The Vernon collection (31 items) is made up of business correspondence and financial records pertaining to the shipping business of Samuel and William Vernon of Newport, Rhode Island. Correspondence (6 items) includes 5 letters to the Vernon brothers about their financial affairs, and about shipments and prices of goods such as rum, cotton, flour, and wine. One correspondent from Spain mentioned the resumption of trade after the end of the French and Indian War (April 18, 1763). The last letter is an unsigned draft letter to John Parish related to North American and Caribbean commerce in May 1777.
The collection contains 25 receipts, accounts, invoices, documents, and bills of lading pertaining to the Vernon brothers' financial affairs from the 1750s-1780s. Most of the material concerns shipments of rum and foodstuffs such as flour, rice, cheese, and pork; many shipments were sent from Newport to Philadelphia. The charter between John Evans of Freeport, Massachusetts, and Samuel and William Vernon for the use of his sloop for a voyage to Jamaica, dated January 17, 1774, is also present. Some items are signed by or otherwise concern Josiah Hewes, who worked with the Vernon brothers.