Papers, 1684-1826, bulk: 1750-1797.


Davis, Caleb, 1738-1797. Papers, 1684-1826, bulk: 1750-1797.

Papers, 1684-1826, bulk: 1750-1797.

Correspondence, bills & receipts, and accounts of Boston merchant Caleb Davis. Starting in the grocery business in the late 1750s, Davis expanded into the shipping trade, doing extensive business with the firm of Cravath and Dugan of Baltimore in fish, rum, flour, iron, and staves. After the Revolutionary War, he continued trade with several firms in Europe and the West Indies. During the Revolution he corresponded with Gen. William Heath and Dr. Barnabas Biddle, mostly about equipment and supplies. Davis became Speaker of the Mass. House of Representatives and was a representative to the state convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution. His correspondence includes letters from Rufus King, Nathaniel Gorham, and Theodore Sedgwick concerning the Constitution. (Con't) Also included are 2 letters from J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur (1782), one from George Washington (Aug. 1781), one from Paul Revere (Feb. 1779), and several from Samuel Adams (1778-1781). Also, letters from his brothers Amasa, Joshua, and Nathaniel Davis; school essays of John D. Davis; copy books of Davis's third wife, Eleanor Cheever, from the 1760s; and journals kept by William Downes Cheever during a trip to Europe, 1778-79.

61 v., 1 case, and 2 index card boxes.

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Davis, Nathaniel (person)

Davis, Joshua, 1736- (person)

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Davis, Eleanor Cheever, 1750- (person)

Davis, Caleb, 1738-1797. (person)

Biddle, Barnabas. (person)

United States. Continental Army (corporateBody)

In response to the expansion of the Continental Army the number of staff was increased and reorganized in 1776. Changes included the creation of a new unit to supplement George Washington's personal staff. This special unit, the Commander in Chief's Guard, was formed on March 12, 1776 with Captain Caleb Gibbs (formerly adjutant of the 14th Continental Regiment and appointed Aid to Major General Greene) as commander. The unit protected Washington, the army's cash, and official papers. ...

Davis, Amasa, 1744-1825 (person)

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Heath, William, 1737-1814 (person)

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