Collection consists of correspondence, business records, personal papers, and other materials of the Constable, Pierrepont and Clarkson families and of William Bell. Constable papers contain personal and business correspondence (including letterbooks), 1774-1803, of William Constable and a few letters of his wife, Ann; accounts, 1773-1803, including cash books, journals, ledgers, memo-books, and waste books. There also are field books of land surveys, papers relating to land speculation and development in northern New York (including Macomb's Purchase), New York City, and various frontier states; and papers compiled by his brother James and his son-in-law Hezekiah Pierrepont relating to his estate; the land papers, 1762-1772, of his father, John Constable; and the letters and land papers, 1798-1807, of his brother James.
Content: Finding aid available in repository and on internet.
Biographical/historical: Hezekiah Beers Pierrepont (1790-1838), Constable's son-in-law, established a prosperous trading firm that engaged in foreign commerce. After dissolving the firm, he turned to the acquisition and exploitation of land. He bought up large tracts of land, one of which became most of Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill in New York.
Content: The larger part of the Pierrepont papers is composed of the personal and business letters, 1795-1838, of Hezekiah Pierrepont; letters and papers relating to French Spoilation Claims; some correspondence of his wife, Anna Maria Constable; the accounts of Leffingwell & Pierrepont; papers relating to Hezekiah Pierrepont's speculation in land; notes on the trade with China, India, Pulco Pinang, and the Malay Settlements; the account books of his father, John Pierpont; and correspondence, accounts, land papers, field and plat books of his sons, William C. Pierrepont and Henry Evelyn Pierrepont. This section also includes some letters, accounts and legal papers of later members of the Pierrepont family. The remainder of the collection consists of the papers of the Clarkson Family, the papers, 1806-1856, of William Bell who was a friend and business colleague of Hezekiah Pierrepont, and some accounts of Pfister & Macomb and Wells & Wagenen. The William Bell Papers include letters, account books compiled on trading journeys to the Orient, land papers, accounts, letters and legal papers relating to his estate, poems and other writings, and newsclippings.
Biographical/historical: William Kerin Constable (1752-1803) was a prominent merchant and landowner in post-colonial America. He moved to New York City and became involved in Far East trading and land speculation in America. The company he founded with his brother James went bankrupt in 1801 and he lost most of his landed interests.