Letter addressed to 16 Year Old Working on a Ship of Some Sort

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Letter addressed to 16 Year Old Working on a Ship of Some Sort
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1851 letter from a father to his 16 year old son working on a ship out of San Francisco. In care of GN Shaw & Company. This company was Commission Merchants. And father's advince, "Have a good look out for yourself after earning money and keep it safe..." The 1860 census lists a Thomas L. Merrill who was a cook on a ship under the command of JW Smith. A total of ten crew members were listed. He was 25, so he would have been 16 when this letter was written by his father. Since he was born in Maine, I will assume that this letter comes from Portland, Maine and not Portland, oregon. Date: 1851 Location: San Francisco, California HWAC# 57367