• Child Of Regiment Ship Debt Unpaid In 1856 As Part Owner Commits Suicide; Builders Want To Be Ship's Husbands

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    THOMAS and PLINY NICKERSON of Nickerson & Co. were Boston merchants and shipbuilders in the mid-19th century. In 1856, they agreed to build a ship called “Child of the Regiment” for Horace Bradley, who promised to put down $15,000 within ten months.  Bradley apparently died and the money was not paid.  Nickerson & Co. want to retain the use of the ship as “ship’s husbands” until the debt is repaid.   A print exists of the ship Bengal rescuing survivors of the wreck of the “Child of the Regiment,” which occurred during a November storm in the Atlantic Ocean in 1858.


    12 pp, interrogatory regarding the controversy. We located a short note in the American Phrenological Journal of 1856 states that “Col. Horace Bradley, lumber dealer, in Boston, committed suicide by shooting himself through the head with a revolver. It is supposed that pecuniary [financial] difficulties prompted the melancholy act.”


    Folds, toning, normal wear but very readable.


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