John Wand papers
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John Wand papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Wand, John.
Title: John Wand papers
Dates: 1771-1772
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0834

Biographical/Historical Note

John Wand was a merchant in Antigua, British West Indies.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains papers concerning the arbitration in the case of the ship Elizabeth between John Wand, owner, William Lang, Master, and Cowper and Telfairs of Savannah. Basil Cowper, co-partner, operated a mercantile business in London under the name Basil Cowper & Co. The other partners were brothers Edward and William Telfair. The Elizabeth was built in Savannah in 1770, and was largely financed by Cowper and Telfairs, who also furnished the cargoes without commission. There is also a case in London between William Lang and Joshua Smith of London over demurrage on a shipment of iron and hemp from St. Petersburg to London.

Index Terms

Actions and defenses.
Bonds (negotiable instruments)
Cowper and Telfairs (Savannah, Ga.)
Cowper, Basil, -1802.
Legal documents.
Letters (correspondence)
Wand, John.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Wand papers, MS 834, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Margaret McLaughlin, 1969.


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.

Publication Note

Letter, John Wand to Capt. William Lang, March 2, 1771, published in Collections of the Georgia Historical Society: Selected Eighteenth Century Manuscripts, v.20 (1980).


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

Container List

Item 1: John Wand to Capt. William Lang. Savannah, 1771 March 2 ( 1.0 p. )
Instructions for taking the Elizabeth with a cargo of rice, skins and indigo to London, and on decorative finishing work on the vessel. Lang's acknowledgment is on the bottom of the page.
Item 2: John Wand to Basil Cowper in London. Savannah, Ga., 1771 March 4 ( 1.0 p. )
Granting Cowper Power of Attorney to act in settling Wand's account with Benjamin Graham; sell the Elizabeth if necessary.
Item 3: Bond, John Wand to William Thomson, 1771 April 20 ( 1.0 p. )
Notarized copy by Thomas Shruder, Nov. 30, 1771.
Item 4: William Telfair to Messrs. Basil Cowper & Co. ( 3.0 p. )
Regarding John Wand's affairs and what he owes Cowper & Telfairs.
Item 5: Cowper & Telfairs vs. Jon Wand. Account ( 8.0 p. )
Attachment issued May 25, 1771. Fragile.
Item 6: John Wand to Messrs. Cowper & Co. Antigua, 1771 June 15 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding his affairs; has given power of attorney to Messrs. Willock and Morson.
Item 7: John Wand to Messrs. Cowper & Co. Antigua, 1771 July 10 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding his affairs with Willock & Co.; has written Maitland & Co. regarding the Elizabeth; also his debt to Cowper.
Item 8: "Case for Mr. Dunning's Opinion", undated ( 5.0 p. )
A statement of the case, including copies of letters, etc. pertaining to it. J. Dunning's opinion, dated Aug. 9, 1771.
Item 9: "Case for Mr. Madocks' Opinion", undated ( 5.0 p. )
A statement of the case, including copies of letters, etc. pertaining to it. John Madocks' opinion, dated Aug. 6 and 13, 1771, is at the end.
Item 10: "Capt." W. Lang's Protest against Damage in Ship Elizabeth on voyage from St. Petersburg to London", 1771 September 30 ( 2.0 p. )
Oath of William Lang and John Davidson, chief mate, notarized march 2, 1772.
Item 11: Capt. Wm. Lang's protest for demurage [sic.] & C., Ship Elizabeth." London, 1771 October 30 ( 2.0 p. )
Item 12: Petition of William Lang "To the Kings Most Excellent Majesty in Council", 1771 December 16 (2 copies.)
Praying for relief from damages and demurrage.
Item 13: "Answer from the Lords of His Majestys most Honourable Privy Council to the petition of William Lang." Whitehall, 1771 December 17 ( 2.0 p. )
2 copies.
Item 14: "Abstract of sundry remarks from the Log Book of the Ship Elizabeth...", 1771 September 30-1772 January 1 ( 2.0 p. )
Item 15: "Abstracts of sundry remarks from the Log Book of the Ship Elizabeth..." Same as above, with the edition of a copy of Joshua Smith's letter to Glen & Gilbert at St. Petersburg, dated London, 1771 May 23
Barely legible.
Item 16: "Mr. Joshua Smith's observations concerning Capt. Lang's Demand for Demorage", undated ( 2.0 p. )
Item 17: Joshua Smith to William Lang, arbitration bond, 1772 April 3 ( 1.0 p. )
Item 18: "Award between Joshua Smith & Capt. Wm. Lang of the Ship Elizabeth", 1772 April 18 ( 1.0 p. )