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John Parker Letters

Identifier: MS Group 165

Scope and Content

Two autograph letters and the concluding page of a third letter from John Parker in Havana, Cuba, to his employer, A.C. Johnstone. The first letter, dated April 3, 1815, is written following Parker's arrival in Havana aboard the "Amelia." He describes various transactions and business contacts he has made and discusses the shipping of sugar and coffee to St. Petersburg. In the second letter, dated June 7, 1815, he discusses business transactions in more detail, complains about having to deal with the Spanish in buying real estate and goods, congratulates Johnstone on the purchase of a cotton plantation, and includes a price list of men, women, and boy slaves from Africa. The final letter, dated August 6, 1815, consists of the concluding page only, but describes the coffee, sugar and other markets in Havana.


  • Creation: 1815



The collection is open for research.


0.01 Linear feet (1 folder)

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Letters from John Parker in Havana, Cuba, to his employer, A.C. Johnstone, describing business in Cuba.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Finding Aid

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Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of the Parker letters are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

A Guide to the John Parker Letters
Finding aid prepared by John R. Nemmers
August 2004
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
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Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America