Finding Aid to the Alexander Hamilton Papers, 1760-1800, MS 1301

Finding Aid to the Alexander Hamilton Papers, 1760-1800, MS 1301

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Alexander Hamilton Papers

Creator

Hamilton, Alexander

Call number

MS 1301

Inclusive dates

1760-1800

Bulk dates

1760-1800

Extent

1 box, 37 folders.

Abstract

The collection consists of materials relating Alexander Hamilton’s work in the tobacco trade between Maryland and Glasgow, Scotland.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Unknown

Accession number

Unknown

Processing note

Finding aid created by Lara Westwood, November, 2013.

Historical Note

Alexander Hamilton, born in Mauchline, Ayrshire, Scotland to John and Jacobina Young Hamilton, worked as a tobacco factor in Port Tobacco and Piscataway, Maryland for Glasgow, Scotland-based trading firms. He served several firms operated by the “Tobacco Lords” of Glasgow, including those of James Brown, John Brown, and John Glassford, for which he purchased tobacco from Maryland growers to be sold across Europe. Glasgow became a major trade hub with the Americas, because of its location on the River Clyde and the trade winds blowing off the Atlantic Ocean, which allowed ships to reach the city quicker than other ports in Europe.

The Revolutionary War disrupted tobacco trade for both growers and purchasers, but Hamilton was able to negotiate the rough waters for James Brown and Co. He had his employees enlist in the militia and pledge allegiance to the colonies. Hamilton, himself, however, did not, in case the British were victorious. After the war, he continued to work in Prince George’s County for James Brown and Co. He died in 1799.

Scope and Content

The Alexander Hamilton Papers are organized chronologically. The collection consists of materials relating Alexander Hamilton’s work in the tobacco trade between Maryland and Glasgow, Scotland.

The collection is primarily comprised of letters from James Lawson to Hamilton, which discuss the tobacco trade between Maryland and Glasgow, Scotland. They address issues with the sale and constant fluctuation of price of tobacco and business debts owed and paid. The letters also deal with Hamilton’s struggle with John Semple over money owed to his father’s estate. The earlier letters from Lawson also allude to the growing tension between the American colonies and Great Britain. Other materials in the collection represent Hamilton’s take over of John Glassford’s American store and his work with Robert Fergusson, a fellow tobacco buying agent.

Container List

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1760, Aug. 4

1

1

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1760, Sept. 10

1

2

Francis Peacock’s account with James Lawson

1761, Sept. 9

1

3

John Youll’s account with James Lawson

1761, Sept. 19

1

4

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1762, April 20

1

5

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1763, Jan. 13

1

6

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1764, Jan. 31

1

7

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1764, April 18

1

8

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1764, Sept. 17

1

9

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1764, Oct. 18

1

10

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1764, Dec. 26

1

11

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1765, July 8

1

12

John Alston to Alexander Hamilton and reply

1765, Dec. 20

1

13

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1766, March 11

1

14

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1766, April 14

1

15

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1766, May 28

1

16

Robert Mundell to Robert Ferguson and reply

1766, Nov. 4

1

17

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1769, Feb. 14

1

18

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1769, April 6

1

19

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1769, April 22

1

20

Daniel Campbell and John Glassford agreement

1769, Sept. 20

1

21

James Lawson to Alexander Hamilton

1770, Nov. 7

1

22

John Brown to Alexander Hamilton

1773, Oct. 11

1

23

John Brown to Alexander Hamilton

1774, March 11

1

24

Resolution of Pennsylvania House of Delegates on claim of Oliver Pollock

1784, Dec. 4

1

25

Alexander Hamilton to Robert Fergusson

1785, Feb. 12

1

26

List of bonds and other papers belonging to store of late John Glassford

1785, May 24

1

27

Alexander Hamilton to James Campbell

1785, Nov. 1

1

28

William Smallwood to Robert Fergusson

1786, June 27

1

29

Alexander Hamilton to Robert Fergusson

1786, Nov. 9

1

30

William Smallwood to Robert Fergusson

1786, Nov. 10

1

31

Alexander Hamilton to Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer concerning confiscated property of John Glassford and Henry Riddell

1788, April 18

1

32

Alexander Hamilton to Robert Fergusson

1789, Nov. 4

1

33

Alexander Hamilton to Robert Fergusson

1789, Dec. 5

1

34

Alexander Hamilton to Robert Fergusson

1796, Aug. 20

1

35

Alexander Hamilton to Robert Fergusson

1798, May 11

1

36

Alexander Greer to Robert Fergusson

1800, Jan. 15

1

37