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

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Villers, Francois Didier Petit de, 1761-1841.
Title: Francois Didier Petit de Villers letter
Dates: 1818
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 2097

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 contains a letter from Petit de Villers of Savannah, Georgia to General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney of Charleston, South Carolina on 29 December 1818. In this letter, de Villers describes his personal affairs and Savannah to Pinckney.

Index Terms

Letters (correspondence)
Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth, 1746-1825.
Savannah (Ga.)
Villers, Francois Didier Petit de, 1761-1841.

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