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3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

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 Samuel Wetmore Records

 Merchant, of Middletown, Conn.

 Records, 1811-1829

 Size: 1 linear foot (5 volumes)

 Catalog number: MSS 799

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, November 1996

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Historical note:

            Samuel Wetmore (1775-1851) was a merchant in Middletown, Connecticut in partnership with his uncle, Chauncey Whittlesley. He moved to Providence, R.I. circa 1815 and entered a partnership with merchant Edward Carrington. He was a later a partner in the firm of Wetmore, Hoppin & Co., the New York City affiliate of Edward Carrington & Co. See the 1861 The Wetmore Family of America by James Carnahan Wetmore, pages 326 to 328, for more details. He was the uncle of future R.I. Senator George Peabody Wetmore (1846-1921).

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Scope and content:

            This collection consists of five volumes of records kept by Wetmore in Middletown. There are a few accounts dated in Providence after 1818.

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            This collection appears to have arrived in 1960 as part of the massive Carrington Papers, from the Rhode Island School of Design. For many years previous they had been stored at the Carrington House on Power Street in Providence.

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Processing note:

            The initial survey of the Carrington Papers was done in 1963 on a grant from the American Philosophical Society. These volumes were separated at that point, and informative book tags were attached.

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1. Samuel Wetmore day book, 1811-1814.

2. Samuel Wetmore day book, 1814-1823. Providence after 1818.

3. Samuel Wetmore waste book, 1812-1814

4. Samuel Wetmore waste book, 1814-1829. Providence after 1818.

5. Samuel Wetmore ledger, 1813-1822. Mostly pre-1817.

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Carrington, Edward & Co.

Middletown, Conn. - Commerce

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