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Moses Brown (1742-1827) Papers

Moses Brown (1742-1827) Papers

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MOSES BROWN (1742-1827) PAPERS, 1790-1816





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Brown, Moses, 1742-1827
Title:Moses Brown (1742-1827) Papers
Dates:1790/1816
Quantity:2.25 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:This collection contains disbursements, invoices, correspondence, and export sheets relating to the ship, William, of which Moses Brown was the master.
Collection Number:MSS 441

Series List

SERIES I. Ship Papers
SERIES II. Correspondence
SERIES III. Export Sheets

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains disbursements, invoices, correspondence, and export sheets relating to the ship, William, of which Moses Brown was the master. A few documents cover the period (1791) when John Newman was captain; however the bulk of the papers cover the period (1792-1801) when William Pickett was the captain. The papers deal with trade in Amsterdam, Charleston, Cronstadt, Copenhagen, Dublin, London, and St. Petersburg. This collection has been divided into three series.

Series I. Ship Papers contains materials from the ship William. These include disbursements, invoices, receipts, and other miscellaneous accounts.

Series II. Correspondence contains correspondence about the ship William.

Series III. Export Sheets contains export and import sheets and price lists about British and American ships.


Biographical Sketch

Moses Brown was born on October 2, 1742 in Newbury, Massachusetts to Abigail (Pearson) and Joseph Brown, Jr. At an early age he apprenticed as a chaise-maker and eventually went into business as a carriage manufacturer. Later on he entered the mercantile business and developed a large foreign and domestic trade, particularly in sugar and molasses with the West Indies. He owned several wharves, warehouses, distilleries and large amounts of real estate in Newburyport. He was an avid philanthropist, contributing to numerous causes in Newburyport and surrounding areas. He was married to Mary Hall from 1772 until her death in 1778. Later, he was married to Mary White from 1786 until her death in 1821. He died on February 9, 1827 in Newburyport, survived by his daughter Mrs. William B. Bannister. His granddaughter, Sarah (Bannister) Hale inherited much of his property and donated property to the Andover Theological Seminary which Moses helped establish.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Brown, Moses, 1742-1827
Bulkeley, John M.
Mollwo, Jacob
Picket, William
Merchants--Massachusetts--Newburyport
Shipping--Massachusetts--Newburyport--History
Newburyport (Mass.)
William (Ship)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Moses Brown Papers, MSS 441, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The majority of this material was purchased in 2003 (accession #2003.038). Additional materials were purchased on July 17, 2012 (accession #2012.022).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Erin Ellingham, March 2010. Updated by Hilary Streifer, March 2017.


Related Material

American Council of Learned Societies. Dictionary of American Biography. Vol. 3. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.


Currier, John J. History of Newburyport, Mass: 1764-1905. Vol. 2. Newburyport, Mass: John J. Currier, 1909.


Moses Brown Papers, 1792-1801. Collection number MC 138. University of New Hampshire Library, Milne Special Collections


Moses Brown Papers, 1791-1797. Collection number 04694-Z. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library


Moses Brown Papers, 1777-1815. Collection number D-097. University of California, Davis University Library Special Collections


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