Hugh Hartshorne (b. 1719) was a Philadelphia merchant.
Hugh Hartshorne's son, William Hartshorne (1742-1816), began a business in Antigua in 1761. The shipment of flour noted in this bill of lading was destined for his business. Between 1773 and 1775 William Hartshorne moved to a plantation near Alexandria, Virginia, where he was a friend and business associate of George Washington.
James Adams (1725?-1792), whose imprint is on this bill of lading, was Delaware's first printer. Prior to moving his business to Wilmington, Delaware, in 1761, Adams worked in the Philadelphia printing house of Franklin and Hall.
Hartshorne Family Papers, The Monmouth County Historical Association. http://www.monmouthhistory.org (accessed October 2010). Delaware: a guide to the First State. Compiled and written by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration of the State of Delaware. New York: The Viking Press, 1938. Pages 134-135.
From the guide to the Hugh Hartshorne bill of lading, 1765 April 6, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)