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Henry Hastings & Company correspondence, 1865-1871.
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Henry Hastings & Company correspondence, 1865-1871


Sixty seven letters received bewteen 1865 and 1871 by Henry Hastings & Company, Boston ship owners and shipping agents. A number of famous clipper ships are mentioned in the correspondence, including Invincible, Charger, Electric Spark, Nightingale, Messenger, Nonantum, Witch of the Wave, Ella Norton, White Swallow, Grace Darling, and others. The letters document the formation and financing of clipper ship voyages to San Francisco, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Canton, Bombay, Calcutta and other far eastern ports. The letters include very specific mention of prices current for various products and commodities, as well as strategies for marketing these products and commodities. Major themes in the correspondence include the decline and bankruptcy of Charles Brooks and Company, the difficulties encountered by the ship Invincible in 1866, and piracy and murder aboard the ship Lubra.


1865 (issued)


Clipper ships
Piracy -- China
Henry Hastings & Company.
Invincible (Ship)
Charger (Ship)
Nightingale (Ship)
Messenger (Ship)
White Swallow (Ship)
Grace Darling (Ship)
Midnight (Ship)
Nonantum (Ship)
Electric Spark (Ship)
Witch of the Wave (Ship)
Ella Norton (Ship)
Lubra (Ship)


Purchase from Ten Pound Island Book Company; 2020.
Henry Hastings & Company correspondence, BANC MSS 2020/337, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
In English.

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