Moses Brown (October 2, 1742-February 9, 1827), prominent merchant and citizen of Newburyport, Massachusetts, developed a
large foreign and domestic trade, especially in sugar, molasses and distilled rum. This collection contains records relating
to Brown's involvement in the rum industry in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Included are account statements,
invoices, correspondence, and distillery house orders.
Moses Brown (October 2, 1742-February 9, 1827), prominent merchant and citizen of Newburyport, Massachusetts, was the youngest
of thirteen children of Joseph Jr. and Abigail Brown. As a boy he was apprenticed to a chaise-maker and upon adulthood he
started in business himself as a carriage manufacturer. Eventually he turned to commerce, developing a large foreign and domestic
trade, especially in sugar, molasses and distilled rum. He increased his investments until he was the owner of several wharves,
wharehouses, and distilleries, as well as extensive real estate in Newburyport and vicinity.
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