Stephen B. Chace Papers

Manuscripts Collection 14

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Chace, Stephen B.
Title: Stephen B. Chace Papers
Dates: 1810-1822
Extent: 8 pieces
Abstract: Collection of correspondence and business papers of Stephen B. Chace. Includes a logbook (1812) of the ship VALENTINE, under Chace’s command, on a voyage from Port Louis, Mauritius to Canton, China, and then towards Providence, RI; two ledgers (1810-1814) containing business and ships’ accounts; account book (1817-1820) with Merchants Bank of New York City; letters from Chace to his wife, in Somerset, Massachusetts, and Jonathan Bowen, merchant in Newport, Rhode Island; and bill of lading.
Identification: Coll. 14

Biography of Stephen B. Chace

Stephen B. Chace was a shipmaster out of Providence, Rhode Island.

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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division.

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.


Bowen, Jonathan–Correspondence


Merchants’ Bank (New York, N.Y.)
Valentine (ship)


Guangzhou (China)–Description and travel
Port Louis (Mauritius)–Description and travel
Somerset (Mass.)


Banks and banking–New York (state)–New York
International trade
Merchants–Rhodes Island–Newport
Shipping–Rhode Island–Providence
Voyages and travel

Document Types:

Account books
Bills of lading


Ship captains–Rhode Island–Providence

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 14, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Index to Personal, Corporate, and Vessel Names

NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about Jonathan Bowen in Box 1, Folder 1 of the collection.
Bowen, Jonathan 1/1
Brown, Joseph 1/1
Chace, Mrs. Stephen B. (Mary) 1/1
Coleman, William 1/1
Godfrey, ? (Master) 1/1
Lynch, John 1/1
Vars, ? (Master) 1/1

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection


Papers; 1810-1822
Box Folder
1 1 Papers pertaining to the ship VALENTINE of Providence, R.I., including letters and a bill of lading; 1811-1822
1 Logbook kept on board the ship VALENTINE of Providence, R. I., Stephen B. Chace, master, for a voyage from Port Louis, Isle de France to Canton, China and return, thence toward Providence, R. I.; 1812 Apr 5-Nov 12
2 Ledger of Stephen B. Chace, including accounts with the ship VALENTINE and other individuals; 1810-1814
3 Ledger of Stephen B. Chace, master of the ship VALENTINE, including ships’ accounts, sales, and disbursements; 1812 Jan-Oct
4 Account book of Stephen B. Chace, with the Merchants’ Bank of New York City; 1817 Aug 27-1820 Mar 2

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