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Caleb Peirce letterbook

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-340

Scope and Contents

Letter book of Philadelphia Quaker merchant Caleb Peirce (1763-1853). 270 complete business letters, 43 partial with alternating pages removed. Peirce operated a hardware store that offered all types of metalwork as well as related household and some fine goods. He corresponded with shippers, suppliers, fellow merchants, and customers, and the letters document the challenges of domestic and international commerce.

Dates

  • 1805 - 1812

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

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Biographical / Historical

Caleb Peire (1763-1853) was the son of Caleb Peirce, Sr., and Ann Mendenhall Peirce of Concord Monthly Meeting, Pennsylvania. Peirce owned a hardware business in Philadelphia.

Extent

1 Volumes (large leather-bound volume.) : The first 74 pages are covered by mid-19th century miscellaneous newspaper clippings.

Language

English

Overview

Letter book of Philadelphia Quaker merchant Caleb Peirce (1763-1853). 270 complete business letters, 43 partial with alternating pages removed. Peirce operated a hardware store that offered all types of metalwork as well as related household and some fine goods. He corresponded with shippers, suppliers, fellow merchants, and customers, and the letters document the challenges of domestic and international commerce.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Acc. 2017.002.

Physical Description

Damaged. The first 74 pages of the volume are covered with newspapers clippings from the 1850s pasted by Rebecca P. Elfreth (1836-1907) who used it as a scrapbook. She also removed alternating pages after first visible 1805 entry.

Title
Caleb Peirce letterbook
Status
Completed
Date
May 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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