Contents and Arrangement

Bates Maritime Papers, 1807-1818

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of correspondence, documents, financial material, and printed matter of Caleb Bates, captain of the Juno of Boston, John B. Church, marine insurance underwriter, and others involved in predominantly 19th-century American maritime trade. The collection contains correspondence and receipts of Bates during the time (1807-1814) he spent in St. Petersburg, Russia, which refer to his buying and shipping Russian goods during the period of the War of 1812 and Napoleon's campaign. There are also documents, correspondence, and printed matter of John B. Church concerning the French Spoliation Claims of insurance underwriters and their heirs against the United States government dating from the post-Revolutionary War period. Also included are 19th-century account books and miscellaneous accounts for the ships Renown, Superior, Harriot, and William and passes for the Daniel Webster and Charleston Packet signed by Andrew Jackson and the Maria signed by Thomas Jefferson.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Bates Maritime Papers; 19th-Century Maritime Collection, C0501, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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