsutta this day

The Humpback you will please close for the most that can be obtained
The So Sea is a good lot, as you will see by the sample sent and would like to get 80¢ for it. You will ascertain however the most that can be obtained for the lot and advise me

Yours very truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 11 1860
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co, New York
Gentlemen. Yours of yesterday is recd The stocks of So Sea Bone in this country must be very small and I think you had better hold for a few days 77¢ if obtained you may close

Yours truly
J.Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 11 1860
Dear Bro
Yours of 6th inst is just recd In reply will say that on the receipt of this, if nothing has been done you may at once adapt Mr Coopers plan, take the interest in advance for one year at 12%, with the understanding that it will be renewed for three years by his paying the interest in advance at New Bedford and the notes payable here also

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 12 1860
Mrs Charlotte G Stratton, Edgartown
I have recd a letter from your husband requesting me to forward you some money. I herein enclose to you Twenty Dollars, also I send with this a letter from him to you – sent to my care. Please send receipt for the money And much oblige

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr
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New Bedford April 14 1860
Mr Wm B Spooner, Bristol R.I.
Dear Sir. I have arrived at the Port of Newport in the Bark Mechanic about 100 Barrells whale Oil sent home from ship Stephania

Would like to sell it to you I know nothing of its quality, I only know that the same master brought a most beautiful cargo the voyage previous, I hope you will go to Newport and look at it. Will try to induce you to buy it if you will. I recd a line from Mr Read last evening that it probably would be landed Monday unless stormy. If you will drop me a line on the receipt of this will go to Newport any day next week and meet you. Capt Winslow leaves here soon and will bring it to New Bedford unless I can trade with you

Yours truly
Jon Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 14 1860
Messrs Wilcox Richards & Co Honolulu
Gent, Yours of Feb 27th is at hand. The “Washington Allston” was at the Falkland Islands in Feby repairing damages, she had been there some time but was then about ready to sail for Honolulu. If the provissions &c are damaged you will take the precaution to a have a protest noted and have them sold [p.336] for the benefit of the underwriters as they are insured, and thus protect the owners
Please attend to examining them as they come out of the ship

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne J

 

New Bedford April 14 1860
Messrs McRuer & Merrill, San Francisco
Gent. I am in receipt of yours of 19th March. Capt Booker has arrived home

Enclosed I forward you Certificate that the shooks taken from the “Hibernia” and shipped by the Frances Palmer to San Francisco were put on board of her in 1857 for her whaling voyage

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 16 1860
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co, New York
Gent. Yours of 13 inst was duly recd

Enclosed please find Bill Lading 62 Bundles 3880 lbs balance of the lot So Sea whale bone marked [?] You may sell this for 78¢ from the whf – hope you will be able to obtain 80¢ however

Also have shipped 5 Bundles [??] 355 lbs old Ochotsk as sample. this lot is all in good sound order and the lot sent is only an average. Please try your market for this and advise me what can be obtaind. there is about 5000lbs of the polar

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 16 1860
R B Johnson Esq. Warren, R.I.
Dear Sir. I have been informed by several persons that your Ship “Brutus” Capt Henry, took from the wreck of Bark “Newton” in the Ochotsk Sea in 1857 quantities of sperm and whale Oil and whale bone, also anchors, chains, sails and many other articles of great value All other parties known to have picked up Oil floating near and in the vicinity of the wreck have made a satisfactory adjustment with me and settled the same. The Brutus is now the only ship that we have claims for property taken from the Newton which is unsettled. You will confirm a favor by informing me at your earliest convenience when you will be ready to settle the same

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 18, 1860
Oliver Read Esq. Newport, R.I.
Dear Sir. Yours of 12 inst was duly recd. If Capt Winslow of Sloop Wm Penn will bring the Oil to this Port please deliver it to him. I have written him in regard to it to your care, will you hand the letter to him, if it suits you, as well. You need not guage the them as it will have to be [p.338] reguaged here to suit our buyers, and I will make Bill of the freight here and send you check for the same

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 18th 1860
Capt Winslow, Sloop Wm Penn, Newport
Dear Sir. I have 12 casks whale Oil from Ship Stephania about one hundred barrells landed from the Mechanic

If you will bring it here and load it on Hastings & Cos wharf so[.] end of the City, you may do so for 12 ½ ¢ pr barrell and call on Mr Read to deliver it to you

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 21, 1860
Capt John Holmes, Holmes Hole
Dear Sir. I will sell you two of the anchors for 3¢ pr lb and one of the chains for 2¢ which you looked at when here a few days since. Please call when you are here or write me as I wish to sell them to some other party if you do not take them

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford April 26 1860
Oliver Read Esq. Newport, R.I.
Dr Sir. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for One hundred Eighty & 31/100 Dollars the amount of the enclosed bill freight
Please receipt and return the bill
and much oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford April 30 1860
Mr John Downing, No Brookfield, Mass
Dear Sir. Enclosed I forward you an order to sign for settlement of your son Cornelius’ voyage in the ship Stephania and return the same to me. This is necessary to be done before I can settle with him as he says he was a minor, not twenty one years of age untill he had been from home six months.

You will therefore please sign the order and enclose it to me immediately on receipt of this

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 1, 1860
R. B.Johnson Esq. Agent Ship Brutus, Warren R.I.
Dear Sir. I wrote you under date of the 16th April as follows /see letter of 16 to Mr Johnson/

Not haveing heard from you I would respectfully ask if you recd the same and if so, what course you are pleased to pursue

Your answer at once will confer a favor

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 2nd 1860
Revd James R Cushing, East Taunton
My Dear Sir. Your letter of yesterdays date is recd. In reply will say that I attended a meeting of Delegates to the National Convention to be held in Chicago, at Boston last week and was put upon a Committee to make Arrangements for reduction of fare & c

I of course living remote from the main Depot of the Western Rail Road Ways and dependant upon others of the Committee to do the work, they agreeing to do so and advise me at the earliest moment of any arrangement

I will inform you at once should there be a reduction of fare made
I understand that the fare is already reduced by the Grand Trunk Rail Way Express leaveing Portland on the 10th & 14 [p.341] Train through to Chicago and back to return any time within 30 days for 30 Dollars

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 3, 1860
Mr Barney
I do not find the name of Frank Marchu[?] upon the shipping Articles of the Barque Newton, therefore cannot render any statement of his voyage

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 2 1860
Mr Sumner C. Muney [?], 49 Court St. Boston
Dr Sir. Yours of 29th ult is recd making enquiries of the wherabouts of Merrill Hamblin who sailed in Ship Marengo on a whaling voyage in 1855

Capt Skinner is not here, but as near as I can ascertain by the papers he left the ship at some port in the early part of 1859 on the passage home

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 2nd 1860
Messrs Speare Burke & Co. Boston
Gent. Yours letter of yesterday is before me. I think the price of whale Oil will be much more likely to make a difference to sale or purchase than our politics. The fact is the purchasers are talking 40¢ for whale Oil but I am not ready to sell good Oil at that figure. shall be happy to see you when you come this way and sell you if I can

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 11 1860
E. Smith Jr Esq. Peoria, Ills
Dear Sir. Yours of 7th inst is recd. Encloseing check on Fulton Bank New York for Two hundred fifty dollars amt inst on your note due this day which I have endorsed on the same

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 11th 1860
Mr John Holmes, Holmes Hole
Dear Sir. You may have the two Anchors at the price you offered when here Seventy Dollars Cash
Please send for them and oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 11 1860
Mr Weston A Briggs, Middleboro
Dear Sir. Capt Elihu Russell has shipped to go the Cruise in the Kingfisher and we shall get her ready by the first of June
You will please be ready by that time to join her

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 15 1860
Mr Holmes
Dear Sir Yours of 14th inst is recd encloseing check on Merchants Bank for Seventy Dollars for Amt Bill anchors herein annexd

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 19 1860
Mr Charles Petterson, Corner 43rd St and 6th Avenue New York
Dear Sir. Yours of the 16th is recd. We shall be ready to settle the Kingfishers voyage week after next

If soonr will write you Do you want to go a short whaling voyage in the Kingfisher, sperm whaling in the Atlantic
Please say

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 17 1860
Messrs Frederick L. Hanks [?] & Co. Honolulu
Gent. In your account with Capt Booker Ship Hibernia you make the balance due the owners $323260. You gave Capt B Dfts on Grinnell Mintern & Co for $2000 and on Swift & Allen for $450 for the balance $782.60 Capt Booker has lost his memo, therefore I wish you to make up the a/c in full and state if you paid the balance in money to Capt B. or paid bills for him

Just state it as it was settled so that we can make up our accounts correctly
Please answer on reciept of this and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford May 25 1860
Mr Weston A Briggs, Middleboro
Dear Sir. I wrote you on the 11th inst saying the Kingfisher would be ready by the first of June since which I have recd no answer

The ship is about ready, and I am now shipping the Crew. Please write me on receipt of this if you will be ready to go to sea the first day of June

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 26, 1860
Mr Barney
Your note of this date is recd I have examined the shipping articles of ship “Stephania” and do not find the name designated in in your note. Have settled in compromise with every person that came home in that ship except the master

Yours
Jon’ Bourne

 

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New Bedford May 28 1860
Mr Weston A Briggs, Middleboro
Dear Sir. Yours of yesterday is this moment recd

We are in hopes to be ready to sail Thursday 30 inst – will write you again whether we shall be ready that day in time for you to get here. We have put in provissions for a ten months cruise to come in in March, the men do not like to cruise home in the winter

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford May 31 1860
Mr Wm C Russell, Nantucket
Dear Sir. Yours of 29th inst is recd and in reply will say that I had shipped all my officers for the Kingfisher before I recd your letter

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 2nd 1860
E. G. Johnson Esq. Peoria, Ills
Dear Sir. Enclosed I hand you the form of the note which I believe was what I told you I wanted

I suppose this course to be legal and cannot be construed as usurous is it not so? In deducting the interest I should Equalize it as I told you I would making it two pr ct due now and ten pr ct semiannually

The interest after the first year will be paid semmiannually.
In relation to Mr Robertson, I dont know the value of Coal lands I want four times the amount of property now if put under the hammer as I believe all the property which is offered as collateral is overvalued. When Mr R. is ready with his schedule, just write to my brother and he will come in and take a look at it and if ample according to his figures and you say the title is perfect, I will advance $3000 upon same terms

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 6th 1860
A. P. Bartlett Esq. Peoria, Ills
Dear Sir. Yours of 29th ult is recd I have no money now in hand uninvested and if I had should want more security as I require four times the amount as they value property in Peoria now

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

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New Bedford June 7th 1860
Mrs M J Brown, Yantic Ct
Your letter of May 7th was duly recd, but in consequence of its being mislaid it has remained unanswered

I shall forward the letter as enclosed to Charles F Ladd on board Ship Marengo as desired, but it may not reach him soon as the ship may go into the Pacific Ocean before she is reported again. You can forward me letters for him from time to time if you wish and I will always put them in the way to reach him if possible. We are expecting letters from the ship at King Geos Sound New Holland soon and possibly you may have letters from that point giving you information how to direct your next letters

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 8th 1860
Dear Sir
I think I may find it necessary to fit the Stephania to Sea earlier than you talked. Will you come to New Bedford Monday or Tuesday
and Oblige
[To] Mr James M Witherell

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

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New Bedford June 13th 1860
Capt Jeremiah Ludlow, Bridgehampton, Long Island
Dear Sir. Will you please inform me on receipt of this in regard to Wm H Cox who was with you in the Contest. Will he do for an Officer and what capacity should you want him and would take him were you going again

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 13 1860
Messrs Robinson Bros, New York
Gent. Yours of yesterday is recd. Enclosed I forward you C. B. DeLaVenes [?] acceptance dated Sept 16 1856 for Fifteen hundred Dollars at six months. You may put it in suit as you propose for me in my name and as soon as you get through with it, return it to me as I wish to use it against Burgess

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 14 1860
Calvin Staples Esq
Dear Sir. I write to ask if you will clear the South West Lot on Arnold St immediately, if you will as I am anxious of planting the upper part with Cabbage and unless done at once, the season will be to far advanced for me to obtain a crop. I suppose from what the man who was last at work there told me, it was your intention to do it then and I procured my plants and manure for planting, but to my surprise he has left and I know not what is to be done next

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 15th 1860
Gentlemen
I should be pleased to hear from you in relation to my S. Sea whale bone and what price can be obtained for the lot of Ochotsk, sample of 5 bundles of which I sent you some months since
[To] Messrs Lyles Polhamus Co. New York

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 16 1860
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. I wrote you yesterday after which I recd yours of 14th inst encloseing check for Two hundred seventy two & 16/100 Dollars on a/c sales Bone

You may hold the lot of So Sea in your store for 77¢ at which price I hope you will be able to close it soon

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 20th 1860
Dear Sir. Will you have the Kindess to furnish me with the names of the owners of in the Register of ship Brutus of Warren as she arrived home from the last whaling voyage
And much oblige
[To] Collector of the Post
of Warren R.I.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 20 1860
Capt Geo M Kimball, Pittston Me
Dear Sir. Yours of 19th is recd Enclosed I forward you check on on Suffolk Bank Boston for One hundred fifty Dollars as desired
Please acknowledge recipt and much oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 21 1860
Capt James M Witherell, No Falmo
Dear Sir. Since you left I have made some further enquires about Mr Robinson who was mate of the “Zone” of Fairhaven

The owners give him the name of being a first rate sperm whaleman his right whaling they know nothing of but think he has been right whaling

You had better make some enquiries about him. Today I was [sic] Charles Kempton would go who was mate of the Lagoda when you went your first voyage. Of him I need not speak as you was their and know all about his disposition, whaling qualities, habits & c. I understand he is as good as then but of course no better. I take it his age is the only objection if there is any.

Let me hear from you what you think about him. One of the young Kellys who was in the “Reindeer” is here, and if you was here before he went home, I have but little doubt you would get them both. I cannot say anything to them as Mr Howland would think I was interring with him

Yours truly
Jon Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 22 1860
Messrs Speare Burke & Co. Boston
Gent. Yours of 21st is recd I have about 600 Bbls Northern Oil which I will sell at 44¢, have refused several offers of 43¢

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 22, 1860
Mr Charles D. Marsh, New York
Dr Sir. Yours of yesterday is recd. It was not the Lagoda, but some other ship taken to be her, off Montauk – she will be in soon when your wishes shall be complied with

I had previously make a memo to enquire of Capt Willard respecting the young man and should have informed you of the result if you had not written again

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 22 1860
Wm R Taylor Esq. Bristol R.I.
Dear Sir. Enclosed I forward you one Dollar for certificate of owner ship of ship Brutus of Warren

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

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New Bedford June 25 1860
Messrs Speare Burke & Co. Boston
Gent, Yours of 23rd is before me. I shall be happy to sell you at 44¢, the Oil named in my letter of 22nd. I have declined 43¢ a week since and still hold it for the price asked 44¢

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

Mrs Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
Yours of yesterday is recd. Enclosed I forward you check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Fifty Dollars on acct your husband
Please acknowledge recipt of same and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford June 30th 1860
Stephen Fairbanks Esq. Tres W. Rail Road, Boston
Dear Sir. Annexed please find receipt for dividend due me on 2nd July. Will you have the goodness to enclose to me your check for the same
And much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 3rd 1860
Capt John D. Willard, Boston
Dear Sir Your letter of June 29 was recd yesterday. I shall send your trunk by Paulding’s Express tomorrow morning. You will call at his office State St and get it

We are discharging the Lagoda, the bone was all delivered yesterday and the Oil will be all out by night

We found the bone all correct excepting the Lot from the John P. West, the Bill of Lading calls for 37 packages and we find but 36 – was there any doubts about the correctness of the number when taken from Mr Butler at Mangania [Mangaia?]. Please say as it will have to be paid for if no explanation can be given why it should be short

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 5th 1860
Capt John D Willard, Brighton Mass
Dear Sir. Will you please say on receipt of this what lot of Oil you had on freight you mentioned would differ in the Bills Lading, calling for less Oil than there was and less than stated in our Bill

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 7, 1860
Capt John D Willard, Brighton Mass
Dear Sir. Yours of 6th is recd I have settled with the Americans in the Crew of the Lagoda to day had to pay Wheeler twenty five dollars for you to settle for the flogging you gave him, this was the best I could do in the matter as he was determined to sue you and it would have cost many times that amount if he had

You had better keep out of Boston for the present & away from him just now as there is another one and he will like enough sue you if he finds you. Cargo turned out 1279 Bbls 192 galls whale Oil, 9Bbls 15 galls B. Fish Oil, 165 Bbls 17 Sperm Oil 1 Bbl. 62 galls Lean Oil 8260 lbs Ochotsk Bone 3285 lbs No West Do

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 7, 1860
Mr Charles D. Marsh, 98 Cliff St. New York
Your letter of yesterday is recd. Capt Willard left the day he arrived for his home in Maine and has not been here since, otherwise he would have written you and is not to blame in the matter. I have written him to write you the particulars in regard to McSedon – before he left he had only time to say that McSpedon fell overbord and was drowned on his outward passage off the Coast of Chili. John [p.357] C. Smith was discharged from the Lagoda at the Sandwich Islands in Nov 1857. In regard to the Bible it shall be found if possible and securely kept and forwarded to you. I am very glad at any time to give information and should have written you as it was my intention as soon as I saw Capt Willard again

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 9th 1860
Capt John A. Beckman, Pocasset
Dr Sir. A Cooper by the name of Wm B Ryan applies to me to go as Cooper of the “Stephania”, says he was with you in the Othello
Will you please tell me all his good and bad qualities
And much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 9 1860
Capt John d. Willard, Brighton
Dear Sir. The friends of young McSpedon have written us in regard to his death. He has an aged mother who is vary anxious to know all the particulars

Will you please write immediately on receipt of this, Mr Charles D. Marsh 98 Cliff St New York and give him the whole particulars, how you found him first on bord and how he was situated to the time of his death. It will be a great satisfaction to them, and they have been expecting [p.358] a letter from you. Also he had a Bible on bord which they wish to get for a keep sake. Can you tell us anything about it

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 10th 1860
Capt James W Witherell, No Falmo
Dr Sir. We have been looking for you here yesterday and today, there are officers waiting to see you. Will you please come over immediately on recipt of this and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 10th 1860
E Hathaway Jr Esq. Boston
Dear Sir. Your favor of 29th ult was duly recd. Will you please sy to your correspondents Messrs McPherson & Francis Hobart Town that the Marengo was at New Zealand in March bound to the Japan Sea for this season

I have very favorable accounts from Capt Weld, and hope all will be well hereafter. If however he should go into Hobart Town, I wish them to have a friendly say to him as pr my advises the them
I remain

Yours very truly
Jona Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 12 1860
E. G. Johnson, Peoria Ills
Dear Sir. Your favors of 15th ult and 3rd inst were duly recd

In my letter to you of 2nd ult I forwarded you copy of form of note for Mr O’Donnells loan as you requested and also stated that I would loan Mr Robinson the $3000 if the security came up to my requirements and have been waiting for the Papers to examine them that I might forward the funds if all right

I infered that you would forward the papers when ready and that your letter of 15 ult did not require an answer
I have changed my mind recently in regard to loaning money in Peoria and my confidence is some what shaken in the matter of doing business there

Langworthy & Collins interest on their loan is now overdue, payable in this City and shows a lack of mercantile honesty which is very unfavorable.
We consider a mans credit dishonored if he does not meet his notes principal or interest the day when due

If however the interest on this note is recd in a few days and you will forward me the papers that I may examine and see if sufficient, I will send funds as stated in my letter of 2nd June

Yours very truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

P.S. The interest on the loan has generally been sent to me by Check on Boston or New York and I have endorsed the same on the notes and forwarded recipts

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New Bedford July 17 1860
E. G. Johnson, Peoria Ills
Dear Sir. Refering you to my letter of 12 inst I would make further enquiries about Messrs Langworthy & Collins. The interest on their note has not come to hand, please ascertain the cause and write me

Your letter introducing Mr Luther Cord was handed me by him saturday evening. I judge from your letter and his promise, I shall have no difficulty attending the loan that I have arranged for him as in the case of Langworthy & Collins.

Having arranged with Mr C. to furnish him with the sum wished for, I enclose schedule of the property he proposed to give as collateral security. You will please give the titles a careful examination and make the papers and forward them to me for examination, after which I will return them to be executed with check to my brother who will answer your call whenever ready
Mr Cord expects to be at home Friday or Saturday

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 17, 1860
A P Bartlett Esq. Peoria, Ills
Dear Sir. Your letter introducing Mr Luther Cord of your City was handed me by him Saturday evening.

I infer by the tenor of the letter that Mr C occupies an estimable position in your community. I have, with Mr D. R. Green a brother in law of mine arranged with him satisfactorily

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 18 1860
Messrs H & S. French, Sag Harbor
Gent. Your letter of 10th inst is recd. I have two vessels Stephania and Lagoda to leave on whaling voyages about the 10th of August – but you neglected to say at what Island you wished to stop. The Lagoda will stop at Flores, and can take some freight and passengers in her for that Island

I have not been able to see the Master of the Stephania since receiving your letter to make enquiries where he will stop

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

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New Bedford July 19 1860
Capt Abram Osborn Jr., Edgartown
Dear Sir. I wish to enquire of you Confidentially, what you can say in regard to the qualifications of Mr John W. Flunbury as a whale man and officer, for chief mate of a whale ship. I understand he went out your 3 officer and came home your first, haveing filled the then stations and of course, no person knows his qualifications as yourself, and I shall rely implicitly upon what you tell me
Please write me the particulars and much oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 20th 1860
Messrs Nourse & Co. Boston
Gent. I called at your place this A.M. in relation to my mowing machine and left the directions with a Gentleman outside of the office who seemed to have charge of affairs

Not knowing when the machine would be in Boston, when I reached home I found a note from my man saying that he had sent it by the freight train from Mnt [Monument] Cape Cod this morning. It will arrive at the Old Colony Depot tonight and remain there probably several days unless you send for it. I know not what is broken, he says in his letter, he has [p.363] kept a portion of it back but has I suppose sent the broken part forward

Will you please it immediately and repair and send it forward at once to J. Bourne Jr Monument Cape Cod as I greatly need it
Will settle bill of repairs when in Boston

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 20th 1860
Capt John A Beckerman, Pocasset
Dear Sir. Your letter in reply to mine of 9th inst was recd too late as the Cooper had gained another ship. Now I wish to enquire as to the ability and capability of Joseph Coster who the fitter says was a portion of the voyage with you 3rd and second mate

Please tell me all about him. You know Captain whatever you say to me never goes out of the office
Haveing the greatest confidence in what you say, I never go into the street and proclaim it to others
Please answer at once and oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 21 1860
Capt Abraham Osborn Jr. Edgartown
Dear Sir. Yours of 19th inst is recd in answer to mine of same date

I perceive you have made a mistake in the name. It was not Mr Cox of which I wish to enquire but John W. Flanbury who I understand went out your 3rd mate and came back your first and will refer you to my letter of 19th again

Will you please tell me all his qualifications and if you would take him for first mate if you were going. Please reply pr return of mail

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 21 1860
Messrs Langworthy & Collins, Peoria Ills
Gent. The Inst on your note due 11th inst and payable here has not been recd. It is expected and I wish it paid the day when due
Please send it forward immediately

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 21 1860
Dear Brother
Messrs Langworthy & Collins interest upon the note was due on the 11th inst and was not paid

I wrote Mr Johnson, at the time concerning it supposing that he negotiated the loan and got his answer today saying that the loan was not obtained by him

Upon refering to my letter Book I find that it was made through you. I shall write them today and wish you to call upon them and ascertain the cause why they have not responded, that if thought best will put the note in suit at once

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 23, 1860
Mr Parker, 20 City Wharf, Boston
Dear Sir. I have recd the three barrells Mess Beef by Propeller from New York ordered by you as sample of a lot you have for sale

I do not want it as it will not answer my purpose
What shall I do with the three barrells sent as sample. Please reply and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 24 1860
Capt E. A. Swift, Warren R.I.
Dear Sir. I wish to enquire of you of when you was master of the Brutus. You had with you an Officer by the name of Carroll. I think he joined you at the Islands and left you there

If you did, please state to me his qualifications and if you have known much of him since. I want him for mate with a young man who is smart resolute and firm

If you will give me his history and your opinion confidentially of the man at length, you will greatly oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 25 1860
Mr R. I. Parker, Boston
Dear Sir. I wrote you on the 23rd inst as follows

(see letter of 23rd)

Not hearing from you I write again for fear my first did not reach you

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 26th 1860
E. G. Johnson Esq. Peoria Ills
Dear Sir. Yours of 20th and 21st inst are recd enclosing O. P. O. Donnels note at one year from July 12th 1860 for Two thousand Dollars papers for security of same to be forwarded forthwith when ready

 

Enclosed I send you funds for same as follows
Amt loan------------------------------------2000.00
Less one years inst 12%--------------------240.00
[total]---------------------------------------$1760.00
Check on N. York-------------------------1738.27
will sell for 1¼ %-----------------------------21.73
[total]---------------------------------------$1760.00

 

The last quotations of Exchange in Peoria on New York were 1 1/4 to 1 1/2
You will please sell this Dft at one of your Banking Houses and if it does snot bring the amt deductd will send you the difference
Please send statement and papers as soon as ready

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 26 1860
Revd John Borland, Peoria Ills
Dear Sir Yours of 11th inst was duly recd wishing to obtain a loan of $1200 on security of real Estate

I do not doubt but the security is good but am so situated now that I cannot comply, haveing disposed of all the money I have to spare [p.368] Hopeing you will be able to obtain elsewhere readily I remain

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 26 1860
Hon John R Dillingham, Sandwich
Dear Sir. In relation to the young man Tobey, I saw him and told him I would talk with Capt Witherell about him

We came to the conclusion that he was rather light for that birth
Still as you express yourself so favrably towards him, I will take him and he can get ready as soon as he pleases. The lay will be one ninetieth. we are hopeing to sail about the 10th of August

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 17 1860
Mrs Clara E Palmer
My Dear Madam
The papers and books came to hand last evening. Upon a casual examination of the numbers, I find you have omitted the numbers from between 60 and 70 and 70 & 80, making 18 absent or an error in numbering If you desire me to return them immediately for your examination, I will do so by your writing. I find also the book to be a Copy I shall need the original which is the only legal document [p.369] that can be presented. Please forward it and oblige

Capt Witherell left here yesterday, would like to purchase Capt Palmers sextant, will pay $45 I think it an excelent chance to dispose of it if you wish.
Answer in relation to that also

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 27, 1860
Mr W. O Langworthy, Peoria Ills
Dear Sir. Yours of 23rd inst is recd encloseing L Howells & Cos Dft on Shoe and Leather Dealers Bank Boston for One hundred twenty four dollars on a/c and for the interest due on your note 10th [?] which I have endorsed on same

Dfts on Boston or New York are always Bankable here and will be just what is wanted for the payment of interest here at any time

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 27, 1860
Mr Russell I Parker, Boston
Dear Sir. Yours of 26th inst is recd I will take the three barrells Beef and put it on bord one of my ships upon the terms stated in your letter

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 27 1860
Capt Theodore Cole, Westminster Vt
Dear Sir. Yours of 21 inst is recd I have caused to be insured for you Four thousand Dollars on Ship Marengo and outfits at the Commercial Office this City. The Policy I will keep on file here so that if loss occurs can arrange it as I do my own

Enclosd I forward you scrip of the Union Mutual Marine Ins Co for Two hundred forty five Dollars which is worth now 50 pr ct of the face and I will pay that for it if you wish to sell

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 28 1860
Capt Russell Coon, Edgartown
Dr Sir. A man by the name of Joseph Green of Falmouth applies to me to go carpenter and Boat Steerer of one of my ships. He says he was with you as Carpenter and Boat Steerer in the Barnstable. I wish my Dear Sir you would write me by Mondays Boat if this reach you in time giving me the particulars relative to his qualifications as you remember them and very much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford July 28 1860
Mr Charles W. Fisher, Edgartown
Dear Sir. Will you enquire of Capt Jenks of the “Mary” of your Port, of the qualifications of James B Ramsey who says he was put in Boat Steerer during the voyage and wants to go Boat Steerer in the Stephania
Please answer by Mondays Boat all the particulars and oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 30 1860
Messrs Manning, Stanwood & Co. Boston
Gent. Enclosed please find Bill of Sugar purchased of you wit check on Suffolk Bank for One hundred ninety one & 19/100 Dollars Amt of same. Please recipt and return the bill
And much oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

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New Bedford July 30 1860
Capt Warren N. Bourne, Falmo
Dear Sir. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Eight hundred Dollars
Please acknowledge receipt of same and much oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford July 30 1860
Capt Jenks
Dear Sir. I write to enquire of the qualifications of James B Ramsey who says he was put in Boat Steerer on the voyage with you in the “Mary”
He wishes to go Boat Steerer in the Stephania. Please answer pr return mail and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 4th 1860
Mr Alfred Emery
Dear Sir. When you left here you requested me to write you when the Lagoda was ready to go again

She is now ready and will sail soon. You can now have a chance to steer a Boat, by replying to me at once I will keep the chance open for you

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Augt 4th 1860
J. K. Cooper Esq. Peoria, Ills
Dear Sir. Yours of 30th ult is recd enclosing Charles Ballance mortgage of property in Peoria for security of a loan of Ten thousand Dollars. Also two notes of Five thousand Dollars on account and for the same. The notes I herein return one of them is not negotiable the absense “on order” left out? I would like also for Mr Ballance to write his name in full in signing both of them as it will be no trouble

The Insurance Clause in the deed I percive is erased. If I reccollect aright, Mr Ballance was to get and keep the property insured and assign the policies, the same as all others have done when I have loaned money in Peoria
Please return the notes as soon as executed. Also, state in regard to the Insurance

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Augt 7 1860
Capt James M. Witherell, No. Falmo
Dear Sir I recd a letter from Charles W. Fisher who has agreed to go 2nd mate of the Stephania, saying that he could not go the voyage. One of the firm of Taber Read & Co go in the Boat today to Edgartown for him Will you please meet them at Woods Hole in the morning tomorrow on their return – seeing you may induce him still to adhere to his agreement. We want him and must not lose him if we can help it and Taber will bring him here if possible

Taber will look out for you at the wharf in Woods Hole and if he does not get Fisher to come in the Boat with him, you need not come over to New Bedford. Be there tomorrow morning if possible. The Boat gets there early I should think about 8 O clock

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 9th 1860
Mr Charles W. Tobey, Sandwich
Dr Sir. The Stephania will sail one week from today, Thursday 16th inst. You will please come up Wednesday morning 15th as we shall want you to sign articles to clear the ship that day
If you have a “protection”, bring it with you

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Augt 6th 1860
Capt F A Weld, Ship Marengo
Dear Sir. The bearer Capt James V. Cox leaves this week for the Sandwich Islands and thinking you might touch there this fall, I write you by him

Your letter of Feby 29 1860 at Akaroa New Zealand encloseing Bill Lading of whale bone for “Addison” was duly recd I was pleased to learn that you had taken some Oil and that you was bound North in good spirits, with good Officers and Crew who was acting in harmony and in Concert with you for a voyage

I recd last fall your letter from the Western Islands, also the sperm Oil landed at Fayal. Reports painful to me, also came from there, that you was so much intoxicated as to be for some time wholly unfit for the duties of master of your ship. I hoped that this might not be so, but proof came so direct and strong, I was compelled to believe it. Since then I have had my misgivings as to the result of this voyage, fearing that my property (haveing a large interest in the ship) and all interested in the voyage was to be sacrificed through misplaced confidence in you and be assured it was a relief to me when you reported the Marengo in New Zealand and that you were getting along so well. I hope and trust that this may continue so and that your indiscretion at the outset may not be repeated again during the voyage. I wrote you last fall fully [p.376] in regard to this matter by several ships bound to the Indian Ocean and by the overland mail to King Geos Sound Australia but as you went direct from Desolation to New Zealand I suppose you recd none of them

I then stated the consequences of doing as you had done which it is not necessary for me to repeat here, as I before have said I trust and hope it is all over

I have said nothing publickly of the matter here and if your course is straight forward hereafter all will be well

 

I had believed the Indian Ocean best for a voyage but as things have turned think the cruise you have marked out to pursue is as well as any for a vessel like the “Marengo”

Capt Cox has long been connected with me in fitting ships. (You will reccollect he helped fit the Marengo) He has my entire confidence and any suggestions or advise he may give you, please receive as from myself. He is perfectly conversant with the whaling business and will advise for the best interests of all concerned. You may therefore, with entire confidence open your mind to him on any matters pertaining to the voyage or anything else you may wish. I also have authorized him my power of attorney to transact any business pertaining to my ships that any exigency may require. Capt Cox will give you all the news from home, the state of the Oil and bone market and the prospect of the whaling business

The Sperm Oil sent home guaged 741 Galls sold for 136¢, whale bone weighed 3200 lbs sold for 72¢. Hopeing that when this reaches [p.377] you will have made a successful cruise North and that all is going on well on board the Marengo
I remain

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 6 1860
Capt F. A. Weld, Ship Marengo
Dear Sir. The bearer Capt James V Cox leaves this week for San Francisco and the Sandwich Islands on business, thinking you might touch there, I write you by him. Your letter from Akanoa New Zealand enclosing Bill Lading of whale bone for “Addison” was duly recd. I also recd your letter from Fayal last fall and the sperm Oil [?] did there. Reports were in circulation there at that time derogatory to your character and unfavorable to you as a Ship Master

I hope however that all cause for alarm has passed away and that you are prosecuting the voyage with all the ability and energy you possess

I was pleased to learn in your letter from New Zealand that you had taken some Oil and that you was bound North in good spirits, with good Officers and Crew, who were acting in harmony and in concert with you for a voyage

I had thought the Indian Ocean best for a voyage but as things have turned believe the cruise you have marked out to pursue as good as any for a vessel like the Marengo. Capt Cox has long been [p.378] connected with me in fitting ships You will reccollect he helped fit the Marengo. He has my entire confidence and any suggestions or advice he may give you , please receive as from myself. You may therefore with entire confidence and freedom open your mind to him on any matters pertaining to the voyage or anything you may wish

Capt C. will give you all the news from home, the state of our Oil and bone market, the prospect of the whaling business and other information which may be useful to you.

The Sperm Oil sent home 741 galls was sold for 136¢, whale bone 3201lbs sold for 72¢. Hopeing that when this reaches you, you will have made a successful cruise North and all is going on well on bord the Marengo
I remain

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

P.S. You will reccollect the understanding with us, was to avoid the Sandwich Islands as a place to recruit, if it could be done without detriment to the voyage and hope you will strictly adhere to it

[p.379]

 

New Bedford Augt 6th 1860
Capt Isaiah Purrington, Ship Washington
Dear Sir. In consequence of your writing me that you wished to come home across land after the third season, I have thought it best for all concerned to send out Capt James V. Cox (he haveing other business) to induce you to remain by the ship and come home in her yourself and if he fails to do so, either take her home himself or obtain some one else to do so. I think it rather absurd that you on your part to think of such a thing knowing as you must, that it will be attended with considerable expense which must be born by you and would reccommend as the least possible expense for all concerned for you to remain and come home in the ship.

Capt Cox will assist you in getting the ship ready with all possible dispatch in procuring freight &c and will advise with you upon all the business connected with the Washington and any plans he may suggest will meet with my approval. Hoping you have made a good seasons work and will remain and come home in the old ship Washington which you have so much dispised
I remain

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.380]

 

New Bedford Augt 6th 1860
Mr Eldridge
Dear Sir. I learned the contents of your letter from Western Islands & also of the contents of others, bearing evidence of the same misconduct of Capt Weld. It was exceedingly painful tome to hear of such gross misconduct on his part – from the [?] statements of Masters and owners of whom I made enquiry before shipping Capt Weld, there was but one opinion that he was one of the best men in the service, and I solemnly declare, not one breath was ever said against him as an intemperate man. You Sir, have met him at Sea on one or more occasions, and of course had heard of him from time to time, or certainly would have done so if this had been his practice

From reports which I have heard from the Ship since leaveing the Islands, I have come to the conclusion that he is doing better and with your example and restraint upon him, he may continue the voyage without much further injury. From some conversation with Capt Lawrence of the Addison, I gather, that if he should again conduct as he did at the Western Islands, that you should leave the ship. There would seem to be some justification for your doing so if I had at the time I shipped you known of this as being a failing of Capt W. and had kept if from you intentionally But sir, under the present circumstances, how can you commit so suicidal [p.381] an act towards me and the owners of the “Marengo”. If Capt W. should continue a moderate drinker – the voyage may be continued prosperously and if he should at times degrade himself by haveing a drunken frolick, the more the necessity of your remaining to protect the property of the owners by your decission and example with him and with the Crew. I cannot think Mr Eldridge, you would for one moment entertain the thought of leaving my ship under the present circumstances, liveing as we have within two miles of each other for more than thirty years, and known each other partially for more than twenty. I say that it is not possible for you in your cool reflection to entertain for one moment the idea of leaveing my property when I am personally interested to the amount of $20,000, leaving I say, possibly to the management of a drunken man to be wronged by dishonest men who are liveing at the Ports where our whaling ships stop for refreshment. No Sir, Let me say to you in all sincerity, if I did not own one Stiver in the property of which you are the second in command and you were my only brother in Gods name don’t you leave that ship while she is aflat[afloat] But go on and prosecute the voyage to the best of your ability and all will yet be well, and I further say if Capt Weld takes rum at sea, after leaving Port remonstrate with him strongly and he still continues, throw it overbord in my name, and by my orders hereby given, I will bear you harmless, no injury shall come to you. Capt Cox will confer with [p.382] with you and I trust all will be right try to prevail the other officers to remain and continue the voyage, they cannot leave if under four years legally as they shipped for that time, it being so expressed in the papers. Be patient with the Master, but be firm and resolute with him. Hopeing that there will be no occasion for any such advise as I have given, that all is going on well, that you have made a good seasons catch and will return in good time with full ship is the sincere wish of one who is not without fear but strongly hopes favorable results

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 6 1860
Mr Richd H Meade
Dear Sir. I recd your letter from Western Islands, it was astounding news to me. Since which I have heard that all was going on right again and I hope in heavens sake it may be so. Still I am not without my fears. I have had several letters from Capt Weld, he has at all times expressed himself well satisfied with his officers and ship. In his last letter he said, in speaking of his officers they were Gentlemen and whalemen

Now Mr Meade you have sailed for me for some time and I trust will so deport yourself as to merit my [p.383] my regard and esteem, and I entreat you never to leave the Marengo as long as she is afloat and if things are going wrong, set them right so far as in your power lies and you shall be rewarded for it

Capt Cox goes to San Francisco and I have inducd him to take a trip to the Islands and look after the shipment made to the Hibernia and will advise with you. Should Mr Eldridge think of leaving the ship, use all your influence to have him remain and for the other officers also for my sake. Whatever Capt Cox advises will meet my approval

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 6 1860
Messrs Wilcox Richards & Co. Honolulu, Sandwich Islands
or whom it may concern
The bearer Capt James V. Cox leaves this City today for San Francisco and the Sandwich Islands on business in which I am interested. Circumstances may arise by which he may need funds

His draft on me at five days sight for any amount not exceeding Ten thousand Dollars will be duly honored and paid

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

[p.384]

 

New Bedford Augt 13 1860
Dear Brother
Enclosed I forward you two checks on Mechanics Bank New York for Eighty seven hundred forty two & 57/100 Dollars, and Twenty six hundred forty & 89/100 Dollars, for loans to Messrs Cord and Robertson as pr statement herein enclosed. This statement will show you at once how to arrange for each

I was not able to ascertain by Mr Johnsons letter or yours whether the money was to be sent before hearing from you again or not, but infered it was not. After keeping the money on hand two weeks concluded to send it forward

After the papers are put into your hands and the titles are clear to you of incumbrances, I would reccommend your takeing the papers with the schedule of property, to either Mr Howell or Bartlett and see if they compare and if so, pay over. I have sent ten dollars for your services as pr statement
Please reply on receipt of this check, that I may know they came safely to hand

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. The loan to Mr Cord is made by myself and Mr David R. Green and the deed must be made to us jointly, the notes payable to each of us for five thousand Dollars. This I have stated in my letter to Mr Johnson

[p.385]

 

New Bedford Augt 21st 1860
Mr E G. Johnson Esq. Peoria, Ills
Dear Sir. I have this day forwarded funds to my brother for the loan to Messrs Cord and Robertson as pr statement herein enclosed. I recd a letter from my brother ten days since in regard to these loans, but infered from his letter than I should hear from some of you again when you wished the money forwarded I could as well have sent it two weeks ago as now. In regard to the loan to Mr Cord, I wish the deed made to myself and David R Green and notes of Five thousand Dollars each one in Mr Greens favor, the other to myself as we make the loan equally together. I find that 11 19/100 % in advance should be deducted on loans for three years and 12 ½ % semmiannully thereafter, and as I deducted interest for one year at 12% on Mr O. Donnells loan I also enclose Eighteen dollars twenty Cents for same, and four dollars thirty one Cents, the difference – Exchange making twenty two & 51/100 Dollars. Computing interest in this way on loans makes it equal to loan to Mr E Smith Jr and is the basis by which we agreed and by which I shall be governed

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.386]

 

New Bedford Augt 6 1860
Capt James V. Cox, Honolulu
My Dear Sir. You have now been absent some ten days and I have but little doubt would be pleased o hear from Merrills wharf. In the first place we begin to look quite deserted, the Stephania has left her berth, sailed last Thursday, “Thomas Dickason” has been sold to George and Matthew Howland for the Arctic whaling to be commanded by Capt Stewart late of the “Mary & Susan” (Knowles new ship). Lagoda will sail this week, nothing left at that wharf but Reindeer and Wm Rotch, in fact I think most of the ships will be fitted, since the advance in Oils, faces begin to look smoother and brighter. I sold last week the Stephanias Sperm Oil to Joseph Ricketson, Cash $1.50 pr gall – has I understand been sold for $1.55. I think whaling is looking decidedly better, particularly the sperm whaling.

Your wife spent the most of yesterdy with us, was as well as usual, said she mailed a letter to you yesterday of Eight pages. We are to have services on bord the Lagoda this P.M.

There was one matter which I forgot to commission you to attend to which was to look after the whale case between the Washington and Barque Endeavor Capt Wilson. You will please confer with Capt Purrington who will know I fear but very little about it, and [p.387] Mr Baker and Mr Sylvia, 2nd and 3rd mates of the W. they were at the taking of the whale, they and their Boat Steerer will be important evidence in the Case Baker wrote me about the circumstances after their arrival in from that season – Ask Baker to keep the sum of the Crews of those two boats if they are not coming home in the ship, and try and find out what ships they are comeing in that I may obtain their evidence if it is necessary, tell him I mean to have pay for that whale if I can get the evidence of the fact that it belongs to the Washington in accordance with the Customs of whaling.

I hope you will have no difficulty in adjusting matters with “Marengo” hoping Capt Weld has so conducted himself as to prove worthy of the command. But if not and the Officers will not agree to remain At All hazzards, Out he must come I dont intend to have a drunken man to squander my property if I can prevent it, but am hopeing for the best. The “Phillip Delanoye” was sold yesterday for $10,000 or rather was bought in by Capt Delano – will I understand be taken to New York. I bid $9,000 on her. Did you think I should be in the market buying whalers. You see I am not so badly scared at the business. Will write you again soon

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.388]

 

New Bedford Augt 25 1860
Mr W. O. Langworthy, Peoria Ills
Dear Sir. The policy of Insurance in the Illinois Mutual Fire Ins Co expired on the 10th inst – will you please have it renewed and forward the same to me and much oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 25 1860
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Enclosed please find Bill Lading 5 Bundles Ochotsk whale bone marked [K] weighing 350lbs which I want to get 80¢ from deck

This lot is sample of above 10,000lbs. Please let me hear from you on recipt of this
and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 28 1860
Mr Wm E. Reed, Warren R.I.
Your letter of 22 inst is recd and contents noted. If when you are in New Bedford, you will call into my office, I will show you all the account of your voyage in the “Hunter” and any thing that may appear wrong, shall be made right. This rule we have adapted and am governed by it in all cases

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

[p.389]

 

New Bedford Augt 30th 1860
Mrs Charles P. Worth, Nantucket
Yours of 28th ins is recd asking me to send you one hundred Dollars. Enclosed I forward check on Suffolk Bank Boston for one hundred Dollars the amount desired
Please acknowledge receipt of same and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Augt 30th 1860
Capt John D Willard. Gardiner Maine
Dear Sir. Enclosed I forward you check o Suffolk Bank Boston for Three hundred Dollars as desired
Please acknowledge recipt of same and oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.390]

 

New Bedford Sept 11th 1860
P. Hickox Esq. Chicago, Ills
Dear Sir. Yours of 6th inst encloseing Check on Bank Commerce New York for Seven hundred fifty Dollars Amt Coupons on J W. Cochrans Bond due 11th inst is recd
I herein forward you the Coupons Cancelled

Yours very truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[P.S.] Hope you will send check here every time due as it saves sending the Coupons to New York for collection

 

New Bedford Sept 11th 1860
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gentlemen. Please tell me what you can obtain for my lot of S. Sea bone if I should want to close within a day or two, and for the sample of Polar. The owners are inclined to close both lots. There is about $9000 of the polar

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

[p.391]

 

New Bedford Sept 13 1860
E. N. Winston Esq. Supt C C R. Road, Hyannis
Dear Sir. I have just returned from my farm and find that I have in hand about 25 cords of Pine and Oak wood, cut late last winter

I would like to dispose of it to your Road. Will sell at $4.00 pr cord, believe it is quite equal if not better than I have sold you before. Am desirous of carting it at once. Can sell it here but prefer to cart it to the road as it is nearer. If the wood is not equal to what you are paying $4.00, you may deduct accordingly as I do not expect to get more than what you are paying others all things being equal
Please let me hear from you at once as it is most convenient for my team to cart it now

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 14th 1860
Edward Pearce Esq. Providence R. I
Dear Sir. Enclosed please find check on Providence Bank Providence for Three hundred Eighty nine & 40/100 Dollars Amt of [?] and Bullocks Mutual Marine scrip No13 issue of 1852 for three hundred and thirty Dollars with three years interest, no interest allowed since Jany.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.392]

 

New Bedford Sept 11th 1860
Mr L W. Baker, So Weymouth
Dear Sir. Yours of 19 inst is recd I shall be obliged to let Crockers acct stand untill the arrival of the Washington in the spring. I have no means of knowing how his acct stands untill I see the books of the Capt. Consequently cannot pay any advances for him till then

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Sept 25 1860
Chs H. Leonard Esq. New York
Dear Sir. I am under the necessity of troubling you again

Enclosed I forward you three notes of Wm J. Phelps, interest on same due at American Exchange Bank 28th inst. Will you have the goodness to collect as before
and much oblige
Yours truly

Jona Bourne Jr

[p.393]

 

New Bedford Sept 29 1860
C H Leonard, New York
Dear Sir. Yours of 28th is recd encloseing Wm J. Phelps three notes returned, also L Howells & Cos check on American Exchange Bond for Five hundred Dollars interest on some notes due 28th inst for which I am very much obliged

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 1, 1860
Wm Y. Angell Esq. Providence, R I
Dear Sir. Your favor of the 27 ultimo is recd. If convenient to you will meet you Thursday evening the 4th inst at the Parker House

Truly Yours
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 1, 1860
Mr Chs E. Stevens, Boston
Dear Sir. Yours of today is recd. You may pay 115 for 20 shares and please purchase at once if it can be obtained

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.394]

 

New Bedford Oct 4, 1860
Capt John D Willard, Gardiner Me
Dear Sir. Yours of 29th ult is recd. Enclosed I forward you check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Two hundred Dollars as requested. Please acknowledge receipt of same and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 4, 1860
Mr Mark Jones, Lafayette Indiana
Dear Sir. Yours of 26 ult is recd I am not in funds to loan now, niether shall I be at present therefore I cannot accommodate you

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 5 1860
Chs E Stevens Esq. Boston
Dear Sir. Yours of 4th inst is recd. Enclosed I forward you cashiers check on Suffolk Bank payable to your own order for Twenty three hundred five Dollars and 20 shares stock in Western Rail Road
Please send certificate when ready and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.395]

 

New Bedford Oct 5 1860
Mrs Alden Besse, Wareham
Your order for Two hundred Dollars was duly recd, but too late to get into the Bank to send you this morning.

Enclosed I forward you check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Two hundred Dollars for which they will give you the money at Wareham Bank
Please acknowledge receipt of same
and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 6, 1860
E. G. Johnson Esq. Peoria, Ills
Dear Sir. Your letter was duly recd

In regard to the loan to Mr Cord, I said to him or supposed that I did, that the interest on the loan to him must be the same as on the loan to E Smith Jr and made it up on the same basis and think he must have been mistaken if he understood different. I will however (without concedeing that I am not right) as the loan is large and some time to run, waive the matter of the two weeks interest and call the account settled
Hoping this will be satisfactory to him I remain

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.396]

 

New Bedford Oct 9, 1860
E. O. Parker Esq. Monument
Dear Sir. Will you please ask Seth Montgomery if the Wood is all down that I have sold the Rail Road, if so, Please survey it keeping the different lots seperate and forward me survey bill of same
and much oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr
Pr Geo W Ellis

 

New Bedford Oct 10 1860
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Yours of 9th inst is recd. I am disposed to close the lot of 9000lb Ochotsk Bone, sample of 5 bundles of which you have
Will you please ascertain what you can obtain for it in your market and advise me at once
and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 12 1860
Capt Geo M. Kimball, Pittston Me.
Dear Sir. Yours of 8th inst is at hand. Enclosed I forward you check on Suffolk Bank Boston for One hundred fifty Dollars as desired
Please acknowledge recipt of same and much oblige

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.397]

 

New Bedford Octr 13, 1860
Messrs J. Packhurst Jr & Co. Baltimore
Gent. Enclosed please find Bill Lading twenty seven packages dark whale Oil, put on board Schr R. Baker Jr this day for Baltimore

Please add to the Bill for Cartage 92, wharfage $4.68 only 23 Bbls had to be carted
Please send note when the Oil is recd
and much oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 15 1860
E. O. Parker Esq. Monument
Dear Sir. I wrote you on the 9th inst in regard to surveying some wood sold the Rail Road Co. If you have not surveyed it, will you please do so, keeping the different lots seperate and enclose survey bill to me
And much oblige

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

[p.398]

 

New Bedford Oct 18, 1860
E. N. Winslow Esq. Hyannis
Dear Sir. Enclosed I forward you Bill and survey bill of Oak and pine wood sold you dlvd at Bournes Landing Monument

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Oct 25 1860
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Yours of 23rd inst was duly recd and note the sales of 5 Bundles Ochotsk Bone sent as sample, at 75¢

I regret that you did not sell the balance of the 2000lbs from this lot as I could immediately have sent it to you by Propeller, would be glad to sell the lot at this price

I am desirous of closeing up the Lot of S. Sea & in your hands as this is all that is unsold of the Cargo of a ship whose accounts I wish to close, and wish you to sell the same the first opportunity
Please let me hear from you

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

[p.399]

 

New Bedford Nov 3rd 1860
Messrs J. Parkhurst Jr & Co. Baltimore
Gent. Yours of 30 ult is recd enclosing your note for Eighteen hundred twenty eight & 50/100 Dolls dated Oct 10th 1860 at six months for Amt bill dark whale Oil sold sold you for which I am much obliged

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr
Pr Geo W Elis

 

New Bedford Nov 6 1860
Messrs S. Howell & Co. Peoria, Ills
Gent. Yours of 29th ult is recd. In reply will say that I have no doubt but the loan you offer is a desireable one, that the security is perfect but I have not funds at present to take it and if I had the time to run[?] is shorter than I should wish, prefering five years to two, therefore hope you will be able to obtain it readily elsewhere for Mr Miller

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.400]

 

New Bedford Nov 6 1860
Mr John E Morris, Utica N Y.
Dear Sir. Your letter of 28 Oct. is recd. Enquiring if I paid Potter & Co and if so what amount that I told you I would compromise with them. I compromised in settlement with you I am aware because the recipt so expresses it but do not reccollect of saying I would pay them anything nor did I expect to and have not and do not feel that that they have any claim upon me what ever – should be glad to hear from you at any time. Have just recd a long letter from Mr Briggs mate of the Barque Kingfisher – is very well and says he now sailing with a Gentleman

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 8, 1860
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Yours of 7th inst is recd Encloseing your check on Manhattan Co New York for Twenty five hundred Dollars on % Sales whale bone

I presume you have made a nice take as you say in your letter you enclosed check for 243.75 for sales 5 Bundles O. Bone But as you may have sold more subsequently to your writing, I will hold [p.401] the check for further orders from you

If on receipt of this it is as stated in your letter, you may send me check for the right amount and I will return this

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 9, 1860
E. Smith Jr Esq. Peoria, Ills
Dear Sir. Yours of 5 inst enclosing S. Pulsifer & Cos check on Metropolitan Bk New York for Two hundred fifty Dollars for interest on your note 10th inst came safely to hand. I have endorsed the same on the note and am much obliged for the prompt remittance

Yours Very truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 10 1860
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Yours of yesterday is before me with check for 2437 5/100 Dolls
Enclosed I return the check for Twenty five hundred Dollars cancelled

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.402]

 

New Bedford Nov 10 1860
Capt Wm Booker, Moopsux[Moosup] Conn
Dear Sir. Your letter of the 2nd inst is recd. If I had of known you desired to go to sea this year I could no doubt have secured you a berth, but you said nothing to me about it. I supposed you did not intend to go again this year if ever

If you would like to try it again I have no doubt we may make a bargain in the spring
I fear however there may be some difficulty in getting a masters berth as you was so unfortunate the last voyage. I recd a reply from F L. Hanks & Co in which they state that their account with you correct they haveing paid to you all the money which was charged in your account making you in debt to the of the Hibernia over $300 after placing to your credit all the Oil brought home by the Syren

This is in addition to your expenses home of $305 which the Insurance refused to pay. What you say of Mr Ellis not treating you well is a mistake of yours entirely. You had no right to believe any such thing as it made no difference to him whether the ship got one hundred barrells or fifty

Your voyage was the most disastrous voyage that ever happened to me and am this day by figures $4000 out of pocket [p.403] by sending her to sea the last voyage. I should be pleased to hear from you at any time

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 9 1860
My Dear Sir
Yours of 24 ultimo was duly recd. In regard to your proposal to purchase Beef, I have duly considered the matter and under the Circumstances shall have to decline operating for the present

I am very much obliged to you for your offer and if I should change my mind will write you again but dare not defer answering you any longer for fear it may be prejudical to your interests

My time has been very much occupied pending the Election. We in Massachusetts have had some work to do, but probably comparatively little to what you have had to do in Illinois

Success has crowned our efforts and your state is honored by having one of its honored citizens placed in the Presidential chair
I shall be pleased to hear from you at any time, and mean while remain
[To] G. S. Hubbord Esq

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.404]

 

New Bedford Nov 10 1860
Mr John W. Gibbs, Enfield Mass
Yours of 23rd Oct is recd having been miscarried and just recd by me

If find by turning to the acct of Geo L Gibbs who sailed in the Alex Coffin, that his share of the voyage was $197.87. His bills before sailing and on bord ship $219.42 leaveing a balance due the ship & owners of $21.55

The expenses of getting the Cargo home after the ship was wrecked were so large as to absorb a large part of her voyage. Consequently there was nothing due most of the Crew.
I have made up this a/c the same as I have settled with all of the Crew

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 15 1860
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Yours of 12 inst is recd I would like for you to sell the parcel of Ochotsk bone sample of which you have had marked [K] about 8000lb for 73¢ and wish you to see what can be done in your market and let me hear from you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.405]

[Pencil in margin]: not sent

 

New Bedford Nov 15 1860
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Yours of 12th inst is recd and note the peice of Ochotsk bone in your market of the sample of my lot marked [K] to be about 73¢

I am anxious to close up this lot of bone about 8000lbs and if you can cannot obtain more than 73¢ for this lot you may sell it at that figure

You say nothing about So Sea bone. I wrote you some time since to sell the lot in your hands, since which I have heard nothing from you Concerning it. I do not wish to ship further till this is sold
Please let me hear from you

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 16 1860
Capt John D. Willard, Gardiner
Dear Sir. Enclosed please find check for Two hundred Dollars the Amount you ordered. In regard to another voyage, I am constantly bearing[?] it in mind that another voyage must before long be undertaken, but what ship it will be is rather difficult just at at this time to name. I want first to hear from my ships at the north, shall then perhaps be able to tell more deffinitely what can be done – also from Spits Bergen
In the mean time keep cool and [p.406] take all the comfort you can

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 20 1860
Capt Alden Besse, Ship Hunter
Dear Sir. Your letter from King Geos Sound of April 14 1860 was duly recd. Since then we have had no report of you. I hope however that you were successful on New Zealand and when we hear from you again you will be all right

I recd a letter a short time since from Capt Worth of the Draco at Anjer [Java] Augt 13. They had taken 240 Sperm Oil on New Holland the past season but most of the ships had done small there. The Atlantic sperm whalers have done fair this season. The Barque Tropic Bird Capt Dimmock has taken 600 Bbls Sperm this season this however is far above any of the rest. This Capt Dimmock is a Falmo. man and was 3rd mate with Capt Palmer in the first Kingfisher. He has come out ahead of all the rest. The Kingfisher took 150 Bbls this season, Scotland 150 Fanny 200, Mary & Susan 200, Lap Wing 150 &c &c. We have some news from the Northern whalers. Arrivals from the Arctic report the average this season there at about 600 Bbls, from the Ochotsk less

The Marengo was reported in August with 600 Bbls this season 1000 Bbls all told [p.407] Washington 5 whales. Many ships had not done much. Our market for Oils and bone is dull. Sperm has been selling prime quality 150 to 155, last sales 150, whale 50 to 55 whale bone 65 to 75. Your Oil first shipment 3635 Galls sold for 125, second do 1806 Galls @ 150. The general business of this Country has very much improved since you left although the whaleing business does not look very encourageing. The crops this season are very large abundant and large European demands for our surplus gives a great impetus to the business of the west. We have just passed through a presidential Campaign and Abraham Lincoln of Illinois the Republican candidate is elected President for four years from the fourth of March next. This result has produced great Commotion at the south. South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama threaten to secede and go out of the union, a great Convention is to be held by these fire eating states next month to deliberate and form plans for a southern Confederacy, but it probably will end up in smoke. You will reccollect that South Carolina has always been a disunion State and that in years gone by when she became unruly Genl Jackson brought her into the traces and the man we have just elected will not be behind in useing all Constitutional measures to set her right again.

You would no doubt like to hear from Wareham, that dear old spot to you. Every thing moves along quietly there. The Wankinco and Weweantic yield their usual quota of Herrings and Perch and silently deposit their waters in Buzzards Bay as when you left. The nailing business [p.408] is moveing along slowly and Mr J. B. Tobey is around as usual. Your family were well when last I heard from them, but the most sad and mournful part of all (which you probably have learned ere this) is the death of your brother Samuel, who fell from the mast head of the Schr Larkin while lying at the wharf in Wareham last spring and was instantly killed. He was engaged at the time in getting the vessel ready to come to this place to fit for the season when some of the rigging gave way and precipetated him to the deck, great respect was paid to his memory

And now my dear sir, good bye. May an overruling Providence protect you, give you success in your enterprise and return you safely to your family, and I will remain

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 20 1860
Capt Zebedeee A. Devoll, Barque Lagoda
Dear Sir. Yours dated Fayal Sept 25 informing me of your arrival there was duly recd. As you may touch at King Geos Sound New Holland in the Spring I write by the overland mail to meet you there. It is very quiet here now in point of business Only one ship at Merria Merrills wharf the Wm Rotch, yet some twenty ships will lay over the winter, two or three more are to go out this fall

Our Oil and bone market is dull Sperm Oil 150 whale, handsome 50 to 55 whale bone, prime Ochotsk 75 So Sea 65 [p.409] We have some news from the north, the Arctic fleet will probably average about 600 Bbls. The Ochotsk not sufficient news to determine

The Benjamin Capt Turner took 1500 Bbls 22000lbs bone in the Arctic this season The “Eliza Adams took 11000 Bbls there &c The Marengo was reported in the Ochotsk Augt 20 600 Bbls this season. The Washington 5 whales. When you sailed you will reccollect the Election of President was pending. The Election came off the 6th of this month and Abraham Lincoln of Illinois the Republican Candidate was the successful man. The South demurs and says she will not have him to rule over them ~ threatens to secede and do all manner of things. I have sent you a Mercury and Shipping List which will give you a little of what they are up to. The Palmetto flag is now flying in Charleston. We at the North will keep cool for the present and they will feel better when they learn that they are not to be harmed, that all their rights are to be respected and that it will be best for them quietly to submit.

Your family are very well, saw them at Church yesterday. Your friend Jorden of the shoe store is a candidate for Post Master, under the new Administration. Although he has Competitors, I think he will come out successful. I hope you have good Officers and good Crew who will work harmoniously with you for a voyage and that when we hear from you again, success will have crowned your efforts and in the mean time I remain

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

[P.S.] The outfits of the Lagoda are $21,000

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New Bedford Nov 20th 1860
Capt Charles P Worth, Barque Draco
Dear Sir Yours dated Angier Augt 13 ia recd. I am glad to learn of your success the last season and am in hopes you will equally successful the present. You say you hardly know which way to turn. I am aware that it must look discouraging to Masters many times. Cruising for a long time without success, still in all the business of life at times it looks dark, and only by perseverance can the obstacles presenting themselves in our pathway from time to time be over come

Our Oil market is quiet particularly for whale, we quote Sperm 150, whale dull at about 50. I doubt is more than this can be obtained to day. Whalebone drooping. Ochotsk of prime quality 75¢, So Sea 60 to 60

Your Sperm Oil was sold last spring, 25918 galls @ 140 7475 do @ 138 By keeping the Cargo it made $8000 difference beside the interest, over the prices when you arrived. Catch all the Sperm Oil you can, it pays better than whale. I recd a letter from your wife in Augt wishing One hundred Dollars which I sent her.

Sperm whalers have done very well in the Atlantic this season
The “Tropic Bird” took 600 Bbls, others from one to two hundred barrels

We have some news from the northern fleet in the Arctic they average 600 Bbls this season. Ochotsk not yet [p.411] known but not as much. You will see by the papers I have sent you that we have exciting times in this Country now. We have elected a new President Abraham Lincoln of Illinois the Republican Candidate. The South says she will dissolve the Union and threaten as hard. When you get ready to come home a couple of years hence be careful and not make South Carolina first, as you may get into a Southern Confederacy. The Southerners will get thier blood Cooled down before long and the good old ship of State go on quietly again
I remain

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 20 1860
Capt James M Witherell, Barque Stephania
Dear Sir. Yours from Fayal Sept 24 duly came to hand

The five Casks sperm Oil will come forward by the Azor when she arrives here again. Northing particularly new since you left except the election of Abraham Lincoln of Illinois the Republican candidate as president In consequence of this result the South [p.412] threaten to leave the union and set up for themselves. You will reccollect South Carolina has attempted this before but when the sober second thought takes place they will get calmed down and find that all their rights will be respected and all go on harmoneously again

Our Oil and bone market is dull we quote Sperm Oil 150 whale 50 to 53¢ whale bone 65 to 75. I hope you have good Officers and Crew and that you will be able to keep them, for those you pick up on a voyage many of them are worthless and you will please do all you can to keep your original crew. I have sent you the Mercury and shipping List. When we hear from you again, I hope it will be that you have had good success and mean while I remain

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 21, 1860
Chs E Stevens Esq. Boston
Dr Sir. I notice the sale of W. R R Stock yesterdy @ 1100. If you think this is the lowest figure it will touch you may purchase for me 30 shares and I will remit the day after the purchase and much oblige

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.413]

 

New Bedford Nov 24, 1860
Chs E Stevens Esq. Boston
Dear Sir. Your favor of yesterday came to hand last evening adveising me of purchase of 22 shares W. R. R Stock. Enclosed please find check on Mechanics Bank New York for 336750/100 Dolls for payment of same and 8 shares additional I presume the check being payable in New York will be quite as acceptable
Please send certificate by mail
and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Nov 29 1860
Messrs J. Packhurst Jr & Co. Baltimore
Gent. You will oblige me by purchaseing for me and forwarding by a vessel comeing to our place, 6 half gall jars or cans 23 qrt do of the best selected and spiced oysters
Pay the bill and I will hand the amount to your Mr Packhurst when at New Bedford

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.414]

 

New Bedford Nov 29, 1860
Mrs Elizabeth Gilderstuse[?] Babylong, Long Island
Enclosed I forward you Ten Dollars which the amt endorsed on the order, which is herein enclosed ~
Will send you the amt hereafter with receipt for you to sign, and you need not send the order

Yours Respectfully
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Decr 5 1860
Mr John B. Dietrich, Baltimore
Dear Sir Yours of 11th inst is recd and in answer to yours enquiring respecting the Crew of the “Newton” will say that R. T. Haskins sailed in 1859 Boat Steerer in the Newton ship “Onward” of this Port on a whaling voyage and was reported at Honolulu in October of this year from the Ochotsk Sea. Elijah Allen has never returned since he sailed on the voyage with you. The “Newton” was last (cut down by the ice) in the Ochotsk sea in June 1857, the same voyage after you left her, she was stove and sunk in a very short time the Crew saveing nothing. They were taken on bord other ships and scattered about

Capt Sherman is still at home in Rochester this state, has never been since. I am gratified at some success, and prospects of haveing command of a ship many a successful mer[p.415] merchant Captain served his apprenticeship on a whaler. Shall always be pleased to hear from you and in the mean while remain

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec 5 1860
Mrs Chs P Worth, Nantucket
Your letter of was duly recd wishing me to send you $150. will send it as soon as I receive some money. Have none in hand at this time, but shall have some paid in before long

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford 12 mo 12 1860
My Dear Sir
I understand from Ellis that you may need $2000 in the course of the week. I am a little sorry that it should happen at this particular time as money is very difficult to obtain through our Banks. Still if you purchase the stock you spoke of and cannot arrange for the payment on two three or four months, write me so as I can get the letter Friday night and I will obtain the money
To Capt Warren N. Bourne

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.416]

 

New Bedford Dec 12 1860
Mr Henry Page, Wareham
Dear Sir. I will sell my Colt for $150 and believe at the same time she is the cheapest animal for the money that can be found in Massachusetts. The mare that [dropped] her I sold in the fall to Mr Grey of Monument, she was owned by me for a number of years and was the most faithful animal I ever saw and remarkable easy to keep which is characteristic of the Colt. In relation to hay, my team will draw you another load, at the same price of that which he has deliverd, after which I think I must withdraw from the market at present believeing the price will advance for that quality of hay, some of the farmers hereabouts are expecting $25 pr ton for their hay. However I would sell what I have to dispose of for $22 if any one wanted

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

P.S. I have two or three tons of Clover of not large growth and good quality which I will sell at the same price of that you had

[p.417]

 

New Bedford Dec’ 14, 1860
Capt Asa S. Tobey, Portsmouth N H.
Dear Sir. Yours of 13th inst is recd. You may draw on me to the amount of Five hundred Dollars at sixty days which shall be duly honored. Hopeing you will be able to arrange for your Cargo
I remain

Yours truly
J. Bourne

 

New Bedford Dec’ 15, 1860
Capt Warren N. Bourne, Falmo
Dear Sir Yours of 14th is recd Enclosed I forward you check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Two thousand dollars as desired.
Please do not put the check with your Bank untill you want to use the money
Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

[p.418]

 

New Bedford Dec’ 15 1860
Capt Theodore Cole, Westminster Vt
Dear Sir Enclosed I hand you, your account with the Marengo showing a balance to your Debit due Dec 14 1860 of Four hundred eleven dollars which I have chared you in new account

The amount of her outfits this voyage were 23,643.52/100 Dolls
I recd a letter from Capt Weld two days since dated Ochotsk sea Sept 9 He had 1300 Bbls whale Oil 15000lbs bone bound to Japan and thence to New Zealand all right. The Marengo bids fair now to make a voyage and I hope she may have continued success

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec’ 20, 1860
E G. Johnson Esq. Peoria, Ills
Dear Sir. I presume that the deeds exeacuted drawn by you for the following persons in my favor and sent to the Recorders office, are by this time recorded and ready for delivery viz

Luther Cord
E. P. O’Donnell
W S. Robertson

 

You will reccollect Mr Robertson was to Insure $1500 on his dwelling house in my name or policy to be endorsed payable to me in case of loss and forwarded to me with deed

Also Mr Cords agreement with me [p.419] was to insure and keep insured in some good stock Company at least $12000 on his stable and other property and endorse policies payable to me and D. R. Green and to be forwarded me with deed
Will you please obtain all of the above named papers and enclose them to me on recipt of this and much oblige

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Dec 21, 1860
Mrs Clara E Palmer. Taunton
The Kingfisher was reported in Oct’ at St Vincent Cape De Verds and had agreed to take passengers from an English Steamer wrecked there up to St Jago, being well paid for it and occupying but a few days. But as this was a deviation from her voyage it would probably invalidate the Insurance if she would meet with accident while on this trip. Please enclose your policy to me as soon as you receive this letter and I will have it approved by the Insurance Company and it will then be all right

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.420]

 

New Bedford Dec’ 26 1860
Mrs Chs P. Worth. Nantucket
Enclosed I forward you check on Mechanics Bank New York for one hundred thirty dollars as desired. Please acknowledge recipt of same and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 1, 1861
Capt Geo M Kimball. Pittston Me
Dear Sir. Annexed please find your account made up to this date showing balance to your credit of Twenty five hundred thirty five & 55/100 Dollars. Also please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for one hundred seventy five Dollars which is included in the annexed acc

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 1, 1861
Capt John D. Willard. Gardiner Me
Dr Sir. Yours of 24 ult was duly recd. Enclosed I forward you check on Suffolk Boston for one hundred Dolls as requested. nothing new, all well

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.421]

 

New Bedford Jany 10th 1861
Mr Wm Scott Robertson. Peoria, Ills
Dear Sir. The understanding with Mr Johnson and myself was that you should get insured at least $1500 on the property mortgaged to me in my name and forward the policies too me. I wrote Mr Johnson to obtain the same of you and forward it with the deed, but I did not receve it with the deed and will be obliged if you will enclose the policy to me on receipt of this as I am very desirous to have this matter closed up as agreed

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 10th 1861
Mr Luther Cord. Peoria, Ills
Dear Sir. The understanding between yourself, Mr D. R Green and myself was that you should get insured $12000 on your property in Peoria in Peoria in our name and forward policies of the same. I wrote Mr Johnson to obtain the policies of you and forward them to me with the deeds which he failed to do. Will you please enclose to me the policies on receipt of this and much oblige, as Mr Green is very desireous that this matter should be closed

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.422]

 

New Bedford Jany 12, 1861
Mr W. O. Langworth. Peoria, Ills
Dear Sir. The interest on your note was due here yesterday and the money has not come to hand. I very much regret that is not paid promptly
Will you on recipt of this send me check on Boston or New York for the amount
and much oblige

Yours Respectfully
Jona Bourne Jr

 

“Confidential”
New Bedford Jany 17 1861
Capt Warren N Bourne
Dear Sir. I sold last fall ten tons of hay to Arnold & Co
I write to enquire if the parties interested are responsible persons in other words is the debt good
Please write me at once and oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.423]

 

New Bedford Jany 18 1861
Mr John W. Gibbs. Enfield, Mass
Dear Sir. Yours of 14th inst is recd. Enclosed I hand you what purports to be Consul Millers Certificate
I would like to see John L and if he ever comes to New Bedford please say to him to favor me with a call

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Jany 21 1861
Capt F A Weld, Sag Harbor
I have no fault to find with your going to the Sandwich Islands for Boat Steerer if it was necessary and I have no doubt it was. I am obliged to believe that you have committed indiscretions during your voyage in the “Marengo” to the great injustice of the owners of the ship, to those under your command, to your family and yourself as a respected and prosperous ship master

This fact cannot be kept out of sight or ignored by the community or those who have served under you for the last Eighteen months

What the Circumstances were you allude to on leaveing home of course I know not of, therefore cannot judge if of grief, it was but a poor way of showing it. So far as I understand the voyage Capt Weld, I have but one thing to [p.424] find fault with and that was the use of strong drink to excess which is unexcusable in any ship master before his officers and Crew

Had it not been for that, I know not why you would not stand among the first so far as my opinion goes
You ask me to address you at Sag Harbor if I should wish to see you. I dont know as I have any thing further to say for the present

I have caused your interest in the Oil and bone to be insured according to your request in letter of Sept 9, 1860. You say that you hope I shall be lenient towards you

You know Capt Weld I dont mean to persecute any one, and I hope I may never find it in my heart to do so - still I would not be honest towards you if I did not censure you for this great impropriety
With many wishes for your future prosperity and with regards for Mrs Weld

I am Respectfully yours
Jon’ Bourne Jr

P.S. Will be glad to hear from you at any time when you feel like writing me or see you if you should come this way.

[p.425]

 

New Bedford FebJany 29 1861
Messrs Lyles Polhamus Co. New York
Gent. I shipped you to day Fifteen Bundles Ochotsk whale bone pr Propeller Dawn, Bill of Lading included:

5 Bundles Marked [K] Kingfisher 348 lbs
5 Bundles Marked [W] Washington 362 lbs
5 Bundles marked [ I] Lagoda 398 lbs

The last named I supposed was the largest Bone, but upon examination upon the Cart, I think there is but little difference in the length of the [ I] and [W], and believe the sample of the [ I] is not a fair average of the parcel

 

I am anxious, as I told your Mr T. to close off the several parcels of which I have sent samples
I have an other lot of Ochotsk and also quite a parcel of No West
My clerk is absent this P.M. I am not able to give you the weights of the lots of which the samples was taken from. But think there is of the [K] 9000lbs of the [W] 4000 of the [ I] 9000lbs
Please give the above consignment your earliest attention

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

[p.426]

 

New Bedford Jany 30, 1861
Mr Wm Scott Robinson, Peoria Ills
Dear Sir. Yours of 17 inst was duly recd in my absence

Enclosed I forward you receipt for policy as requested. In regard to Exchange of property as security, I am willing to do so if it will be an accommodation to you provided I can have an equivalent satisfactory reference of which you will of course furnish me

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 5, 1861
Messrs O & E W. Seabury
Gent. Enclosed I hand you check for Four hundred forty seven & 95/100 Dollars Amt of your 3/16 of Oil &c picked up from wreck of “Newton”. Two hundred one & 41/100 Dollars being dividend and interest on S. Leonard & Sons note arrising from sale of Newton whale Oil in 1857. The “Newtons” Acct was made up - no commissions charged and interest allowed

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr,

[P.S.] The writer has been up street several times since this Acct was closed to find you, did not, and did not have the check with me when I met you yesterday

[p.427]

 

New Bedford Feb 4, 1861
David G. Floyd Esq. Green Port
Dear Sir On my return home from New York a few days since I find your valued favor under date of 16th ult asking my opinion s to the future prospects of our whale Oil market I must confess it is gloomy indeed

The stocks on hand now is enough for the wants of the present year, should there not be a barrell imported. Although the catch the past year was small, the demand will be comparatively small. I felt that this would be the case last fall and sold all my whale Oil but 300 barrells, with a full determination to have closed that, but politicks and other matters engrosed my attention untill the panic overtook us, since which there has been no opportunity. I intend to embrace the first and sell.

All those that have not tried the Kerosine or petroleum must do so, and of course that very much prevents the consumption of whale, which is poor stuff at best as you know

My opinion is not worth a farthing and if any ones is I have yet failed to find him. I remember once to have heard the remark made by our former townsman, E. M. Robinson Esq, that he “had as lief have the opinion of a fool as a wise man in regard to the Oil market, and I have come to the same conclusion. still as I have before expressed I intend to sell my whale Oil the first opportunity at the market price. In regard to the statement in the shipping List of 4000 Bbls for Greenport, I enquired at the office and find that included which is stored at Warren.

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.428]

 

New Bedford Feby 4, 1861
Capt F. A. Weld, Sag Harbor
Dear Sir Your letter of the 27th ult was recd. You wished me to reply in relation to a settlement

I cannot believe that a settlement could be effected untill the return of the ship, that would be satisfactory to both parties. I therefore must decline makeing any offers for such a purpose

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 1, 1861
Messrs Solomon & Hust. New York
Gent. I have caused the enclosed drawing to be made of my windows and I trust in a manner that will enable you to understand what is wanted, if not ask some architect who can I presume explain anything you cannot understand. As I am desireous of knowing what the job is to cost (these hard times) you will please tell me at what price you will furnish the materials selected by me including the lace curtains when at your store, to be made in a workmanlike Style, say curtains for four windows including the two bay windows calling these one each – Haveing sent a duplicate to another House in your city.

Copy sent to A. T. Stewart & Co [written in margin]

You will oblige me by saying minutely and at length in your letter how many yards of the curtain material you think [p.429] will be required and in what manner you propose to drape the Bay windows.

My Architect supposes that it may be necessary to drop the Cornice below the Caps of the window from the fact that the Cap projects so far 8 ¾ inches
I fear this will not look well – please suggest some way to avoid it if necessary
Let your answer be made as soon as Convenient. Terms cash when the work is completed

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

P.S. I has occured to me since writing that we might dispose altogether with the Cornice by guilding the face of the window Cap which is about 6 inches wide useing that as the Cornice. What think you of the suggestion. Please preserve and return the drawing

 

New Bedford Feby 5, 1861
Messrs O & E W. Seabury
Gent. Enclosed I hand you check for Four hundred forty seven & 95/100 Dollars amt your 3/16 of amt saved from
VOID [written in margin]

[p.430]

 

New Bedford Feby 8th 1861
Messrs Blake Bros & Co. Boston
Gent. If you have not sold S. G. Reeds notes endorsed by E W. Robinson for Forty two or three hundred dollars which your Mr Blake Junior offered me yesterday at 8%, I will take the same and send you check Monday 11th inst. Please reply pr return mail and much oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

P.S. Your Mr Blake Jr. offered me this note together with those I purchased Bigelow Carpet Co for 8%

 

New Bedford Feby 9, 1861
Messrs Solomon & Hust. New York
Your letter of 5th inst is at hand with drawings, estimates, &c. I was shown a Gimp at one dollar pr yard, in your estimate you put it at 50¢, is it the same. I was also shown a pattern at 125 pr yard which was prefered by my daughters, will you furnish that instead if I conclude the contract. You will understand my proposition which was to put them up in my home

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.431]

 

New Bedford Feb 12 1861
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent, I am again induced to ask you to sell my S.S. whale bone held by you marked [?]. The fact is the master of the ship that caught the bone is interested and very much desires a settlement. You will consider all former limits recorded, and sell at the first opportunity at such prices as you can obtain.

I have not heard from you since the samples arrived. I supposed from what your Mr Thompson told me that there was a party waiting to see the Kingfishers, has the party supplied himself or not

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 13, 1861
Messrs Solomon & Hust. New York
Gent. Your letter of the 11th inst is recd and contents carefully noted. After compareing your estimates with plans for curtains No 1 & 2 with those recd from another house in your city, and relying upon you for the materials used viz, those selected by me in New York, substituting the gimp like samples sent in workmanlike manner, in making and style of finish, I have concluded to offer you $575 cash to be paid when the work is completed and curtains put up in my house. Two curtains to be according to drawing No 1, two according to No 2. I to take no risk and know no expense additional expense except to furnish a carpenter or some person to assist [p.432] if necessary in putting them up. If you accept this offer, you may commence at once, as I would like to have them soon as convenient. Please reply by return of mail and oblige

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 16, 1861
Messrs Solomon & Hust. New York
Gent. I wrote you the 13th inst offering you $575 to put up curtains as pr statement and asked you for reply by return of mail. If you recd it will you please reply

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 18, 1861
Mr Frederick Tompkins, Newport
Dear Sir. Enclosed please find account with ship Hibernia showing a balance due your Fathers Estate of Eight hundred sixty nine & 64/100 dollars with check to balance same. Also Mr J B. Tompkins acct with the Marengo balance due him of One hundred fifty nine & 40/100 Dollars with check on Newport for amt of same. Also receipts for you and him to sign for both accounts, which please return to me. Please sign yours as Executor. Will show you the Hiberias general acct when you are here

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.433]

 

New Bedford Feb 23 1861
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Yours of 22d inst is at hand. I will ship you per first Propeller Tuesday next the parcels of whale bone named by you as sold

We consider the lot marked Marked [WA] a better parcel than [K], but you may close it at the same price you have sold the latter for 73¢
I have about 6000lbs North West handsome. What can you obtain for that
Please let me hear from you

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 23, 1861
Messrs Solomon & Hust, New York
Gent, Will you please say pr return of mail what day your man will be here to put up my curtains, that I may be at home
I shall be absent on Tuesday next but after that will be at home any day you may name

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.434]

 

New Bedford Feb 25 1861
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Enclosed please find Bill Lading of two lots Ochotsk Whale Bone [K], 8915lbs [A] 7997lbs put on board the Propeller this day. The Wamsutta leaves tomorrow afternoon and will arrive in New York Wensday morning

In addition to the lots of No West I mentioned in my letter of Saturday, I have a lot of Ochotsk, about 5000lbs good as the lot [K]. which I wish to put on the market – This is not the lot [W], samples of which you have, both lots about 9500lbs
Please let me hear from you in regard to all the parcels

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 25 1861
Mr E G. Puier[?] Portsmouth, N.H.
Dear Sir Yours of 18th inst duly came to hand. I have most cheerfully attended to your request and enclosed I forward you the paper desired

The Officers of the several Insurance Companies here have given you a strong reccommendation and my own endorsement you will find no fault with. Hopeing you will succeed in your effort

I remain
Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

[p.435]

 

New Bedford Feb 26 1861
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Enclosed please find Bill Lading 62 Bundles Ochotsk whale bone marked [W], 4642lbs. Also samples North West 2 Bundles [H],180lbs 2 do [I] 153lbs

Your favor of 25th pr Express reached me this P.M. 4 Oclock, after the Wamsutta had left ~ and had only time to get it on board the “Dawn”

On getting it out we find a few bundles cut a little by rats, and some dry mould on the Butts, we had not time to brush it, and wish you to let some man who understands it, trim it before showing it to the purchaser, as otherwise it is in fine order

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford Feby 27, 1861
Messrs Blake Bros & Co. Boston
Gent. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank for Sixteen hundred twenty one & 24/100 Dollars, amt Lyman[?] & Manetts[?] note, less interest a 6 ½ %

I will take two more of the Sixteen hundred sixty nine dollar notes of same parties at a 6 ½ %. Also I understand you have Williams & Havens notes endorsed Crocker Brothers for Fifteen Hundred Dollars each. If so I will take two or three of them at same rate 6 ½ %. You may send me bill of same and I will remit check on reciept of bill

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Feby 27 1861
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. I telegraphed you this morning as follows, “[W], on board “Dawn”, if any doubt purchasers paying, dont deliver either lot”

The latter part of telegraph you may not understand. Considering the times rather precarious I thought it no harm to caution you against selling to parties not well known to you and who might put the Bone on board of Steamer and slip on board themselves and thereby postpone payment to an indefinite time

Presuming you may think this caution unnecessary, at any rate it can do no harm
I think the No. West must bring 72¢. I have another lot of Ochotsk about 4800lbs full equal to the lot marked [K]. Had I better close it. Please tell me.

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 8, 1861
Wm M Gaylord Esq. Northampton, Mass
Dear Sir, The Coupons bonds Michigan Central R.Road due 11th inst have been paid. I will remit on reciept of your order or deposit in Saveings Institution as you may wish
Please let me hear from you

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 6, 1861
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Yours of 4 inst came duly to hand, but being temporarily absent I did not recieve it untill after the closeing of the mail yesterday

Your check on Market Bank for Ten thousand dollars enclosed therin is to your credit
Will send you samples of the lot of Ochotsk by Fridays Propeller I think. Please send acct sales of the bone sold as soon as convenient as I wish to make up the ships accts

Yours very truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 8, 1861
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Yours of yesterday enclosing check on Manhattan Co for Fifteen hundred Dollars is recd

I have put on board Potomska this day 5 Bundles Ochotsk Bone [W].412lbs
Will write you again tomorrow as the mail is about to close

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 8, 1861
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. I wrote you yesterday that I had sent sample of bone marked [W]. Enclosed is Bill Lading of same. This lot is from the same ship (Washington) as the lot [W]. which you have sold, but the lot sold was of catch of 1859, this of 1860. You may if you please keep the sales distinct

This lot of bone is a clean sound and uniform parcel and I want 72¢ for it, if no more can be obtained
Please close up the parcel of S. Sea. Am very desireous of closeing up the North West parcels and wish you to write or telegraph the best you can do with it

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 9 1861
Capt Wm N. Gibbs, E. Wareham
Dear Sir. Yours of 7 inst is recd. I am quite indifferent about purchaseing Merchant ships although I have had some talk with Capt Bourne
If you are in New Bedford you may call and see me when I will talk with you further

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 11, 1861
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Yours of 9th inst Covering check on Market Bank New York for Four thousand Dollars on acct sales bone is recd, and to your credit

I remain yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 12 1861
P. Hickox Esq. Chicago Ills
Dear Sir. Yours of 8th inst encloseing check on Bank of Commerce New York for Seven hundred fifty dollars for coupons J. W. Cochrans mortgage due 11th inst is recd
Enclosed please find coupons cancelled

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 12, 1861
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Yours of 11th inst is recd. There is in the parcel of Ochotsk Bone about 4900lbs, of the North West [H] 2900lbs Do [I] 3200lbs Hopeing to hear from you again soon in regard to it

I remain
Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 14, 1861
Wm M Gaylord Esq. Northampton, Mass
Dear Sir. Enclosed please find check on Suffolk Bank Boston for Two hundred dollars ammount Interest warrants Michigan Central Rail Road Bonds due 1st[?] inst

Yours truly
Jona Bourne Jr

 

[Following letter had X drawn through it]
New Bedford March 7, 1861
Messrs Solomon & Hust. New York
Gent. I telegraphed you yesterday, asking you if you had or could get more of the satin, have had no reply and Mr Wady wrote you asking for a Telegraph. The fact is the Curtains for the bay windows are not right, it needs about 7 yards more of the satin in order to make such a finish as would look well
Mr Wady says he did not understand the side windows were to be draped
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New Bedford March 7, 1861
Messrs Solomon & Hust, New York
I telegraphed you yesterday. Mr Wady wrote you last night and expected a reply by telegraph this morning. The fact is the Curtains are not what was needed for the bay windows. Mr Wady says it was not understood that there was side windows in the bay when it was perfectly well shown on the plan. If you have more material of the same kind, we may get over it now, but if not, I dont know what we can do. Nothing has been done as yet. I told Mr W. he had better go home today but thinks he will stay untill tomorrow, hopeing to hear from you tomorrow morning, will then return if no line is recd from you without accomplishing the work, unless you have written before this reaches you please telegraph on recipt of it

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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New Bedford Feby 1861
To the Hon Abraham Lincoln
President of the United States
I beg leave to reccommend to you for appointment to the office of Assistant Treasurer of the United States at Boston, Hon Linus B Comins of Roxbury. Mr Comins is a gentleman of thorough business capacity and of strict integrity. His competency to the duties of the position no one can question, and I regard him as admirably fitted to assume and discharge the responsibilities of the Office.

I consider it not improper to state further that Mr Comins represented the fourth District during two terms in Congress ~ declining a nomination for a third term) and won the confidence and respect of his entire constituency by his devotion to principle and his untiring attention to their interests. His active services throughout New England during the recent national campaign canvass give him strong claims upon the Republican party and coupled with his ampler qualification and his unquestioned personal integrity, make his appointment application for the appointment he asks eminently proper. Permit me to assure you that it would be entirely satisfactory to the party, and honorable to your administration

I am with the highest respect
Your Obt Svt
J. Bourne Jr
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New Bedford March 15, 1861
Messrs Solomon & Hust, New York
Gent. The package of Curtains came to hand a day or two since with another lot of side pieces. No letter or bill has been recd
As I am anxious to settle the bill I wish you would send it forward and also to be made to to correspond with the Circumstance
I told Mr Wadie that I thought of going to Washington and I would call at your place but that visit is defered

Yours truly
Jon’ Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 15, 1861
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Your favor of 14th inst r Express was recd this forenoon
I telegraphed you to “sell at 70¢ both parcels”
Hopeing to hear from you in the morning to ship
The S. Sea I have no doubt you will close speedily

Yours very truly
J. Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 20, 1861
Messrs Lyles Polhamus & Co. New York
Gent. Enclosed I forward you Bill Lading 80 bundles No. West whale bone pr Potomska [H] 2785lbs [I] 3200lbs both lots 5985lbs put on board and has left this morning for New York.

You say that you will endeavor to prevail on the party to ship it from the Dock to save expense

When I accepted your offer, my understanding was that no further expense would be born by me except what is customary when sold from the Dock and I shall not be satisfied if any other course is pursued. If the So. Sea is not in a condition to sell, perhaps that had better be returned

Will you send me account of Sales of the lots disposed of. I am anxious to make up the ships accounts and this delay is giveing me some trouble

Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 20 1861
Richd A. Pierce Esq. House Representatives
Please protect and carry through the Bill in relation to gas companies as reported by the Committee and ask other members from our city

Jona Bourne Jr

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New Bedford March 21 1861
Mr A. F Johnson, Peoria Ills
Dear Sir. I have recd a letter from W. O. Langworthy of your place encloseing S. Pulsifer & Cos check on Metropalitan Bank New York for Fifty Dollars on account of a due on his note Jany 10. He stated in his letter that he had made an exchange of his property and left his business with you as he contemplated leaveing Peoria

I wish to enquire of you if this exchange affects my interest in any manner, also if the back interest is to be paid and if the parties to whom he has sold his interest in the property will pay the interest as it becomes due from time to time promptly

Please let me hear from you
Yours truly
J. Bourne Jr

 

New Bedford March 21 1861
Mrs Rachel Cathcart, Philadelphia
Your letter of 15 inst recd I find on looking over our shipping Articles that John S. Cathcart sailed in 1853 in the Ship Kingfisher with Capt Palmer. But I cannot give you any information as to his whereabouts and believe that he never returned to New Bedford. It would give me great pleasure to give you information if I could concerning him, as I always do so when enquiries are made of men that sail for me

Yours Respectfully
Jon’ Bourne Jr

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