Collection Scope and Content Note
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The three volumes of manuscript records of colonial privateers that comprise this collection include two volumes relating to the sloop, Stephen & Elizabeth in June-September, 1740. These volumes include an itemization of provisions used on board ship during their cruise off Hispaniola, as well as an inventory and list of prices realized during sale at in "Charlestown" (Charleston, South Carolina). The third volume lists seizures by the New York-based Oliver Cromwell , during and immediately after the French and Indian War.
The value in these volumes lies more in the immaculate inventories of the prizes taken and prices realized, than in the rather slender documentation of privateering.