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April 14, 2014
Birth place / photographs & text by Rob McDonald. ...
The collection contains approximately one hundred manuscript documents and autograph letters, signed, to or by Captain David Thorp of Providence, Rhode Island, and several associates relating the shipment and sale of raw materials and manufactured products between the United States and Haiti during the years 1832 to 1835. The trading activity was with Porte au Plate (now Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) in the period that town was under Haitian control (1822-1844). The inventories, sales accounts, ship's manifests, Haitian government export documents, and correspondence between Thorp, his suppliers in Haiti, his insurers, and American merchants detail the cargoes of mahogany, coffee, hides, and other materials being carried to New York and Providence, and the shoes, clothes, textiles, soap, flatware, hardware, and other household goods sent back to the island. Ships employed were the brigs New York, Henry, and Mary Ann, and the schooner Citizen. Captain Theophilus Drinkwater worked with Thorp, and American merchants prominent in the papers were William H. Allen, Amherst Everett, and Cepheus Halsey. Thorp's personal papers (1820-1837) include a letter from his brother Reuben Thorp, one to Violetta Thorp from her mother-in-law Elizabeth Thorp, and a group of receipts; also present is correspondence between David Thorp and one of his Haitian suppliers, Alexandro Bartolomé (or Bartholomew), regarding their agreement for Thorp to take Bartolomé's son to the United States and oversee his education.