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Myers, Moses
[ARCHIVE OF MANUSCRIPT MATERIAL RELATING TO THE SHIPPING BUSINESS OF EARLY AMERICAN JEWISH MERCHANT MOSES MYERS]
[Norfolk, Va.; Bermuda; and elsewhere, 1820. Nine items. Very good. Early American Jewish merchant Moses Myers (1753-1835) was born in New York City to Dutch merchant Hyam Myers and Rachel Louzada. After serving briefly in the New York Second Battalion during the American Revolution, he went into business with his cousin Samuel Myers. Shortly after marrying Eliza Judah in 1787, he moved to Norfolk, Virginia and established an import/export business there. Myers and his family were the first permanent Jewish- American residents in the Norfolk area, and would compose the regions entire Jewish population for over a decade. His house, constructed in 1795 and occupied by the Myers family until 1935, still stands in downtown Norfolk and is the oldest Jewish home in America operated as a museum. This archive is comprised of the following documents: 1) Two leaves from Moses Myers' letter book, with the texts of three letters, dated Aug. 18 to Sept. 5, 1795, written to James Swan, giving prices of various commodities. 2) Partly-printed bill of lading for a shipment of hemp, tar and turpentine to the French Republic aboard Myers ship named John. Norfolk, March 12, 1796. 3) Autograph letter, being the first leaf only of a letter written to an unnamed Count, relaying news of the declaration of war and on war related arrests in Norfolk, July 29, 1812. 4) Printed broadside, accomplished in manuscript, signed by W. Gerritt, concerning the capture of the Ship Nancy by the Ship of War Goree. Folio. St. George, Bermuda, manuscript additions dated Dec. 16, 1812 (the broadside was probably pri … [Click Below for Full Description]
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