Alsop & Hicks letters
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Alsop & Hicks letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Alsop & Hicks.
Title: Alsop & Hicks letters
Dates: Bulk, 1793-1794
Dates: 1793-1801
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0935

Biographical/Historical Note

John Alsop, Jr. (1724-1794) and Isaac Hicks (1767-1820) of Alsop & Hicks were merchants in New York. Their early emphasis was on mercantile dry goods; however, they found greater success in the shipping and commission line, handling goods and vessels for other merchants from 1794-1796. Hicks was an individual proprietor after 1796, still dealing in commission work, mostly the sale of whale oil and spermaceti candles in New York. Thereafter, Hicks specialized in trade and financial services for Savannah cotton exporters. He retired in 1805.

Organizational history informed by:

Isaac Hicks: New York Merchant and Quaker, 1767-1820 by Robert A. Davison Review by: Stuart Bruchey The William and Mary Quarterly , Third Series, Vol. 21, No. 4 (Oct., 1964), pp. 617-619 Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Article Stable URL:

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains letters from Savannah, Georgia businessmen to Alsop & Hicks, New York, New York merchants. Two letters concerning the mercantile business are from William Lamb, and Robert Bolton, both dated August 31,1793. A letter from Samuel Wall, dated December 15, 1794 concerns live oak timber. The fourth letter, from Henry Deaves, is dated January 10, 1801, and discusses shipping rice and upland cotton and mentions shipping to Ireland.

Index Terms

Alsop, John, 1776-1841.
Bolton, Robert, active 1790
Cotton trade--Georgia--Savannah.
Deaves, Henry, active 1800.
Hicks, Isaac, 1767-1820.
Lamb, William, active 1790.
Letters (correspondence)
Lumber trade--Georgia.
Rice trade--Georgia--History.
Wall, Samuel, active 1790.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Alsop & Hicks letters, MS 935, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Laurence Lingle Bookseller, 1972.


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

Folder 1: Letters to Alsop & Hicks from Savannah, Georgia, 1793-1801 ( 4.0 items. )