Collection MSG 431 - Simon McTavish Papers

Letter from Sir James Monk to Simon McTavish, 21 March 1792 Letter from D. A. Grant to Simon McTavish, 8 June 1792 Letter from John Gregory to Simon McTavish, 5 August 1792 Letter from Sir Alexander Mackenzie to Simon McTavish, 5 August 1792 Letter from Donald Ross to Simon McTavish, 22 August 1792 Letter from Richard Dobie to Simon McTavish, 20 October 1792 Letter from James Hallowell to Simon McTavish, 17 November 1792 Letter from Joseph Frobisher to Simon McTavish, 18 November 1792 Letter from James Caldwell to Simon McTavish, 5 December 1792 Letter from William Lindsay to Simon McTavish, 24 July 1795
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Simon McTavish Papers

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3 cm of textual records

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Simon McTavish (1750-1804) was born in Scotland. He came to America in 1764, apparently making Albany his headquarters. In 1774 he moved to Montréal where in 1779 he shared in the organization of the original North West Co. In 1787 McTavish became senior partner in the new firm of McTavish, Frobisher and Co., which held a controlling interest in the North West Co. He also headed the London firm of McTavish, Fraser. McTavish became one of the wealthiest men in Montréal.

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There is business correspondence, 1792-1800, with letters from among others Alexander Mackenzie, Joseph Frobisher, Alexander Henry, Simon Fraser and Roderick Mackenzie. There are also minutes and resolutions of the Executors of McTavish in a bound volume; and a contemporary copy of the minutes of the executors of his will, 1805.

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There is biographical material in the Samuel Mathewson Baylis Papers, MSG 399, gathered for a biography of Simon McTavish in 1922-1926. The greater portion of this collection consists of notes and documents concerning McTavish, his family, house, business, and monument.

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Most letters previously triple-folded with letter details written on verso, likely for filing purposes.

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Some biographical information about correspondents laid in with letters.

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CH66 S85

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CH66 S84

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  • Box: R-430-1