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James Darrell Gill fonds
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Previously known as James Darrell Gill Letterbook
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Photocopied [197?] (originally created 1840-1861) (Creation)
- Gill, James Darrell
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3 cm of textual records
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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 Darrrell 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.
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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.
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Original letterbook was in the private collection of F. Burnham Gill, St. John's, Newfoundland.
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Finding Aid No.3
The Rooms Provincial Archives Division. F. Burnham Gill collection.
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Created - April 24, 2013
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