1864 - Letters & Documents Captain William Graves Newburyport Civil War
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1864 - Letters & Documents Captain William Graves Newburyport Civil War:
This lot of lettersand documents from 1864 all belonged to Captain William Graves Jr. of Newburyport, Massachusetts. William Graves, Jr. (1811-1877), was a Newburyport captain, shipowner, and commercial agent. Graves was captain and part owner of the ship Thomas Perkins during its voyage to the East Indies from 1846 to1847. By 1850 he was engaged as a local agent by the New Bedford Cordage Company to sell cordage in Newburyport. He sent all notes and acceptances for payment to the treasurer and later president, William J. Rotch. By the 1850s Graves was also owner the ships George West and Josiah L. Hale amongst many others. In the years before the Civil War Graves was shipping cotton from New Orleans to London. This lot of letters and documents from 1864 shows how is business has changed during the war. Included aretweleve letters several notes andreceipts including a large account of the business he did with his brother Alexander Graves during the year 1864 (see second & Third pictures). There are nineteen pieces altogether. Very good condition! !