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E. I. du Pont and Peter Bauduy articles of agreement

1801
 Collection
Accession: 0212

Abstract

Peter Bauduy (1769?-1833) and E.I. du Pont (1771-1834) were partners in several business ventures together, including Du Pont, Bauduy, & Co., a textile manufacturing firm and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. The collection includes an official certified copy of the articles of agreement between Bauduy and du Pont, forming a partnership for the powder manufacturing company that would become E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company.

Dates

  • 1801

Creator

Extent

1 item(s)

Historical Note

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company was organized in Paris in 1801 by Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) and his son Eleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834). The next year E.I. du Pont purchased a mill site on the banks of the Brandywine River just north of Wilmington, Delaware, and began making preparations to establish a black powder manufactory. During the winter of 1802 to 1803 E.I. du Pont recruited a small workforce and began building the company's mills. By the spring of 1804 powder was being produced and the company had secured a commitment from President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) to purchase DuPont gunpowder for the Army and Navy. With this contract in place the company started to recruit immigrant Irish workers for the mills and hired its first independent sales agents.

Peter Bauduy (1769?-1833) and du Pont were partners in several business ventures together, including Du Pont, Bauduy, & Co., a textile manufacturing firm and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. In December 1814, Bauduy resigned from the partnership of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company in a dispute with du Pont. On March 16, 1816, Bauduy brought suit in the Delaware Court of Chancery to dissolve the firm and distribute its assets. Du Pont was finally sustained on appeal on June 9, 1829.

Scope and Contents

Articles of agreement between E.I. du Pont (1771-1834) and Peter Bauduy (1769?-1833) forming a business partnership. The document is an official copy of a translation, certified by the Delaware Court of Chancery, and prepared at Philadelphia on January 30, 1817, as one of several translations made in connection with the suit of Peter Bauduy v. E.I. du Pont, et al. The document reads: "Articles of Agreement between the house of du Pont de Nemours father son & Co., of New York acting conformable to the 12th Article of the Act of Partnership, entered at Paris the 21st of April 1801, for the Establishment of a manufactory of Powder in America, Eleuthere I. du Pont, director of aforesaid Manufactory, and Peter Bauduy of Wilmington."

Location of Originals

The original document is in Accession 0146, Eleuthera Bradford du Pont collection.

Access Restrictions

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

Related Materials

E.I. du Pont and Pierre Bauduy litigation notes (photocopies) (Accession 0561), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Library and Museum.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

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Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
E. I. du Pont and Peter Bauduy articles of agreement
Status:
Author:
John Beverly Riggs
Date:
1970
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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