Archive[AGRICULTURE - COTTON.] A group of 3 early 19th-century documents related to Southern cotton production, comprising a Savannah Shipping and Commercial List, an 1815 cotton-related document dealing with 104 square bales of New Orleans cotton, and an 1850 postmarked letter detailing the shipment of 103 bales of cotton, shipped per the Lucy, a popular steamship along the Mississippi River in New Orleans before the Civil War. In very good condition overall.
Savannah Shipping and Commercial List. Printed and Published Weekly by L. Hart and Thomas Purse & Co., 1 September 1836. 2pp, 8 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. Lists items such as cotton stock, what was imported, exported, vessels in port (Savannah), which ships arrived, current prices on common items such as cotton, chocolate, bread, butter, crockery, candles, cheese, coal, coffee, cordage, flour, hay, hides, molasses, pepper, rice, soap, tobacco, teas, writing paper, etc. Early cotton-related document dealing with 104 square bales of New Orleans cotton, 1815. 5 3/8 x 10 1/2 in. Signed by ship's master, Elisha Howes. Lists the name of the ship, the master of the voyage and makes a reference to the danger of the seas. The cotton shipment was traveling from Philadelphia via the Delaware River to New York and is signed and dated November 1815. The verso lists a note in pen that the 104 bales of cotton weighed 37,170 pounds and was valued at 1/2 a cent per pound with the total for the 104 bales being $185.85. A reminder of what slave labor contributed to and how this cotton shipment, along with millions of others would not have happened without it. William Cramond shipper was a wealthy Philadelphia merchant. Also includes a 1850 post-marked letter detailing the shipment of 103 bales of cotton, shipped per the Lucy, a popular steamship along the Mississippi River in New Orleans before the Civil War. 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. Signed by T.P. Bancroft. Addressed on integral leaf to Boston, MA, postmarked New Orleans. The letter states that a Captain Davis is the captain in charge and that the cotton "samples" are also onboard the Lucy.