Two autograph notes, signed, from clothes dyer W. Clifford to Robert F[ollett] Gerrish of Portsmouth, N. H., regarding an order of clothes for dyeing. Textiles, W. Clifford, Pearce?

Two autograph notes, signed, from clothes dyer W. Clifford to Robert F[ollett] Gerrish of Portsmouth, N. H., regarding an order of clothes for dyeing.

Lowell, Mass., April 27th, 1838 & June 16, 1838. Two unlined leaves on wove paper, approx. 9.75 x 7.5 inches, approx. 130-140 words total. Docketed (presumably in Gerrish's hand) on the verso of each. Somewhat browned, old folds; in very good condition. Item #16819

An interesting glimpse into the early development of Lowell as a textile center. Gerrish (1815-1882) for years ran various trading and shipping businesses in Kittery Point, Maine and other similar New England towns; he here seems to be brokering a local order for some bulk dyeing work for Portsmouth customers: "Mr. Gerrish Sir, I should sent to you before but I could not get a sign ready until ow. I have sent you a list of my prices for dyeing. I want you to send my the names of each persons on their bundles and I will put them on again when I send them back, and then it will be easy for you to keep them right." After having presumably executed the order, Clifford writes again in June, "I recev'd a line from you when I recev'd the good that I now return to you. I understand by your letter that you wanted to know whether we colored any Cloth except silk we do colour all coloors on all dr. [for different] kinds of good. I have marked the prices on each bundle."

Price: $75.00

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