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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 references to coastal shipping by Nantucket sloops and schooners. Also letters from Silvanus Macy to captains of ships in which the Macy's had an interest and to insurance companies concerning premiums.

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Silvanus & Obed Macy s Letter Book

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Nantucket 11th. 12.mo 1796

Esteemed Friend Elisha Sigourney We wrote to thee by Alexr Gardner that we Ship.t by him to thy care 35 Boxes Candles Markt. GMM we have now to inform that we have Shipt. per Brig Polly Nickolas Meader 12 Boxes of Warrentable Candles Mark.t GMM Containing 341 3/4 which makes 47 Boxes. —

We have also Shipt. per Brig 10 Cask of Sperma-ceti Oil Containg 573 Gallon. the which with the Candles we desire thou will dispose of to the best of our Advantage not scrupleing My Endeavours for our Interest. — We Remain thy Friends Prince Gardner J Silv & Obed Macy

Nantucket 11.th 12.mo 1793—

Esteemed Friend Elisha Sigourney We have sent the Brig Polly to thy Address, wishing thou would sell her for us upon the best term.s thou can get, Remembering her Qualifications as per Recommend. The Intent of sending her is for Sale as She is too small for our present Business. - as to Chartering her for us it dont seem to us Agreeable as we are Entirely directed another way with our Business. Thou will please to dispatch the Man as soon as possible on Acct. of Expence to matter for our Interest.

We Remain thy Friend's Prince Gardner & Silv & Obed Macy

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Nantucket 11th. 12.mo 1793—

Recommend for the Brig Polly She was Built at Providence by thomas Salman a Carpenter that was Reconed upon as (Warrantable) Equal to any Man in the State of Ph- Island, a man that Built John Brown.s Large Ship; & after his Common fee for Building we made him a hansom Present for his fidelity. as we had her Built purposely for our own Use in the Whail Fishery of which She has Ever followed since Built! Except 2 summers a (Fishing) Her [???] is as thick as Common & the planking followed Suit which Cost us 10 Dol.s for the same so as to make her a true Round on Acct. of Nothing to ketch her Boat in taking them in. She was Sheathd Before she was toucht. with the Worms & may be Warranted So. Her Sheathing is a little Eat but so as not to hinder her Proceeding a Twelve-Month.s Voyage. Her upper Works was all Becaulk! 7th mo last & we Believe she is a light Strong Vessail as ever Floated of her Size; She will carry 700 Barrels. Flour, her sails Almost New, would last 9 Months 1 Cabler Almost New the other Very Good, Altho she look.s Broad on Deck, she may be recommended to sail without a Main-Topsail equal to Common Vessail.s with One, & a Very Stiff Comfortable Vessail in a Gale & the only reason why she is for Sale is that small Vessails in the Whail-Fishery will not at present Answer

Silv.s & O Macy

To Elisha Sigourney

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Nantucket, 11th. 12m.1793 Capt. Nichol.s Moder As thou art Capt of the Brig Polly it is our direction that thou proceed for Boston the first fair Wind & after thy Arrival deliver the Cargo as directed by the Shippers Our Oil Candles & the Brig thou! Deliver to Elisha Sigourney. Thou wil recieve the frieght & Wharfage on the different goods from the different Consignees, &Pay the People Agreeable to thy Agreemen with them, & the Ballance / if thou should sail from their / thou maydirect to us in as safe a Channel as thou Can. Thou take Every method that's right for our Interest; Not doubting My Exertion in the Case We Remain thy Friend Silvs. & O Macy Frieght on Board the Brig Oil 317 2/3 Bs Rozin 18 ------ Flour 157 492 2/3 & 12 Ton of Iron

Nantucket 16th. 12m. 1793 Esteemed Friend Elisha Sigourney Being under an Engagement with George Lawrence for Ten Boxes of Candles, we expected to have made them timely for him, but having a fair Wind this Morning for Boston & we not in Readiness for him by 48 hours Should be Glad thou would Permit him or Order to take ten Boxes of our Candles our of the Brig which will leave 2 on Board of her for thy Care from thy Friend Prince Gardiner & Silvs. & O Macy

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