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Edward Adolphus Correspondence, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
Edward Adolphus worked as a merchant stationed in Belize, Honduras, during the mid-19th century. William Warriner, a New York City merchant, worked in the shipping industry in the mid 19th century, and traded indigo, sarsaparilla, and mahogany, along with other goods. A. J. Cameron, of Boston, also traded in foodstuffs during the mid-19th century.
The Edward Adolphus correspondence contains seven letters and a receipt pertaining to commercial interests in New York and Boston in 1842 and 1843. The collection includes five letters from Warriner, a New York City-based merchant, one receipt for goods shipped on the Florida Blanco , and two letters from A. J. Cameron. In his letters, Warriner wrote Adolphus regarding business in New York, and focused particularly on the trade in indigo and mahogany. In one letter, Warriner mentioned the recent death of his son: "I was at the time much afflicted having that morning lost my youngest boy, who died suddenly of dropsy in the brain … I never knew a real trouble before and shall improve by this one by a firmer faith and determination to place my mind on nothing in the hope of retaining it here" (April 1, 1842). Cameron, based in Boston, also discussed commercial matters. His letter of November 1, 1843, provided his opinions on the prospective education of the Adolphus children and on dentistry.