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1763 May 7
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1763 May 7
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eng
Summary
Letter, 7 May 1763, sent from Severn Eyre (1735-1773) of Northampton County, Virginia, to Newton and Gordon, wine merchants in the Madeira Islands. The letter principally concerns a bill of lading for three hundred bushels of corn that Eyre shipped to Newton and Gordon in exchange for Madeira Wine, citrons, and baskets. Eyre also mentions that the price of corn is very high in Virginia
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  • Severn Eyre was born in November or December 1735, the son of Littleton and Bridgett Harmanson Eyre of Eyre Hall (still extant) in Northampton County, Virginia. He married Margaret L. Taylor (1739-1812) in Norfolk, Virginia, on 12 January 1760. The couple had six children. He died 8 August 1773 in Northampton County, Virginia.
  • Severn Eyre was one of numerous merchants 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.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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2
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History Store
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000502379
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p.

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