Boardman & Seymour records, 1794-1811
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Brief Description:

The Boardman & Seymour Records (2009-75-0) consist of correspondence, bills, legal documents, licenses to sell liquor, orders, receipts, statements of accounts and other business records. Daniel Boardman (1757-1833), New York City businessman and merchant, his brother Elijah Boardman (1760-1823), New Milford businessman and merchant, and Moses Seymour Jr. (1774-1826), Litchfield merchant and town official, maintained a partnership to operate a store in Litchfield in which they sold "a variety of Dry and West-India Goods, suitable for all seasons; consisting of almost every article usually retailed in a Country Store," according to a Dec. 17, 1794, advertisement in the Litchfield Monitor. The partnership was dissolved in 1804, according to a Nov. 21 newspaper advertisement.

The records (1794-1811) document the affairs and transactions of the business and the concerns of the owners, sellers of goods, and customers and are arranged in two series, Series 1, Correspondence, and Series 2, Business records. Elijah Boardman's letters to Seymour are noteworthy as they occasionally reveal his business philosophy, his take on current business and market conditions, and his opinion of events of the day.

Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
Email: archivist [at]
Created by: Seymour, Moses (1774-1826), Boardman, Elijah (1760-1823)
Volume: 3.0 Boxes
Acquired: 04/11/1989. The Boardman & Seymour Records (2009-75-0) were originally part of the gift that also included the Beckwith Family Collection (1988-01-0). Staff determined that the Boardman & Seymour Records are a distinct group of records.

The records are arranged in two series:

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Business records

Biographical Note for Seymour, Moses (1774-1826) : Moses Seymour was born at Litchfield, Conn., June 30, 1774, died there May 8, 1826, aged 52. He married Mabel Strong in Addison, Vt., on May 29, 1782 and they had nine children. He was a merchant in Litchfield; postmaster for 25 years; sheriff for six years.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Boardman & Seymour
Boardman, David Sherman, 1768-1864
Business enterprises - Connecticut - Litchfield
License system - Connecticut - Litchfield
Litchfield (Conn.)
Merchants - Connecticut - Litchfield
Seymour, Moses, 1774-1826
Genres/Forms of Material
Business records
Financial records
Legal documents
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Acquisition Notes: George Seymour, Arthur Shaw  Gift
Related Materials: Seymour family papers, 1777-1923
PreferredCitation: Boardman & Seymour records (2009-75-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759