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Mss:785 1790-1799 C648

Andrew Clow & Co. Andrew Clow & Co. records, 1790-1799 (inclusive) and undated: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:785 1790-1799 C648
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Andrew Clow & Co.
Title: Andrew Clow & Co. records
Date(s): 1790-1799
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection consist of accounts, correspondence, and legal papers of Andrew Clow & Co., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, primarily with Alexandria, Virginia, merchants William Wilson & Co., dated from 1790 to 1799. Andrew Clow & Co. sued William Wilson & Co. over money owed the firm for sale of stock on behalf of William Wilson & Co., and the collection includes correspondence and documents related to the suit. There is also a small amount of correspondence and accounts with other merchants, and an undated map.

Provenance:

Purchase, 1931.

Processing Information:

Processed: June 2016
By: Brooke McManus
Preservation and description were supported in part by the Arcadia-funded Colonial North American Project at Harvard University.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.
Materials stored onsite. Please contact histcollref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Andrew Clow & Co. records. Baker Library. Harvard Business School.

Historical Note:

Andrew Clow & Co., a merchant partnership formed by Andrew Clow (1750-1793) and David Cay (died 1793), was active in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between the 1780s and 1790s. The firm owned ships and engaged in trade at ports in the United States, the Bahamas, England, and Europe. Andrew Clow & Co. exported flour, grain, sugar, and tobacco, and imported textiles and liquor. The company additionally brokered stock. Andrew Clow and David Cay died in the yellow fever epidemic of 1793, and the company's interests were subsequently handled by executors William Cramond, Hugh Holmes, and John Leamy.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection consist of accounts, correspondence, and legal papers of Andrew Clow & Co., of Philadelphia, Pennsyvlania, primarily with Alexandria, Virginia, merchants William Wilson & Co., dated from 1790 to 1799. Andrew Clow & Co. sued William Wilson & Co. over money owed the firm for sale of stock on behalf of William Wilson & Co., and the collection includes correspondence and documents related to the suit. There is also a small amount of correspondence and accounts with other merchants, and an undated map.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Actions and defenses -- United States -- 18th century.
Banks and banking.
Coastwise shipping -- 18th century.
Credit.
Flour industry -- United States -- 18th century.
Speculation.
Stockbrokers -- Pennsylvania -- 18th century.
Stock exchanges -- Pennsylvania -- 18th century.
Correspondence.
Legal instruments.
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Cay, David, -1793.
Clow, Andrew, 1750-1793.
Andrew Clow & Co.
William Wilson & Co.

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