Folder 75 Silvanus and Obed Macy: Letter book 1

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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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Nantucket 3 mo [MONTH] 10th 1794 Esteemed Friend Elisha Sigourney thy Letter 12th mo [MONTH] we have not answered Until this opportunity by Reason we was in some calculation of making use of the [???] vessels our S [SHIP?] Macy being Absent for Balt [BALTIMORE] but some Returned & we find the [???] [???] Dispose of it to Advantage therefore Shall leave the Matter as tho we Never was Advised of it he Seth Informed us candles in BALT [BALTIMORE] was worth [???] [???] [???] Every appearance for their being of therefore we may Resonable Expect they will take a Start in this State = 6 [FLOORS?] 491 currency Ship [BRED?] 181 of every thing at that market on the [RYE?] of money to plenty foreign Trade We Just Mention the Above for thy Private View Resting Satisfyd [SATISFIED] with thy conduct as to our Business heretofore Remain thy friend S O [SILVANUS & OBED] Macy

Nantucket 12th 8 mo [MONTH] 1794 Esteemed friend thine 7th 8 mo notes the Content. Elisha Macy the Bearer of this should call on our Acct. [ACCOUNT] for money. Please to Answer them up to it if we have in thy hand. with Due Respect S O [SILVANUS & OBED] Macy

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Nantucket 18th 8 mo [MONTH] 1796 Esteemed friend Jane Manchester We Arrive safe & find a Vessel from Hallifx [HALIFAX] has supplyed [SUPPLIED] this Place with [HUON?] [4TH?] [PROOF?] at [7/6?] So that Even at that [PRICE?] it will be Difficult to make a Ready Sale from this we shall wait thy order From thy Friend S O [SILVANUS AND OBED] Macy to Capt Manchester Providence

Nantucket 12th 8mo [MONTH] 1796 Capt Meader as thou art Master Schooner Sherbourne it is our Desire that thou would Proceed for Balt [BALTIMORE] with all Dispatch that if Possibe & at thy Arrival Dl [DELIVER?] the letter as Directed oyl [OIL] to [HUNIMEL?] of [HIDE?] candles to May of Payson we have Rote [WROTE?] to them to lend us 170 Br. [BARRELS?] Flour. Please to tonnage it with ballace [BALLAST?] & [BORD?] under that that [STOES?] Next to [LEALING?] so that it shant get soiled we have shipt [SHIPPED] 1 Br [BARRELL?] of Best spalm [SPERM?] oyl [OIL] of 2 Lamps for Winchester & [HOLLINSWORTH?] the Prise [PRICE] as Below Please to get the money for it we have Shipt [SHIPPED] 1 [BARREL?] [TANMERS?] oyl [OIL] Please to sell it on our [???] silk stocking of [JBERNY?] for flour as it is likeley thou may Receive money of May & Payson for as thou will Bring 50 [BARRELS?] [CORIN?] [HOG?] [BRAN?]corn must be in rum [GUMBIN?] if Posible [POSSIBLE] to be Bot. [BOUGHT?] if Mate & People Want money Supply them what thou think Reasonable & should Recommend if thou Bring money Expected not to make a [RARADE?] with it on [LEVERALS?] Act [ACCOUNT?] Bring us 2 Br. [BARRELS?] [PILOT?] [BRED?] I Should try to get the other [???] [???] [SOOT?] for oar [OARS?] as thing is on the [THY] Rise so wishing the [THY] Well & a Prosperous Voyage Remain thy Friend Silv [SILVANUS] & Obed Macy 10 Ships [BRED?] for [???]

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Nantucket 12th 8 mo [MONTH] 1796 Esteemed friend May of Payson this may inform that the Schooner Sherborn Nicholas Meader Master Sales [SAILS?] to morrow [TOMORROW] for your Part at my Arrival I found the Schooner was [SET?] too high (as I thot [THOUGHT] for your Interest) for me to Purchase her on your Act [ACCOUNT] so that at Present She remains ownd [OWNED] as heretofore as oyl [OIL] she is loaded on Act [ACCOUNT] of [JHIMMEL & HEIDE?] oyl [OIL] Being so high that I expect as you have some on hand & we look for 3 Long ships in about 5 Weeks that it might be as well to suspend the Purchase Untill [UNTIL] Next Trip [???] the [REFUND?] of 150 [BARRELS?] of it as it was Laid in But Rather Chose to Let Alone on your Act [ACCOUNT] for Reasons as Above is Capt [POUNDS STERLING?] 21 [LINONY?] ton & as it was Bound they muss [MUST?] pay 10/8 [PERCENT?] ton for Cooperage per ton [BENDES?] other changes so that I have made a [CAPT?] & find it will cost them 9 3/4 Dollars [???] Nearly we have shipt [SHIPPED] [???] Bones [SPALM?] cand [CANDLES] as [PER?] Invoice to your Address, Requesting you will Sell thm on our Act [ACCOUNT] & ship 170 [BARRELS] common Flour & Ballance [BALANCE] in [PART?] by Capt Meader as we have made a Small Speech Should be glad to have them Sold Unless you must make a Sacrifise [SACRIFICE] of them in that case you will hold them for a Better Market our second Quality Candles will be Ready Next Trip Not Doubling your Exertions for our [INTERESTS?] as far as the case may Require we Remain your Friend Sivl [SILVANUS] & Obed Macy PS we Expect they will Send New orders at the Return of the Vessel for her to be sold Should be glad to Still have your Advice Respecting her Look over Leafe [LEAF]

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her & Likewise Respecting Shipping oyl [OIL] next Trip on your act. [ACCOUNT] Extra our ship is Arrived here & is called a compleat [COMPLETE] Piece of work 285 Tons if you should incline to have one Built I Belive theirs' opportunity I expect it could not be done in good order under [515?] ton ([LINONY?] as thing is on the Prise) all compleated if you have that; that way & will send your order to us we will at any time Pay that attention thereto as the Case may Require. oyl [OIL] in Boston 22 Ton S [SILVANUS] [AND] O [OBED] Macy

Nantucket 22th 8 mo [MONTH] 1794 Respected friend [JOSEPH?] Manchester Having Received a few lines of Capt Swain to ship the Rum if not sold I have Ship it Agreable to thy Request [PER?] Capt Swain The Circumstance of the Arrival of 10 [???] from Hallifax otherwise it would have all Sold here to a Profit have just formed thy bill thy Paying Capt Swain much ablidge thy Friend.. Silv [SILVANUS] Macy To [JOSEPH?] Manchester Providence

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Nantucket 10th 10mo [MONTH] 1794 Esteemed Friend Elisha Sigourney This may inform that we expect to have in the course of 5 weeks about Thirty four Ton of Strained Sperm Oil fit for the Market Should be glad to hear what prospect for a Market appears in Boston. We would with nothing binding in talk without further advice from thy Friends S [SILVANUS] [AND] O [OBED] Macy Esteemed Friend Elisha Sigourney We Received thine [???] Capt Coffin & Note the contents we are sorry to learn of some of our candles rather oyly [OILY]. We should wish either have them sent here first opportunity or have them [REPACKED?] in Boston if it will Put them on a footing for Sale which ever is for our Interest Please to [ETE?] upon for in case they must come Back the sooner the Better So that we can Replace them or other for Sale We shall Request Capt Barns to Join in with thee to take them here if you think it Best we cant tell Being here which is Best as it's Rather Delicate making a Parade of the matter owing to Consequences thou Can Easily Guess therefore shall Leave the matter for the Act. [ACCOUNT] upon as in Judgement may Be for our Interest PS should be glad to no [KNOW?] how many of this Quality thou has on hand of ours & how many that saileable [SALEABLE] whether we have any money now in thy hand Due us if it can be Done without much Trouble to thee. From thy Friend Silvanus [AND] O [OBED] Macy NB we have Excellent candles on hand for any opening that offers

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