Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Henry Hall Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC166

Collection Summary

Creator: Hall, Henry
Title: Henry Hall papers
Dates: 1832-1848
Dates: (Bulk: 1835-1837)
Abstract: Business papers of Henry Hall illustrate the workings of the Lawrence Manufacturing Company of Lowell, Massachusetts, from 1832 to 1848.
Identification: MC166
Quantity: 92 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Little is known about Henry Hall from Boston, Massachusetts who was a treasurer for the Lawrence Manufacturing Company in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Scope and Content Note

These papers consist of the correspondence and financial documents of Henry Hall, who was treasurer of the Lawrence Manufacturing Company in Lowell, Massachusetts from 1838 to 1848 which manufactured printed cloth, shirting and sheeting. The Henry Hall correspondence series consists of sent letters, some with billing information, to the following agents: Capt. Israel Whitney, John Aiken and Charles L. Tilden. These provide information on daily activities, operations and transactions between the company treasurer and the agents. However, many of these letters do not include the mentioned billing information as they were either detached or cut out of the document prior to accessioning the papers. The received correspondence is from Robert Means possibly an assistant who provides updates on shipments and deliveries and asks about pending transactions. The Charles L. Tilden general correspondence series consists of three letters dated from 1837 to 1841 referring to his mill sent from John Trudy, Messrs. A. & A. Lawrence, and Charles Mason. There is also a single letter addressed to J. A. [possibly John Aiken] from a P. M. King regarding a recent transaction and billing information. Of note is the printed information titled "Quotations" found on the back of the letter which lists names of banks.

The financial series is divided into reports from R. M. Alvin and Rob. Means and bills. The two R. M. Alvin weekly reports, dated in 1835, contain information regarding cotton bales that were opened for different individuals and cloth manufacturing for different mills with prices and pounds included. The nine Rob Means weekly reports also dated in 1835 contain the same information for their corresponding weeks. Bills consist of two bills to Charles L. Tilden from Henry Hall, dated in 1847 and 1848, which include the purchase orders and the amounts due from various individuals.


Organized into three series; arrangement is chronological.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Hall, Henry
Aiken, John, 1797-1867
Alvin, R. M.
King, P. M.
Mason, Charles
Means, Robert
Tilden, Charles L.
Trudy, John
Whitney, Israel, 1797-1871
A. & A. Lawrence & Co.
Lawrence Manufacturing Company
Cotton manufacture
Textile factories--Massachusetts
Textile industry--Records and correspondence
Lowell (Mass.)

Archivist's Note

Further information on the Lawrence Manufacturing Company can be accessed at the Baker Library, Harvard Business School.

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Henry Hall Papers, MC166, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Purchased from DeForest, Jan. 1943.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2012.


Correspondence: Henry Hall

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166.1 1 Sent: Capt. Israel Whitney 1832-1833
2 Sent: John Aiken 1834-1837
3 Sent: Charles L. Tilden 1837-1839
4 Received: Rob Means 1832-1835

Correspondence: General

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166.1 5 Charles L. Tilden 1837-1841
6 J. A. [John Aiken?] from P. M. King 1837


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166.1 7 Reports: R. M. Alvin 1835
8 Reports: Rob. Means 1835
9 Bill: Charles L. Tilden from Henry Hall 1847, 1848