Perry of London: A Family and a Firm on the Seaborne Frontier, 1615-1753

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Preface
1.
This theme is developed in Jacob M. Price and Paul G. E. Clemens, "A Revolution of Scale in Overseas Trade: British Firms in the Chesapeake Trade, 1675-1775", The Journal of Economic History, YCLVII ( 1987) 1-43.
2.
One such "special circumstance" affecting the American trades were the claims made by British businessmen formerly trading to the Thirteen Colonies for reimbursement of debts made uncollectable by the American Revolution. To substantiate such claims, the petitioning firms submited to the government's commissioners many volumes of their original accounts and letterbooks. However, only a small fraction of these have survived in the relevant PRO classes, A.O.12 and 13 and T.79.
3.
"One Family's Empire: The Russell-Lee-Clerk Connection in Maryland, Britain, and India, 1707-1857", Maryland Historical Magazine, LXXII ( 1977) 165-225.
4.
"Eighteenth-Century English Merchants: Micajah Perry", Journal of Economic and Business History, TV ( 1931) 70-98.
5.
Richard Pares, A West India Fortune ( London, 1950); M. W. Flinn, Men of Iron: The Crowleys in the Early Iron Industry, Edinburgh University Publications: History, Philosophy and Economics no. 14 ( Edinburgh, 1962); and Ralph Davis, Aleppo and Devonshire Square: English Traders in the Levant in the Eighteenth Century ( London, 1967).
George Sherwood, American Colonists in English Records, 2 vols. ( London, 1932- 1933).

Introduction
1.
In the first generation, the only Chesapeake merchants among the directors of the Bank of England were Robert Bristow, Jr., 1697-1706, and Richard Perry, 1699-1701. Only Bristow and his father represented the trade among the original subscribers to the Bank in 1694. In later years, Chesapeake merchants William Bowden, William Hunt and Lyonel Lyde became directors of the Bank and Hunt its governor, 1749-1752. He may have achieved this dignity because, in addition to

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