Isaiah L. Alden diary 1867-1869
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This letter book (243 pages) contains copies of around 350 outgoing business letters by Boston merchant Thomas Thaxter, dated November 16, 1810-January 15, 1813. The letters are addressed to numerous merchants, firms, and ship captains, and pertain to Thaxter's shipping interests in the United States and abroad. He occasionally mentioned doing business with firms in various parts of the United States and in countries such as Norway and Sweden. He often wrote the names of the merchant ships. Some of the letters contain brief invoices or similar financial statements, and many concern Thaxter's efforts to purchase or sell goods such as rice, spices, cotton, fabric, and animal skins. In at least two letters, Thaxter commented directly on the country's "unqualified" declaration of war against Great Britain (July 8, 1812, pp. 189, 191). Newspaper clippings, mostly of poems, obscure the first 3 pages of letters.