Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Philadelphia Merchant Account Book, 1771-1776

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, August 2011

Summary Information
Title: Philadelphia Merchant account book
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1771-1776
Bulk dates: 1771-1773
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
The Philadelphia Merchant account book contains financial records for a Philadelphia merchant during the years leading up to the Revolutionary War. This merchant traded primarily in cloth and in finished clothing products, and held accounts with a number of women among his many customers.
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:

1980. M-1898.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Philadelphia Merchant Account Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

Prior to the Revolutionary War, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a center of commerce in British North America. Merchants in the city traded a variety of goods, and the largely import-driven economy received items from Great Britain and from ports throughout the Caribbean.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Philadelphia Merchant account book (168 pages) contains financial records for a Philadelphia merchant during the years leading up to the Revolutionary War (April 10, 1771-March 1, 1776). This merchant traded primarily in cloth and in finished clothing products, and held accounts with a number of women among his many customers. He primarily received goods from firms in London and the West Indies. Samuel Howell, also a merchant, was one customer, and the accounts also record the sale of several sets of gloves, among other items, to Lydia and Elizabeth Hyde, who had been active in the city's opposition to the Stamp Act. The account book reflects the deep ties North American merchants had to Great Britain, and often records accounts with firms operating out of London. Several of the book's entries also mention different cargo ships and their ports of call, including a number of locations in the West Indies. Though fabric dominates the accounts kept in this volume, at least one entry covered ordinary household expenses, including "Repairs pd. scraping the Rooms," "Expences pd. for 3 Pints black Sand," and "1 paper Ink powder" (June 29, 1771).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Clothing trade.
    • Great Britain--Colonies--America--Commerce--Early works to 1800.
    • Merchants--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
    • Philadelphia (Pa.)--Commerce.
    • Shipping.
    • Textile fabrics.
    • West Indies--Commerce.
    Genre Terms:
    • Account books.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Philadelphia Merchant account book,  1771-1776 [series]