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Guide to the Moses Brown Papers, 1792-1801

Collection number: MC 138

Size: 1 box (0.20 cu.ft.)

About Moses Brown

Moses Brown was born in 1742 and was a prominent merchant and citizen of Newburyport, MA. He first worked as a chaise maker in 1766. After twenty-five years in the trade, he

purchased a wharf and invested his money in Newburyport’s lucrative shipping industry.

Brown imported molasses and distilled rum and later bought warehouses where he “stored

cargoes arriving at the dull season of the year when they could not be disposed of at a fair price.” He died in 1827.

About the Moses Brown Papers

The collection consists of fifty-two letters written by various Portsmouth, New Hampshire

traders and storeowners to Moses Brown, merchant of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Half of the letters were penned by prominent Portsmouth resident, Captain Martin Parry.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Moses Brown Papers, 1792-1801, MC 138, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchase, Charles Apfelbaum, Watchung, New Jersey, 1994 (Accession number: 94.028)

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Letters from Blaisdell, Abner, 1794-1797
Box 1, Folder 2 letters from Fitz, William, 1794-1797
Box 1, Folder 3 Letters from Hale, William, 1794-1797
Box 1, Folder 4 Letters from Ham, William, 1792-1795
Box 1, Folder 5 Letters from Hamilton, Jonathan, 1797
Box 1, Folder 6 Letters from Parry, Martin, 1790-1792 August
Box 1, Folder 7 Letters from Parry, Martin, 1792 September-1792 December
Box 1, Folder 8 Letters from Parry, Martin, 1793
Box 1, Folder 9 Letters from Parry, Martin, 1794-1798
Box 1, Folder 10 Letters from Shapley, Reuben, 1800
Box 1, Folder 11 Letters from miscellaneous others,1794-1801