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Title Letters and Papers of Samuel Shaw
Reference Ms. N-49.47
Library Massachusetts Historical Society
Collection Samuel Shaw Papers, 1775-1887
Date 1784-1785
Description A reference from Henry Knox, letters from Shaw in China at his post as US Consul, one of which describes the infamous Lady Hughes affair, letters to Samuel's brothers William, Ben and Nathaniel.
Document Type Correspondence, Manuscript
Theme(s) Trade and Commerce; Politics, War and Diplomacy
Keywords ship, trade, voyage, business, culture, diplomacy, commerce, voyage, report, hoppo, merchant, shipping, hong, law, congress, profit
Countries USA; China; Indonesia; Cape Verde; Portugal; South Africa
Places Cape of Good Hope
Ports Guangzhou, China; Macau, China; New York, USA; Boston, USA; Baltimore, USA; Philadelphia, USA
Ships Empress of China
People Henry Knox
Additional Information

Samuel Shaw (1754-1794) was a Revolutionary War soldier, US Consul to Canton in China, and partner in the merchant firm of Shaw & Randall in Canton. He sailed as supercargo in 1784 aboard the ship Empress of China, the first American-flagged ship at Canton.

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