Papers, 1787-1863.


Melville family. Papers, 1787-1863.

Papers, 1787-1863.

Chiefly business correspondence of Thomas Melvill or his son Thomas. Includes letters and documents reflecting the elder Melvill's position as naval officer; correspondence between father and son concerning the latter's commercial ventures in Europe; letters about the farm at Pittsfield; and papers pertaining to legal matters such as the lawsuit of Melvill heirs to recover some French property to which they had a claim by marriage, material concerning the seizure of cargo of the sloop Falmouth in 1789, and letters to or from Lemuel Shaw, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts (1830-1860). Also contains accounts, receipts, promissory notes, insurance policies and other business papers.

3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)



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Melvill, Thomas, 1776-1845 (person)

Falmouth (Ship) (corporateBody)

U.S. naval vessel launched 1827 by Boston Navy Yard, and declared ready for sea in 1828; sloop of war; 703 tons; decommissioned in 1859. From the description of Logbook, 1831 July 5-1834 Jan. 30. (Old Dartmouth Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 70968557 U.S. naval vessel launched 1827 by Boston Navy Yard, and declared ready for sea in 1828; sloop of war; 703 tons; decommissioned in 1859; recommissioned as stationary storeship, 1860; sold 1863. From...

Melville family. (family)

The Melville family (or Melvill) of this collection were ancestors of the author Herman Melville. Thomas Melvill (1751-1832), Herman Melville's grandfather, was a merchant in Boston, participated in the Boston Tea Party, served as a Major in Crafts' Artillery Regiment during the Revolutionary War, was appointed Surveyor of the Port with the formation of the federal government, and after 1811 held the post of Naval Officer of the Port of Boston and Charlestown. Thomas Melvill, Junior (1776-1845),...

Shaw, Lemuel, 1781-1861 (person)

Chief justice of Massachusetts, 1830-1860. His daughter Elizabeth married the author Herman Melville. From the description of ALS : Boston, to Joseph B. Felt, 1834 Oct. 14. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122475395 Shaw was chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1830-1860). Webster and Parkman were on the faculty of Harvard Medical School at the time of Parkman's murder. From the description of Sentence of John W. Webster...

Melvill, Thomas, 1751-1832 (person)

Major in Revolution. Naval Officer of Boston. One of the Boston Tea Party. Famous as the subject of Homer's Poem, "The Last Leaf." "I saw him once before As he passed by the door," etc. From the description of Permit, 1815, November 10, Boston. (Brown University). WorldCat record id: 122647871 Merchant & grandfather of Herman Melville. Came from a Scottish background, participated in the Boston Tea Party, was a Major in the Crafts Artillery Regiment in the Revolutionary ...