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Jonathan French and Sons was a nineteenth-century firm of fish merchants located in Eastport, probably in Maine. The company appears to have worked mostly with other companies and therefore, may have sold primarily wholesale. It is unknown how many sons worked with Jonathan French.
This collection consists of one copypress letterbook dating from 1864 to 1867. The letters in the volume relate mainly to shipments of and payments for fish. Steamers and other vessels for transporation of fish are frequently mentioned. All the letters were sent from Jonathan French and Sons and were written on paper similar in texture to blotting paper.
Companies and individuals with whom Jonathan French and Sons conducted business include: Benjamin Callender & Co.; Billings & Baldwin; Charles Richardson & Co.; Rufus Cushman (Portland); Dunning, [Tooker] & Co.; F. Pierce & Co.; George J. Tenney & Son; G.F. and P. Hurd; Hooper Lewis & Co.; Hutchins & Wheeler; I. J. Townsend & Co.; Jed Frye & Co.; Kendall & Whitney; Kendrick & Co.; L. J. Hill & Co.; Pool Brothers (Boston); Oliver Prenster; Stephen Smith; Curtis Stevens; Stinger Co.; Stone Wood & Co.; Sturges & Co.; and Thayer Field Co. Company names that were illegible or only partially legible are not included here. Very few of these company's locations are known, however, when known, the location is included above.
The volume consists of 348 pages. On many of the pages, the ink did not transfer at the time of copy, has faded, or has bled, rendering many of the letters illegible.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Alexandra M. Wilder
- Finding Aid Date
- 2017 May 11
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