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 for 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.