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Title Letter from James Bancker in China to His Father Charles Nicoll Bancker
Reference Mss.B.B22
Library American Philosophical Society
Collection James A Bancker Papers, 1842-1849
Date 7 Jan 1846
Description Letter that covers a wide range of subjects, from the ratifying of the Treaty of Wanghia to the prospects of making profit from business in China. Personal news and a discussion of travel and mail times between China, the US and England are also included.
Document Type Manuscript, Correspondence
Theme(s) Politics, War and Diplomacy; Trade and Commerce; Social Life
Keywords health, disease, mail, mail steamer, treaty, mandarin, Treaty of Wanghia, fashion, clothes, lawsuit, inheritance, estate, travel, investment, profit, money
Countries USA; China; UK; Egypt
Places Guangzhou; Philadelphia; Alexandria
Ports Alexandria, Egypt; Guangzhou, China
People Commodore Biddle; James Bancker; Charles Nicoll 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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