Collection - Joseph Swett Jr. and Robert Hooper Jr. collection

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Joseph Swett Jr. and Robert Hooper Jr. collection

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  • Source of title proper: Title is based on the contents of the fonds
  • Variations in title: Also known as Joseph Swett Jr. and Robert Hooper Jr. Letterbook

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  • Microfilmed 1988 (originally created 1740-1747) (Creation)
    Swett, Joseph Jr.

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1 microfilm reel

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Joseph Swett Jr. (1689?-1745) and Robert Hooper Jr. (1709-1790) were merchants of Marblehead, Massachusetts, and partners in the fish export trade during the 1740s. Swett was one of the first in that town to engage directly in export, and Hooper, his son-in-law, eventually gained such dominance in the fishery that he became popularly known as "King" Hooper. Their firm was almost certainly the largest trading concern in town and had dealings in many major centers around North America.

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Fonds consists of microfilmed letters which consist mainly of instructions from Joseph Swett Jr. and Robert Hooper to their business agents: Samuel Storke, London; Steers and Barrons, Lisbon; Joseph Gardoque y Mueta, Bilboa; and Gedney Clarke, Barbados. Frequent subjects are conditions in foreign fish markets and the state of the fishery in New England.

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Purchased from the Essex Institute in 1989.


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  • English

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Original material held at the Essex Institute, Salem, Massachusetts.

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There are no restrictions on access to the material.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright is held by the Essex Institute. The ledger may not be duplicated or quoted without written permission from the Essex Institute.

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MHA Finding Aid 20

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Created - May 10, 2013

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  • English

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