Thomas Coffin Amory
Letterbooks, 1797-1802

Mss: 766

Historical Note:

Thomas Coffin Amory, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Coffin) Amory, was born in Boston in 1767. 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.

Scope and Content:

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.

Provenance : Gift of Mary L. Amory, 1934

Amount: 1 volume, 1 box

Container List:
Vol. 1. Letterbook, 1797-1798
Box 2. Letters sent, 1799-1802

See Also:

Papers of J & J Amory - Boston merchants and uncles of T.C. Amory (Mss 766 1761-1796)