Thomas Coffin Amory papers
- 1797-1802 (inclusive)
Conditions Governing Access
Extent1.2 linear feet (1 volume, 1 box)
Amory's letters mention voyages to Halifax, Liverpool, Havana, Martinique, Teneriffe, Vera Cruz, and Spain. In addition to business matters, letters reference British and French privateering, the French Revolutionary Wars, and the Quasi-War.
The Newburyport, Massachusetts, firm of Farris & Stocker was a frequent correspondent, and after that partnership dissolved, Amory continued doing business with mariner and merchant Ebenezer Stocker (circa 1753-1816.) Stocker and Amory chartered a number of mercantile voyages together. Other correspondents include Portland, Maine, merchants Samuel Waldo (1762-1798), James Deering (1766-1850), and Thomas Hodges, Robert Hazlehurst & Co. of South Carolina, Israel Thorndike (1755-1832) of Beverly, Massachusetts, and Samuel Breck, Jr. (1771-1862) of Philadelphia, as well as William Codman and Captain Joseph Tilden.
Amory's letters often contained news of the arrivals and departures of vessels owned by other merchants, updates on the market in Boston for various imported goods and prices current, and information regarding business associates and their activities. There are also letters to Ruth Jewet (or Jewett) of Portland, Maine, regarding the consignment of her sugar and cotton and her stake in a voyage to Calcutta.
Amory married Hannah Rowe Linzee (1770-1846) in 1795, and they had eight children. He died after suffering a stroke in 1812.
By: Brooke McManus
Preservation and description of the Thomas Coffin Amory papers were supported in part by the Colonial North America at Harvard Library Project.
- Amory, Thomas Coffin, 1767-1812. Thomas Coffin Amory Papers, 1797-1802 (inclusive): A Finding Aid
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