The Resource !UNKNOWN LABEL

!UNKNOWN LABEL

Label
1765 July 5
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1765 July 5
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Letter, 5 July 1765, sent from John Riddell, a merchant in Norfolk, Virginia, to Newton and Gordon, wine merchants in the Madeira Islands. The letter concerns the market value and price of corn and wheat, the market value of Madeira wine, the arrival of a bill of lading for five pipes of Madeira wine, and the new duty on overseas shipments
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Biographical or historical data
John Riddell and his partner George Riddell were one of numerous mercantile houses in Virginia that traded with Newton and Gordon during this period. Newton and Gordon and Company, later known as Cossart Gordon and Company, was established in 1745 and is the oldest company in the Madeira wine trade. The company was founded by two Scotsmen, Francis Newton and William Gordon, who fled Scotland following the failure of the Stuart cause which they supported. In 1808 William Cossart, an Irishman descended from a distinguished Huguenot family, joined the firm. Newton and Gordon traded assiduously with the American colonies where the company acquired an unequalled reputation as suppliers of fine Madeiras. The colonies in North America were at the time the largest and most discerning market, so much so that the best production was widely known as "American Madeira". Madeira played such an important part in American life that it was used to toast the Declaration of Independence.
Cataloging source
Vi
Form designation
Letter
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!UNKNOWN LABEL
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
4
Immediate source of acquisition
History Store
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
000502317
Type of unit
p.

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