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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2813

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1821-1843

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 0.1 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Brown | George | fl 1821-1843 | sailmaker, chandler and shipping agent


Administrative/Biographical history:

Post Office Directories from the early nineteenth century describe George Brown as a sailmaker and ship chandler based at 53 Broad Street, Ratcliffe. The letters in this collection do show an involvement with the manufacture of sails and supply of sailing materials but in fact George Brown carried on a much wider business. He appears to have been a shipping agent corresponding with captains of merchant vessels; investing himself and on behalf of others in shipping ventures with a particular interest in South America and the Pacific; buying and selling ships and advising others in such transactions.

Brown eventually left London and spent the latter part of his life in Canada.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of George Brown, chandler, 1821-1843, comprising letter book dated 1821-1842, which contains information on Brown's business dealings including much comment on the state of shipping at various times, many references to steam vessels as early as 1821, and a large number of letters and memoranda relating to the seizure by the Portuguese of the steamship 'Lord of the Isles' in which Brown had an interest and subsequent attempts to get redress.

Also a memoranda book, 1833-1843, mainly recording brief memoranda of letters sent and received from 'George' or about 'George' who would appear to have settled in Canada and made attempts at farming and business. Evidence suggests that 'George' was the son of George Brown who was joined for a while in Canada by his mother and sisters. The book gives considerable information concerning shipping to and from North America; settlers in Canada and their acquisition of land; early government of Canada; references to the Canada Company, an account of 'stores required for a settler going to New Zealand' and details of goods sent out to 'George'.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Two items

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

Physical characteristics:


Finding aids:

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records donated from Canada, 27 April 1990 (ACC/2813)


DESCRIPTION NOTES Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: July to October 2009

Business records | Documents | Information sources
Emigration | Migration
Merchant shipping | Maritime transport | Transport
Sailmakers | Craft workers | Skilled workers | Workers | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Ship chandlers | Transport personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Shipping agents | Commercial agents | Business people | People by occupation | People
Steamships | Ships | Vehicles | Transport
Water transport

Personal names
Brown | George | fl 1821-1843 | sailmaker | chandler and shipping agent

Corporate names