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Letterbooks, 1788-1853

Author: Thomas P Cope
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Microfilm : Master microform : English
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The records consist of a microfilm of four volumes of letterbooks containing Cope's outbound correspondence from December 1788 to May 1853. The quantity of letters decreases markedly after 1835, as Cope relinquishes most of the details of business to his sons. Cope kept no diary between 1820 and 1843, and the letters are the primary source on his life and career during this period.
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Named Person: John Quincy Adams; Charles F Bagge; Hilary Baker; James A Bayard; Nathan Beach; Thomas Biddle; Phineas Bond; James Boorman; Samuel Breck; Isaac Briggs; Joseph Bringhurst; William Brown; James Buchanan; Jesse R Burden; John Cadwalader; Thomas Cadwalader; Jacob Cist; DeWitt Clinton; Samuel Coates; Roswell L Colt; Redmond Conyngham; Caleb Cope; Israel Cope; Jasper Cope; Thomas P Cope; William Cope; William Cramond; James Cropper; George Mifflin Dallas; Mahlon Dickerson; Dorothea Lynde Dix; Henry Sandwith Drinker; Henry W Drinker; William Drinker; William J Duane; Thomas Ellicott; Thomas Ewing; F Fraley; Albert Gallatin; Henry D Gilpin; Joshua Gilpin; Stephen Girard; Jacob Gratz; John Gummere; Joseph John Gurney; Jacob M Haldeman; Jacob Harvey; Josiah Hobson; Charles Jared Ingersoll; Joseph R Ingersoll; Samuel D Ingham; Solomon Jacobs; John K Kane; Charles Macalester; Colin McCrae; Charles Fenton Mercer; William M Meredith; Charles Miner; John Nicholson; Robert Oliver; Robert M Patterson; Charles Bingham Penrose; Evan Poultney; John Hare Powel; Condy Raguet; John Randolph; William B Reed; Nicholas J Roosevelt; John Ross; John Sergeant; Francis Rawn Shunk; Daniel B Smith; James Ross Snowden; Philip E Thomas; George W Toland; Henry Toland; Charles B Trego; Jacob S Waln; Canvass White; Samuel R Wood; Benjamin Wright
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas P Cope
OCLC Number: 86119173
Reproduction Notes: Microfilm. Philadelphia : Atlas Microfilming Service, 1978.
Description: 4 reels.

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The records consist of a microfilm of four volumes of letterbooks containing Cope's outbound correspondence from December 1788 to May 1853. The quantity of letters decreases markedly after 1835, as Cope relinquishes most of the details of business to his sons. Cope kept no diary between 1820 and 1843, and the letters are the primary source on his life and career during this period.

The bulk of the correspondence is concerned with Cope's mercantile activities. His firms were engaged in the European and West Indian trades and were large importers of Irish linens and French textiles, along with gloves, buckles, cutlery, pins, spoons, combs, and other manufactured goods. He exported grain, tobacco, pork, and other agricultural commodities along with potash, pearl ashes, tanbark and other forest products. Cope also traded with China and other ports in the Far East. His letters deal primarily with the mechanics of trade and the external political events that affected it, particularly the Napoleonic Wars, the Embargo, and the War of 1812. Most of the correspondents are merchants in Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and other cities.

Cope's letters contain much information on the impact of the great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 and the lesser epidemic of 1797. However, there is nothing on Cope's subsequent role on the Watering Committee or his other civic work in his early life. There is substantial information on Cope's purchases of land in northeast and central Pennsylvania, and he describes his loans to the land speculator, John Nicholson in the 1790s. There is some discussion of the internal improvement movement, particularly concerning Cope's role in the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal project in the 1820s.

Beginning in the 1830s, the number of letters decreases. While still concerned with his trading ventures, Cope's letters now show him involved with the Board of Trade, promoting lighthouses and channel improvements in the Delaware River, and concerned with the U.S. Bank controversy and the tariff question. He invests in the Lykens Valley Railroad & Coal Company in an unsuccessful effort to develop some of his coal lands, and shows interest in the progress of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Liverpool & Manchester Railway in England. At this time he also turns to charitable work, and his letters discuss the development of Haverford College, poor relief and the Pennsylvania Hospital.

The letters of the 1840s and 50s are relatively few in number and continue to contain mercantile and commercial intelligence. The only local issues discussed with any frequency are the impact of the Kentucky Bank and Schuylkill Bank frauds. There is no discussion of Cope's role in the formation of the Pennsylvania Railroad, although there is some mention of the earlier projection of western railroads that promised to increase the trade of Pennsylvania.

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