Guide to the T.P. Howell and Company Records 1861-1865 MG 1571

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Arrangement
Access Points
Administrative Information
Bibliography

Series Descriptions and Container List

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Receipts

Series 3: Financial statements


Guide to the T.P. Howell and Company Records
1861-1865
MG 1571
The New Jersey Historical Society
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Newark, New Jersey 07102
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The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Stephen Yautz.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. January 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: T.P. Howell and Company
Title: T.P. Howell and Company Records
Dates 1861-1865
Abstract: The papers in this collection are the business records of T.P. Howell and Company, of Newark, New Jersey, dating from the years 1861 through 1865.
Quantity: 0.13 linear feet / 11 folders
Collection Number: MG 1571

Biographical Note

T.P. Howell and Company, founded by Theodore Pike Howell, was located at the intersection of Wilsey and New Streets in Newark, New Jersey. The company manufactured patent and enameled leather, and had a salesroom in New York City at 77 Beekman Street. Much of the firm’s success was derived from the implementation of technological improvements in the making of patent and enameled leather developed by pioneers in the field such as Seth Boyden and David Crocket. By 1855, Howell turned the business into a stock company, going on to become one of the largest operations of its kind in the world. Their products were exported to Europe, and even to parts of South America and The West Indies. The firm then went on to construct another large facility in Middletown, New York, to meet the rising demand for products made of Russian leather.

Theodore Pike Howell was born in Succasunna Plains, New Jersey, on January 6, 1819, the son of U.S. Army officer Jacob Drake Howell (n.d.), and he was educated in Stephen Grover’s private academy in Caldwell, New Jersey (Grover was the grandfather of U.S. President Grover Cleveland). Upon completion of his studies, he entered into an apprenticeship at Smith and Wright, a harness factory in Newark, New Jersey. After his apprenticeship, he became a partner in his uncle Samuel M. Howell’s (n.d.) tanning business, calling the firm S.M. and T.P. Howell. Theodore Pike Howell would then form his own tanning business, the aforementioned T.P. Howell and Company.
In addition to his success in the leather manufacturing business, he was active in many other Newark businesses, including memberships on the boards of directors of the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company and the Howard Savings Bank. In 1856, he was the unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, for the then newly-formed Republican Party. He was also a trustee of the Park Presbyterian Church in Newark, New Jersey.

Howell was married to Eliza King (n.d.), originally of Bloomfield, New Jersey. Together, they had two sons, Henry C. (n.d.), and Samuel C. (n.d.), who took over their father’s business upon his death on December 3, 1878.
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Scope and Content Note

The papers in this collection are the business records of T.P. Howell and Company, of Newark, New Jersey, dating from the years 1861 through 1865. The majority of these records are receipts of items purchased and sold in this hide and leather dealer’s business transactions. The correspondence, receipts, and account statements are each arranged chronologically.

Also included in the papers are requests for orders to be filled, as well as customer inquiries pertaining to the status of their orders, and various other correspondence addressing the quality and cost of items for sale by the company. Furthermore, the records also reveal many inquiries on the accuracy of monthly statements and bills, in addition to addressing the payments of bills.

The papers also contain many letters from other dealers, most likely wholesale vendors, advertising their latest arrivals of their merchandise for sale. Several personal letters complete the collection.
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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into three series:

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Receipts

Series 3: Financial statements

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Howell, Theodore Pike.
Subject Organizations:
T.P. Howell and Co. (Newark, N.J.)
Subject Topics:
Leather industry and trade–New Jersey–Newark.
Subject Places:
Newark (N.J.)
Document Types:
Financial statements.
Letters (Correspondence)
Receipts.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1571, T.P. Howell and Company Records, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, April 2000.

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Bibliography

The Successful Business Men of Newark, N.J. Syracuse, New York : Van Arsdale and Company, 1873.

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Series Descriptions and Container List

Series 1: Correspondence

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Correspondence from J.T. Tubby 1861 Aug. 22
1 2 Correspondence from Gulliver & Stone 1861 Aug. 27
1 1 Correspondence from Hayden & Baldwin 1861 Aug. 29
1 1 Correspondence from Hayden &
Letchworth
1861 Aug. 30
1 1 Correspondence from Gulliver & Stone 1861 Sept. 2
1 1 Correspondence from Thomas Kuch 1861 Sept. 20
1 1 Correspondence from C.T. Gardner 1861 Sept. 27
1 2 Correspondence from J. Walder 1862 Sept. 20
1 2 Correspondence from H.J. Baker & Co. 1862 Sept. 20
1 2 Correspondence from A. Kissin 1862 Sept. 24
1 2 Correspondence from E. Gaylord 1862 Sept. 29
1 2 Correspondence from J. Bolden 1862 Sept. 30
1 2 Correspondence from A. Kissin 1862 Sept. 30
1 2 Correspondence from E. Gaylord 1862 Oct. 1
1 2 Correspondence from P. Hayden 1862 Oct. 2
1 2 Correspondence from Hayden & Baldwin 1862 Oct. 3
1 2 Correspondence from Ayres & Lippincott 1862 Oct. 4
1 2 Correspondence from Wm. Flaccus & Co. 1862 Oct. 4
1 2 Correspondence from P. Hayden 1862 Oct. 7
1 2 Correspondence from Hayden & Wilson 1862 Oct. 7
1 2 Correspondence from E.T. Brown 1862 Oct. 8
1 2 Correspondence from H.J. Baker & Co. 1862 Oct. 11
1 2 Correspondence from Tusker, Seligman,
& Bondy
1862 Oct. 14
1 2 Correspondence from Ferguson & Doten 1862 Oct. 16
1 2 Correspondence from Hayden & Baldwin 1862 Oct. 17
1 2 Correspondence from R. Howell & Son 1862 Oct. 20
1 2 Correspondence from C.J. Cottrell 1862 Oct. 20
1 2 Correspondence from Van Nest & Hayden 1862 Oct. 20
1 2 Correspondence from C.J. Cottrell 1862 Oct. 21
1 2 Correspondence from P. Hayden 1862 Oct. 21
1 2 Correspondence from Samuel White 1862 Oct. 22
1 2 Correspondence from Van Nest & Hayden 1862 Oct. 23
1 2 Correspondence from Courath 1862 Oct. 24
1 2 Correspondence from Wilkinson &
Cummings
1862 Oct. 27
1 2 Correspondence from Thomas Bonner 1862 Oct. 27
1 2 Correspondence from B. Hall & Co. 1862 Oct. 27
1 2 Correspondence from R.L. Knight 1862 Oct. 28
1 2 Correspondence from B. Hall & Co. 1862 Oct. 29
1 2 Correspondence from Van Nest & Hayden 1862 Oct. 29
1 3 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1864 July 5
1 3 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1864 Aug. 4
1 3 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1864 Aug. 10
1 3 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1864 Aug. 11
1 3 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1864 Aug. 24
1 3 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1864 Aug. 29
1 3 Correspondence from Hayden & Baldwin 1864 Sept. 7
1 3 Correspondence from E.T. Brown 1864 Sept. 10
1 3 Correspondence from P. Hayden 1864 Sept. 10
1 3 Correspondence from G.T. Woolston. 1864 Sept. 11
1 3 Correspondence from W. Brown, Jr. 1864 Sept. 11
1 3 Correspondence from James Bathgate. 1864 Sept. 12
1 3 Correspondence from James Bathgate. 1864 Sept. 13
1 3 Correspondence from Bush & Spencer 1864 Sept. 14
1 3 Correspondence from C. Cowles & Co. 1864 Sept. 15
1 3 Correspondence from David W. Dennis 1864 Sept. 15
1 3 Correspondence from Mann Hanna & Co. 1864 Sept. 16
1 3 Correspondence from Tolman & Co. 1864 Sept. 16
1 3 Correspondence from Hayden & Baldwin 1864 Sept. 16
1 3 Correspondence from Baeder, Delany &
Adamson
1864 Sept. 17
1 3 Correspondence from Lewis Turner 1864 Sept. 17
1 3 Correspondence from Fawcett & Benedict 1864 Sept. 17
1 3 Correspondence from G.T. Woolston 1864 Sept. 17
1 3 Correspondence from A.W. Newcomb 1864 Sept. 17
1 3 Correspondence from John Bolden 1864 Sept. 18
1 3 Correspondence from George K. Share
& Co.
1864 Sept. 19
1 3 Correspondence from Wm. L. Sisin 1864 Sept. 20
1 3 Correspondence from B. Deford & Sons 1864 Sept. 20
1 3 Correspondence from Howes & Macy, Bankers 1864 Sept. 21
1 3 Correspondence from C. Byrt 1864 Sept. 21
1 3 Correspondence from F.L. Baisard 1864 Sept. 21
1 3 Correspondence from S.B. Ferguson 1864 Sept. 21
1 3 Correspondence from John C. Beale 1864 Sept. 22
1 3 Correspondence from Lighfoots Oil 1864 Sept. 22
1 3 Correspondence from P. Hayden 1864 Sept. 22
1 3 Correspondence from C.J. Crane & Co. 1864 Sept. 23
1 3 Correspondence from J.W. Lyall 1864 Sept. 24
1 3 Correspondence from Barclay & Barclay 1864 Sept. 27
1 3 Correspondence from John Bolden 1864 Oct. 1
1 3 Correspondence from John Bolden 1864 Oct. 1
1 3 Correspondence from P. Hayden 1864 Oct. 1
1 3 Correspondence from Taylor, Wendell
& Co.
1864 Oct. 3
1 3 Correspondence from Campbell & Thayer 1864 Oct. 4
1 3 Correspondence from Lewis Turner 1864 Oct. 5
1 3 Correspondence from N.H. Purrell 1864 Oct. 10
1 3 Correspondence from L.W. Moon 1864 Oct. 10
1 3 Correspondence from Geo. K. Share & Co. 1864 Oct. 10
1 3 Correspondence from John Morrow 1864 Oct. 11
1 3 Correspondence from John Dunphy 1864 Oct. 12
1 3 Correspondence from H.J. Baker 1864 Oct. 12
1 3 Correspondence from Daniel F. Tompkins 1864 Oct. 14
1 3 Correspondence from Fawcett & Benedict 1864 Oct. 14
1 3 Correspondence from Pratt & Denison 1864 Oct. 1
1 3 Correspondence from Fawcett & Benedict 1864 Oct. 14
1 3 Correspondence from Van Nest & Hayden October 15, 1864 1864 Oct. 15
1 3 Correspondence from Fawcett & Benedict 1864 Oct. 17
1 3 Correspondence from Hoover, Calhoun
& Co.
1864 Oct. 17
1 3 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1864 Oct. 18
1 3 Correspondence from Fawcett & Benedict 1864 Oct. 14
1 3 Correspondence from Quartermaster’s
Office, New York
1864 Oct. 18
1 3 Correspondence from William Cooks 1864 Oct. 18
1 3 Correspondence from Edward Robinson 1864 Oct. 18
1 3 Correspondence from Sterling & Co. 1864 Oct. 18
1 3 Correspondence from R.G. Stotesburg 1864 Oct. 19
1 3 Correspondence from Wm. Hall 1864 Oct. 19
1 3 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1864 Oct. 19
1 3 Correspondence from James W. Carr 1864 Oct. 22
1 3 Correspondence from Geo. K. Share & Co. 1864 Oct. 25
1 3 Correspondence from John Morrow 1864 Oct. 25
1 3 Correspondence from C. J. Cottrell 1864 Oct. 26
1 3 Correspondence from Lewis Turner 1864 Oct. 26
1 3 Correspondence from N. Harris 1864 Oct. 28
1 3 Correspondence from C.S. Storms 1864 Oct. 28
1 3 Correspondence from J.G. Roum & Co. 1864 Oct. 29
1 3 Correspondence from Wm. Cook 1864 Oct. 29
1 3 Correspondence from Henry M. Harding & Oscar E. Madden 1864 Oct. 31
1 3 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1864 Dec. 19
1 3 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1864 Dec. 31
1 4 T.P. Howell & Co. Correspondence 1865
1 4 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1864 Dec. 31
1 4 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1865 Jan. 4
1 4 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1865 Jan. 14
1 4 Correspondence from Bigelow Holmes
& Breinig
1865 Jan. 31
1 4 Correspondence from Halsey W. Taylor 1865 Jan. 31
1 4 Correspondence from P. Hayden 1865 Feb. 1
1 4 Correspondence from R. Chapman 1865 Feb. 1
1 4 Correspondence from N. Harris 1865 Feb. 2
1 4 Correspondence from Edward Robinson 1865 Feb. 2
1 4 Correspondence from W. Sobenstein 1865 Feb. 2
1 4 Correspondence from Sherwood Seaman
& Tubby
1865 Feb. 6
1 4 Correspondence from J. Barrett & Son 1865 Feb. 6
1 4 Correspondence from Fawcett & Benedict 1865 Feb. 6
1 4 Correspondence from E.T. Brown 1865 Feb. 6
1 4 Correspondence from J.G. Roum & Co. 1865 Feb. 8
1 4 Correspondence from Joseph Marshall 1865 Feb. 11
1 4 Correspondence from Thomas Johnson Jr. 1865 Feb. 17
1 4 Correspondence from Sherwood Seaman & Tubby 1865 Feb. 17
1 4 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1865 Feb. 22
1 4 Correspondence from W.J. Sloane 1865 Feb. 23
1 4 Correspondence from Sinclaire & Rose 1865 Feb. 23
1 4 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1865 Mar. 30
1 4 Correspondence from James Bathgate 1865 April 1
1 4 Correspondence from N. Harris 1865

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Series 2: Receipts

Box Folder Title Date
1 5 Receipt Wm. Sherwood & Co. 1862 Aug. 23
1 5 Receipt Wheeler & Co. 1862 Sept. 1
1 5 Receipt John P. Brown 1862 Aug. 23
1 5 Receipt Newton & Gregory 1862 Sept. 4
1 5 Receipt Marcus Durlach & Oettinger 1862 Sept. 16
1 5 Receipt A.L. Knight 1862 Sept. 18
1 5 Receipt John Rogers 1862 Sept. 19
1 5 Receipt Hoyt Brothers 1862 Sept. 19
1 5 Receipt Husted Brothers 1862 Sept. 22
1 5 Receipt Hoyt Brothers 1862 Sept. 22
1 5 Receipt Wm. Sherwood & Co. 1862 Aug. 23
1 5 Receipt George W. Whitmore Agt. 1862 Sept. 22
1 5 Receipt Partridge & Harway 1862 Sept. 23
1 5 Receipt M.L. Ward & Co. 1862 Sept. 23
1 5 Receipt Joseph Kohnstam 1862 Sept. 25
1 5 Receipt S.A. & J.J. Dickerson 1862 Sept. 29
1 5 Receipt Joseph Hinchman 1862 Sept. 30
1 5 Receipt Goldman & Post 1862 Sept.
1 5 Receipt James Howard 1862 Oct. 11
1 6 Receipt P. Hayden & Son 1863 Jan. 1
1 6 Receipt Ebenezer Francis & Co. 1863 Feb. 6
1 6 Receipt John Lyddon 1863 Apr. 3
1 6 Receipt A. Wm. Van Cleef 1863 Apr. 6
1 6 Receipt H.N. Peters 1863 Apr. 7
1 6 Receipt William Dunn & Co. 1863 Apr. 11
1 6 Receipt Meeker & Co. 1863 Apr. 13
1 6 Receipt James Howard 1863
1 6 Receipt Bigelow 1863 Apr. 16
1 6 Receipt Newark Aqueduct Board 1863 Apr. 17
1 6 Receipt Internal Revenue Collector’s
Office 5th District New Jersey
1863 May 1
1 6 Receipt Receipt Shields & Fitzsimmons 1863
June 9
1 6 Receipt Bernard Divine 1863 June 25
1 6 Receipt Delaware Lackawanna &
Western Rail Road Co.
1863 July 6
1 6 Receipt Davis & Harrington 1863
July 15
1 6 Receipt Harrington & Murray 1863
July 18
1 6 Receipt John Singleton 1863
July 22
1 6 Receipt Partridge & Harway ca. 1863
1 7 Receipt Benjamin Price 1864 July 12
1 7 Receipt Baeder Delany & Adamson 1864 Sept. 17
1 7 Receipt W.G. Smith & Son 1864 Oct. 12
1 7 Receipt T. & G. Burger 1864 Oct. 13
1 8 Receipt James Bathgate 1865 Jan. 7
1 8 Receipt D.B. Cohn & Son 1865 June 20
1 8 Receipt Lawton & White 1865

July 26


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Series 3: Financial statements

Box Folder Title Date
1 9 Monthly Statement Hoyt Brothers 1862 Oct.
1 10 Monthly statement Van Nest & Hayden 1863 Apr. 1
1 10 Monthly statement Hamm & Rosenheim 1863 Apr. 7
1 10 Monthly statement David B. Crockett 1863

Apr. 10

1 11 Account statement James Bathgate 1865 May 15

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