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A Collection of Business Correspondence to Merchant James Beals. .Windsor, MA.1830-1838
A Collection of Business Correspondence to Merchant James Beals. .Windsor, MA.1830-1838


 
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correspondence, business history, medicine, cholera, cholera epidemic of 1832

James Beals/Beals was born on June 7, 1791 to Josiah Beals (1761-1843) and Lois James (1768-1841) in Windsor, MA. He had seven siblings: Lois Beals (1793-1804), Lecty Beals (1796-?), Electra Beals (1797-1851), Cassandra Beals (1800-1813), Mehitable Beals

Product Code: 25001175

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A collection of thirteen (13) letters written to a merchant James Beals, alternatively spelled Bealls, located in Windsor, MA. The majority of the letters come from wholesale merchants in Massachusetts and New York. The collections contains bills sent to Beals, list of items purchased, information on shipments, and requests for payment. The items most often purchased by Beals are: gin, rum, brandy, tea, tobacco, raisins, cloves, and starch. Of note in the collection are two letters from wholesale merchants in New York, that in addition to their normal business correspondence with Beals, also remark on the cholera epidemic of 1832 and the number of cases around them. Includes one printed letter from a senior partner of the firm going out of business, Forbes & Freeman requesting all outstanding payments. Another is from a man who attended a recent railroad meeting, requesting that Beals furnish him with an accurate assessment of the amount of shipments from the town of Windsor on the railroads. All the letters in the collection are folded stampless post. On some of them "PAID" is stamped in red. Side note: One of the letters is misaddressed to Beals in Pittsfield, MA, a neighboring town of Windsor, MA. The letters have been organized chronologically. Below are some excerpts from the letters:

"Your order for the above dated 29th Apl, came to hand this morning & we ship the same day by Hudson Bargo No. 2 to leave this afternoon for Hudson. Teas of every description/ more especially Helkin/ have advanced very much in price & a quantity of equal with that sent you as billed above would readily command 60 @5 at wholesale." April 2, 1831, New York, NY.

"A committee was appointed yesterday at the railroad meeting at Lenox to ascertain the amount of tonnage from the several towns in this county - Can you furnish me with as accurate a statement as can be made the amount of tonnage from the town of Windsor, & the passengers to & from New York." - October, 18, 1831, Stockbridge, MA.

"The cholera seems to continue in this place much the same as it has done for several days here & there is about 20 to 25 cases a day and about 6 to 8 deaths, this numbers is not very alarming as yet. It being only about on half more deaths than our usual bills of mortality. We are in hopes that it will soon pass off as the cases are not to malignant but more mild." - July 17, 1832, Albany, NY.

"Sir, we have this day put on board the Oirecto [sp?] the above goods agreeable to your order of 30th and wish them safe & speedily to hand. The dreaded disease called the cholera still remains in our city, but appears on the decrease and we hope that it will soon leave us, for 3 or 4 days past the cases and deaths have not raised much." Aug. 4, 1832, New York, NY

"The necessity which I and my partners are under to make payments for our debts render it imperative upon us to call upon you for what you owe on the note in our hands. You must be sensible that we have already been disappointed several times when you promised that we should have the money. " - November 30, 1835, Greenfield, MA.