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William Edgar papers

 Collection — Folder: S402
Identifier: S0402

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typed copy of an autographed letter from William Edgar in Detroit, Northwest Territory on 1781/01/08 regarding business transactions, finances and military actions.


  • 1781/01/08


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

William Edgar was born in 1736 in Ireland. He was a merchant in Detroit, Michigan, where he was a financial agent for the British Army post. He moved to New York City in 1780 or 1781 and engaged in trade with China and East India. He died in 1820.

"Edgar, William H." Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library. Retrieved 2014/12/01.

"Edgar, William". New York Public Library Archives and Manuscripts. Retrieved 2014/12/01.

New York, Death Newspaper Extracts, 1801-1890 (Barber Collection).


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Dr. Milo M. Quaife on 1940/04/27. The original is in the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Michigan Public Library.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/12/01 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/12/01 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.