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Collection TitleCL 104 Early Regional Commerce CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKatie Button
Date Completed:April 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by various individuals.

Chemung Canal; Commerce - History; Elmira (N.Y.); General stores 

Historical:Early Regional Commerce - The earliest trading post in Chemung County appeared in 1784 and was a place for farmers and hunters to sell their products in exchange for processed goods.  One of the earliest traders in the Twin Tiers was Matthias Hollenback (1752-1829) of Wilkes-Barre.  Along with his partners, Stephen Tuttle (1772-1851) and Thomas M. Perry (1777-1836), he established a series of stores and trading posts at Tioga Point, Lackawanna and Wysok in Pennsylvania and Newtown (now Elmira) in New York. Other prominent early traders included the brothers Robert and Lyman Covell, Benjamin Perry, Archibald Campbell, John Arnot and Guy Maxwell. 
Scope:The Early Regional Commerce Collection includes ledgers, letters, invoices, receipts and assorted records concerning business transactions in the Twin Tiers from 1783 to 1835. 
Notes:Shares a box with CL 108.
Extent.5 Linear Feet
Date Span1783-1835
AbstractThis collection contains records relating to commerce in the Twin Tiers from 1783 to 1835. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Statement of accounts between Stephen Tuttle and Thomas Atkins, April 30-1798-September 2, 1802.Document011217
Receipt for monies paid by Elijah Buck to Stephen Tuttle, March 21, 1802.Document011218
Statement of proof of spirits imported in Shooner Buck from Anguilla, March 21, 1803.Document011301
Letter from Stephen Tuttle to Archibald Champbell regarding business, December 12, 1803. Letter011302
Bill of lading for goods shipped from Matthias Hollenback to Stephen Tuttle by Captian Dodge, December 25, 1803.Document011303
Record of money paid to Matthias Hollenback by Stephen Tuttle, August 20, 1803.Document 011304
Record of goods sent to stores in Newtown and Tioga Point, November 21, 1803.Document011305
Judgement against Joesph Spaulding in favor of Matthias Hollenback issued by Judge Joseph Kinney, July 23, 1803.Document011306
Business letter from Stephen Tuttle to Matthais Hollenback, June 20, 1803.Letter011307
Business letter from Stephen Tuttle to Mathais Hollenback, September 26, 1803.Letter011308
Invoice for Joseph Farlin from Matthais Hollenback, 1803.Document011309
Record of money paid to Matthais Hollenback by Stephen Tuttle, January 17, 1803.Document011310
Account of hemp sold by John Singer on behalf of Matthais Hollenback, July 1803.Document011311
Business letter from John Anderson to Matthias Hollenback, May 10, 1803.Document011312
Business letter from John Anderson to Mathias Hollenback, January 10, 1804.Letter011401
Record of items sold by Stephen Tuttle, February 11, 1804.Document011402
Bill of lading for goods sent by Matthias Hollenback to Stephen Tuttle, April 1804. Document011403
List of goods sent from Matthias Hollenback to Stephen Tuttle, April 4, 1804.Document011404
Record of monies paid Stephen Tuttle by customers, April 1798-April 1805.Document011405
List of goods sent by Matthias Hollenback to Stephen Tuttle, August 28, 1804.Document011406
Bill for Mr. Avery from Matthias Hollenback, September 1804.Document011407
Record of monies paid by Stephen Tuttle to Matthias Hollenback, December 1, 1804.Document011407
Accounting of Matthias Hollenbeck, Stephen Tuttle and T. Duane's expenses for driving cattle in October last, December 1, 1804.Document011408
Record of the cattle lent to George Walker by Stephen Tuttle, December 1, 1804. Document011409
Record of money paid to Joseph Stevenson by Mr. Daune for the upkeep of his cattle, December 18, 1804.Document011410
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