19th-Century Maritime Collection
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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The collection consists of correspondence, documents, financial material, and printed matter of Caleb Bates, captain of the Juno of Boston, John B. Church, marine insurance underwriter, and others involved in predominantly 19th-century American maritime trade. The collection contains correspondence and receipts of Bates during the time (1807-1814) he spent in St. Petersburg, Russia, which refer to his buying and shipping Russian goods during the period of the War of 1812 and Napoleon's campaign. There are also documents, correspondence, and printed matter of John B. Church concerning the French Spoliation Claims of insurance underwriters and their heirs against the United States government dating from the post-Revolutionary War period. Also included are 19th-century account books and miscellaneous accounts for the ships Renown, Superior, Harriot, and William and passes for the Daniel Webster and Charleston Packet signed by Andrew Jackson and the Maria signed by Thomas Jefferson.
Papers relating to the John B. Church French Sploitation Claim are gift of the estate of John B. Church, gathered by Walter S. Church.
Folder inventory added by Hilde Creager '15 in 2013.
No appraisal information is available.
- Charleston Packet (Ship)
- Daniel Webster (Ship)
- Argonaut (Ship)
- William (Ship)
- Superior (Ship)
- Renown (Ship)
- Juno of Boston (Ship)
- Harriot (Ship)
- Maria (Ship)
- French spoliation claims
- Insurance companies, American
- Marine insurance -- United States
- Maritime law -- France -- 18th century
- Maritime law -- United States -- 18th century
- Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Campaigns -- Russia
- Manuscripts Division
- Finding Aid Date
- Access Restrictions
Open for research/
- Use Restrictions
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
M.C. Paterson to Philip Church Apr. 23 1824, Jan. 1835 Extracts of letters of Richard Church, 1832 Draft of Letter from Philip Church to Richard Church Nov. 27, 1833 Copy of Letter from Philip Church to Richard Church Apr. 2, 1852 Theo. O Fowler to Philip Church Dec. 28, 1858 David Ogden to Philip Church Dec. 28, 1858Physical Description
8 letters, originals and typewritten copies.Physical Description
19 Letters.Physical Description
26 Letters.Physical Description
60 Letters (some copies).Physical Description
Five letters. Alex Nesbitt to Walter Stewart Sept. 11, 1781 James Seagrove to Alex Nesbitt + Co. Dec. 18, 1781 and Mar. 5, 1783 Capt. James Hunn to Alex Nesbitt + Co. Nov. 11, 1782 and Nov. 22, 1782Physical Description
90 p. 32 cm. Contains tables of "List of Articles exported from Calcutta to the U.S.", 1827-1844, which include names of vessels, dates of voyages and amounts of merchandise transported.Physical Description
2 MSS about voyage to West Indies.Physical Description
5 MSS pertaining to sale, voyage, and destruction of Renown in 1822.Physical Description
Seamen's Articles, signe by crew. Norwich, Conn. to Demerara. 2 p. 40 x 30 cm. Master - Francis Smith,Physical Description
16 MSS. General accounts, sales of cargoes, ship's supplies, expentitures, etc. on 10 voyages to West Indies.Physical Description
Miscellaneous shipping, orders, receipts, etc. from Liverpool, New Orleans, Boston, and other places. 23 papers, many with stamps.Physical Description
D.S. Ship's Pass (signed by Andrew Jackson). 1 p. vellum (Top notched). Counter signed in New Bedford, Mass.Physical Description
D.S. Ship's Pass (signed by Andrew Jackson). 1 p. vellum (top notched). Countersigned in Charleston, South Carolina.Physical Description
D.S. Ship's Pass (signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison). 1 p. vellum (top notched). Countersigned in New York.Physical Description