Salesman's Letter to Col William Earle, Esq - Sail Makers Needles - Providence, RI, 1858
Salesman's Letter addressed to William Earle, Esq., dated Boston January 25/58.
"Dear Sir ~
I have on hand three bales - 24 inch parcelling like sample enclosing which we shall be happy to sell you @ 10% p____ in 6 months or 5% ___ for cash
Yours ever respectfully
Sprague Tappan (?)
William Earle was born in 1808 and was a ship chandler in Providence, RI. In 1838, he took over the business of William R. Bowers & Co. and from that point on he acquired a number of vessels for coastal and trans-Atlantic trade. Earle died in 1878.
320 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02906
Col William Earle, Esq.
Birth: 16 Apr 1808
Father: Oliver Earle (8 Jun 1770 - 5 Jul 1824)
Mother: Sarah "Sally" Waterman Arnold (21 Sep 1781 - 12 Jun 1845)
Spouse: Mary Alice Chandler (24 Feb 1813 - 8 May 1897)
Death: 5 Jul 1878
Burial: North Burial Ground, Providence, RI
Memorial ID: 69910272
7.75" x 9.75"
W. Smith and Sons
Sail Makers Needles
Foxing and crease lines to letter. Needle packet in mint condition.