Guide to the Sir Isaac Coffin Letter, 1830

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Sir Isaac Coffin Letter
Coffin, Sir Isaac, 1759-1839.
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English.

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Preferred Citation: Sir Isaac Coffin Letter, Nantucket Historical Association.

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Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Coffin, Isaac, Sir, 1759-1839
  • Topical Term
    • Merchants—England—Liverpool—History—19th century.

Biographical Information

Sir Isaac Coffin (1759-1839) was a fifth-generation descendent of Tristram Coffin, born in Boston, Mass., on May 16,1759, to Nathaniel Coffin (1725-?) and Elisabeth Barnes Coffin. He joined the Royal Navy in 1773, and became an accomplished officer, participating in the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War, and the Napoleonic Wars. He retired in 1808, after which he received the rank of admiral in 1814. He married Elisabeth Brown Greenly (?-1839) in 1811, and served in Parliament for Ilchester, England, between 1818 and 1826. He died in Cheltenham, England on July 23, 1839.

Scope and Content

The Sir Isaac Coffin letter collection consists of one signed letter from Thomas and William Earle and Company concerning a shipment of itemized china at the request of Sir Isaac Coffin. Sent from Liverpool, England, on November 28, 1830.


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Processed by NHA staff. Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, June 2018.

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