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William Law papers

Collection Data

Description
William Law, Jr. was a merchant of New York City and Connecticut. Papers consist of correspondence and financial accounts, 1807-1817, generated while Law acted as agent and supercargo for the merchant firm of Minturn & Champlin of New York City. Bulk of the papers consists of letters, accounts, and notebooks relating to the cargo and voyage of the ship Lion from New York to Canton, China, December 1815 to June 1816, and its return, December 1816 to April 1817. Included is Law's correspondence with Minturn & Champlin and the ship's owner, Thomas C. Butler; list of the crew; extracts from the ship's log; and notebooks, manifests, account books, sales receipts, and invoices recording goods shipped to and purchased in China, such as tea, textiles, chinaware, opium, and furs. Other papers include Law's accounts with Minturn & Champlin, 1807-1814; claims against Denmark for the ships Resolution, Nimrod, and Swift which were captured by privateers, 1810-1811; affadavits relating to a mutiny aboard the Lion, 1816; and some correspondence and accounts regarding the sale of the Lion's cargo in New York City.
Names
Law, William, 1686-1761 (Creator)
Butler, Thomas, 1941- (Correspondent)
Law, William, 1686-1761 (Correspondent)
Minturn & Champlin (Contributor)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1800 - 1818
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 1698
Topics
China -- Commerce -- United States
United States -- Commerce -- China
Merchants
Mutiny -- United States
Opium trade
Privateering -- Denmark
Lion (Ship)
Nimrod (Ship)
Resolution (Ship)
Swift (Ship)
Genres
Correspondence
Records (Documents)
Notes
Biographical/historical: William Law, Jr. was a merchant of New York City and Connecticut. He spent several years, 1798-1800, as a lawyer and land agent in the Western Reserve looking after the land interests of his father, William Law of Cheshire, Connecticut. After his return east he worked as an agent and supercargo for the New York City merchant firm of Minturn & Champlin, 1804-1817.
Content: The William Law, Jr. Papers consist of correspondence and financial accounts, 1807-1817, generated while Law acted as agent and supercargo for the merchant firm of Minturn & Champlin of New York City. The bulk of the papers consist of letters, accounts, and notebooks relating to the cargo and voyage of the ship LION from New York to Canton, China, December 1815-June 1816 and its return, December 1816-April 1817. Included are Law's correspondence with Minturn & Champlin and the ship's owner, Thomas C. Butler; a list of the crew; extracts from the ship's log; and notebooks, manifests, account books, sales receipts, and invoices recording goods shipped to and purchased in China, including tea, textiles, china ware, opium, and furs. Other papers include Law's accounts with Minturn & Champlin, 1807-1814; claims against Denmark for the ships RESOLUTION, NIMROD, and SWIFT which were captured by privateers, 1810-1811; affadavits relating to a mutiny on the LION, 1816; and some correspondence and accounts regarding the sale of the LION's cargo in New York City.
Content: Two series: I. Correspondence and Papers Regarding the Voyage of the Ship Lion, 1815-1818; II. Other Correspondence and Papers, 1800-1818
Acquisition: December 23, 1908, Gift from Dr. William Law of Cheshire, Conn.
Physical Description
Extent: .6 linear foot (2 boxes)
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b10994010
MSS Unit ID: 1698
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): bc036d90-6ae8-0138-9f11-6ba559e5e9ef
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