William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Robert Thomas Pyott Collection, 1761-1763
Clements Staff and Meg Hixon, August 2012
Robert Thomas Pyott collection
Pyott, Robert Thomas
This collection contains business letters, financial documents, and a deposition related to the business affairs of merchant Robert Thomas Pyott of Hull, England, in the 1760s. Most items concern the shipment of brandy, Madeira, and other wines to Charleston, South Carolina, and the Caribbean.
The material is in English
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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The collection is open for research.
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Robert Thomas Pyott Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Robert Thomas Pyott, a merchant, lived in Hull, England, in the mid-18th century, and oversaw the shipment of wines to North America and the Caribbean. Among those with whom he conducted business was Thomas Rennard of Charleston, South Carolina. On May 2, 1760, Robert Thomas Pyott married Anne Pyott, the daughter of Charles and Anne Pyott.
Collection Scope and Content Note
This collection contains 28 business letters, 5 financial documents, and 1 deposition related to the business affairs of merchant Robert Thomas Pyott of Hull, England, in the 1760s. Most items concern the shipment of brandy, Madeira, and other wines to Charleston, South Carolina, and to the Caribbean.
Robert Thomas Pyott received business letters from multiple firms and individuals. His most frequent correspondents were Thomas Rennard and McQueen Gordon & Co., both of Charleston, South Carolina. Other merchants wrote to Pyott from London, England. The majority of Pyott's incoming letters concern the shipment of wine to Charleston and to Caribbean ports, including Barbados. Correspondents in South Carolina frequently reported on the state of the local market, and many letters include financial statements or otherwise pertain to monetary arrangements.
Thomas Rennard sent two letters, in which he discussed the British invasion of Martinique in early 1762 (February 27, 1762, and March 3, 1762). John Howell, master of the Hannah & Jane , made a sworn statement that his ship had been captured by a French privateer (April 2, 1762); subsequent letters include one about Pyott's attempt to settle an insurance claim for the loss (December 13, 1762). Along with the correspondence and deposition, the collection includes a bill of lading, 2 invoices, and other financial records concerning Pyott's American interests.
- Caribbean Area--Commerce--Great Britain.
- Charleston (S.C.)--Commerce.
- Great Britain--Commerce--Caribbean Area.
- Hull (England)
- Marine insurance claims.
- Seven Years' War, 1756-1763.
- Wine industry--United States.
- Bills of exchange.
- Bills of lading.
- Letters (correspondence)
Additional Descriptive Data
Elwes, Dudley Cary. "Sandys Family." Notes and Queries 4.8.193 (9 September 1871): 224.