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[FENNING, James]
[FENNING, James]
[FENNING, James]
[FENNING, James]
[FENNING, James]
Unpublished manuscript1816
“Alphabet of Business James Fenning”. Landscape format 4to calf bound notebook, pp approx 300, including a few blanks. Ink entries in a very readable hand. Binding worn, lacking spine but the boards still attached, the book now preserved in purpose made marbled paper slipcase. We Gilt lettered to the front board as above. Approx 21 cm x 17cm. The book contains a record of the Marine Insurance business of brokers James Fenning &Co of 3 Royal Exchange, London, between 1816 and 1820. As suggested in the title, the manuscript is ordered alphabetically, and by date, and the entries recording the name of the ship, the date, the ship’s Master, departure and destination ports, owners and investors, and a money amount, presumably the amount insured. Entries in red pen denote a claim made on the policy, with amounts given as £%. The “Britannia”, bound for Hudson’s Bay from London, is reported “burned in Hudson’s Bay” with a loss of £10,662 from a sum insured of £20,000. “Perola”, bound from Oporto to Rio and “ captured by an insurgent Privateer” is a total loss (£100%). The ship's insured, ( mainly merchantmen but with a British Army transport ships record, Paquet boats, and a Naval vessel too), sailed routes including: London to St.Petersburg; Liverpool to Genoa; Smyrna to Constantinople; London to the West Indies; Riga to Dublin; Buenos Ayres to Chile; Antwerp to Archangel; London to New South Wales; Quebec to Waterford; and London to China and back. A rare survival detailing how trade and insurance were conducted. [ James Fenning and Company, Insurance Brokers, had premises at 3 Royal Exchange Street from 1817 to 1829. Partners in the firm were James Fenning, Robert Howard Shepherd and George Fenning. The firm was wound up in 1832]
condition: Very Good
binding: Full calf


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