Merchant's Recollections of Old New York Business Men Part III


Le Roy, Bayard & McEvers

Le Roy, Bayard & McEvers, who were engaged in the commission business, afterward changed their firm to Le Roy, Bayard & Co., who said their commission account for a year amounted to $100,000. Mr. Bayard was known for his amiability and uprightness. They closed their business about sixty years ago.

Mellick & Rogers

Mellick & Rogers, of West street, were in the Santa Cruz business. Mr. Mellick was the first president of the Chemical Bank; his name was Belshazzar P. Mellick. Mr. Rogers died a few years ago in Santa Cruz, where he was consul.

Gardiner G. Howland

Gardiner G. Howland founded the firm of Howland & Aspinwall, of South street, which still remains in business.

Moses Taylor

Moses Taylor, whose name was so well known as a prominent merchant, commenced business fifty years ago, having been clerk to Messrs. Howland, and died not long ago, leaving an immense fortune, honored and respected by all who knew him.

Henry A. and John G. Costar

Henry A. and John G. Costar, who came here from Holland and transacted business in South street, were considered a very liberal firm. They closed their business about 1825.

William W. De Forest

William W. De Forest, who came from New Haven about 70 years ago, carried on a large business with South America. His junior partner died a few years ago, leaving a large sum of money for charitable purposes.

Samuel Hicks

Samuel Hicks, a member of the Society of Friends, was well known for his honesty, uprightness and liberality. He was a shipping merchant, and his name is well remembered among the merchants at the present day.

H. & W. Delafield

H. & W. Delafield were a firm established about sixty years ago, at the corner of Old slip and Pearl street. They were engaged in the coffee trade and were very strict in their business relations. They were twins, and it was very difficult to tell one from the other.

James De Wolf & Son

 James De Wolf & Son were in the West India business in South street. They came from Rhode island at the close of the war with England. The father made a large fortune in the traffic in slaves. Both father and son died about fifty years ago, leaving valuable plantations in Cuba.

Brown Brothers & Co.

Brown Brothers & Co. were the well known bankers of New York and Europe. The senior partners are deceased. They are still well known to travelers abroad. They first commenced in the dry goods business in Pine street, about 1830, and afterward removed to Wall street. Their names are well known for their liberality.

Peter Harmony

Peter Harmony came here from Old Spain before the last war with England. He was in the commission business and engaged also in the traffic in slaves, which was a common thing in those days.

Richard Irvin & Company

Richard Irvin & Company were well known as the agents of the steamer Great Western, the second one that crossed the Atlantic.

E.D. Morgan & Company

E.D. Morgan & Company, the senior partner of his firm, came to New York from Hartford, Conn., about forty years ago.; He held several prominent offices in this State, being at one time Governor, and honored and respected by all who knew him. He died a year ago, having latterly been engaged in the banking business.

Wood & Skinner

Wood & Skinner were extensively engaged in the shipping business, owning a number of vessels in the European and West India trade. One of their ships, the fastest of that time, having made sixteen knots an hour, was lost during the war with England.

Saul Alley

Saul Alley came to New York from Charleston, S.C., at the close of the war with England. At first he was in the saddlery business and afterward in the commission. He made a sale of a house in Beekman street, nearly opposite St. George's Church, for $18,000, to a Mr. Ives, having first named that price to him. The next day, before the title passed, he was offered $20,000 for the same property and refused. He built a large store on Front street, but sold it afterward for a large price, and soon after retired from business. A well known anecdote is told of him about his coachman, who, being asked by him to go to the pump for a pitcher of water, replied: "I was not employed for that purpose." Mr. Alley then told him to drive to the pump, a few feet off, and himself taking the pitcher got into the coach and obtained the water himself, and was driven back to the house. Whether the aforesaid coachman was retained in Mr. Alley's employ the writer is unable to say.

Stephen Jumel

Stephen Jumel, a brandy importer, came here from France upward of seventy years ago, and became a large owner of real estate, and returned to France, where he died.

Ebenezer Stevens

Ebenezer Stevens transacted business in South street, near Fulton, immediately after the Revolutionary War, in which he was colonel. He was well known as General Stevens, and was a brandy importer. He died in 1818 in New York, and was well known for liberality and kindness of manner.

Anson G. Phelps

Anson G. Phelps came here from Connecticut at the close of the war with England. Afterward the firm was Phelps, Dodge & Company. They were engaged in the iron business. Mr. Wm. E. Dodge, whose name and benefactions have been so well known in the community, was a member of the firm. He died a year ago.

Francis Burt

Francis Burt, the editor of the Shipping List and Price Current, was at one time of the firm of Boorman, Johnston & Company. They were in the shipping business in Broad street, and were very successful.

Silas L. Webb

Silas L. Webb was also in the shipping business, owning several vessels. Preference, when a master of a vessel with passengers, was always given him, as he was of a genial and kind disposition. He died at Sailor's Snug Harbor nearly thirty years ago, nearly 90 years of age.

Seth Low

Seth Low, who came here from Salem, Mass., over fifty years ago, was grandfather of the present Mayor of Brooklyn. He was well known for his great business tact, and especially as one of the Aldermen of Brooklyn. He was universally lamented at his death.

Solomon Saltus & Company

 Solomon Saltus & Company were in the business of ship chandlery. The writer meeting Solomon Saltus on one occasion remarked to him that if he would change his manner of living he might reach the age of his father, who was 90 then. Mr. Saltus replied: "I will live to be a hundred;" but he died the next week.


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Article Name: Merchant's Recollections of Old New York Business Men Part III
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina


Brooklyn Daily Eagle June 14, 1884
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