Letter book of 'J H' [Joseph Huddleston] of the firm of 'J P and Co' [John Peat and Co]

Scope and Content

Microfilm. Copies of the letters of John Peat and Co (written by Joseph Huddleston) are included in the volume, 23 Feb 1805 - 3 Oct 1846, although the letters mainly date from the period 1805 - 1834. The copies of these letters, together with a number of bills and several invoices, are mainly in the hand of Joseph Huddleston. They concern the firm's shipping trade with ports in Great Britain (Liverpool, Belfast etc.) "N. America" [Canada], Jamaica etc., this trade being mainly in iron and (particularly in the case of Canada) timber. Included are copies of letters to Captains of firm's ships and further letters regarding insurance matters. This trade was partially carried out in ships belonging to the Firm. Some of the timber etc. was used in its own shipyard (which built and repaired ships), but much of the trade was carried out on behalf of the firm's customers. At the front of the volume are notes on "Chronical Rheumatism" and its treatment and an incomplete index to the volume (which covers the period up to 1806 only)

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph Huddleston, of Maryport, Cumbria; employee of John Peat and Co, shipbuilders and merchants in the 19th century

Access Information

Access is open to bona fide researchers

Acquisition Information

Mr W Rollinson, Organising Lecturer, Institute of Extension Studies, Liverpool (purchase); 21 Jul 1972

Other Finding Aids

In this case the above description constitutes the entire list for this deposit.

Alternative Form Available

8 other microfilm copies have been made and deposited with Liverpool City Libraries, the National Maritime Museum and the Cumbria County Record Office, Carlisle

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