Guide to the Daybook of Ferdanandus Vanderveer 1771-1785 MG 705
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Inventory prepared by Stephen Yautz as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. February 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
Ferdanandus Vanderveer was a merchant based in New York City who specialized in importing goods from Europe, South America, and the West Indies, from circa 1771 to 1785.
This collection consists of a daybook kept by New York City importer and merchant Ferdanandus Vanderveer, covering the years 1771 to 1785.
The daybook indicates that Vanderveer purchased and sold a wide variety of products, including rum, linens, molasses, tea, and various other sundries. Most of Vanderveer’s goods were imported through the ports of Amsterdam, Bristol, London, as well as South America and the West Indies. Vanderveer’s entries show that in earlier years, he was successful in his ventures. However, his business activity was virtually halted by the onset of the American Revolution. Another event that affected his business dramatically was the loss of his shipment aboard the sloop, William, in July 1776; he recorded that his initial loss was valued at 2,259 British pounds. Nevertheless, by February 1777, he recovered most of his losses and settled his accounts in relation to the incident aboard the William.
After the Revolutionary War, Vanderveer’s business activity resumed. His business did not prosper as it did before the American Revolution, but he continued making entries into his daybook until November 15, 1785.
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The source of this collection is unknown.
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 705, Ferdanandus Vanderveer Daybook, The New Jersey Historical Society.