© 2016 University of Chicago Library
Blair, James. Collection
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Special Collections Research Center
James Blair, correspondent for Philadelphia mercantile house, Stewart, Nesbitt & Co., operating primarily out of the Caribbean island of Dominica in the late 18th century. This collection contains letters written Blair from 1781 to 1792. Also included in the collection is a letter from William Lawrence to Alexander Nesbitt.
The collection is open for research.
Original documents, texts, and images represented by digital images linked to this finding aid are subject to U. S. copyright law. It is the user's sole responsibility to secure any necessary copyright permission to reproduce or publish documents, texts, and images from any holders of rights in the original materials.
The University of Chicago Library, in its capacity as owner of the physical property represented by the digital images linked to this finding aid, encourages the use of these materials for educational and scholarly purposes. Any reproduction or publication from these digital images requires that the following credit line be included: Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.
Commercial publication projects require the permission of the University of Chicago Library and may be subject to a use fee. To order publication-quality reproductions, or for permission to copy or use any part of the digital images attached to this finding aid for any commercial purposes, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.
The images presented here may include materials reflecting the attitudes, language, and stereotypes of an earlier time period. These materials are presented as historical resources in support of study and research. Inclusion of such materials does not constitute an endorsement of their content by the University of Chicago.
The University of Chicago Library appreciates hearing from anyone who may have information about any of the images in this collection.
When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: James Blair. Collection, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library
James Blair, operating out of the island of Dominica, was the correspondent for the Philadelphia mercantile house, Stewart, Nesbitt & Co. While there, Blair maintained correspondence with both Alexander Nesbitt and Walter Stewart, among others, regarding the state of Caribbean commerce and trade. Little is known about the life of Blair outside of his profession.
The James Blair Collection is organized into two series, though a certain degree of overlap was unavoidable. Series I contains personal correspondence. These letters range from 1788 to 1791. Series II contains business correspondence. These letter discuss the markets in Dominica as well and speculate on the state of trade elsewhere in the world. These letter range from 1781 to 1792.
The collection was previously part of the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection.
Series I: Personal Correspondence
|Box 1 Folder 1|
Personal Correspondence, 1788-1791
Series II: Professional Correspondence
|Box 1 Folder 2|
Professional Correspondences, 1781-1792