Albert and Thomas Smith papers, 1773-1823 (inclusive)

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Content Notes

The Albert and Thomas Smith papers, dated 1773-1814, consist of shipping records, legal documents, mainly related to Albert Smith's service as a justice of the peace, and personal and professional correspondence. Records include a logbook for the voyages of the brigantine Apollo, captained by Albert Thomas, in 1792-1793. The vessel sailed to Falmouth, England, Cádiz, Spain, and St. Petersburg, Russia with cargo that included salt and tin. Albert Smith also kept a letter book with copies of correspondence he sent aboard the Apollo to merchants including Thomas Handasyd Perkins (1764-1864) and Stephen Gorham (1747-1826). There are also ship's papers and correspondence related to the voyages of the ship Argo to Virginia, Falmouth, Lisbon, Portugal, and St. Petersburg, carrying flour and other commodities, dated 1796-1798, and for the brigantine Baltimore, which sailed to Maryland carrying rum in 1786-1787. There are additionally documents concerning the voyage of the brigantine Mars, captained by Thomas Smith, which carried forty barrels of coffee to Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1784. The collection further includes assorted invoices, cargo lists, insurance documents, and bills, receipts, and promissory notes, dated from 1773 to 1823. Additionally, there are letters from Josiah Smith to his sons, and to Albert Smith from his wife, Anne. Professional correspondence contains letters about settling accounts, and several letters from Massachusetts Representative Richard Cutts (1771-1845; Harvard AB 1790) in Washington, D.C., regarding a government appointment Albert Smith was apparently seeking.

Biographical Notes

Albert Smith (1763-1823) and Thomas Smith (born 1775) were merchants and shipmasters in Hanover, Massachusetts. Albert Smith also operated a general store, and served as a justice of the peace, in Hanover. Thomas Smith, with his brothers Millar and Josiah, owned a shipyard in Hanover, and built a number of vessels including the brigantine Apollo, captained by Albert Smith in 1792 and 1793.