On March 19, 1857, Thomas Jefferson Moise (1826-1869), Isaac Moise (1800-1857), and Patrick H. Lee (1816-1865), a gentile, announced the dissolution of the partnership, wholesale grocery business Lee & Moise.1 Located at 7 Hayne Street, Charleston, South Carolina, the firm dealt in a wide range of products, including sugar, coffee, liquor, candles, and soap. The earliest reference to Lee & Moise came on November 4, 1856, when The Charleston Daily Courier printed notice that the steam ship Thomas Swann made port in Charleston to conclude a seventy-hour trip from Baltimore. The ship’s cargo included merchandise ordered by Lee & Moise.2
1 The Charleston Daily Courier, March 21, 1857, 3.
2 “Arrived Yesterday,” The Charleston Daily Courier, November 4, 1856, 4.
Main Image: Lee & Moise advertisement. Reprinted from The Charleston Daily Courier, November 17, 1856.