• Philadelphia Whale Oil Company Purchase Whale Bone, Describes Most Desirable Type

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    One-page, 8 x 10, ALS, from Wright Bros & Co, 114 Market Street, Philadelphia, Dec. 22nd, 1853, to J.H. Bartlett & Son, dealers in Whalebone.  Wright Bros. are purchasing Whalebone and quote a Capt. Fordham “of the 100 BBL ship memory” who says that smaller Polar Ochotsk are not desirable “generally to think in the Slab.”  The company logo, engraved at the top, contains umbrella and walking sticks, which were made of Whalebone.

    “Since ours of the 12th inst(ant) we have your favors of 14 + 16th inst., the former acknowledging receipt of our remittance for balance your bill...and nothing that you had us charge three dollars for insurance which we have credited you for. In that of 16th you approve us of advance to 40 or 42 for Polar and we are obliged for your general views. 

    “In regard to that Ochotsk, which some say would be called large North West, we should like to know explicitly if it is of the N.W. species or character or of the smaller Polar. Capt. Fordham of the 100 Bbl a ship memory gives us to understand that the Ochotsk whale is the young or smaller growth of the Polar or Behring Strait Whale.  If so, it is not desirable, as small Polar is generally too thin in the Slab.

    “Last evening + this morning, we had the pleasure of seeing young N. Bartlett just at the moment of our getting in the Bone per Sch Hope...Our count of Bundles 104 instead of 105 and the fact of finding the N.W. 4 lbs short...”

    Integral address leave. Folds, stain runs through a portion of each of the pages.  Still very readable

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