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James Crokatt Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1035

A letter from James Crokatt to a "Mr. Smyth." Crockatt wrote this letter to someone he was representing in negotiations for a possible purchase from Mrs. Dick. Crokatt believed that she had trifled too long and expected more than the purchase was worth, so he advised his employer to withdraw the offer. He then mentioned that Colonel Grant was nearing Fort Prince George in the Cherokee nation and predicted that the entire conquest of North America will be completed this ensuing campaign.

Dates

  • 1761 May 6

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Extent

1.8 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

A letter from James Crokatt to a "Mr. Smyth." Crockatt wrote this letter to someone he was representing in negotiations for a possible purchase from Mrs. Dick. Crokatt believed that she had trifled too long and expected more than the purchase was worth, so he advised his employer to withdraw the offer. He then mentioned that Colonel Grant was nearing Fort Prince George in the Cherokee nation and predicted that the entire conquest of North America will be completed this ensuing campaign.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Crokatt was a member of the St. Andrew's Society in Charleston, South Carolina, and was elected its treasurer in 1730. In 1738, he was listed as the Master of the Mason's lodge there. In 1739, Crokatt moved to London to continue his business interests, and in 1749, he bought Chigwell Manor in Luxborough, Essex. He was appointed the indigo agent for the Colony of South Carolina in the same year. He requested to be relieved in 1753, but the resultant political struggle prevented his being replaced until November of 1756. Crokatt married Esther (sometimes given as Hester) Gaillard, and they had at least four children, Charles, Jane, Mary, and James. Crokatt died in Charleston in 1765 or 1776.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480