John Reade family papers

Creator: Creator unknown
Abstract: John Reade Esq. was born in 1745 and died on October 25, 1808. While at Red Hook, New York, he established a freighting business and storehouse with Jacob Bogardus, where his clients included such prominent families as the Van Hornes, the Ludlows, and the De Peysters. Eventually, the family moved to Poughkeepsie where Reade continued his successful business and expanded into land speculation. His sons, Joseph and Robert, both joined the family business and conducted affairs from New York City, including collecting on accounts and maintaining relationships with existing and potential customers. Reade’s daughters, Catherine Livingston Reade and Helen Reade, were also prominent in New York City society. The John Reade Family Papers consist of .6 linear feet of material spanning the dates 1709 to 1879 with the bulk of the material between the years 1793 to 1808. The papers are arranged chronologically and consist primarily of correspondence to John Reade, a successful businessman and land speculator of Red Hook and Poughkeepsie, New York, from various family members, several of whom moved to New York City, and occasionally from acquaintances and business contacts such as Jacob Bogardus and Garrit Van Horne. The majority of letters are from Joseph Reade to his father concerning a variety of business matters in addition to domestic issues. These letters trace Joseph’s progress from Princeton student until he represents his father’s business in New York City. Correspondence is also included from Catharine Livingston (Reade) Stuyvesant, in New York City, regarding her family and household matters, as well as letters from John Reade’s other children, Helen, Ann, and Robert Reade.
Date(s): 1709-1879
Call Number: MSS 0482