Christopher Champlin
Records and Correspondence, 1762-1797

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Quantity: 1 box (0.25 cubic ft.) 198 items
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Purchase ; Merwin Clayton ; May 7, 1912
Processed By: Laura Cohen, Student Intern, State University of New York at Albany, February 1994

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Historical Note:

Christopher Champlin and Aaron Lopez were general merchants in Newport, Rhode Island, during the late eighteenth century. They acquired many of their goods from wholesale importers and merchants in New York City and Long Island. Aaron Lopez drowned in an accident at Scott's Pond, five miles outside of Providence, Rhode Island, on May 28, 1782.

Scope and Contents Note:

These papers consist chiefly of correspondence relating to the business affairs of Christopher Champlin and Aaron Lopez, general merchants in Newport, Rhode Island. These two individuals were not in partnership. The correspondence is primarily incoming letters from importers and merchants in New York City and Long Island concerning goods imported from England, etc., as well as domestic locations. These papers also include plans for overseas voyages, announcements of available goods, arrangements for orders, discussions of prices, and debit-credit accounts.

Among the correspondents to Christopher Champlin are members of the Livingston family. Most prominent is the correspondence from Peter R. Livingston (May 8, 1737-November 15, 1794), a member of the Provincial Congress of colonial New York and an officer during the Revolutionary War. These papers also include a small number of letters from his brothers Robert Cambridge (1742-?) and Walter (1740-1797). Walter was also prominent in public life, serving in the Provincial Congress in 1775 and in the Assembly in 1777-1779. He became Commissioner of the United States Treasury in 1785. Some of these letters claim that the master of their ship has swindled them, and instruct Champlin to apprehend him when the ship arrives in Newport. The collection includes three letters from Peter R.’s uncle, John Livingston (1714-?), a New York merchant and governor of King’s College.

The final item of correspondence to Aaron Lopez is dated February 21, 1782. Lopez drowned in an accident at Scott’s Pond, five miles outside of Providence, on May 28, 1782. These papers contain a few miscellaneous items, including an inventory of the estate of John Baker dated June 28, 1797, and a handwritten copy of Chapter 25 of “Candide”. These papers are valuable for the study of business practices among wholesalers and importers in the eighteenth century.

Calendar of Documents:

Items listed below are correspondence except as noted otherwise.

Folder Year Date From To
1 1762 July 15 Beekman, Gerard G. Champlin, Christopher
1 1762 August 25 Livingston, John Champlin, Christopher
1 1762 November 8 Beekman, Gerard G. Champlin, Christopher
1 1762 November 14 Livingston, John Champlin, Christopher
1 1763 June 22 Beekman, Gerard G. Champlin, Christopher
1 1763 July 2 Livingston, John Champlin, Christopher
1 1763 December 1 Isaacs, Aaron Champlin, Christopher
1 1764 January 7 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
1 1764 May 26 Soderstrom, Richard Champlin, Christopher
1 1764 May 28 Beekman, Gerard G. Champlin, Christopher
1 1764 July 23 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
1 1764 August 17 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
1 1764 November 16 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
1 1765 February 18 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
1 1765 March 14 McEvers, Charles Champlin, Christopher
1 1765 March 21 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
1 1765 March 30 Reply, Joseph Lopez, Aaron
1 1765 April 15 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
1 1765 July 10 Invoice of Joseph Chew with Peter R. Livingston. [Unable to determine creator of document] --
1 1765 July 15 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
1 1765 August 2 Tucker, Thomas Champlin, Christopher
1 1765 August 9 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
1 1765 August 30 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
1 1765 November 4 Beekman, Gerard G. Champlin, Christopher
1 1765 November 28 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
1 1766 January 12 Livingston, Walter & Robert Champlin, Christopher
1 1766 February 13 Pearsall, Thomas Champlin, Christopher
1 1766 June 12 Beekman, Gerard G. Champlin, Christopher
1 1766 June 18 Watson, Murray & Lawrence Champlin, Christopher
1 1766 July 16 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
1 1766 August 16 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
1 1766 September 20 Watson, Murray & Lawrence Champlin, Christopher
1 1766 September 27 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
1 1766 September 28 McEvers, James Champlin, Christopher
1 1766 November 27 Watson, Murray & Lawrence Champlin, Christopher
2 1767 January 7 Livingston, Walter & Robert Champlin, Christopher
2 1767 February 3 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
2 1767 March 4 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
2 1767 April 18 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
2 1767 April 29 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
2 1767 May 29 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
2 1767 June 5 Franklin, William & Samuel Champlin, Christopher
2 1767 July 2 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
2 1767 July 2 Livingston, Peter R. Cook, John
2 1767 September 22 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
2 1767 November 3 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
2 1768 March 2 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
2 1768 July 5 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
2 1768 September 6 Livingston, Robert C. Champlin, Christopher
2 1768 September 8 Livingston, Walter & Robert Champlin, Christopher
2 1769 January 26 Livingston, Robert C. Champlin, Christopher
2 1769 March 4 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
2 1769 April 25 De St. Croise, Joshua T. Champlin, Christopher
2 1769 May 12 De St. Croise, Joshua T. Champlin, Christopher
2 1769 June 9 Beekman, Gerard G. Champlin, Christopher
2 1769 September 22 Livingston, Robert C. Champlin, Christopher
2 1769 November 29 Livingston, Peter R. Champlin, Christopher
2 1769 November 30 De St. Croise, Joshua T. Champlin, Christopher
2 1770 January 20 Van Vleck, Henry Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 March 27 Simson, Solomon Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 April 10 Isaacs, Aaron Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 April 11 Hubbard, William Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 April 24 Isaacs, Aaron Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 April 28 Isaacs, Aaron Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 May 6 Rogers, Uriah Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 May 11 Livingston, Robert C. Champlin, Christopher
2 1770 May 21 Hubbard, William Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 May 22 Lowzada, Hannah Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 May 24 Barret, William Champlin, Christopher
2 1770 May 25 Jacobs, Joseph Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 May 31 Rogers, Uriah Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 June 22 Griffith, Robert [Lopez, Aaron?]
2 1770 July 26 Lowzada, Hannah Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 July 30 Stiles & Brasher Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 August 14 Isaacs, Aaron Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 August 15 Stiles & Brasher Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 September 4 Isaacs, Aaron Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 October 17 Isaacs, Aaron Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 November 17 Folliott, George & Co. Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 November 21 Hubbard, William Lopez, Aaron
2 1770 December 1 Flake, Samuel [Lopez, Aaron?]
3 1771 January 14 Ludlow, Gabriel H. Champlin, Christopher
3 1771 July 5 Jacobs, Joseph Lopez, Aaron
3 1771 August 14 De St. Croix, Joshua T. Champlin, Christopher
3 1771 August 14 Lindsey, Benjamin De St. Croix
3 1771 August 28 Pollock, Cullen Lopez, Aaron
3 1772 January 10 Lawson, Robert Champlin, Christopher
3 1772 November 9 Pollock, Cullen Lopez, Aaron
3 1772 November 10 Lopez, Joseph [Lopez, Aaron?]
3 1772 November 20 Walter, Thomas & Buchanan Co. Champlin, Christopher
3 1772 December 2 De St. Croix, Leah Champlin, Christopher
3 1773 October 22 De St. Croix, Joshua T. Champlin, Christopher
3 1774 September 27 Pollock, Cullen Lopez, Aaron
3 1774 October 10 Pollock, Cullen [Lopez, Aaron?]
3 1775 January 11 McAdams, W.,  bill of lading enclosed with letter Champlin, Christopher
3 1775 February 20 McAdams, W. Champlin, Christopher
3 1775 February 26 McAdams, W. Champlin, Christopher
3 1775 May 10 McAdams, W. Champlin, Christopher
3 1775 May Lewis, William Champlin, Christopher
3 1776 February 14 Watson, Jacob Champlin, Christopher
3 1779 January 25 Spencer, Joseph Lopez, Aaron
3 1780 May 1 Hart, Henry Lopez, Aaron
3 1780 May 27 DeBlois, Stephen Champlin, Christopher
3 1781 August 15 Ter Bush, Cornelius Lopez, Aaron
3 1781 August 21 Ter Bush, Cornelius Lopez, Aaron
3 1781 September 16 Ter Bush, Cornelius Lopez, Aaron
3 1781 September 19 Ter Bush, Cornelius Lopez, Aaron
3 1781 October 3 Ter Bush, Cornelius Lopez, Aaron
3 1781 October 8 Ter Bush, Cornelius Lopez, Aaron
3 1782 February 21 Ter Bush, Cornelius Lopez, Aaron
3 1783 March 25 De Blois, Stephen Champlin, Christopher
3 1783 April 21 Tod, John Champlin, Christopher
3 1783 July 24 Layen, Benjamin Champlin, Christopher
3 1783 November 10 Mullett, Thomas Champlin, Christopher
3 1783 November 28 Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
3 1784 April 20 Sears, Isaac (Col.) Champlin, Christopher
3 1784 July 16 Sears & Smith Champlin, Christopher
3 1784 September 7 Sears & Smith Champlin, Christopher
3 1784 October 23 Spargrin, Hans Champlin, Christopher
3 1784 November 29 Soderstrom, Richard Champlin, Christopher
3 1784 December 4 Soderstrom, Richard Champlin, Christopher
3 1785 July 29 Soderstrom, Richard Champlin, Christopher
3 1785 October 29 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
3 1785 November 24 McEvers, Charles Champlin, Christopher
3 1785 November 28 Sears & Smith Champlin, Christopher
3 1785 November 29 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
3 1785 December 10 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
3 1785 December 12 McEvers, Charles Champlin, Christopher
3 1785 December 20 Bill of lading, Murray, Mumford & Bowen, D.S., Earl, John Champlin, Christopher
3 1785 December 27 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 January 4 (April 4) Christopher Champlin, debit-credit account with Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 January 7 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher:
4 1786 January 13 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 February 1 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 February 1 Mager, James Sherman, Ebenezer
4 1786 February 1 Sears & Smith Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 February 5 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 February 9 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 February 21 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 March 6 Owners of Brig Nancy, Capt. Rathburn, debit-credit account with Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 March 6 Sears & Smith Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 March 6 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 May 6 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 May 8 Soderstrom, Richard Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 May 31 Soderstrom, Richard Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 June 10 Rutgers, Anthony Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 June 12 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 July 8 Gouverneur & Kemble Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 July 25 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 August 2 Soderstrom, Richard Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 August 3 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 September 6 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 September 13 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 October 9 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 October 14 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 October 25 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 November 14 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 November 31 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1786 December 19 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1787 January 24 Apthorp, Charles Ward Sworn before Abm. P. Lott
4 1787 May 3 Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1787 November 19 Sadler & Bailie Fowler & Champlin
4 1788 February 7 Smith, Paschal N. Champlin, Christopher
4 1788 February 7 (July 17) Christopher Champlin, debit-credit account with Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
4 1788 March 8 Saltonstall & Mumford Champlin, Christopher
4 1788 March 17 Waddington, Joshua & Henry Champlin, Christopher
5 1789 February 15 McEvers, Charles Jr. Champlin, Christopher
5 1789 April 8 Rodman, Daniel Champlin, Christopher
5 1789 June 6 Getston & Saltonstall Champlin, Christopher
5 1789 June 11 Getston & Saltonstall Champlin, Christopher
5 1789 July 21 Christopher Champlin, debit-credit account with Murray, Mumford & Bowen Champlin, Christopher
5 1789 November 3 Henriques, N. Champlin, Christopher
5 1790 July 12 Johnson, Anthony Champlin, Christopher
5 1790 August 10 Corlis & Olney Champlin, Christopher
5 1790 September 29 Johnson, Anthony Champlin, Christopher
5 1790 October 18 Barritto, Francis Champlin, Christopher
5 1790 October 26 Ward, Sam Champlin, Christopher
5 1792 July 25 Minturn, William Champlin, Christopher & George
5 1792 July 28 Bowen, Obadiah Lane Son & Fraser
5 1792 July 28 Minturn, William Champlin, Christopher & George
5 1792 August 3 Minturn, William Champlin, Christopher & George
5 1792 August 6 Minturn, William Champlin, Christopher & George
5 1793 July 30 Christopher Champlin, debit-credit account with Murray & Mumford Champlin, Christopher
5 1793 August 12 Christopher Champlin, debit-credit account with Murray & Mumford Champlin, Christopher
5 1794 October 1 Northam, Robert Champlin, Christopher
5 1794 October 4 Northam, Robert Champlin, Christopher
5 1794 October 8 Northam, Robert Champlin, Christopher
5 1794 October 9 Northam, Robert Champlin, Christopher
5 1794 October 10 Northam, Robert Champlin, Christopher
5 1794 October 13 Northam, Robert Champlin, Christopher
5 1794 October 16 Northam, Robert Champlin, Christopher
5 1795 January 16 Christopher Champlin, debit-credit account with Murray & Mumford Champlin, Christopher
5 1796 September 27 Bill of lading, Sloop Eliza Bliss from New York to Prividence Bliss, Thomas W.
5 1796 September 30 Mrs. Baker, Receipt Rich, James
5 1797 June 28 Inventory estate of John Baker  
5 n.d.   Dinnis, Thomas, invoice of sundry goods Champlin, Christopher, Christopher & George
5 n.d.   Scott, William Thomas Livingston, Peter Robert
5 n.d.   Candide or Optimism, chap. 25-e
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