Boylston family papers, 1688-1979.


Boylston family papers, 1688-1979.

Business and family papers of the Boylston family of Boston and Princeton, Mass. and Bath, Bristol, and London, Eng. Letters, letterbooks, diaries, ledgers, and journals of merchants John (1709-1795), Thomas (1721-1798), Nicholas (1716-1771), and Ward N. Boylston (1749-1827). Subjects include coffee, rum, potash, sugar and whale oil trade, land speculation, the coming of the American Revolution, Mass. loyalists, construction of the family home in Princeton, and European description and travel. Correspondents include John Q. Adams, Asher Benjamin, Eliphalet Fitch, George Folger, Benjamin Hallowell, William Cooper, Harrison Gray, Daniel Leonard, Daniel Lisle, Moses Gill, Charles Bulfinch, Charles Paxton, William Smith, Benjamin, Petty, Samuel and William Vaughan, Samuel Sewall, and Jacob Wendell.

98 boxes (4 containing 42 v.), 44 v. in cases, 3 oversize v. in cases, 12 extra tall v. in cases, and 6 oversize boxes.


SNAC Resource ID: 6675892

Massachusetts Historical Society

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