[Liverpool. 1807 - ca. 1813]. Two volumes. ; pp. Folio. Original three-quarter reverse calf and marbled boards, gilt labels. Boards heavily scuffed, edges and corners worn, spine ends chipped. Light tanning and scattered foxing, but internally sound. Good. Item #WRCAM52492
Two substantial manuscript volumes, a mercantile letter book containing approximately seven hundred letters and a related cash account book, that record the Liverpool-based business activity of John Dennison in the Newfoundland trade between 1807 and approximately 1813. Dennison was involved in the importation of cod, salmon, cod oil, seal skins, seal oil, and whale blubber from St. Johns, Newfoundland, as well as some goods from the West Indies such as rum. Woolens, calico, and other English products were exported to Canada. Before taking up this venture, Dennison had been a partner in the firm Atkinson & Dennison, and acted as the president of the Board of Trade for Lancaster. During the period covered by these volumes, he became involved more closely with two other merchants, Alexander Carson and David Parry, eventually forming a partnership with them. Among Dennison's principal foreign correspondents are Patrick Ryan and the firm Lily & Hatrick, both located in St. Johns, Gold Brothers & Co. in Lisbon, and Robert Hyndman in Antigua. There is also much correspondence with businesses in Manchester, Bristol, Hull, and Waterford, as well as some letters from the Admiralty. These volumes address all aspects of Dennison's business, including ships and shipping, ordering commodities, market speculation, insurance matters, and financing, and provide an excellent, detailed overview of trade in Newfoundland at the beginning of the 19th century.