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Ambrose H. White Letter Book

Identifier: SC 00636

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Scope and Contents

Letter copy book, 1828-1834, consisting of letters to the owners of the ship Alciop written by Captain Ambrose H. Smith. The letters pertain to freight (fish, salt, cotton, tobacco, etc.), finances, weather, conditions on board the ship, receipts, and other information. The letters were written while Captain White was at sea or at ports such as Liverpool, England, Cadiz, Spain, New Orleans, Louisiana, Richmond, Virginia, and Hampton Roads, Virginia. The book also includes three copies of instructions to Captain White, three memorandums of agreements, eight invoices, two accounts of sale, and one freight list.


  • Creation: 1828-1834


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Collection is open to all researchers.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Captain Ambrose H. White was born in Marblehead, Massachusets, 1800 December 17, and began his career at sea when he was 13. At the age of 23, White achieved the rank of master and continued to sail for 30 years, 12 years of which was in the China and Batavia, later Indonesia, trade. In 1824, he resided in Newburyport, Massachusetts and became a Calcutta merchant until his death. White married Harriet Spalding on 1834 April 20, and joined the Marine Society of Newburyport in 1838. Captain White commanded the ships Virginia, Potomac, Ashtabula, Argonaut, Ashburton, Alciope, Franchise, and Moses Brown. He died in Boston, Massachusetts on 1881 June 3 at the age of 80.


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Arrangement of Materials:

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Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

The fragile nature of this material may limit handling.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 2013.252 was received by Special Collections via U.S.P.S. on 10/15/2013.

Physical Description

141 manuscript pages

Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally described by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in October 2013.

Guide to the Ambrose H. White Letter Book
Finding Aid Authors: Steven M. Bookman, University Archives Specialist.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository