File MS-4-177, Box 32, Folder 3 - 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 32, Folder 3

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  • 1917-1918 (Creation)
    McMillan, William

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315 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 couple written by) William McMillan, Lockeport, between October 1917 and April 1918, regarding receipt of shipment of goods to be sold in his general store, or confirmation of goods to be sent overseas.

File contains correspondence regarding Halifax Explosion fallout from the following brokers: Ben's Limited (regarding "having our bakery roof blown off" and "nearly every good bread box smashed to pieces at North Street Station") , Carritte-Paterson Man'f'g Co. (regarding being "pleased to advise that [...] we have again been able to get our Plant in operation"), Consumers Cordage Company (announcing that "while our plant at Dartmouth was severely damaged [...] we were fortunate in having a large and well assorted stock of rope on hand in our warehouses"), R.B. Seeton (regarding a "credit slip for the goods that have apparently been blown to smithereens in the explosion", but reminding that it is "a very small matter compared to what we have had to sustain here"), John Tobin & Co. (regarding the need of the entirety of the "wholesale grocery trade of Halifax are at present feeding the people of Halifax, [which is] urgently needed here")

File contains correspondence from Fuel Control Canada regarding coal usage (from C.A. Magrath, Controller, and C.W. Peterson, Deputy Controller).

File contains both typed and handwritten correspondence and balance orders from the following brokers: Acadia Gas Engines (Bridgewater), Edward Allen (Yarmouth), Amherst Foundry Co. Limited, G.E. Barbour Co. (Saint John), H.S. Berner & Co. (New York), Calder, Fraser & Co. (Dartmouth), Canada Cement Company (Montreal), Canadian Consolidated Rubber Co. (Halifax), David Cohen & Co. (New York), Davis & Lawrence Co. (Montreal), Andrew Doane (Ingomar), Dominion Molasses Company (Halifax), Dominion Oil Cloth Company (Montreal), Thomas A. Edison, Inc. (Orange, NJ), Emerson & Fisher (Saint John), T.H. Estabrooks Co. (Saint John), Frank Fales (Saint John), D.M. Ferry & Co. (Windsor, ON), Arthur Fordham & Co. (Halifax), Gault Brothers Co. (Montreal), S.R. Giffin & Sons (Goldboro), L. Gnaedinger Son & Co. (Montreal), Gourock Ropework Export Co. (Montreal), J.L. Greenwood (North East Harbour), Gunns Limited (Toronto), Gurney-Massey Company (Montreal), Trueman Hagar (Round Bay), Mrs Ida Harlow (Sable River West), Harnett-Smith Company (Boston), L. Higgins & Co. (Moncton), Hutchings Company (Saint John), Imperial Oil Limited (Halifax), J.B. Jones (East Jordan), Kelly's Limited (Halifax), Kilgour Bros. (Toronto), A.H. Lambourn (New York), Leather Label Over-haul Co. (Walkerville, ON), Liverpool Monumental Works, Lockett & Messenger (Bridgetown), Lynola Mfg. Co. (New York), D.M. Lyons (Crowell), T. McAvity & Sons (Saint John), A. & W. MacKinlay (Halifax), McLaughlin Motor Car Company (Yarmouth), J.C. McLeod (Point Tupper), Manchester Robertson Alison (Saint John), Martin-Senour Co. (Montreal and Halifax), C.E. Millard (Liverpool), G.P. Mitchell & Sons (Halifax), Moirs Limited (Halifax), J. & M. Murphy (Halifax), Northern Electric Company (Montreal), Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Company Limited (New Glasgow), Parrish, Phillips & Co, (New York), Payzant & King (Halifax), Peabody Overalls (Walkerville, ON), Perfect-Knit Mills (Listowel, ON), Rhodes, Curry & Co. (Halifax), Royal Print & Litho. (Halifax; regarding the "lack of bindery hands [and] skilled workmen"), Wm. Robertson (Halifax), Robin Hood Mills Limited (Montreal), St. John Milling Company (West Saint John), Saunders & Duffus (Halifax, underwriters slips), I.B. Shaffner (Halifax), Sherer-Gillett Company (Guelph and Chicago; regarding outstanding payments: "You have disappointed us"), Sylvanus Smith & Co. (Gloucester, MA), E.K. Spinney (Yarmouth), Wm. Stairs, Son & Morrow (Halifax), Stanfield's Limited (Truro), John Starr, Son & Co. (Halifax), Supplies Limited (Kentville), Swift Canadian Co. (Toronto), Robert Taylor Co. (Halifax), Telfer Woodworking Company (Bridgewater), Thorbourn Bros (Gunning Cove), W.H. Thorne & Company (Saint John), Walker Bros. (Milton), F.G. Wheaton (Amherst), A.N. Whitman & Son (Canso), Wolverton Milling Co. (Saint John), T.E. Worthen & Son (Crowell's), Yarmouth Cycle & Motor Car Co., Yarmouth Fruit Co., among others.

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Some insect damage to margins of many leaves (not affecting text); text-loss to Martin-Senour correspondence; damp-soiling to top margin of 20% of leaves; two-hole punches to top margin of most leaves

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Description created June 25, 2018

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