Appleton Prentiss invoice book, 1786-1812 (inclusive)

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About this Item

Creator
Prentiss, Appleton.
Type
Invoices.
Language
English
Origin
Massachusetts
Description
.25 linear feet (1 volume)
Repository
Baker Library, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990147140360203941

Content Notes

Invoice book maintained by Boston, Massachusetts, commission agent Appleton Prentiss, recording goods he imported and consigned, such as cloth, furs, leather, buttons, handkerchiefs, buckles and assorted household wares, dated 1786-1796. Among the merchants, shopkeepers, and traders who had commission accounts with Prentiss were Mary Snow of Boston and William Howe of Cambridge. Prentiss also shipped commodities to merchants outside of New England; he sent men's shoes and "Negro" shoes, for enslaved people, to Samuel Vance of Wilmington, North Carolina. In the back of the volume is a copy of a statement in 1812 regarding the property of Louisa Dascomb of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a recipe for laudanum.

Biographical Notes

Commission agent active in Boston, Massachusetts, between the 1780s and 1790s. Appleton Prentiss consigned items like clothing and housewares.