Mathewson family collection 1796-1840
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This collection contains business correspondence that London merchant Henry Upson received between 1812 and 1821. Early letters concern commerce, deteriorating relations between the United States and Great Britain, and the war.
Upson had commercial interests in the United States and Great Britain during the early 19th century, and he received letters from firms and individuals in New York City, Liverpool, and London. Many correspondents commented on the actions of the United States Congress and President James Madison, and one acquaintance shared her pleasure after hearing that war had been declared (July 9, 1812). Some letters discuss financial matters such as transatlantic shipments of swords and firearms (July 20, 1812).