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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 24 Apr 1848
Description An update on the performance of the company in China, and speculation on the possibility of war in Europe and the policy of the Birtish government towards China.
Document Type Manuscript, Correspondence
Theme(s) Trade and Commerce; Politics, War and Diplomacy
Keywords letter, mail, gifts, fruit, business, investment, profit, shares, shareholders, news, war, foreign policy
Countries China; USA; UK
Places Guangzhou; Hong Kong
Ports Hong Kong, China; Guangzhou, China
Ships Valparaiso
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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