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Merchant Prince of Boston

Colonel T. H. Perkins, 1764-1854

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674865808

Publication Date: 01/01/1971

478 pages


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  • Editor’s Foreword
  • Part I: Young Tom, 1764–1785
    • 1. Death on the Doorstep
    • 2. There Is Two Iron Guns in My Store
    • 3. The Drums Beat and Away
  • Part II: T. Handasyd Perkins, 1786–1799
    • 4. Puritan in Paradise
    • 5. Into the Bosome of the Ocean
    • 6. Hence I Hauled My Wind to the North
    • 7. On the Edge of Vesuvius
    • 8. A Connection Between Brothers
    • 9. The Gentlemen Drink Brandy Punch
    • 10. The Game Playing in Europe
    • 11. Firmly in Federal Paths
  • Part III: Col. T. H. Perkins, 1799–1820
    • 12. See How We Grovel Here Below
    • 13. A Solemn Protest Against the Ice, Winds, Tides, and Rocks
    • 14. The Principal Agent of an Important Establishment
    • 15. Party Provoked To All Its Rage
    • 16. Strong Nerves and Long Purses
    • 17. No Boat, Raft, or Float Can Pass Our Castle
    • 18. Short Blast on the Otter
    • 19. Far Different from Our Calculations
    • 20. With No One To Tell My Cares To
    • 21. Sticking by the Stall
    • 22. A Great Shaking
    • 23. A Cavalcade of Boston Gentlemen
    • 24. A Plain Unvarnished Tale
    • 25. The Late Event in My Family
    • 26. The Consequences of Leaving Off His Flannels
    • 27. Too Much for Mortal Man To Bear
    • 28. Great Means, Ardent Public Spirit, and Pertinacious Enterprise
    • 29. In the Teeth of Mr. P.
  • Part IV: The Old Colonel, 1828–1854
    • 30. Retiring from the Bustle?
    • 31. This Class of the Human Family
    • 32. I Try To Be Contented with What I Have
    • 33. A Flicker in the Dying Flame
    • 34. Unveil Thy Bosom, Faithful Tomb
    • 35. The Gentleman on the Wall
  • Genealogy of the Perkins Family
  • A List of the Perkins Firms
  • Sources and Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Index

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