File MS-4-177, Box 23, Folder 4 - Business correspondence to William McMillan, Lockeport, regarding confirmation to ship goods, and receipt of shipments

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Business correspondence to William McMillan, Lockeport, regarding confirmation to ship goods, and receipt of shipments

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MS-4-177, Box 23, Folder 4

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  • 1904 (Creation)
    McMillan, William

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230 leaves of textual records

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William McMillan was active in his business between 1893 and the early 1930s. He resided in Lockeport or the surrounding area. He was a merchant and he owned both a general store and several ships. From his store he sold typical items, including boots and coal. His shipping company imported and exported items like salt, fish, coal, etc. to the West Indies, Bahamas, Cuba, Turks and Caicos. McMillan was also active in other businesses (i.e., the People's Wharf and Redding & McMillan). In addition, he helped build the shipyard in Allendale with Howard Allen. They went into business together and formed Howard Allen and Co. That business and the shipyard went through several owners until it came back to McMillan. He then experienced taxation and financial difficulties and tried to sell it, but no one purchased it, spelling the end of shipbuilding at Allendale.

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File contains business correspondence addressed to William McMillan, Lockeport, written between July and November of 1904, regarding receipt of shipment of goods to be sold in his general store, or confirmation of goods to be sent overseas. File contains both typed and handwritten correspondence, and telegram cables. File contains correspondence from the following receivers and brokers: Edward Allen (Yarmouth), Ames Holden Company (Saint John), Amherst Boot & Shoe Manufacturing Co., Archibald Company (Truro), Geo. E. Barbour (Saint John), W.R. Brock Company (Montreal), Jas. A. Brook Co. (Montreal), Buckler Brick Co. (Annapolis Royal), Amos Burns (Clementsport, NS), Burrell-Johnson Iron Company (Yarmouth), Canadian Drug Co. Ltd. (Saint John), Clayton & Sons (Halifax), E. Frank Close (Boston), G.W. Cole & Co. (New York), J.N. Creed & Co. (Halifax), Crown Silver Plate (Toronto), De Long & Seaman (Boston), Wm. H. Edgett (Moncton), Empire Tobacco Company (Montreal), Ganong Bros. Confectioners (St. Stephen), Gunn & Co. (Halifax), Harlow & Kempton (Milton, NS), Levi Hart & Son, Limited (Halifax), Henderson & Potts Limited (Halifax), Herald Remedy Co. (Chicago), L. Higgins & Co. (Moncton), Katie B.L. Hogg (Shelburne), Imperial Oil Company, London Rubber Company (Montreal), McAlpin Consumers Tobacco Co. (Toronto), Manchester, Robertson & Allison (Saint John), G.P. Mitchell & Sons (Halifax), J.E. Morse & Co. teas (Halifax), Nickerson, Grant & Co. (Yarmouth), T.W. Quinn (Liverpool), St. John Milling Co. (West Saint John), W.E. Sanford Manufacturing Co (Hamilton), R.B. Seeton & Co. (Halifax), Simson Bros Co. wholesale druggists (Halifax), S.A. Skillings & Son (Portland, ME), Slater Shoe Co. (Montreal), E.K. Spinney (Yarmouth), Wm. Stairs, Son & Morrow (Halifax), Robert Taylor Co. (Halifax), John Tobin & Co. tea department (Halifax), United Lumber Company (Halifax), Arthur N. Whitman (Halifax), A.N. Whitman & Son (Canso), White & Blanchard (Shelburne), among others.

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Dead mold to first two dozen leaves in the file, causing substantial textual fading and discoloration to Edward Allen, Ames Holden, Amherst Boot & Shoe, Archibald, Buckler Brick, and other unidentified correspondence; two-hole punches to top margins of most leaves.

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Description created April 12, 2018

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  • Box: MS-4-177, Box 23