1828. Original manuscripts. Seven ALsS, quarto, written in sepia ink on rag paper, integral address leaves. Brief descriptions follow. February 1, 1828: Recommends that Billings send their whale oil to Boston at 75 cents a barrel because the market is full. Sperm candles should do well because they are scarce; also talks of buying pig iron and carting it to the foundry; &c. Feb. 8: Shipped a lot of oil to Josiah Beale of Boston; put 75 boxes of candles on the Brig Blackston to sail on Sunday; &c. Feb. 13: More re candles and the Brig Blackston, sailing today; &c. Feb. 20: Could find no Pig Iron in New York under $30, except a broken parcel of 12 tons; oil and candles were shipped to New Orleans & Boston; &c. Feb. 25: Reports sales of sperm oil and candles amounting to $640.35. Oil continues dull, falling to 55 to 58 cents, while Nantucket Sperm Candles are 25 to 27 cents a box; &c. March 17: "...I rec'd a letter from your place dated 3 March from Mr. John Brandiger requesting me to take charge of some Opium on arrival from Boston & ship it to New York..."; &c. March 19: The quality of the whale oil he shipped is very inferior, and maybe he can get it back; paint oil is very scarce; Waterman's American oil is superior, and sells well; &c. Very Good. Item #041389
E.J. Mallett, a Jackson Democrat born in North Carolina, served as the 9th postmaster of Providence, 1832-1844. He had married the daughter of Governor James Fenner in 1820, and worked as a shipper in Providence until 1829. Mallett then became assistant editor of "The Herald," a Jacksonian paper. He also erected various buildings in Providence, including the first courthouse in the State. By 1847, he had moved to New York City and was elected president of the St. Nicholas Bank. Mallett later served as Consul-General to Italy. He was a strong Union man during the Civil War, and Lincoln appointed him a paymaster. (See Bicknell, "History of the State of Rhode Island,,,," Vol. 2.).