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Title Letters [manuscript]: 1822-1834
Author Astor, John Jacob (1763-1848)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: 2 letters from John Jacob Astor regarding American Fur Company business to Samuel Abbott, Michilimackinac agent of the firm (1822); and to Pratte, Chouteau and Company of St. Louis and Pierre Chouteau (1834). The Dec. 23, 1822, letter to Abbott, then in St. Louis, advises on the prices and desirability of various skins and on shipping them from New Orleans. The Aug. 30, 1834, letter to Pratte, Chouteau and Company also includes a separate letter of the same date to Pierre Chouteau and a copy of a previous letter (Aug. 23) to him. This correspondence discusses payments from the American Fur Company office and requests information regarding business prospects.
Names Abbott, Samuel (d.1851); Chouteau, Pierre (1789-1865)
Places Fort Union, St. Louis, New Orleans, Missouri, Louisiana, New York, United States
Keywords fur trade, trade, commerce, payment, business, agent, American Fur Company, deer, bear, financial transactions, goods, Pratte Chouteau and Company
Theme Trade and Indian Economies
Culture Area Northeast, Southeast, Southwest
Additional Information Fur trade entrepreneur, founder of the American Fur Company, Astor established the Western Department of the American Fur Company in St. Louis in 1822. In 1834, Pratte, Chouteau and Company (in which Pierre Chouteau was a partner) purchased the Western Department from Astor, who was leaving the business.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 35
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue