William Dunbar account book, 1776-1793; 1845-1847.

Creator: Dunbar, William, 1749-1810.
Collection number: 231-z
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Abstract: William Dunbar was a planter at Baton Rouge and Natchez and a friend of Alexander Ross, Scottish merchant and planter on the southwestern frontier during the American Revolution. The collection includes varied accounts, 1776-1793, probably kept by Alexander Ross, reflecting Ross’s trading with London and Philadelphia, his interests at Baton Rouge (then in British West Florida), in the Pearl River area (now Mississippi), and in Nassau, and his service as British commissary general for East Florida. There are accounts with George Girty and Alex McKee, Loyalists at Fort Pitt; with the Earl of Dunmore (1732-1809), colonial governor of Virginia; and with free blacks. The volume also contains memoranda, 1845-1847, of William Dunbar’s son of the same name, a Natchez planter, concerning his correspondence with his London and New York agents.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: The volume also contains entries of William Dunbar’s son of the same name, a Natchez, Mississippi, planter (1845-47). Entries record dealings with the colonial governor of Virginia as well as with freedmen. Microfilm available.