Heard family business records, 1754-1898 (inclusive) [microform].


Heard family business records, 1754-1898 (inclusive) [microform].

Business records and personal papers of several generations of the Heard family. The oldest group of papers, 1770-1834, is that of John Heard, who made his wealth from the manufacture and sale of rum, the outfitting of privateers, and trade with the West Indies. The largest and most important group of papers in the collection is that of Augustine Heard and his various partnerships. His papers cover, first, his travels as supercargo for Boston and Salem merchants who were trading in the Far East, then his activities as partner in the great shipping firm of Russell and Company. In 1836 he left Russell and Company. By 1840 he had become the head of his own firm, Augustine Heard and Company, founded with Joseph Coolidge. Included in the collection are records and papers of Thomas Hunt and Company of Hong Kong, 1863-1869, which counted Augustine Heard and Company among its customers.

261 linear ft. (800 v., 272 boxes, 103 cases)

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