MANUSCRIBE. - [BORDERING] Inventory of the late Mr. Raymond Lassus, Secretary to the King and banker of Bordeaux. Bordeaux, 1776. In-folio manuscript (470 x 330 mm) of 296 pages, brown half calf with small vellum corners, spine decorated, red title piece (Modern binding in the 18th century style).
Exceptional handwritten inventory of the activities and accounts of a former 18th-century Bordeaux merchant and banker, owner of ships for trade and the slave trade with America.
Complete inventory of the accounts and property left by the Bordeaux merchant Raymond Lassus at his death in 1768, drawn up by two of the city's merchants (Pierre Malakar and Jacob de Griselle), following the challenge by Pierre Lassus, a parliamentary prosecutor, brother and heir of the deceased, of the accounts presented by the executor (Joseph Guillem) in 1771.
The first part of the manuscript contains the description of more than a thousand documents from Raymond Lassus' archives, examined by the experts in charge of the file: account books, correspondence, contracts, orders, bundles of receipts, statements of merchandise, invoices, bills of exchange, customs certificates, insurance, etc. The first part of the manuscript contains a description of the documents in the archives of Raymond Lassus, which were examined by the experts in charge of the file.
The second part gives a detailed account of Raymond Lassus' commercial activities: the outfitting of his ships (notably the Grand Mafouque, the Lapeyrere, the Prince of Turenne, etc.), crews and destinations, the state of the goods, suppliers and clients in America and Europe, the company's financial situation, triangular trade, etc. Among this information are a literal copy for the decommissioning of the vessel the Grand Mafouque on its return from the coast of Angola on 1 November 1769 (state of the cargo, mainly composed of indigo, sugar, cocoa, coffee, cotton, etc.), and a statement of Payments made at Cape Town by Mrs Lambert frères et Cie concerning the cargo of blacks from the vessel the Grand Mafouque, in accordance with the orders of the late Sr Lassus (p. 168).
At the end of the volume is a statement of accounts and personal property (property, furniture and objects, etc.).
Raymond Lassus, a descendant of a family established in the Bordeaux region since the 16th century, was a skillful Bordeaux merchant and banker. He held a position as secretary in the king's chancellery. One of his brothers was a merchant at the Cap-Français in Santo Domingo. In 1752, he had Château La Peyrère built in Savignac, which is now a wine estate. In 1767, after the creation in Paris of an Association for the Trade of Negroes, the Trade of America & Fishing, under the impulse of the Duke of Praslin, Raymond Lassus, was charged to arm four ships in Bordeaux and had a portfolio of 400 shares: Perhaps for lack of a sufficient number of interested parties, the plan was not carried out. In 1768, he sent a slave ship to the coast of Angole, but it was his [the Grand Mafouque] (Éric Saugera, Bordeaux, port négrier, XVIIe-XIXe siècles, 2002, pp. 77-80).
Very important document for the study of this Bordeaux trading house and the history of trade and the slave trade in Bordeaux in the 18th century.
Three leaf restoration with loss of a few letters at the bottom of pp. 9 and 10. Large brown spotting throughout the manuscript, which in no way hinders the reading and legibility of the text.
Location of the item France - 75008 Paris