Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Robert Thomas Pyott Collection, 1761-1763

Finding aid created by
Clements Staff and Meg Hixon, August 2012

Summary Information
Title: Robert Thomas Pyott collection
Creator: Pyott, Robert Thomas
Inclusive dates: 1761-1763
Extent: 34 items
Abstract:
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.
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:

1991. M-2620.

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:

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


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

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.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Caribbean Area--Commerce--Great Britain.
    • Charleston (S.C.)--Commerce.
    • Great Britain--Commerce--Caribbean Area.
    • Hull (England)
    • Marine insurance claims.
    • Martinique.
    • Privateering.
    • Seven Years' War, 1756-1763.
    • Wine industry--United States.
    Contributors:
    • Rennard, Thomas.
    Genre Terms:
    • Bills of exchange.
    • Bills of lading.
    • Depositions.
    • Invoices.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   12, Small Collections  
    Robert Thomas Pyott collection [series]
    Folders   9-11  
     February 14, 1761-January 27, 1763
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Elwes, Dudley Cary. "Sandys Family." Notes and Queries 4.8.193 (9 September 1871): 224.