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Record No: mha00000412
Title: Charles W.H. Tessier fonds
Dates: 1893-1909
Location: R95-29 MHA
Provenance: Tessier, Charles W.T. (William Hutchings) fl. 1894-1909
Extent: 10 cm of textual records
Source of Supplied Title: Title based on creator of the fonds
Restrictions: No restrictions
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: Charles W.H. Tessier (fl. 1894-1909), merchant, operated a fish export business under his own name in St. John's, Newfoundland. The company had formerly been known as P. & L. Tessier, founded in 1847 by Peter and Lewis Tessier. Initially the business was modest, but after 1850 the Tessiers became heavily involved in the salt cod trade. By the 1870s P. & L. Tessier had become one of the largest supply and export firms in Newfoundland. In 1871 and 1873 respectively, the Tessiers exported 106,000 and 76,980 quintals of fish from St. John's. The firm continued for some years after Peter's death, but folded in 1893.
     Following the bank crash of 1894, Charles William Hutchings Tessier, son of Peter, commenced his own business. By 1936 the business was operating out of an office on Water Street as commission merchants and insurance agents.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of two letterbooks, 1893-1909, which contain outgoing correspondence, mostly orders and payments, for Tessier's fish exporting business
Subject: Merchants Newfoundland.
Subject: St. John's (N.L.)
Subject: Letterbooks.


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