Benjamin Parker papers, 1779-1799 and undated

About this Collection

Creator
Parker, Benjamin , active 18th century
Type
Correspondence.Bills of exchange.Bills of lading.Invoices.Portage bills.
Collection Title
Benjamin Parker papers, 1779-1799 and undated
Language
English
Origin
Massachusetts
Description
.2 linear feet (1 box).
Repository
Baker Library, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990151757520203941
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Subjects
Apollo (Brig)
Pirates--Africa, North--History
Merchant mariners--Salaries, etc
Export marketing--Massachusetts
Imports--Massachusetts
Property insurance policies--Massachusetts
Shipping--Massachusetts
Ship captains
Boston (Mass.)--Commerce--Europe
Europe--Commerce--Massachusetts--Boston

Content Notes

The Benjamin Parker papers, dated 1779-1799, include bills of lading, invoices, receipts, bills, and correspondence related to the import and export of goods such as corn, Russian sheeting, and hemp on the brig Apollo, commanded by Parker and owned by Boston merchant Stephen Gorham. Some items are undated. In addition to Gorham, correspondents include Maurice Roberts of Cadiz, Spain, John Bulkeley & Co. of Lisbon, Portugal, and Francois Pelletreau & Co. in Rochefort, France. Some papers are undated.

Biographical Notes

Benjamin Parker was a shipmaster active in the 18th century. He captained the brig Apollo, owned by Boston merchant Stephen Gorham (1747-1826), to Great Britain and Europe. In 1794, the Apollo was captured and carried into the port of Rochefort, France, but the cargo was declared neutral by a French court, and Parker received an indemnity for his detention.