Scope and arrangement
The William Law, Jr. Papers consist of correspondence and financial accounts, 1807-1817, generated while Law acted as agent and supercargo for the merchant firm of Minturn & Champlin of New York City. The bulk of the papers consist of letters, accounts, and notebooks relating to the cargo and voyage of the ship LION from New York to Canton, China, December 1815-June 1816 and its return, December 1816-April 1817. Included are Law's correspondence with Minturn & Champlin and the ship's owner, Thomas C. Butler; a list of the crew; extracts from the ship's log; and notebooks, manifests, account books, sales receipts, and invoices recording goods shipped to and purchased in China, including tea, textiles, china ware, opium, and furs. Other papers include Law's accounts with Minturn & Champlin, 1807-1814; claims against Denmark for the ships RESOLUTION, NIMROD, and SWIFT which were captured by privateers, 1810-1811; affadavits relating to a mutiny on the LION, 1816; and some correspondence and accounts regarding the sale of the LION's cargo in New York City.
Two series: I. Correspondence and Papers Regarding the Voyage of the Ship Lion, 1815-1818; II. Other Correspondence and Papers, 1800-1818