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Record No: mha00000146
Title: James Darrell Gill fonds
Dates: Photocopied [197?] (originally created 1840-1861)
Location: MF-0160 MHA
Provenance: Gill, James Darrell, d. 1864
Extent: 3 cm of textual records
Source of Supplied Title: Title based on contents of the fonds
Restrictions: No restrictions
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: James Darrell Gill (d.1864), trader, was the son of Nicholas Gill, of Gill & Co., a firm based in St. John's. James Gill died at New York on 9 March 1864, leaving a large family.
    James Darrell Gill's father, Nicholas (1770-1855) and his uncle, Joseph Gill, established a trading firm in St. John's in the 1790s. The Gill firm was involved in the West Indian trade, exporting salt cod to the Indies and importing rum and molasses. Nicholas also established a branch of the firm in New York City in the 1830s.
    Nicholas Gill sent his son James Darrell to New York to manage the family firm. That firm operated as a distribution centre for Newfoundland products such as seal pelts, seal oil, cod-liver oil, and furs. In return, sugar, corned beef, and clothing were shipped to Newfoundland. The St. John's business premises of Gill & Co. were destroyed in the fire of 1846
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of a photocopied letter book of James Darrell Gill for 1840-61. It contains letters from New York primarily to family members in St. John's, Newfoundland. The letters are arranged chronologically
Reproduction Note: Copied from the original document in the private collection of Mr. F. Burnham Gill of St. John's.
Terms Governing Use: Users should be aware that copyright rules and regulations may apply to some parts of this fonds
Associated Material: Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador. F. Burnham Gill collection
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 3
Subject: Merchants Newfoundland.
Subject: St. John's (N.L.).
Subject: Letterbooks.
Authors_Corporate Name: Gill & Co.


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