Guide to the Collection
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.
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).
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
II. Volumes, 1797-1839
Proposals for insurance on cargoes
Policy records (includes an alphabetical index of ships' names at the beginning of each volume)
Boston Marine Insurance Company records, Massachusetts Historical Society.
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.
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.