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Don Juan Stoughton Collection
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Mss 91 1794-1820 S889
Volume 4

Don Juan Stoughton was the Spanish consul in Boston. His letters and books contain correspondence with companies in Spain, mainly regarding Spanish ships seized by the American government. The volume for 1815 to 1821 contains copies of letters to the Widow McRoberts & Co. in Cadiz, Spain. Most of the letters have to do with the seized ship, the Pastora Divina, which Stoughton helped to recover for her in the American courts.

The letter books also include letters written after Stoughton died in 1820. At that point his widow used the book in her capacity as executrix of her husband's estate to record correspondence with the Spanish. She clearly was very knowledgeable about her husband's affairs and was attempting to recover money owed to her husband so she could pay off substantial debts on the estate.

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