1798 Letter of Introduction for Two London Wine Merchants - Lord Mayor of London


This is an original letter of introduction for two wine merchants from the Lord Mayor of London John William Anderson. Anderson was Lord Mayor from (1797-1798) and became 1st Baronet, of Mill Hill, Hendon on May 14, 1798.

Shirreff, from Edinburgh, and Henderson, from London, were hoping to expand their business to the new United States of America. They received a letter of introduction which looks to have also been a letter of credit from the Lord Mayor and presented it to the proper authroities in NYC. The informaion in the margin of this letter shows that it was listed in the book of conveyances (land sales) so it may be that Henderson and Shirreff bought a shop in the city where they set up their wine shop.

In excellent shape for its age and with its wax seal intact, it is a wonderful 221 year old document.

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