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The bulk of this material consists of letters received by Anthony-Charles Cazenove from friends, contemporaries, and relatives between the years 1791 and 1794 while he was employed in the Counting Office of his cousin, James (Jacques) Cazenove in London. Also included are the first letters he received in America after his arrival in Philadelphia. Most either relay family news or describe commercial activities. A few of the letters contain advice about emigrating to America. The political climate in Geneva is also discussed. The impact of the French Revolution can be sensed throughout these letters.
Also included is an extract from Cazenove's marriage register, a letter from Eleuthera du Pont dated 1852, a copy of his autobiographical sketch from the Virginia Magazine of History, a copy of his will, and miscellaneous biographical information.
Anthony Charles Cazenove was the second son of Paul Cazenove and Jeanne Elizabeth Martin. He was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1775. In 1790, he went to London to work in the counting of house of James Cazenove & Co. Anthony Charles and his brother, John Anthony (Jean-Antoine) emigrated to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1794 to escape repercussions of the French Revolution. His cousin, Theophile Cazenove, helped him establish business contacts in a land company upon his arrival. Soon after, he became a partner in the firm, Albert Gallatin & Co. A distinguished merchant and financier, Anthony Charles was one of the original subscribers to stock of the first United States Bank. He eventually settled in Alexandria, Va., where he served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church.
In 1797, Anthony Charles married Anne Hogan. They had nine children. The oldest, Eliza Frances, married William Gardner of Newport, R.I. Their daughter, Anna Eliza, married Cassius F. Lee in 1846, linking the Cazenove and Lee families. Anthony Charles' son, Louis Albert, was active in his father's mercantile firm.
Some of the letters are in French.
Finding aid with folder-title listing available at this repository.
Extracts from letters and full translations of letters written in French available in a document entitled, "Periphery of Friendship Youth and Early Manhood," compiled by John Askling and part of the collection.