Jacob Little Papers

Manuscripts Collection 137

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Little, Jacob
Title: Jacob Little Papers
Dates: 1787-1816
Abstract: Correspondence, business accounts, notes, disbursements, insurance policies, bills, receipts, and shipping papers. Also included material from the Jeffersonian embargo period. Ships represented include ALLIGATOR, OLIVE BRANCH, ARROW, ALFRED, and ROMULUS.
Identification: Coll. 137

Biography of Jacob Little

Jacob Little, of Newbury, Massachusetts, was a merchant and shipowner-agent engaged in British and European trade during the Jeffersonian embargo period.

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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.

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Alfred (Ship)
Alligator (Ship : 1802)
Arrow (Ship : 1806)
Olive Branch (Ship : 1803)
Romulus (Ship)


Newbury (Mass.)–Commerce–Europe


Embargo, 1807-1809 International trade

Document Types:

Business records–Massachusetts–Newbury
Insurance policies–Massachusetts–Newbury



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 137, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Index to Personal and Corporate 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 Joseph Balch in Box 1, Folder 12 of the collection.
Balch, Joseph 1/12, 1/15
Brages, John 1/8
Brown, Jacob 1/3
Carruthers, J. 1/3
Catlet, ? 1/13
Chase, Bailey 1/6
Clough, ? 1/3
Coffin, David 1/6
Cook, John 1/14
Cook, Zebediah 1/12, 1/13
Crocker, ? 1/15
Debloise, G. 1/13
Devenport, John 1/12
Elliot, Jeremiah 1/9, 1/13, 1/14
Fisher, Reuben 1/13
Fosdick, ? 1/11
Fry, Christopher 1/9, 1/11, 1/13, 1/14
Goodrich, Moses 1/3
Goulding, ? 1/6
John & Adam Lodge 1/3, 1/6
Lawrason & Fowle 1/13
LeBreton, Peter 1/6
Lodges & Tooth 1/9, 1/11, 1/13
Low, E. 1/13, 1/14
Lufkin, Caleb 1/8, 1/11, 1/12
Morrill, Jonathan 1/3
Newman, ? 1/9
Parker, John 1/15
Parker, Thomas 1/11
Parson, William 1/15
Patch, Joseph L. 1/14
Richard Carson & Co. 1/3
Rogers, ? 1/9
Somerby, Abraham 1/13
Swett, ? 1/12
Toppan, Edward 1/14
Williamson, Jonathan 1/13

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Index to 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 the ship ALFRED in Box 1, Folder 13 of the collection.
ALFRED (Ship) 1/13, 1/14
ALLIGATOR (Ship) 1/3
EDWARD (Ship) 1/9, 1/14
OLIVE BRANCH (Ship) 1/6, 1/8
ROMULUS (Ship) 1/8, 1/11, 1/15
SALUS (Ship) 1/12
WASHINGTON (Schooner) 1/13

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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


Papers; 1787-1816
Box Folder
1 1 Business accounts, notes, receipts, insurance on Schooner SALLY, etc.; 1787-1799; 17 pieces
2 Business and domestic accounts, notes, receipts, shipping accounts, etc.; 1800; 7 pieces
3 Business accounts and letters, insurance, etc. relating to Ship ALLIGATOR, Moses Goodrich, master, and to Schooner JANE; 1801; 7 pieces
4 Invoices, bills, customs certificate, all relative to Brig EDWIN, also minutes of school district meeting; 1802; 7 pieces
5 Accounts and invoices relative to: Brig EDWIN, Ship ELIZA, Schooner CAROLINE, Brig OLIVE BRANCH and her owner, Jacob Little; 1803; 3 pieces
6 Disbursements, accounts, letters, bills, etc., relating to primarily to Ship OLIVE BRANCH and her owner, Jacob Little; 1804; 18 pieces
7 Accounts, notes, receipts, relative to Brig ELIZABETH COATS, Ship ROMULUS (insurance policy), Ship ALFRED, and Brig ESSEX (insurance policy); 1805; 26 pieces
8 Bills, notes, receipts, etc. regarding the building the Ship ARROW, accounts, shipping documents, letters, etc. relative to Ship ROMULUS and her master, Caleb Lufkin; 1806; 35 pieces
9 Accounts, disbursements, letters and orders, etc., relative to Ship ROMULUS, Ship ALFRED (insurance policy), Brig RELIEF (insurance policy), and Ship EDWARD (insurance policy); 1807; 13 pieces
10 Bills, accounts, and notes relative to Ship ALFRED; 1808; 6 pieces
11 Disbursements, accounts, and notes, letters, etc. relative to Ship ROMULUS and to Brig RELIEF; 1809; 12 pieces
12 Bank notes, letters, accounts, relative to Ship ROMULUS, also an underwritten account listing the names of numerous vessels; 1810; 16 pieces
13 Disbursements, letters, accounts, protest, surveys, etc. primarily relating to Ship ALFRED and Schooner POLLY; 1811 16 pieces
14 Letter of instruction to new master of Ship ALFRED, disbursements, accounts, letters, and other information relating to Ship EDWARD, also a poem entitled “Fly Traitors”; 1812; 6 pieces
15 Letters regarding protest and sale of the Ship ROMULUS; 1813-1816; 2 pieces
16 Miscellaneous bills, notes, accounts, etc., unidentified;14 pieces undated;

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