Letter introducing ship merchant to Gen. Shepley, 1862Item 74527 info
Maine Historical Society
If the ship owner or captain, or the aspiring business person did not know Shepley, they often got a letter of introduction to him.
In November 1862, Abner B. Thompson, a Brunswick merchant, wrote introducing ship captain and merchant Henry W. Green of Topsham.
Thompson wrote, "He goes out in the ship "Genl Shepley" to New Orleans, with a view of engaging in some Mercantile affairs, should opportunity arise."