Francois Didier Petit de Villers letter books
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Francois Didier Petit de Villers letter books

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Villers, Francois Didier Petit de, 1761-1841.
Title: Francois Didier Petit de Villers letter books
Dates: 1798-1801
Extent: (1 folder) 0.05 cubic feet
Identification: MS 0614
Collection materials are in French.

Biographical/Historical Note

Francois Didier Petit de Villers (1761-1841) was a French aristocrat who lived in Santo Domingo, Haiti. He fled Haiti in fear of slave uprisings and was naturalized as an American citizen in Baltimore, Maryland in 1796. He arrived in Savannah, Georgia, in approximately 1803, where he began to work as a commission merchant and factor. He was known as Petit and became a good friend to many of Savannah's prominent citizens. De Villers died in 1841 and is buried in Colonial Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two letter books, the first written from Jeremie in Haiti, and the second from Paris. The letters are in French. Some letters are personal, while others relate to business.

Index Terms

Letter books.
Villers, Francois Didier Petit de, 1761-1841.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Francois Didier Petit de Villers letter books, MS 614, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Letter book, 1798 August-September-1799 January-February
Item 2: Letter book, 1801 February 25-1801 April 24