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Call No.: Mss: 766 1797-1802 A524
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Thomas Coffin Amory
Title: Thomas Coffin Amory papers
Quantity: 1.2 linear feet (1 volume, 1 box)
Language of materials: English
Papers of J and J Amory - Boston merchants and uncles of T.C. Amory (Mss: 766 1761-1796)
Thomas Coffin Amory, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Coffin) Amory, was born in Boston in1767. He married Hannah Rowe Linzee in 1785. Following the family tradition, he became a merchant in Boston. In the course of his business, he bought and sold all types of products and acted as an exporter, wholesaler, importer and retailer, depending on what his associates wished of him. Amory frequently sold his own products as well as on consignment for standard commercial rates. In addition to the above activities, Amory acted as a correspondent or agent for merchants in other parts of the country as well as providing banking and money lending services. Amory died in 1812.
The collection consists of copies of letters sent by Amory during the course of his business. A portion of the letters are bound into a letterbook, January 22, 1797-August 24, 1798. Correspondence includes letters written to sea captains, merchants, agents and individuals regarding trade to Halifax, Liverpool, Havana, Martinique, Teneriffe, Vera Cruz and Spain. In addition to business matters, letters refer to privateering, international politics, economic conditions, and occasionally, family news. Correspondents include Samuel Waldo, Michael Head, John Clarke, Ferris & Stocker, James Porter, James Deering, James Hunter & Co., Robert Hooper, Edward B. Brenton, James Stewart & Co., Captain Joseph Tilden, John Crosby, Hartshorn & Bagg and William Codman. Vessels mentioned include ships Eagle, Caroline, Truth Eliza; schooner Sally; brig Almira. The remaining letters, March 6, 1799-March 2, 1802,have been detached from their original binding. Letters sent during these years cover similar topics and contain references to ships William and Hunter.