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Title Letters and list [manuscript]: 1822-1836 (bulk 1822)
Author Crooks, Ramsay (1787-1859)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Correspondence and list of Ramsay Crooks, dating primarily from 1822 and mainly regarding American Fur Company business. Subjects include the reception of trade goods in Philadelphia, the operation of the new Western Department in St. Louis (instructions re trade goods, trader indebtedness, fur shipments, etc.), and the purchase of Missouri and Mississippi River factory skins. Fur company-related correspondents include Samuel Abbott (agent at St. Louis), Robert Stuart (Northern Department official), and James Kennerly (U.S. factory system forwarding agent, 1813-1822). There is also a letter (1836) to Augustin Grignon, a Green Bay trader, regarding documents for a land patent in Upper Canada and other matters.
Names Abbott, Samuel (d.1851); Grignon, Augustin (1780-1860); Kennerly, James (1792-1840); Stuart, Robert (1785-1848)
Places Mackinac Island, Michigan, Saint Louis, Missouri, Ontario, United States
Keywords fur trade, fur trader, trade, goods, commerce, land grant, American Fur Company, debt
Theme Trade and Indian Economies
Culture Area Great Plains, Northeast, Subarctic
Additional Information Fur trader. As general manager of John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company, 1817-1834, Ramsay Crooks was responsible for the opening of the firm’s Western Department in 1822 in St. Louis. When Astor sold out in 1834, Crooks purchased the Northern Department of the company and continued to use the American Fur Company name.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 201
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue