- Inventory of goods consigned to Captain George D. Sweet aboard the Brig Othello, owned by Samuel and William Vernon of Newport, Rhode Island, departing Rhode Island to the Coast of Africa. Includes instructions that read, "To insurance in London, from thence to Affrica [Africa] at and from thence to market with slaves at 8 guineas." On back, "Invoice of slops [?] sent on board," such as frocks, hats, shoes, and rum.
- Receipt for wages paid to George Larm by Captain John Duncan of the Brig Othello, includes deduction from wages for 3 1/2 gallons rum "stole out of a cask that was tapt in the head with a gimblet by you or some your ship mates you must pay for among yourselves." On back, note dated March 21, 1771 verifying receipt of payment signed by Boyle Vandeleure of Barbados.
- Trade book of the Brig Othello, a merchant ship owned by brothers Samuel and William Vernon, business partners involved in the triangular trade that sent rum from Rhode Island to Africa, bought slaves in Africa to sell in the West Indies or in the southern colonies, and brought molasses back to Rhode Island.