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MOBILE SHIPPING AND COMMERCIAL LIST
Mobile: Commercial Register and Patriot, 1837. [2]pp. printed in three columns on a folded folio sheet. Third page with an autograph letter, signed, from Toulmin, Hazard, and Company, commission merchants in Mobile. Addressed in manuscript on the fourth page and sent by Express Mail to New York at a 75-cent rate. Old folds. Some bleed-through from the manuscript letter onto the fourth page. Slight wear. Near fine. Excellent evidence, in a printed commercial list and accompanying manuscript letter, of the commerce between the agricultural South and the manufacturing North during the land and cotton boom which the write Joseph Baldwin dubbed "The Flush Times", about to come to an abrupt end in the Panic of 1837. The price list and manuscript letter are exemplary of the South's predicament in this era - rich in raw materials but dependent on the North for cash and manufacturing. The MOBILE SHIPPING AND COMMERCIAL LIST ran from late 1833 to early 1839, published every Saturday morning by the COMMERCIAL REGISTER AND PATRIOT. This is the issue of April 22, 1837, and contains much information on the market for cotton - how many bales were brought into the port the past week and the year to date, how much was exported to the Northeast, England, and France, and a report on the market in Liverpool. Also noted are wholesale and retail prices on various goods, a list of vessels in port, and brief reports on the markets in Havana, New York, and Baltimore. The autograph letter, signed, on the third page of this bifolium was written by Toulmin, Hazard, and Company, commission merchants in Mobile, to the Abraham Bell & Company firm of New York City. The Toulmin firm had a long relationship with Bell, usually dealing in cotton. This letter relates to the accounts between the two firms, the Toulmin firm's difficulty in obtaining checks from Mobile banks, and the expectation that local banks will soon have funds in New York, enabling their commerce to continue. OCLC locates scattered issues of this shipping and commercial list (some apparently electronic reproductions) at the University of Alabama, the Huntington Library, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Harvard Business School Library. A valuable source of information on the market for cotton and other goods in Mobile and the South, and the financial ties between South and North. OCLC 12533715.
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