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Collection Creator: Iturbe e Iraeta family..
Located In: Box 10;
Extent: 1 item
Languages: Spanish or Castilian.
The collection is open for research.
Letter book of outgoing correspondence for the period between February 27, 1795
and May 9, 1798. Begun by Francisco Ignacio de Iraeta in Mexico in 1795 it was
continued upon his death (January 24, 1797) by Iraeta's nephew and son-in-low,
Gabriel de Iturbe e Iraeta, who took over the family commercial enterprise. The
content of the letters reflects Iraeta and Iturbe's concern with both
commercial/business affairs and with more personal, family matters, though the
primary focus of all the correspondence is commercial.
As revealed by the letter book, Iraeta and Iturbe's business contacts and
correspondence over this period were largely with prominent individuals in a
variety of major Spanish cities and major centers of trade in the Spanish
colonies (for example, Havana, Manila, Lima, and Guayaquil). The two merchants'
activities as factors of the Royal Company of the Philippines are illustrated
as well in this collection of letters. Finally, the more personal
correspondence (to relatives in Spain, Havana, and Guayaquil) provides
considerable information about the Iturbe e Iraeta family network--its
extension, its structure, and the nature of the interrelationships among its
Letter book; 1795-1798; Iturbe e Iraeta Papers, Box 10; Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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