Scope and Content Note
The series consists of the records of William G. Porter and Company, a merchandise and shipping company operating out of Apalachicola, Florida, from 1831-1867. The series contains accounting records, bills of lading, insurance records, legal records, correspondence, ships manifests and freight lists, and weighers returns. Accounting records document the financial transactions of the company and include ledgers, account records, sales records, bills, and invoices. These materials document sales and shipping from Georgia and Alabama to Apalachicola, Florida, and shipping to foreign destinations such as Liverpool, England, and Havana, Cuba, through hubs in Boston, Massachusetts, and New York, New York. A substantial part of the series consists of bills of lading, which are contracts between William G. Porter and Company and the owners of ships detailing the type, quantity, and destination of goods shipped through consignment. Legal records include powers of attorney given by banks and insurance companies for which William G. Porter and Company worked; charter parties, which are contracts between the company and the ships they used; and ships protests that detail loss sustained during a voyage. Correspondence is comprised of letters regarding shipping, both nationally and internationally, as well as the company's work with banks as agents and in collections. The series also contains ships manifests and freight lists; weighers returns, which are notes from cotton weighers and measurers to determine pricing; and insurance records that consist primarily of policies.
Organized into seven subseries: (2.1) Accounting records, (2.2) bills of lading, (2.3) Insurance records, (2.4) Legal records, (2.5) Correspondence, (2.6) Ship manifests and freight lists, and (2.7) Weighers returns.
Description of Subseries
- Subseries 2.1: Accounting records, 1831-1867
- Subseries 2.2: Bills of lading, 1831-1867
- Subseries 2.3: Insurance records, 1834-1859
- Subseries 2.4: Legal records, 1831-1867
- Subseries 2.5: Correspondence, 1831-1866
- Subseries 2.6: Ships manifests and freight lists, 1841-1876
- Subseries 2.7: Weighers returns, 1832-1863, bulk 1832-1846