Scope and Content of Collection
The papers of Magon de la Ballus consist of a letterbook containing copies of letters of a French merchant/privateer, Magon, of the ship "Balue," who home was the port-city Saint Malo, France. The letters cover the period October 1756 to May 1757. The correspondence is written entirely in French. Nearly 1,1000 letters of generous length are included in the handwritten 380 page letterbook. The letters were recorded both at sea and during anchorage and primarily French-English War matters and trade of various commodities such as sails and other ship equipage. The transportation and trading of enslaved people is also a frequently discussed issue. Magon's correspondents lived in various cities throughout France.
The records have been arranged in a single series entitled "Letterbook."