Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Patrick White Letterbook, 1791-1794

Finding aid created by
Rob S. Cox, October 1997

Summary Information
Title: Patrick White letterbook
Creator: White, Patrick
Inclusive dates: 1791-1794
Extent: 1 volume (0.25 linear feet)
Abstract:
Patrick White, a merchant in Petersburg, Va., was in partnership with Conway Whittle of Norfolk from 1791 to 1794, specializing in trading grain and flour. The Patrick White letterbook contains copies of 235 business letters of the Virginia mercantile firm of White, Whittle, & Co., written between August 20, 1791 and July 18, 1794, and 462 letters of Patrick White & Co., July 27, 1794 through August 14, 1797.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1970. M-1591.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

No copyrgiht restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Patrick White Letterbook, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan.


Biography

Patrick White was a major merchant in Petersburg, Va. From at least August, 1791 through July, 1794, White was in partnership with Conway Whittle of Norfolk, specializing in the trade in grain and flour, but dabbling as well in corn, bread, tobacco, sugar, rum, nails, iron, Irish linen, hemp, and a profusion of other goods that came to hand. In 1794, White, Whittle & Co. dissolved when Whittle established Conway Whittle & Co., in Norfolk. Patrick White continued in trade as Patrick White & Co.

The scope of both of White's operations is impressive, not only in the breadth of goods marketed, but in the numbers of ports with which he traded. Both firms marketed goods not only throughout the state and up and down the eastern seaboard, but in Britain and, to a lesser degree, in other European nations.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Patrick White letterbook contains copies of 235 business letters of the Virginia mercantile firm of White, Whittle, & Co., written between August 20, 1791 and July 18, 1794, and 462 letters of Patrick White & Co., July 27, 1794 through August 14, 1797. Both firms engaged in the trans-Atlantic trade in staple goods, particularly grain and flour, and the letterbook contains valuable information on prices, the networks of trade, and other aspects of the mercantile culture of late 18th century Virginia.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Flour industry--Virginia--18th century.
    • Merchants--Virginia--18th century.
    • Patrick White & Co.
    • White, Whittle, & Co.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Patrick White letterbook,  1791 August 20-1794 July 18 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Swem Library, College of William and Mary, includes the Conway Whittle Papers, 1773-1911 (2,157 items), including his personal, business, and legal correspondence.