File MS-4-177, Box 28, Folder 1 - 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 28, Folder 1

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  • 1911-1912 (Creation)
    McMillan, William

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270 leaves of textual records ; 22 x 27 cm or smaller

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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 (and a few written by) William McMillan, Lockeport, written between December 1911 and March 1912, 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, including one from W. Durdy on House of Commons stationery. File contains correspondence from the following receivers and brokers: Edward Allen (Yarmouth), Ames Holden McCready (Saint John), Barclay-Clements (Boston), Sidney R. Baxter & Co. (Boston), Bruce Lumber Co. (Shelburne), Canadian Consolidated Rubber Co. (Montreal), Canadian Fairbanks-Morse Company Limited (Saint John), Clayton & Sons (Halifax), Robert D. Doane (Barrington, NS), Dominion Molasses Company (Halifax), Edinburgh Roperie & Sailcloth Company (Saint John), J. Furman Ehrgott Seaboard Trading Co. (Yarmouth), Thomas A. Edison Incorporated [formerly National Phonograph Co.] (Orange, NJ), Emerson & Fisher (Saint John), F.L. Estabrooks (Sackville, NB), Fleischmann Co. (Halifax), Jed Frye & Co (New York), Greene & Swift (London, ON), Gunn & Co. (Halifax), G.J. Hamilton & Sons (Halifax), Harlow & Kempton (Milton), Hewson Woolen Mills (Amherst), Holzapfels (Newcastle-on-Tyne), S.T. Jefferson (Lawrencetown, NS), Ladies' Wear Limited (Toronto), Leonard Bros. Fish (Saint John), L.D. Liverpool Fish Company, Lothrop (Gloucester), Manchester Robertson Allison (Saint John), Martin-Senour Co. (Montreal), G.P. Mitchell & Sons (Halifax), National Cash Register Company (Halifax), Payzant & King (Halifax), J.N. Rafuse (Conquerall Bank, NS), Quaker Oats Company (Peterborough, ON), H.S. Scott (Saint John), R.B. Seeton (Halifax), E.K. Spinney (Yarmouth), Wm. Stairs, Son & Morrow (Halifax), W.H. Thorne (Saint John), Telfer Brothers (Bridgewater), Warwick Bros & Rutter (Toronto), among others.

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Some soiling to Allen, Baxter, and Bruce correspondence; occasional edge-chipping; two-hole punches to top margin of most leaves (with some rust stains)

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Description created May 2, 2018

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  • Box: MS-4-177, Box 28