Whaling Letter from Henry White to Parents, dated November 3, 1861

Whaling Letter from Henry White to Parents, dated November 3, 1861

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Letter 7, dated November 3, 1861, Honolulu
Brief, oblique ref. to Civil War. W.G.E Pope, the ship's principal owner, failed. This voyage=2600 bbl whale oil, 200 bbl sperm. Calculates his net lay (share) for 19 months is $100. "When I come to take a retrospective view and think that I have been working like a dog and poorly clad for 19 months I do feel a little down hearted." Capt a Portugee and a liar. Personal philosophy on why war is being fought. "…if they would just investigate affairs aboard of whale ships they (the Northerners) would go in for slavery as stout as the southerners. The whole fact of the matter is that a negro is no man and slavery is to good for them. Out here I can see what a free negro is." News of home.
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Currently not on view
Object Name
letter
whaling letter
Date made
1861
ID Number
2005.0102.07
catalog number
2005.0102.07
accession number
2005.0102
Credit Line
Gift of Hazel H. and Kathryn J. White
subject
Whalers
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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