Letters of Robert Mackay to His Wife
Written from Ports in America and England, 1795–1816

Walter Charlton Hartridge


“Hartridge’s selection of letters shows taste and balance. He has properly salted these letters of one of Savannah’s great figures with excellent notes and explanatory paragraphs. . . . An admirable collection of letters which will increasingly interest historians and students of maritime affairs.”
William and Mary Quarterly

“This collection of 105 letters is ably edited by Hartridge. The notes are ample, cross references are numerous, and the biographical sketches of the many people mentioned in the letters are painstakingly done. Scarcely anyone escapes the editor’s careful eye.”
Journal of Southern History


Published in 1949, this selection of letters between Robert Mackay, and his wife, Eliza Anne Mackay, provide unique insight into the life of a southern merchant during the early part of the nineteenth century. The Mackay’s correspondence covers business, friendships, social life, and family, in addition to historical events unfolding at the time. The letters in this volume were sent from the Mackay’s hometown of Savannah and from such port cities as Norfolk, Charleston, New York, London, and Liverpool.


Page count: 362 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9


List price: $30.95

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Walter Charlton Hartridge contributed an introduction and notes for The Letters of Don Juan McQueen to His Family, Written from Spanish East Florida, 1791–1807.