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William Clarke, Independence, Missouri, letter to Morris L. Hallowell and Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1850 May 21

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9145

Scope and Contents

A handwritten letter from William Clarke, in Independence, Missouri, to his creditors at Morris L. Hallowell and Co., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. William Clarke is informing them of his decision to travel to "the Mormon Settlement at Salt Lake" to sell his stock of goods. He adds that he has formed a partnership with a Mr. Packard and a Mr. James for the purpose. Dated May 21, 1850.

Dates

  • 1850 May 21

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the William Clarke, Independence, Missouri, letter to Morris L. Hallowell and Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1850 May 21 must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Administrative History

Morris L. Hallowell and Co. (approx. 1835-1861) was a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania company that imported and sold silk and dress goods.

Morris L. Hallowell and Co. was founded in approximately 1835, at which point it was known as Hallowell and Ashbridge, by Morris L. Hallowell and William Ashbridge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They described themselves as "importers and jobbers of silks and dress goods." When William Ashbridge retired in approximately 1838, Morris L. Hallowell formed a partnership with William Walton and changed the name of the business to Hallowell, Walton and Co. They remained partners until William Walton died in approximately 1845 and Morris L. Hallowell again changed the name of the company, this time to Morris L. Hallowell and Co. This name was sometimes shortened to M.L. Hallowell and Co. Morris L. Hallowell and Co. gradually grew until its business interests extended throughout the American West and South. In 1853, a new storefront was purchased at 147 Market Street. Morris L. Hallowell and some other members of his firm were fierce abolitionists. In the years directly before the Civil War, this caused some pro-slavery individuals and businesses to boycott Morris L. Hallowell and Co. and to convince others to do the same. The final blow came in 1861, when the Civil War broke out and, as a result, many Southern merchants repudiated the debts owed to Northern businesses, forcing Morris L. Hallowell and Co. to liquidate and close.

Biographical History

William Clarke was a merchant in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1850.

William Clarke was a merchant from Independence, Missouri. In May 1850, he formed a partnership with a Mr. Packard and a Brother James and they decided to take their goods to Salt Lake City, Utah to be sold.

Extent

1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language

English

Custodial History

Item was purchased by the L. Tom Perry Special Collections from University Archives Auction House on June 18 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; University Archives Auction House; June 18, 2018.

Appraisal

Utah and Western American business and labor history (19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 6.V, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton, student manuscript processor; June 2018.

Creator

Title
Register of William Clarke, Independence, Missouri, letter to Morris L. Hallowell and Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1850 May 21
Status
Completed
Author
Anne Ashton
Date
2018 June 22
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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