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Ship Tarquin account book, 1863-1864: manuscript

 Collection — Volume: 1
Collection MS-1986-112: Ship Tarquin account book, 1863-1864: manuscript


  • Creation: 1863 - 1864

Scope and Contents

Ledger with accounts of wages for the crew of the merchant ship Tarquin during its 1863 voyage from Marseilles to Sumatra, and contemporary handwritten copies of three letters written or addressed to Captain Thomas Hogh, dated, June 1864, Paris. The first two letters concern the appointment of George Gardner as supercargo of the French merchant ship Julie, with instructions for a voyage to Sumatra, where Gardner is to procure a cargo of pepper "on the best terms ... and without unnecessary delay." In the third letter, addressed to Thomas Hogh, the unidentified correspondent writes "You will observe in the instructions that I speak of drawing bills on Penang. You will understand this to be merely a cover to hide the 40,000 Spanish dollars you have on board over and above the 20,000 which you confess to having. This precaution is for the event of your papers falling into improper hands. You will have 60,000 in all - of which you had better conceal 40,000 placing 20,000 elsewhere. Please explain this matter at an early day to Mr. Dodge for fear of accident to yourself."


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Open for research.

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These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical / Historical

Sea captain, nationality unknown. Thomas Hogh was a 19th-century sea captain who imported pepper from Sumatra.


1 Volumes : paper ; 26 x 18 cm


Because the current accessioning system was not used until January 1986, it is not possible to know exactly the dates of acquisition of materials received before that time.

Ship Tarquin Account Book, 1863-1864: Manuscript
Marc Only
Noah Sheola
2019 August 26
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Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
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Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States