Henry Major Papers
The collection mostly consists of incoming business correspondence written to Henry Major from various business associates in the United Kingdom and America. Some letters are written to other people, most likely various business partners and friends. The correspondence allows a look into the mercantile world of overseas trading of cotton and other goods, prices, and other related issues. Of particular interest is a January 1828 letter from Daniel Crawford of Mobile, Alabama, to Mary [Passage] of Princeton, New Jersey. He writes to her about the fire of October 1827 that ruined much of the old section of Mobile.
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Biographical / Historical
Henry Major (circa 1771-1836) was a New York merchant around the years 1802-1836. Major married Jane Moore on August 2, 1808. Major became a merchant in 1802 by partnering with George Gillespie and John H. Titus, and the three men operated a store together until 1810. In 1810, Titus left the business and Major and Gillespie continued as partners until 1819. Major worked as a merchant, moving his store to many locations around New York City, until he died in 1836.
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Collection mostly consists of incoming business correspondence written to Henry Major from various business associates in the United Kingdom and America. Henry Major was a New York merchant around the years 1802-1836. The correspondence allows a look into the mercantile world of overseas trading of cotton and other goods, prices, and other related issues.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Ppurchased by The University of Alabama Libraries in 2017.
Processed by Jessica Rayman, 2018 February.
- Guide to the Henry Major Correspondence
- Jessica Rayman
- 2018 February
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