• Call Number: C0074_c0051
    Container: Box 10

Letter book

1 item

This collection is stored at Firestone Library.

Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room .

Collection Creator: Iturbe e Iraeta family..

Dates: 1795-1798.

Located In: Box 10;

Extent: 1 item

Languages: Spanish or Castilian.

Access Restrictions

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 members.

Preferred Citation

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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