Stephen Codman
Letterbook, 1783-1785

Mss: 766

Historical Note:

On December 31, 1782, the partnership of Codman and Smith, Boston Merchants, dissolved. Immediately afterwards, one of the principals--Stephen Codman--commenced his own firm under the name S. Codman. As a Boston merchant, Codman traded in tea, hemp, rice, flour, tobacco, Russian duck, wines and spirits, dry goods, pipe staves and lumber. His correspondents are both domestic and foreign and include Carl Soderstrom, John and Jean Marc Barrere, Harrison & Company., Butlers & Mathers, Isaac Moses & Company., James Clarke & Company, Lane Son and Fraser, Thomas Fitzsimons, Callender & Henderson, Thomas Russell, Samuel and Moses Myers as well as John Ross. Ports represented in this volume are Baltimore, Philadelphia, Bordeaux, Amsterdam, London, Bilbao, Lisbon, Cadiz, Bayonne and Gothenburg.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of one vellum covered letterbook. The volume commences with the dissolution of the partnership of Codman and Smith and continues for the first two years of Steven Codman's new firm. The letters relate to the importation and exportation of many kinds of wares as well as trading voyages. Vessels named in the volume include ship Commerce, ship Minerva, ship Gloucester Packett, brig Expedition, vessel Conception, schooner Friendship, ship Boston Packett, brig Iphigenia, schooner Fanny, brig Isabella and others. The volume includes the dealer's description pasted on front inside cover. Placed in the volume is letter signed by John L. Watson, September 5, 1845 to C. R. Codman, a later member of the above mentioned firm. In it Mr. Watson recommends a man servant to Mr. Codman.

Provenance : Deposited by Boston Public Library, 1933.

Amount: 1 volume

See Also: Codman and Smith: Letterbook 1780-1783