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|Title||Correspondence and Legal Papers|
|Reference||MSS 156, box 2, folder 3|
|Library||Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum|
|Collection||Joseph Bowditch (1700-1780) Papers|
|Description||Mostly contracts and correspondence with ship's masters. Interesting material relating to a sunken ship and efforts to get her up.|
|Document Type||Correspondence, Manuscript, Business Records, Shipping Papers|
|Theme(s)||Trade and Commerce; Transport and Communication; Social Life|
|Keywords||ship, vessel, captain, officer, sea, ocean, seafaring, law, legal, will, merchant, merchandise, shipping, debt, money, finance, contract, document, bequest, inheritance, family, children|
|Ports||Boston, USA; Salem, USA|
Joseph Bowditch was born in 1700, one of 11 children of Captain William Bowditch and his wife Mary Gardner Bowditch. Joseph became a shipping merchant in Salem, as well as sheriff, court clerk and justice of the peace. He married Elizabeth Hunt and had three children, Joseph Jr, Mary and Elizabeth. He died in 1780.
Please note that some of the metadata for this document has been drawn from the Peabody Essex Museum catalogue.
|Copyright||Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum|