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Title Letter from James Bancker at Sea to His Father Charles Nicoll Bancker
Reference Mss.B.B22
Library American Philosophical Society
Collection James A Bancker Papers, 1842-1849
Date 2 Mar 1849
Description Letter reporting the progress of James Bancker's voyage back to the USA from China. It includes an unfavourable description of some of the places he has visited and mentions the attractiveness of some of the women on-board.
Document Type Manuscript, Correspondence
Theme(s) Transport and Communication; Travel and Tourism; Social Life
Keywords travel, voyage, passengers, women, widow, children, flora and fauna, indigenous peoples, theft, crime
Countries USA; China; Singapore; India; Yemen; Egypt; Sri Lanka
Places Aden; Cairo; Philadelphia; London; Singapore; Penang; Guangzhou; Suez
Ports Kolkata, India; London, UK; Singapore, Singapore; Guangzhou, China
Ships Oriental
People Charles Nicoll Bancker; James Bancker
Additional Information Charles Nicoll Bancker was a prominent merchant and financier. Born in New York, he moved to Philadelphia in 1791 to try his hand at business in the capital city. By the 1820s, he had established himself as a successful businessman, founding and then serving as the president of the Franklin Fire Insurance company.

James Bancker, Charles Nicoll Bancker's son, was educated at the University of Pennsylvania. He later assisted his father at the Franklin Insurance company, working from their offices on Wall Street in New York City. In the 1840s, he left for China to explore trading opportunities. He returned to the United States in 1850 and continued working as a merchant. He died in 1897 in New York City.

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