Langstroth family papers  1778-1955 (bulk 1831-1911)
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  Hubert S. Smith Naval Collection  
James Morgan letters,  1821-1840 [series]:
 
  1821 November 20 . James Morgan ALS to G. C. Morgan & Co.; Havana, [Cuba]. (1 page)
Notes shipments of sugar, coffee, fruit, and sweetmeats, and insuring them.
 
  1822 February 14 . James Morgan ALS to G. C. Morgan & Co.; Havana, [Cuba]. (3 pages)
Discusses a rough sea voyage from New York, but did not meet any pirates. Expects to make a good profit on his wares, except the apples which rotted. Already planning on sending out more cargo and arranges for insurance. Notes a colleague selling books. His cabin was recently robbed.
 
  1822 February 20 . James Morgan ALS to G. C. Morgan & Co.; Havana, [Cuba]. (3 pages)
Has discharged his cargo from New York and intends to leave soon. Requires insurance.
 
  1822 March 7 . James Morgan ALS to G. C. Morgan & Co.; Havana, [Cuba]. (3 pages)
Wishes to increase the amount of insurance on his ship being sent to New York. Notes the prices of goods to be sold in Cuba, the rise of piracy, and his actions to avoid it.
 
  1822 May 4 . James Morgan ALS to G. C. Morgan & Co.; Havana, [Cuba]. (2 pages)
Notes on freight costs and his expectation of leaving for New York again soon. Discusses a colleague's attempt to sell presses in Vera Cruz.
 
  1823 January 5 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Balize. (3 pages)
Heading to Charleston and Norfolk with a cargo of sugar and molasses. Will forward money. Has left rum with another company to sell. Discusses bills and insurance.
 
  1823 April 5 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; At sea. (1 page)
Heading to Havana. Pays his captain's pilotage.
 
  1823 April 24 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Havana, [Cuba]. (3 pages)
News on selling the cargo. Heading to New Orleans, where he expects to encounter their ship the Huntress. Notes the price of flour.
 
  1823 April 28 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Balize. (3 pages)
Has arrived in New Orleans and expects to return to New York aboard the Huntress.Intends to speculate in flour.
 
  1823 May 16 . James Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; New Orleans, [Louisiana]. (3 pages)
Was quarantined and has not yet discovered a ship heading to New York. Discusses cost of repairs to their vessel and his intention to process an insurance claim. Notes freight and passengers. Had difficulties with his Captain.
 
  1823 June 24 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Quarantine, [New York, New York]. (1 page)
Sending the manifest and register for their ship from New Orleans, and asks George to obtain permits for "the Skins and Peltries." Tired of fellow passengers.
 
  1823 August 24 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Falmouth, Jamaica. (3 pages)
Had bad weather. Half unloaded and expects to return with a full freight and some passengers. Has to wait until a convoy leaves, and asks George to include that information in the insurance application. Several sailors have deserted. Describes Falmouth's port. Wife and company doing well onboard. Jamaican slaves provide information on current prices for flour, corn, and lumber. Notes high demand for Indian meal, apples, onions, fish, cider and potatoes.
 
  1823 December 1 . James M[organ] ALS to George C. Morgan; Falmouth, Jamaica. (3 pages)
Expects good profits. The goodwill shown to local businessmen will pay off. Gives details on his rough voyage and the brig, which travelled quickly. Encountered a suspicious schooner off of St. Domingo and prepared for a struggle. Notes a Jamaican who wishes to move to New York to supplement his plantation income.
 
  1824 January 25 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Charleston, [South Carolina]. (1 page)
Details of bills, insurance.
 
  1824 February 14 . James Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Chesapeake Bay. (3 pages)
Received an unexpected cargo of corn to take to Providence, Rhode Island, which he accepted believing it would be shorter than a West Indian voyage. Notes low freight costs and unsold wares.
 
  1824 February 23 . James Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Rappahanack River, [Virginia]. (1 page)
Bad weather had delayed his departure. Insurance matters for the cargo of 4,000 bushels of corn.
 
  1824 March 10 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Providence, [Rhode Island]. (3 pages)
Difficulties with the weather. Prevented the ship from sinking.
 
  1824 May 11 . James Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Alvarado, [Mexico]. (3 pages)
Comments on the Alvarado custom house, expectations on profit for this cargo and freight to Havana, and insurance policy alterations. Notes that he runs a very fast brig.
 
  1824 May 27 . James Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Alvarado, [Mexico]. (3 pages)
Details on money and freight onboard as he prepares to head to Havana. Hopes to sail with a brig of war and a fleet, but if not believes he will still be protected by sailing with 22 other ships. The market is glutted with "english and other foreign Goods," noting his troubles selling crockery because of it. Insurance matters.
 
  1824 July 18 . James Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Havana, [Cuba]. (1 page)
Another captain undersold him and he had to find another cargo.
 
  1825 January 18 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (2 pages)
Has had to "Court the Members" of the New York Assembly and is busy with visits. Asks for letters of introduction. Is working towards getting a charter, and has gained the favor with W. S. & G. Thorn who he believes will aid him in the senate and assembly. Briefly notes popular fear of banks.
 
  1825 January 23 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Describes his efforts to secure charters and his interactions with members of the legislature. Introduces himself as "a sea faring Gentleman Retired from Service." Has received offers of employment with marine companies. Notes other charters being pursued in the same session. Asks again for letters of introduction and newspapers, which he uses to get legislators in his room.
 
  1825 January 30 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Discusses opposition to new charters, government lobbying, and his efforts to encourage in-fighting to acquire his marine charters. Comments on newspapers, struggles over appointments to flour inspector and state printer.
 
  1825 February 1 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (1 page)
Presses again for George to send his Certificate for Advertising. Compliments himself for his rising influence in the Assembly, but does not secure George's friend a position this year. Details state political jockeying. Asks after names of possible directors.
 
  1825 February 3 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Assured that his bill will pass. Boards with several members of the House and has piqued their interest in expanding the number of Marine Insurance companies. Notes hostility to banks and strategizes about names to exclude from their bill as a result.
 
  1825 February 6 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Asks after directors. Will present his bill before the House tomorrow. Opposition coming from New York City.
 
  1825 February 7 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (2 pages)
Presented the bill. Lists directors agreed upon and asks if George would like any changes.
 
  1825 February 10 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Comments on the working of the legislature, their allies, and strife over the flour inspector's appointment.
 
[Post]   1825 February 13 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; [Albany, New York]. (2 pages)
House has been discussing the "Canal Bill" all day. Dissembled by telling legislators he "was a sailor and knew nothing of the Banking Concerns."
 
  1825 February 19 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Captain Merry's arrival and his influence, having now been introduced to Governor Clinton and others. Wishes to include Merry as a director. Discusses the progress of their bill and the fate of other bills.
 
  1825 February 21 . James Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (2 pages)
Inside information regarding upcoming movements in the assembly on "Bank & Fire & Marine Charters." Pleased with Captain Merry's influence.
 
  1825 February 23 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (2 pages)
Legislature adjourned for Washington's Birthday and have passed the Buffalo Canal Bill. Expects the Select Committee to meet soon to consider their Bank and Insurance Bills, and believes they will vote favorably for the marine companies.
 
  1825 February 27 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
News on Mr. Canfield's actions trying to amend and restrain certain laws for personal benefit, and also works to obtain a Lottery from the legislature. The subcommittee considering his bill is composed of friends. Notes strife in the assembly concerning Senators, and the "great danger" facing banks and fire companies. Comments on George's depression.
 
  1825 February 27 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Surprised at George's opposition to Captain Merry, and is uncomfortable with having to break his word about his becoming a director.
 
  1825 March 7 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; [Albany, New York]. (3 pages)
Unable to get lottery tickets. Reports on Canfield's petition, his aim to counteract it, and assurances that he has friends on the committee dealing with the matter. Discusses the difficulties and political maneuvering amongst applicants for bills. The Assembly refused the directors named in the marine bill, insisting on commissioners. Expects the bill to pass soon.
 
  1825 March 11 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Grants power of attorney to George so he can act on his behalf regarding the Brig Huntress . News on bringing the bill forward, the lobby, and competition among fire companies who have turned to marine. News of the Silver Lake Bank's charter renewal.
 
  1825 March 14 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (1 page)
Recently arrived, but few Senators in town so unable to do much business.
 
  1825 March 16 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (2 pages)
News on their bill's movement through the Senate. Gives power of attorney for his custom house business. Financial and business details. Canfield continues to be troublesome.
 
  1825 March 18 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Their bill passed the Senate with a unanimous vote. 5 fire bills were voted down, and recommends removing some offending names to get it passed. Senate is considering a bill to alter the law regarding Albany's ability to sell land by lottery.
 
  1825 March 18 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (1 page)
Worries that the Senate is trying to delay their bill. Asks for more letters of introduction and aid from New York.
 
  1825 March 21 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
In retaliation for fire bills being voted down, the marine bills are now being referred back and delayed. Describes lobyists' agitated and frenzied actions.
 
  1825 March 23 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (1 page)
No movement on their bill. Has helped move Bartow's fire bill.
 
  1825 March 25 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (2 pages)
Details on counteracting Canfield's "schemes." Assures George of his influence. Fire bill passed and expects their bill to be acted on soon.
 
  1825 March 26 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Discusses Canfield with Cunningham, maintaining secrecy about his own interest in the matter. Been busy courting Senators. Exchanging newspapers. Discusses state politics, noting "Clintons party is in the Ebb old Republicanism is gaing ground."
 
  1825 March 29 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Cannot publish the queries and answers relating to Canfield. Feels he is doing well lobbying the Senate, and has done so without any aid. Notes progress on bills relating to banks.
 
  1825 April 5 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Clarifies about the income from Captain Hurtz's upcoming trip. Needs to keep Bartow's involvement with his bill a secret to keep it from harming its chances. Keeping an eye on Canfield.
 
  1825 April 8 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (2 pages)
Had to go to the Assembly for an amendment, and bribed the Clerk to get it through quicker. Hopes to finalize the bill soon and return home.
 
  1826 February 6 . James Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Vera Cruz, [Mexico]. (3 pages)
Had difficulty landing the boat due to weather, and expects it to take a while to unload his cargo. Was able to sail very quickly. Asks George to advertise for him. Notes damage to the city by "Balls and bombs from the Castle," as well as damage to the castle.
 
  1826 June 2 . E. W. Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Norwalk, Connecticut. (1 page)
Gives George proxy to vote on the "Franklin Bk shares."
 
  1827 February 2 . James Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Havana, [Cuba]. (2 pages)
Engaged a freight of coffee and several passengers. Had rough passage, and only the quality of the ship saved them. Insurance matters. Spanish fleet has blockaded Com. Porter at Key West along with the Mexican fleet. Notes a run-in between a British sloop of war with Spanish Privateer Fama . The Cubans "greatly irritated" by the English provocation
 
  1827 April 20 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Havana, [Cuba]. (1 page)
Full cargo and 18 passengers, but delayed to accommodate duty laws.
 
  1827 August 17 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; At sea. (1 page)
Enclosing signed notes.
 
  1829 August 1 . James Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Providence, [Rhode Island]. (1 page)
Family news.
 
  1831 January 1 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (2 pages)
Travel to Albany by water, boarding houses, and government officials. Asks to be sent the 200 printed memorials he forgot.
 
  1831 January 6 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (2 pages)
In Albany as a member of the New York delegation, and assures George they are in favor of Mr. Peckwell. Would like the Seaman's Petition sent to him, and will send accounts of hospital money.
 
  1831 January 14 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Business starting in the legislature. Suffering from poor health. Comments on people wishing his aid, including captains and applicants for marine bills. Discusses members of the House, including Spencer, Selden, Spencer, and Lacy.
 
  1831 January 20 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (1 page)
Talked to the governor, and requests Mr. Mitchell and Captain Welden come to Albany. Sends newspapers and the Canal Report.
 
  1831 January 22 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to G[eorge] C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Has been ill, which has afforded him the chance to meet individually with members of the New York Assembly when they call to ask after him. Provides details on current bills. Will work to advance the petition of the directors of the New York State Marine Charter. Expects there to be a "general reformation in the Marine Hospital funds and officers."
 
  1831 January 28 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (2 pages)
New York delegation's visit with the governor regarding the nomination of auctioneers. Asks if George has friends that require his patronage. Believes there will be little opposition to their bill for seamen or of Captain Welden's appointment. Asks for their charter to be sent.
 
  1831 February 1 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Recommends Red Peruvian bark as medicine. George was too slow in getting names to him to nominate for appointments. News on government proceedings. Sending reports. Asks for William Leggett's help. Has been offered appointment as Inspector for Marine Insurance.
 
  1831 February 10 . James Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Thanks for sending Tremain's certificate of advertising. Notes the demands on his time. Discusses winter travelling. Asks George to print some of the reports he drew and to distribute them to seamen. Asks for news about popular feeling regarding bills.
 
  1831 February 16 . J[ames] Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; Albany, [New York]. (3 pages)
Discusses his efforts to get political appointments, fears of being seen as a "Federal or an anti," and sending books for Elousia to read. Notes bills being discussed, his pleasure in popular approval of the legislature, and his sense of representing seamen. Three marine insurance companies have reported to the house.
 
  1840 August 15 . James Morgan ALS to George C. Morgan; New York, [New York]. (1 page)
Received news that Schooner Wanderer, carrying cotton and rice, was lost. Arrangements to go to the springs.
 
  1840 September 21 . New York, New York. (4 pages)
New York Journal of Commerce and Gazette, containing James Morgan's obituary.