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Joseph P. Hornor letter book

Creation: 1816-1838
Accession: 1019


Joseph P. Hornor (1785-1845) was a merchant in Philadelphia in the early nineteenth century. The collection is comprised of a letter book of Hornor's outbound letters, describing mercantile business spreading throughout the Philadelphia hinterlands.


  • Creation: 1816-1838



1 volume(s)

Biographical Note

Joseph Potts Hornor (1785-1845) was a merchant in Philadelphia in the early nineteenth century. He was born to a Quaker family in Princeton, New Jersey, on May 25, 1785. For most of his career, he was a merchant in Philadelphia and also served as a director of the Bank of North America. His sister, Rebecca Hornor (1781-1853), married George Morrison Coates (1779-1868).

Hornor died in Philadelphia on September 18, 1845.

Scope and Contents

Letter book of Joseph P. Hornor (1785-1845), hardware dealer in Philadelphia, with copies of his outbound letters. Although Hornor was sometimes known as a hardware merchant, the letters describe a general mercantile business spreading throughout the Philadelphia hinterland as far as the upper North Branch of the Susquehanna River, and mention commodities such as Mediterranean wines and Kentucky tobacco. After July 1821, the letters are signed by his brother-in-law George M. Coates (1779-1868) and Samuel Grant as assignees, a business failure in the wake of the Panic of 1819. The subsequent letters cover the attempts of Hornor's assignees to settle his debts using Hornor's surviving assets. The diminishing number of letters from the decade after 1827 deal with settling the debts of Garrick Mallery of Wilkes-Barre.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

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Joseph P. Hornor letter book
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Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA