The Resource Papers of James Maury, (manuscript)

Papers of James Maury, (manuscript)

Papers of James Maury, 1769-1917
Papers of James Maury
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James Maury papers
  • The papers contain correspondence, ledgers, bills, receipts, broadsides, and other papers, 1780-1917, relating to James Maury's mercantile business and overseas trade extending to Europe, various points in America, the East Indies, and China
  • Subjects include crops, prices, tobacco, cotton, ships and shipping, trade restrictions, insurance, and family matters. Letters from Matthew Maury to James Maury include mention of family slaves, in particular a letter of 1797 December menting the selling of an estate and the disposition of the slaves
  • Correspondents include Abraham Maury, Ann Maury, James Fontaine Maury, James Sifrein Maury, Matthew Maury, Richard Maury, Rutson Maury, William Maury, the Maury Brothers Co., and various English and American merchants, including Gilbert Imlay
  • The papers also include a scrapbook, 1769-1795, of Thomas Gilpin containing correspondence, articles, documents, and other papers relating to the wheat fly; herring (with map showing migration); plans for a horizontal windmill; plans for a chain bridge across the Schuykill River at Philadelphia; plans for a public school in Wilmington, Del. (with lists of subscribers including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas McKean, and Robert Morris); the famous broadside "a letter from the Country, to a gentleman in Philadelphia" by Rusticus (John Dickinson) concerning the tea act; accounts by Gilpin of his arrest with other Philadelphia Friends on suspicion of being a Loyalist and subsequent exile to Winchester Virginia, and accounts, written by his wife, of his death in 1778 and their daughter's death in 1795; and a copy of letter from Benjamin Franklin on windmills
  • The scrapbook also contains correspondence, 1777-1778, describing dispute between Thomas Gilpin, the Committee of Fifty, and the Pennsylvania Board of War over shipping flour, resulting in Gilpin's removal to Virginia
  • There is also correspondence, 1770-1827, of the Gilpin family, chiefly Joshua Gilpin, pertaining to Boston Tea Party, mail route between Baltimore and Philadelphia, freight schedules (1772) for wagon and canal traffic and of Philadelphia, the hanging of Major John André, internal improvements, the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and Delaware and national politics
  • Of interest are a letter, 1829, from Henry Clay re: social matters; letters, 1830-31, from James Madison on social matters and nullification; a letter, 1831, from Dolley Madison re: social matters; a letter, 1831, from John C. Calhoun re: his character; a letter, 1836, William Ellery Channing re: social news; and a letter, 1840, from Thomas Hart Benton re: the Graduation Bill
  • The papers also include autographs of David G. Farragut, Ulysses S. Grant, and William Wilberforce; and a white marble bust, n.d., of James Maury
  • The collection also contains a bronzed plaster bust of James Maury
Biographical or historical data
English merchant, later merchant of Fredericksburg and Charlottesville, Va.
Cataloging source
Papers of James Maury, (manuscript)
  • Special Collections
600 (ca.)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) ALN2810
  • (OCoLC)32672082
Type of unit




Library Locations

    • Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections LibraryBorrow it
      160 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, VA, 22904, US
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