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Stow, Edward Jr.
Manuscript Letter Copy Book, September 19, 1789 - November 25, 1795
folio, 98 pages, plus blanks, last page torn with loss of text, bound in contemporary boards, considerably worn, some pages loose. There is a hiatus in the correspondence between late 1791 and early 1794, with pages numbered separately for both. Signed by Stow, on front flyleaf, as well as on the many letters. Letters are in very good, legible condition. The correspondence details the business affairs of Edward Stow, a leading Boston merchant who dealt in a variety of goods, including tallow, Indian corn, iron, chocolate and "bank paper," the letters detail shipments of merchandise, market conditions and "prices current," in Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Stow's father Edward Stow, was a noted captain and was persecuted as a Loyalist sympathizer during the American Revolution which led him to live for a time in Canada. Stow became director of the New England Mississippi Land Company with his partner John Peck, a company central to the Yazoo land settlement case establishing legal precedents for sales by states of land to individuals and speculators. Stow after moving to Philadelphia befriended Gilbert Stuart, who painted portraits of both Stow and his wife. The letters in the first section of the volume are signed "Stow and Kennedy," a later letter is addressed directly to John Kennedy. Kennedy was a merchant in Boston (he is listed in the 1789 Boston Directory), whose office stood next to that of John Hancock. The partnership between Stow and Kennedy is announced as concluded in a letter dated May 4, 1790. By 1794 Stow had relocated to Philad … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Michael Brown [Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.]

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