Fonds - Charles W.H. Tessier fonds

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Charles W.H. Tessier fonds

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  • Variations in title: Previously known as Charles W.H. Tessier letterbooks
  • Source of title proper: Title based on creator of the fonds

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  • 1893-1909 (Creation)
    Tessier, Charles W.T. (William Hutchings)

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10 cm of textual records

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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. Charles Tessier was a nephew of Lewis Tessier, identified in his will (1884) as a potential heir.

Initially the Tessier business had been modest, but after 1850 the firm 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 Tessier's death, but folded in 1893.

Following the bank crash of 1894, Charles William Hutchings Tessier commenced his own business. By 1936 the business was operating out of an office on Water Street as commission merchants and insurance agents.

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Fonds consists of two letterbooks, 1893-1909, which contain outgoing correspondence, mostly orders and payments, for Tessier's fish exporting business.

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  • English

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Users should be aware that copyright rules and regulations may apply to some parts of this fonds.

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Created - May 3, 2013

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