Mailed invoice for shipping five hogsheads of rum delivered by the New England slave ship, Sloop Rising Sun, on the rum-delivery leg of a triangle-trade voyage to the West Indies and Africa. Consigned to Selden Chapman from Seth Wetmore for, Master Seth Higgins.
Mailed invoice for shipping five hogsheads of rum delivered by the New England slave ship, Sloop Rising Sun, on the rum-delivery leg of a triangle-trade voyage to the West Indies and Africa
Mailed invoice for shipping five hogsheads of rum delivered by the New England slave ship, Sloop Rising Sun, on the rum-delivery leg of a triangle-trade voyage to the West Indies and Africa

Mailed invoice for shipping five hogsheads of rum delivered by the New England slave ship, Sloop Rising Sun, on the rum-delivery leg of a triangle-trade voyage to the West Indies and Africa

Boston, [Massachusetts] to Hartford, [ Connecticut]: May 22, 1795. Unbound.

This manuscript, folded-letter invoice, dated May 22 1795, measures approximately 7.5” x 11” unfolded. It is addressed to Mr. Selden Chapman, Merchant, Hartford and bears a straight-line Boston postmark dated 22/May. (See page 167, vol 1, ASCC.) It bears a manuscript “25” cent rate mark, twice the single-rate for mail sent between 100 and 150 miles as a second letter—no longer present—was enclosed.

The invoice reads in part:

“Invoice for 5 Hhds of Rum Shipped . . . on Board the Sloop Rising Sun . . . 539 Gallons [for a total cost including barrels, trucking, and wharfage of] Dollars 410.76.4 . . . which I wish you to sell for me if you can obtain 4/6 P Gallon for it. . . .”. Very good. Item #009285

The Sloop Rising Sun was the principal vessel in a famous failed slaving voyage after it departed fro Boston, which was detailed by an unknown seaman in one of the few known journals documenting life on a slave ship. After making a delivery in St. Thomas, the ship picked up the crew of another slaver, The Dolphin, and sailed on “to the Windward Coast of Africa [arriving] after a voyage of fifty-six days. . . .” (See Mouser’s “The Voyage of the Good Sloop Dolphin to Africa 1795-1796” in The Amreican Neptune No.4, 1978.) “Upon reaching Africa [it] quickly took on twenty-one slaves [but] then suffered serious damage in a tornado.” After a month of attempted repairs, the ship was declared “unfit for sailing.” (See Mss828 Ships Logs (Sloop Dolphin – Rising Sun, 1795-1797), Reel 28, in A Guide to . . . Papers of the American Slave Trade.)

A unique invoice attesting to the rum-delivery leg of a triangle-trade voyage of the slave ship, Sloop Rising Sun, which was destroyed in a storm off the coast of Africa after picking up a cargo of twenty-one slaves.

Price: $2,500.00