Benjamin Parker papers, 1779-1799 and undated
About this Collection
- Parker, Benjamin , active 18th century
- Collection Title
- Benjamin Parker papers, 1779-1799 and undated
- .2 linear feet (1 box).
- Baker Library, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
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.
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.