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John Codman (1755-1803)

Description

This series includes correspondence, financial records, and legal records belonging to John Codman (1755-1803). Folder 5 contains a letter sent in 1791 to Welcome Arnold, Esq. of Providence in reply to a letter from Arnold; the letter discusses the actions Codman has taken in response to the levying of a duty on hemp by Congress. Folder 3 contains a personal account book which includes payments for food, liquor, clothing, household goods, church dues, hardware, loans and loan repayments, laborers’ wages, work on the schooner "Dolphin," and furniture (including a payment for Mr. Sprague for chairs). Folder 4 contains financial correspondence including copies of business letters to domestic and foreign agents or representatives. The waste book (oversize, box 2) primarily includes debts for his business, and it also includes some personal debts and credits. Of particular interest are expenses for a ropewalk in Boston and an expense from John Codman to Richard Codman for paintings, statuary, glasswork, and other items. Folder 7 contains a payment agreement drawn up by Barnard Lowell, mate on Codman’s ship "Abigail," for his wages due (note: this item was framed at the time it was given to Historic New England - then the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities - in 1987). Folder 6 contains a bill of sale for the ship "Governor Bowdoin" in 1793 to John Codman (1755-1803) and Richard Codman (1762-1806).

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Details

Collection Name
John Codman (1898-1989) family papers
Collection Code
MS037
Dates
1755-1803
Physical Description
5 folders and 1 loose volume
Collection Type
Manuscripts
Description Level
Series
GUSN
295372
Reference Code
MS037.02

Arrangement

Materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by subseries and chronologically within each subseries.

Record details

Originator
Codman, John, 1755-1803
Other People
Arnold, Welcome
Lowell, Barnard
Descriptive Terms
furniture
laborers
shipping
trade (function)
wages
Material Type
account books
bills of sale
correspondence
financial records
legal documents

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