COLLECTION GUIDES

1797-1839

Guide to the Collection


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of records of the Boston Marine Insurance Company, including correspondence, accounts, and 65 volumes of financial, legal, investment, and policy records, as well as letters by company presidents.

Collection Description

This collection consists of records of the Boston Marine Insurance Company documenting its business insuring ships' cargoes for both foreign and domestic trading voyages. The collection contains 14 boxes of loose manuscripts, primarily correspondence and accounts with Boston and London merchants and ship owners, including P. C. Brooks, Samuel Williams, Belcher & Phelps, and Gibbs & Channing (of Newport). The 65 volumes include two receipt books (1799-1839), promissory notes (1801), stock share records (1830-1839) and transfers (1800-1839), 14 volumes of insurance proposals (1797-1838), two cash books (1813-1839), a ledger (1805-1839), 33 volumes of policy records (1801-1838), and others. A letterbook contains copies of letters primarily by company presidents Thomas Davis (to 1804), Samuel Cabot (1805-1808), George Cabot (1808-1822), and Daniel Sargent (1823-1838).

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. James G. Freeman, March 1914. Some items were removed from the Worthington C. Ford papers in May 1991.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Loose papers, 1797-1839

Box 1
1797-Oct. 1800
Box 2
Nov. 1800-May 1801
Box 3
June 1801-Oct. 1802
Box 4
Nov. 1802-1803
Box 5
1804-Apr. 1805
Box 6
May 1805-1806
Box 7
1807-1809
Box 8
1810-1811
Box 9
1812-June 1816
Box 10
July 1816-June 1822
Box 11
July 1822-1827
Box 12
1828-May 1833
Box 13
June 1833-1839
Box 14
Undated manuscripts, insurance protests, and blank insurance forms

II. Volumes, 1797-1839

Vol. 1
Receipt book, 26 June 1799-31 May 1816
Vol. 2
Receipt book, 12 June 1816-5 Mar. 1839
Vol. 3
Promissory notes, 11-28 Feb. 1801
Vol. 4
Share book (stocks), 7 Jan. 1820-11 Feb. 1828
Vol. 5
Share book (stocks), 17 Jan. 1833-25 Jan. 1839
Vol. 6
Oriental Bank book, 1834-1837
Vol. 7
Ship losses and disputes, 1797-1815
Vol. 8
"No. 2," memoranda, opinions, etc., 1828-[?]

Proposals for insurance on cargoes

Vol. 9
No. 1, 1797-[1799]
Vol. 10
No. 2, Nov. 1799-Feb. 1801
Vol. 11
No. 3, Feb. 1801-Mar. 1802
Vol. 12
No. 4, Mar. 1802-Nov. 1803
Vol. 13
No. 5, Nov. 1803-Feb. 1805
Vol. 14
No. 6, Feb. 1805-Sep. 1806
Vol. 15
No. 7, Oct. 1806-Dec. 1809
Vol. 16
No. 8, Jan. 1810-Aug. 1812
Vol. 17
No. 9, Sep. 1812-Jan. 1817
Vol. 18
No. 10, Jan. 1817-July 1820
Vol. 19
No. 11, Aug. 1820-Oct. 1824
Vol. 20
No. 12, Nov. 1824-Mar. 1827
Vol. 21
No. 13, Mar. 1827-July 1831
Vol. 22
No. 14, July 1831-Jan. 1838
Vol. 23
Cash book, June 1813-Dec. 1831
Vol. 24 (XT)
Cash book, Jan. 1832-Mar. 1839
Vol. 25
Transfers (stocks), Apr. 1800-Dec. 1824
Vol. 26
Transfers (stocks), Jan. 1825-Feb. 1839
Vol. 27
Vessels in foreign clearances from Boston, Jan. 1803-[?]

Arranged alphabetically.

Vol. 28
United States Bank checkbook, stubs dated Apr. 1799-July 1803
Vol. 29
Massachusetts Bank checkbook, stubs dated Apr. 1799-June 1803

Policy records (includes an alphabetical index of ships' names at the beginning of each volume)

Vol. 30
#1458-1710, Aug. 1801-Jan. 1802
Vol. 31
#1711-1961, Feb.-Sep. 1802
Vol. 32
#1962-2200, Sep. 1802-Mar. 1803
Vol. 33
#2201-2447, Mar.-Dec. 1803
Vol. 34
#2448-2685, Dec. 1803-July 1804
Vol. 35
#2686-2930, July 1804-Mar. 1805
Vol. 36
#2931-3185, Mar.-Nov. 1805
Vol. 37
#3186-3440, Nov. 1805-Oct. 1806
Vol. 38
#3441-3695, Oct. 1806-May 1809
Vol. 39
#3696-3940, May 1809-Jan. 1810
Vol. 40
#3941-4191, Feb.-Oct. 1810
Vol. 41
#4192-4439, Oct. 1810-Oct. 1811
Vol. 42
#4440-4686, Oct. 1811-Oct. 1812
Vol. 43
#4687-4934, Oct. 1812-May 1815
Vol. 44
#4935-5179, May 1815-Apr. 1816
Vol. 45
#5180-5413, Apr. 1816-Apr. 1817
Vol. 46
#5414-5648, Apr. 1817-Mar. 1818
Vol. 47
#5649-5882, Mar. 1818-May 1819
Vol. 48
#5883-6117, June 1819-May 1820
Vol. 49
#6118-6364, May 1820-June 1821
Vol. 50
#6365-6609, June 1821-Aug. 1822
Vol. 51
#6610-6781, Aug. 1822-Aug. 1823
Vol. 52
#6782-7028, Sep. 1823-Jan. 1825
Vol. 53
#7029-7275, Jan.-Dec. 1825
Vol. 54
#7276-7532, Dec. 1825-Nov. 1826
Vol. 55
#7533-7783, Nov. 1826-Oct. 1827
Vol. 56
#7784-8029, Oct. 1827-July 1828
Vol. 57
#8030-8274, Aug. 1828-Oct. 1829
Vol. 58
#8275-8524, Oct. 1829-Apr. 1831
Vol. 59
#8525-8774, Apr. 1831-Oct. 1832
Vol. 60
#8775-9029, Oct. 1832-Dec. 1834
Vol. 61
#9030-9279, Jan. 1835-Dec. 1837
Vol. 62
#9280-9293, Dec. 1837-Jan. 1838
Vol. 63
Oriental Bank book, Dec. 1834-Oct. 1837
Vol. 64 (XT)
Letterbook, 1799-1838
Vol. 65 (XT)
Ledger B, 1805-1839 (includes an index at the beginning of the volume)

Preferred Citation

Boston Marine Insurance Company records, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Brooks, Peter Chardon, 1767-1849.
Cabot, George, 1752-1823.
Cabot, Samuel, 1758-1819.
Davis, Thomas, 1756-1805.
Sargent, Daniel, merchant.
Williams, Samuel, 1760-1841.

Organizations:

Belcher and Phelps (Boston, Mass.).
Gibbs and Channing (Newport, R.I.).

Subjects:

Account books--1805-1839.
Account books--1813-1831.
Account books--1832-1839.
China trade.
Insurance companies--Massachusetts--Boston.
Marine insurance.
Merchants--England--London.
Merchants--Massachusetts--Boston.
Shipping--Massachusetts--Boston.

Materials Removed from the Collection

A Peter Chardon Brooks waste book was removed from the collection and added to the Peter Chardon Brooks papers in June 1991.