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Christopher Tompkins papers

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Identifier: MSS 16444

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Scope and Contents Note

The Christopher Tompkins papers (1800-1803; 0.34 cubic feet) contains about 20 documents that record trade conducted between Virginia and Saint Domingue during two separate sailings of the Schooner Lively and the Schooner Dart in 1800 and 1801, both captained by Christopher Tompkins. The ships and goods belong to a Virginia man named Alexander Wilson who gave permission to Tompkins to sell the goods and the ships, in Saint Dominque. Of particular interest are the Haitian printed forms, completed in manuscript, relating to the time spent in Cap Francais. These comprise several permissions and passports, as well as a number of customs documents, receipts for the sale of goods including the Schooner Lively, a list of officers and their wages, and an 88 page manuscript letterbook recording the European trade correspondences of Captain Tompkins in 1802-1803. There are also oversize documents such as a customs document from the authorities at Port-Republicain (Port-au-Prince) acknowledging the arrival of shipments of coffee and timber.

Dates

  • 1800 - 1803

Language of Materials

Materials are in French and English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Extent

0.34 Cubic Feet (1 half-width document box, 1 os m folder)

Arrangement

Items have been placed in chronological order.

Provenance

Accession number 2019-0146, Purchased 26 August 2019; Warren Fulton Chauncey Fund, 2018/2019.
Title
Christopher Tompkins papers
Status
Completed
Author
Ellen Welch
Date
21 January 2020
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Contact:
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States