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Huie, Reid and Company Collection

Huie, Reid and Company was a merchant firm trading in tobacco, sugar, salt, and other commodities, in Dumfries, Virginia, in the late eighteenth century.Huie, Reid and Company was a merchant firm trading in tobacco, sugar, salt, and other commodities, in Dumfries, Virginia, in the late eighteenth century.Huie, Reid and Company was a merchant firm trading in tobacco, sugar, salt, and other commodities, in Dumfries, Virginia, in the late eighteenth century. The company may have been among the numerous Virginia firms with mercantile connections to Glasgow, Scotland. Huie, Reid, and Company conducted business in Prince William County and nearby counties, including Fauquier County, Virginia.

Chartered in 1749, Dumfries is the oldest continuously chartered town in Virginia. Situated in Prince William County, Dumfries was established at the head of the harbor of Quantico Creek. The town grew into one of the most prominent ports in colonial America, reaching its peak in terms of size in 1763. Upland tobacco was shipped through Dumfries, and the port bustled with activity throughout the later part of the eighteenth century. The Revolutionary War and the shift from the tobacco to the wheat and sugar trade contributed to the decline of the port.

Huie, Reid and Company conducted business with members of many of Virginia's most notable families, which ordered a variety of products from the firm. This particular collection contains several order requests signed by members of the Brent family, a noteworthy family in Virginia's history. Five order requests signed by Eleanor Brent, the sister of Archbishop John Carroll of Baltimore, are contained in this collection. Three order requests signed by Richard Brent, member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1788, 1793-1794, 1800-1801) and the U.S. House of Representatives (1795-1799, 1801-1803), are also included. In addition, two order requests from Daniel Carroll Brent are preserved. Along with its ties to the Carroll family of Maryland, the Brent family had genealogical connections with the Mason family of Virginia. Aside from the Brents, the Huie, Reid and Company Collection includes receipts from the following families: Ashby, Bruce, Carter, Forbes, Payne, and others.

At the Georgetown University Special Collections Division, anotherkey source provides good insight into the history of the Brent family: the Henry Hunt-William B. Chilton Collection.

Another collection of Huie, Reid and Company archives is at the Library of Congress Manuscripts Division, which houses 300 items spanning the dates 1784 to 1795 and consisting of correspondence (1784-1795), letter books (1788-1791), and account books (1785-1789). The Library of Congress also possesses a ledger and daybook dating between 1784 and 1796 of Smith, Huie, Alexander and Company, another eighteenth century merchant firm from Dumfries, Virginia. In addition, the Fielding Lewis House in Fredericksburg, Virginia, owns a ledger book from Huie, Reid and Company. Georgetown's portion of the Huie, Reid and Company records well supplements these aforementioned historical collections.

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The Huie, Reid and Company Collection consists of two series as described below:

Series 1. Order Requests - Alphabetical (Folders 1-47)

Consisting of 47 folders, this series contains 53 order requests received by Huie, Reid and Company from various individuals, including some members of prominent Virginia families. The orders are arranged alphabetically by customer. The individuals requested a relatively wide variety of goods, such as tobacco, sugar, salt, shoes, and linen.

Series 2. Leaves from a Company Letter Book (Folder 48)

This series consists of one item: a portion of a letter book of Huie, Reid and Company. Six letters are preserved. The letters discuss shipping practices and trade goods. The letters refer to Daniel Carroll Brent, Polly Brent, and Captain Huie, among others.

Note on spelling: The inconsistency of eighteenth century spelling practices is evident in this collection. Where the spelling of an individual's name is unclear, a question mark in brackets has been added after the name. In a few cases, an individual's first name is unidentified, and a question mark signifies that the name is unknown.

BULK DATES: 1787 - 1787
SPAN DATES: 1787 - 1789

EXTENT: 1 box

SERIES


SERIES: 1. Order requests


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of fifty-three (53) order requests sent to Huie, Reid and Company by various individuals.

SERIES: 2. Company letter book


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of several leaves of a company letter book for Huie, Reid and Company. Six letters are preserved in this series, which is composed of only one folder. The letters refer to, among others, Daniel Carroll Brent, Polly Brent, and Captain Huie.

Folder List

Box: 1 Fold: 1 Order request: Adams [?], Sarah (signed)
March 27, 1787

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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request signed by Sarah Adams [?] written to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 2 Order request: Allan, Thomas (signed)
March 12, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request for tobacco signed by Thomas Allan written to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 3 Order request: Ashby, John (signed)
March 20, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request for two "plow plates" signed by John Ashby sent to Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 4 Order request: Ashby, John (signed)
March 27, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request for nails signed by John Ashby and sent to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

 

Box: 1 Fold: 5 Order request: Barkley [?], William (signed)
March 6, 1787

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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request for one hundred double ten nails, half a pound of tea, one pound of coffee, and brown sugar, signed by William Barkley [?] and sent to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 6 Order request: Barkley [?], William (signed)
March 14, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request signed by William Barkley [?] sent to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 7 Order request: Blackerby, Jed [?] (signed)
March 18, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order receipt signed by Jed [?] Blackerby sent to James Reid of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 8 Order request: Bird, Thomas (signed)
March 26, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request signed by Thomas Bird sent to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 9 Order request: Brent, Daniel (signed)
March 8, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request signed by Daniel Brent sent to Huie, Reid, and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 10 Order request: Brent, Daniel (signed)
March 14, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request signed by Daniel Brent sent to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 11 Order request: Brent, Eleanor (signed)
March 4, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order sent to Huie, Reid and Company, signed by Eleanor Brent, requesting one pair of shoes and one pair of white metal buckles to be charged to her daughter Polly Brent.

Box: 1 Fold: 12 Order request: Brent, Eleanor (signed)
March 6, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order signed by Eleanor Brent and sent to Huie, Reid and Company, requesting coffee, chocolate, and tea for her family.

Box: 1 Fold: 13 Order request: Brent, Eleanor (signed)
March 8, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order signed by Eleanor Brent requesting the salt her son previously ordered, molasses, linen, men's shoes, and other items. Brent sent the order to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 14 Order request: Brent, Eleanor (signed)
March 12, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request signed by Eleanor Brent requesting one item for Anne Brent and other items for herself. She sent the order to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 15 Order request: Brent, Eleanor (signed)
March 27, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request signed by Eleanor Brent requesting thirty yards of fine sheeting, one tin funnel for her daughter Anne, six yards of linen, and one hair sifter. She sent the order to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 16 Order request: Brent, Richard (signed)
March 27, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request signed by Richard Brent, sent to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 17 Order request: Brent, Richard (signed)
March 24, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order signed by Richard Brent sent to Huie, Reid and Company, regarding a payment.

Box: 1 Fold: 18 Order request: Brent, Richard (signed)
March 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order for narrow and broad bindings and other goods signed by John Narris and sent on behalf of Richard Brent to Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 19 Order request: Bryan, William (signed)
March 30, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order signed by William Bryan and sent to Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 20 Order request: Carter, Landon (signed)
March 20, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order requesting linen for his two sons signed by Landon Carter and sent to Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 21 Order request: Carter, Landon
March 24, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order sent to Huie, Reid and Company requesting molasses, deep green silk, and the price of Irish linen, placed and signed by Alexander Bruce on behalf of Landon Carter.

Box: 1 Fold: 22 Order request: Bullitt, Cuth (signed)
March 24, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order, signed by Cuth Bullitt, for blue cloth and other items, sent to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 23 Order request: Carr, William (signed)
March 15, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order signed by William Carr and sent to Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 24 Order request: Cook, John (signed)
March 10, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request signed by John Cook and sent to Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 25 Order request: Eddie [?], Benjamin (signed)
March 8, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order requesting two yards of narrow edging signed by Benjamin Eddie [?] and sent to James Reid of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 26 Order request: Edmonds, Elias (signed)
March 23, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order requesting salt, one plow, and other goods, signed by Elias Edmonds and sent to James Reid of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 26.1 Order request: Fallir [?], Jacob (signed)
March 7, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order sent to Huie, Reid and Company signed by Jacob Fallir [?].

Box: 1 Fold: 27 Order request: Foley, James (signed)
March 27, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request signed by James Foley and sent to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 28 Order request: Forbes, David (signed)
March 6, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order requesting half a yard of blue linen and one yard of brown sheeting, signed by David Forbes and sent to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 29 Order request: Forbes, David (signed)
March 8, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order sent to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company, signed by David Forbes, who requested one loaf of sugar.

Box: 1 Fold: 30 Order request: Goodman, John (signed)
March 3, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order sent to Huie, Reid and Company signed by John Goodman, who requested a table cloth and some port wine.

Box: 1 Fold: 31 Order request: Green, Thomas (signed)
March 21, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order sent to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company, signed by Thomas Green.

Box: 1 Fold: 31.1 Order request: Hooe [?], Robert (signed)
March 6, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order sent to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company, signed by Robert Hooe [?], who requested tobacco.

Box: 1 Fold: 31.2 Order request: Hooe [?], John (signed)
March 26, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order sent to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company, signed by John Hooe [?].

Box: 1 Fold: 31.3 Order request: Hooe [?], ? (signed)
March 8, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order signed by ? Hooe [?], who sent the request to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 32 Order request: Johnston [?], Bailey (signed)
February 17, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request signed by Bailey Johnston [?] and sent to Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 33 Order request: Johnston [?], Bailey (signed)
March 18, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order signed by Bailey Johnston [?], who requested two "plow plates" and several other items from Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 34 Order request: Johnson, George
March 9, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains a request order signed by George Johnson and sent to Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 35 Order request: Massie, Thomas (signed)
March 12, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order receipt signed by Thomas Massie and sent to Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 36 Order request: Morehead, John (signed)
March 16, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request signed by John Morehead and sent to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 37 Order request: Murray, [?] (signed)
March 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order request signed by [?] Murray and sent to Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 38 Order request: Payne, John (signed)
March 9, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order receipt signed by John Payne and sent to Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 39 Receipt: Penkstone [?], Henry (manuscript signed)
March 13, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order signed by Henry Penkstone [?] requesting cash owed to him by James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 40 Order request: Raimy [?], William (signed)
March 6, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order which William Raimy [?] signed and sent to Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 41 Order request: Raimy, William (signed)
March 6, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order signed by William Raimy and sent to Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 42 Order request: Rixey, Richard (signed)
March 24, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order sent to Huie, Reid and Company, signed by Richard Rixey, who requested rum, sugar and other items.

Box: 1 Fold: 43 Order request: Roth [?], Joseph (signed)
March 11, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order sent to Huie, Reid and Company, signed by Joseph Roth [?], who requested six shillings worth of goods.

Box: 1 Fold: 43.1 Order request: Samson [?], David (signed)
March 6, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order sent to Huie, Reid and Company signed by David Samson [?].

Box: 1 Fold: 44 Order request: Sinclair, Robert (signed)
February 26, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order signed by Robert Sinclair and sent to James Reid, of Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 44.1 Order request: Stinson, John (signed)
March 12, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains two copies of an order request signed by John Stinson and sent to Huie, Reid and Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 45 Order request: Wright, William (signed)
March 18, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order sent to Huie, Reid and Company, signed by William Wright, who requested one Dutch oven along with other goods.

Box: 1 Fold: 46 Order request: Williams, Joseph (signed)
March 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order sent to Huie, Reid and Company signed by Joseph Williams, who requested two broad hoes, one bushel of salt, and linen.

Box: 1 Fold: 47 Order request: Wilkinson [?], John (signed)
March 16, 1787
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains an order sent to Huie, Reid and Company signed by John Wilkinson [?], who requested one bushel of salt.

Box: 1 Fold: 48
Leaves from company letter book
January 1788 - January 1789
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DESCRIPTION: This folder contains leaves from a company letter book owned by Huie, Reid and Company. Six letters drafted by the company are included. Two of the letters are addressed to Smith, Huie, Alexander and Company, another merchant firm in Dumfries, Virginia. Other letters are addressed to George Gray, George Walker, and a man in New York. The letters discuss the shipment of goods, especially tobacco, and the ship the Ann.