A Classification of American Wealth
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   James Perkins and Thomas Handasyd Perkins  

most successful American China trading house was a family concern, involving the Perkins brothers and their in-laws, the Cushings, the Sturgises and the Forbeses. James, Thomas and Samuel Perkins had merchants' blood in their veins when they were born. Their grandfather Thomas Handasyd Peck was a successful hatter and merchant in Boston. When their father James Perkins, a prosperous wine merchant, died in 1773, their mother, the former Elizabeth Peck, took charge of the family, opening a store, where she sold imported goods. From such background of trading activities


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