1788 sales items off Schooner from Philadelphia in French Guiana

$300.00 CAD

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Items being sold in the capital city of French Guiana. They are items shipped by the wealthy Philadelphia merchant Benjamin Fuller on board the Schooner 'Chance' captained by Joseph Fortescue.

Sales of Sundry Merchandize received off Schooner Chance Joseph Fortescue Master, from Philadelphia on Acct. & Risque of Benjamin Fuller Esq. Merchant there'

From Sept 13th-18th, 1788.

Date / To whom Sold / Barrel of Flour- Superfine Common / Feet Pine Board / Price

Filled in with the lists of items.

At bottom of the sold items, list of 'Charges: Freight, hauling, Duty and Commission'

Payment in 'Livres'.

Then list of unsold items:

  • One hundred barrels Superfine Flour
  • Five barrels Ham
  • Thirty Six Windsor Chairs....

 Signed at bottom ‘Save Errors Cayenne 19th September 1788  Abraham (?) Tuckniss'

On laid paper, on vertical and 5 horizontal folds. Paper appropriate aging.

11" x 8"


Benjamin Fuller was a merchant in Philadelphia during the 18th century. In 1765, he signed the Non-Importation Resolution, which committed him to stop purchasing goods imported from Britain in protest of the Stamp Act. Fuller was also a member of a committee tasked with enforcing the agreement and ensuring that no one was secretly accepting British goods.

Benjamin Fuller was also a singer of Continental currency during the Revolution.



Cayenne is the capital city of French Guiana, an overseas region and department of France located in South America. The city stands on a former island at the mouth of the Cayenne River on the Atlantic coast.

In 1664, France finally succeeded at establishing a permanent settlement at Cayenne. Over the next decade the colony changed hands between the French, Dutch, and English, before being restored to France. It was captured by an Anglo-Portuguese force at the invasion of Cayenne in 1809 and administered from Brazil until 1814, when it was returned to French control. It was used as a French penal colony from 1854 to 1938.


Abraham Tuckniss b. ca 1765:Robert (the Hatter)’s son, Abraham, was probably named after his mother’s father and or grandfather, Abraham Dawes.Abraham was also a Quaker, but was “disowned” on 28 Dec 1787 at the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for associating to learn the art of war.He was listed as Private, Infantry in Philadelphia Militia in 1788:2nd Co. 1st Batt., Gurney, Francis, Lt. Col. Smith, Daniel, Captain.

I found reference to letters from Abraham Tuckniss to the above mentioned Benjamin Fuller in Philadelphia 1788–1789.These letters to Benjamin Fuller from Abraham Tuckniss relate to shipments of goods, including rum, sugar, coffee, cotton, beef, bread, yams, and fish, shipped from Cayenne (French Guiana) and Demerara.
While in Demerara, Abraham met an English woman, Frances Reading, who he married 12 Apr 1796.Their son was named Benjamin Fuller Tuckniss after Abraham’s employer in Philadelphia.