Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Thomas Amory Collection, 1709-1730

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, November 2011

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
Web Site:

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
    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.