File MS-4-177, Box 22, 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 22, Folder 4

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  • 1902 (Creation)
    McMillan, William

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224 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, throughout 1902, 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 telegraph cables. File contains correspondence from the following receivers and brokers: Edward Allen (Yarmouth), Archibald Company (Truro), Baird & Peters (Saint John), A.M. Bell & Co. (Halifax), Black Bros. & Co. (Halifax), A.B. Boak (Halifax), Colwell Bros. (Halifax), Crowell Bros. (Halifax), Cunningham & Curren (Halifax), S> Davis & Sons (Montreal), De Long, Seaman & Co. (Boston), Edinburgh Roperie & Sail Cloth Co., Ganong Bros. Confectioners (St. Stephen), Gordon & Keith (Halifax), Gunn & Co. (Halifax), John C. Hall (Boston), G.J. Hamilton & Sons (Halifax), Levi Hart & Son (Halifax), John Hutton (Halifax), Imperial Oil (Halifax), Linton & Sinclair Co. (Saint John), Lunenburg Foundry Co., H. & G.W. Lord (Boston), George C. McClearn (Liverpool), W.S. McPherson (Halifax), Manchester, Robinson & Allison (Saint John), J.G. Morton (Liverpool), S.G. Morton (Halifax), Wm. Muir, Son & Co. (Halifax), A.J. Nickerson & Co. (Halifax), Parker Eakins (Yarmouth), Percival & Senez (Montreal), Pickford and Black (Halifax), T.W. Quinn (Liverpool), Wm. Robertson (Halifax), R.B. Seeton & Co. (Halifax), I.B. Shaffner & Co. (Halifax), E.K. Spinney (Yarmouth), Stanfield-Smith Co. Limited (Truro), James H. Tarr (New York), Robert Taylor Co. (Halifax), John Tobin & Co. (Halifax), White & Blanchard (Shelburne), Arthur N. Whitman (Halifax), among others.

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Insect damage to Allen and Whitman correspondence (resulting in text loss); two-hole punches to top margins of most leaves

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Description created April 5, 2018.

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  • Box: MS-4-177, Box 22