A Guide to the Charles Steuart Papers, 1762-1789 Steuart, Charles; 1725-1797. DMS 55.4

A Guide to the Charles Steuart Papers, 1762-1789

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the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
Manuscript Number DMS 55.4


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Repository
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Manuscript number
DMS 55.4
Title
Charles Steuart Papers, 1762-1789.
Extent
20 items.
Creator
Charles Steuart, 1725-1797.
Language
English

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Charles Steuart Papers, Manuscript DMS 55.4, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Acquisition Information

Gift, 1955.

Alternative Form

Also available on microfilm M-1130.


Biographical/Historical Information

Born in Scotland, Steuart was sent to Virginia in 1742 as an apprentice to a Scottish tobacco factor. He was a merchant in Norfolk and Portsmouth. His diplomatic handling of a Norfolk riot led to his appointment as Receiver-General of Customs for the eastern central district and Receiver and Paymaster General of the American Board of Customs. Steuart retired to Edinburgh in 1788 and died there in 1797.

Scope and Content Information

Letters, 1762-1763, between Charles Steuart (1725-1797), merchant in Norfolk, Va., and later receiver general of customs for the Eastern-Middle District of North America, and lieutenant governor Francis Fauquier (1703-1768) concerning the conditions of Don Pedro Bermudez and his party, who were attacked by English seamen while in Portsmouth, Va. Because of Don Pedro's importance as second in command of the Spanish Navy at Havana, and the diplomatic negotiations proceeding between England and Spain, this situation was a sensitive one, and Steuart's diplomatic handling of it is credited with gaining him the position of receiver general of the customs. There is also a letter, February 21, 1763, from Don Pedro's son to Steuart, and a narrative of the so-called "Spanish Affair," signed by Steuart and dated August 16, 1789.

Arrangement

Chronologically arranged.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Bermudez, Francisco.
  • Bermudez, Pedro.
  • Fauquier, Francis, 1704?-1768.
  • Steuart, Charles, 1725-1797.
  • Subjects:

  • Riots--Virginia-- Norfolk--History--18th century.
  • Ships--Equipment and supplies.
  • Ships--Maintenance and repair.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Spain--Foreign relations-- 18th century.
  • Spain--Foreign relations--United States.
  • United States--Foreign relations--Spain.
  • United States--Foreign relations--To 1775.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Bermudez, Francisco.
  • Bermudez, Pedro.
  • Charles Steuart, 1725-1797.
  • Fauquier, Francis, 1704?-1768.
  • Steuart, Charles, 1725-1797.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Spain--Foreign relations-- 18th century.
  • Spain--Foreign relations--United States.
  • United States--Foreign relations--Spain.
  • United States--Foreign relations--To 1775.