Three Mid-Nineteenth Century Letters with Whaling Content. Three letters with content on the whaling industry.

    (1) One and one-half pages, "On board the Ship Lydia," November 29, 1848, off the coast of Chile. The author, Levi[?] S. Chase informs his father about the progress of the whale hunt: "seven hundred barles [barrels] of wright whale oil we have taken one small sperm whale that made us a little over 2 barles." But the journey was haunted by "some evil sperrit," Chase thought, which seemed to cause mischief on the journey: whales had escaped and crewmembers had been injured.

    (2) One-half page from Plymouth [Massachusetts], September 26, 1849, concerning whale oil that had to be sold quickly in order to pay the crew. In this letter, Holmes & Scudder write S. H. Bartlett & Son that they had "kept the oil in readiness for you ten Days and finding you did not fulfil your part of the bargain and the crew at the vessel belonging to the Cape and wanting to settle there voyage we Sold the Oil."

    (3) Three pages, Talcahuano [Chile], April 22, 1857, from James Cook, captain of the whaling bark Matthew Luce, to William Hathaway Jr, agent for the vessel, regarding a "rough season" and changes in his crew. "[H]ave had a rough season I lost one boat in January in a Gale and the 31 of March . . . lost gangway board and rail stove booby hatch - bullworks skylight and my Larboard & wast boat clean & all that was left of the Was boat was Stem & sturn post the L boat I have not seen an inch of since the Sea tumbled in & made one smash and all was over. . . . Mr. Kempton I discharged. . . . I pitty the Capt that Gets him for Chief mate." More information about supplies for the ship is included. Each letter bears some staining and folds. Two bear postmarks. No separations. From the Donald P. Dow Collection.

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