William Edgar papers

Collection Data

Description
William Edgar (1736-1820) was an Irish-born merchant of Detroit, Michigan, where he was a financial agent for the British Army post. He moved to New York City in 1780 or 1781 and engaged in trade with China and East India. Collection consists of negative copies of correspondence, accounts and other papers relating to Edgar's trading post at Detroit; and correspondence concerning family and personal matters. Papers until the end of the American Revolution are dated at New York, Albany, Montreal, Michilimackinac, Philadelphia, Trenton, and elsewhere. Later papers relate to trade with London, Calcutta, Canton, China, and locations within the U.S. Correspondents include Gerard Beekman, Aaron Burr, DeWitt Clinton, Horatio Gates, Alexander Hamilton, Brockholst Livingston, Philip Livingston, Alexander Macomb, Gurdon S. Mumford, Henry Remsen, Henry Rutgers, and Daniel Webster.
Names
Edgar, William, 1739-1820 (Creator)
Beekman, Gerard (Correspondent)
Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836 (Correspondent)
Clinton, DeWitt, 1769-1828 (Correspondent)
Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806 (Correspondent)
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804 (Correspondent)
Livingston, Brockholst, 1757-1823 (Correspondent)
Livingston, Philip, 1716-1778 (Correspondent)
Macomb, Alexander, 1782-1841 (Correspondent)
Mumford, Gurdon Saltonstall, 1764-1831 (Correspondent)
Remsen, Henry, 1736-1792 (Correspondent)
Rutgers, Henry, 1745-1830 (Correspondent)
Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852 (Correspondent)
Edgar, William, 1739-1820 (Correspondent)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1750 - 1870
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 893
Topics
Calcutta (India) -- Commerce
Detroit (Mich.) -- Commerce
Guangzhou (China) -- Commerce
New York (N.Y.) -- Commerce
Merchants
Edgar, William, 1739-1820
Edgar family
Genres
Correspondence
Documents
Notes
Biographical/historical: William Edgar (1736-1820) was an Irish-born merchant of Detroit, Michigan, where he was a financial agent for the British Army post. He moved to New York City in 1780 or 1781 and engaged in trade with China and East India.
Acquisition: Negatives were made from originals owned by Herman L.R. Edgar, 1932.
Additional physical form: Correspondence from vols. 1, 2 and 4 available on microfilm; New York Public Library. Originals in possession of the Edgar family.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 linear feet (11 v.)
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Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12330911
MSS Unit ID: 893
Archives collections id: archives_collections_893
Library of Congress Control Number: ms 69000823
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b75c33f0-957c-0139-3948-0242ac110002
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