Grinnell’s Line of Packets, Composed of Magnificent First Class Fast Sailing Packet Ships Sailing Weekly from Liverpool… to and from Ireland and Great Britain…
Folio sheet, 17 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches, printed in red, blue and black.
This is a wonderful relic from the days of the Irish Famine, and the first great waves of immigration. It assures Americans that Grinnell will provide secure means of payment for passage from Ireland on the company’s ships, seven of which are named here. “Bowman, Grinnell & Co. have seen and witnessed with feelings of regret, for a long time, that something was necessary for the protection of the Irish people in the United States sending their remittances to their friends in Ireland… from the numberless disappointments they have lately met with, and in many instances, the heartless frauds that have been practiced on them, by parties professing to bring them out on ships over which they had no control, or with which they had no connexion… Bowman, Grinnell & Co. 83 South Street, New-York.” After this warning against 19th century coyotes, the broadside lays out the procedure for emigrating. Circa 1850s – it appears the firm went bankrupt in the panic of 1857. Old fold marks, a couple of edge tears, and a four-inch section clipped from the lower left corner of the sheet, with loss of a couple of letters. Rare. I can find no holdings for this broadside.