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William Rotch built his “counting house” in 1772.
Rotch was an international statesman and Nantucket’s most famous whaling merchant.

“William Rotch, prominent shipowner and resolute Quaker friend, was born October 4, 1734 on Nantucket into a family already involved in whale fisheries. He married Elizabeth Barney, also of Nantucket, on October 31, 1754.
When the American Revolution erupted, Rotch maintained the pacifist stance of his Quaker religion, which in turn reflected the official policy of neutrality adopted by Nantucket. The island suffered much for its political and geographical vulnerability, as did Rotch himself and the whaling business overall. The British fleet ransacked Rotch's and other ships sailing from Nantucket, as well as harassing its sailors and citizens. In 1779, Rotch was part of a committee of three appointed by the island to represent its case to the commanders of the British Army and Navy in Newport. Their appeals finally met with satisfaction in the guarantee that the pillages would cease.”

Original H. Marshall Gardiner post card circa 1931.
"PHOSTINT" The Detroit Publishing Company,
divided back, unused, mint condition.

Pacific Club, Nantucket post card. Gardiner, PHOSTINT

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