Thomas Amory collection (1709-1730)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Meg Hixon, November 2011
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Thomas Amory collection
Creator: William L. Clements Library
Inclusive dates: 1709-1730
Extent: 11 items
The Thomas Amory collection is comprised of letters, legal documents, and financial records related to the sugar and wine merchant's business affairs throughout the early 1700s.
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
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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

1945-1963. M-514, M-763, M-1275.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


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

Thomas Amory Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Amory, the son of Jonathan and Rebecca Amory, was born in Ireland in 1682. In 1685, following his mother's death, Amory moved to South Carolina with his father. In 1696, he traveled to England for his education and, in 1709, moved to the Azores at the behest of French merchant Ozell. Amory stayed in the Azores for several years until leaving for Boston in 1719, where he married Rebecca Holmes in 1721. There, he enjoyed a successful mercantile career until his death in 1728. He and his wife had five children.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Thomas Amory collection is comprised of letters, legal documents, and financial records related to the sugar and wine merchant's business affairs throughout the early 1700s. Three early items relate to Amory's interests in the sugar and wine trade in Brazil, including a receipt written at Angra dos Reis in 1709, a business letter from 1720, and a document entitled "An Answer to the Objections of each Article that Mr. George Jaffrey makes to my accts.," respecting disputed accounts associated with shipping voyages of the Pinke Bachus ([1719]). Amory received business correspondence from contacts in North America and Great Britain, often related to the shipment of wine and the settling of financial accounts. The collection also holds a contract between Amory and Benjamin Eddy, whom Amory hired to ship "Indian corn" between North Carolina and Boston (April 14, 1726), and a receipt related to the late merchant's estate (July 13, 1730).

Subject Terms

  • Angra dos Reis (Brazil)
  • Brazil--Commerce.
  • Executors and administrators.
  • Merchants--Massachusetts--Boston.
  • Shipment of goods.
  • Sugar trade--Brazil.
  • United States--Commerce--Early works to 1800.
  • Wine industry.
  • Allen, Eleazar.
  • Amory, Thomas, 1682-1728.
  • Dutra, Manoel.
  • Hallybarton, Andrew.
  • Mathewes, Anthony.
  • Tooke, Thomas.
Genre Terms:
  • Contracts.
  • Legal documents.
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Receipts (financial records)

Contents List (Request Materials)

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Container / Location Title
Box   48, Small Collections  
Thomas Amory collection [series]
Folder   42  
  August 12, 1709-March 9, 1724
Folder   43  
  April 14, 1726-July 13, 1730

Additional Descriptive Data

Related Materials

The Clements Library holds several books written by Hugh Amory, Thomas Amory's great-grandfather, and by Thomas Coffin Amory, his great-grandson.

The Massachusetts Historical Society holds an extensive collection of Amory family papers.


Stark, James H. The Loyalists of Massachusetts and the Other Side of the American Revolution. Boston: James H. Stark, 1910.