Rhode Island Historical Society
1749-1824, 7 boxes.
The papers of John Brown contain chiefly correspondence relating to his shipping firm, Brown & Francis and its involvement with East Indian trade, his gin distillery, Providence Bank, lands in Herkimer County, N.Y., state and national politics, presidential election of Thomas Jefferson, Brown University, American Revolution, U.S. War with France (1798-1800), life in Washington, D.C., travels to Baltimore, Md., and family affairs; and miscellaneous papers including diaries, journals, ships' papers, inventories, and financial and household accounts. Includes journals (1796) of his daughter, Sarah (Brown) Herreshoff (1773-1819) detailing social events in Providence; miscellaneous records of ship General Washington and other Brown & Francis vessels; and political correspondence with George C. Champlin chiefly concerning state elections. Persons represented include John Brown's son, James (1761-1864), his daughter, Abby (Brown) Francis (1766-1821), her husband, Brown's partner, John Francis (1762-1796), her brother-in-law, also involved in the family business, Thomas W. Francis (1765-1815), John Brown Francis (1791-1864), and Sarah Herreshoff's husband, Carl I. Herreshoff (1763-1819).
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