Guide to the Paul Rapelye Papers, 1820-1823
The papers of Paul Rapelye span the years 1820-1823. They consist of eight account books, 1820-1823, one letter book, 1821-1823, and five letters, 1820-1822, that mostly concern mercantile trade. He and his associates traded primarily in cloth, cloth goods, and clothing, but also occasionally in rice, cotton, and other commodities. Rapelye traveled and conducted business in Charleston, Savannah, New York city, and Manchester, England.
In a letter of July 15, 1822, auctioneer Jacob Rapelye of Charleston discussed his business and the aborted slave insurrection led by Denmark Vesey. There is also a reference to the capture of a Portuguese slave ship and the disposition of the slaves (1820, July 27).
- Paul Rapelye Papers, 1820-1823
- Rapelye, Paul, fl. 1820-1823
- 1.5 Linear Feet, 14 Items
- Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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In October 1821, Paul Rapelye, a commission merchant, was a partner in the firm of Wm. S. Bennett and Co., of Charleston, S.C. During 1820-1823, however, he also operated variously in the firms of P. Rapelye and Co. in Savannah and Paul Rapelye in Savannah, New York City, and Manchester, England.
- Wm. S. Bennett and Co. (Charleston, S.C.)
- Commission merchants
- Clothing trade
- Textile fabrics
- Slavery--Insurrections, etc.--South Carolina
- Rice trade--South Carolina
- Cotton trade--South Carolina
- Auctioneers--South Carolina
- Charleston (S.C.)--Commerce
- Savannah (Ga.)--Commerce
- New York (N.Y.)--Commerce
- Manchester (England)--Commerce
[Identification of item], The Papers of Paul Rapelye, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The papers of Paul Rapelye, commission merchant from Charleston, South Carolina, were purchased by the Rubenstein Library in 1979 and 1983.
Processed by: William R. Erwin, Jr.
Completed January 22, 1988
Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller
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