Obed Macy Journals and Letter Books

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Obed Macy Journals and Letter Books
Obed Macy (1762–1844) was a Nantucket Quaker merchant and writer whose long and varied career included work as a whaleman, shoemaker, blacksmith, and farmer. He and his brother Silvanus manufactured soap and spermaceti candles, and served as shipping agents and ship owners. In 1835, he published "The History of Nantucket," a book Herman Melville later used as a guide while writing "Moby Dick". An inveterate and eclectic observer, he wrote six volumes of personal journals between 1799 and 1855. These capture daily details of island life, as well personal opinions on national and international events. The NHA also holds Macy's letter books, containing business correspondence with merchants in Boston, Providence, New York, and Philadelphia, as well as personal letters regarding “The History of Nantucket,” antislavery sentiments, and political opinions.
Folder 75 Silvanus and Obed Macy: Letter book 1

Folder 75 Silvanus and Obed Macy: Letter book 1

Letter book 1, 11 December 1793-17 March 1809 Includes business letters of the firm of Silvanus and Obed Macy to merchants in Boston, Baltimore, Providence, New York, and Philadelphia, especially Elisha Sigourney, David Anthony and Timothy Green, agreeing to sell oil and candles. Many...

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Obed Macy: Journal 5

Obed Macy: Journal 5

Journal 5, 14 November 1827–December 1838 Includes daily details of island life, as well Obed’s personal opinions on national and international events. Among events recorded are: channel, page 5; Benjamin Lundy, abolition lecturer, page 11; channel and breakwater, pages 11, 18, 29, 57;...

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Obed Macy: Journal 6

Obed Macy: Journal 6

Journal 6, 17 December 1838–10 March 1855 Includes daily details of island life, as well Obed’s personal opinions on national and international events. Among events recorded are: telegraph, 1839, pages 3, 22; Temperance, pages 3, 59, 67; Asylum at Quaise, page 12; North Friends' Meeting House...

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