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Pierre and Jean Laffite Collection

Call Number: MSS 56
Title: Pierre and Jean Laffite Collection
Creator: Laffite, Pierre, 1770-1821 (compiler)
Laffite, Jean, ca. 1780-1826 (compiler)
Date of Creation: 1813 February-March
Extent: 3 items
Object Name: certificates
Collection Type: Archival & Special Collections
Documents & Correspondence
Language: French
Biography/History: Pierre Laffite (1770-1821) was the older brother and business partner of pirate and smuggler Jean Laffite.
Jean Laffite (ca. 1780-1826) was a smuggler and pirate active in Barataria Bay and Gulf of Mexico from ca. 1807 until 1814.
Scope and Content: The collection consists of three items concerning the Laffite brothers and their privateering activities. The first is an unsigned request for a French letter of marque and reprisal for the Laffite-owned and commanded brig "Diligente." The second item is a certificate of inspection at New Orleans for a Lafitte-connected vessel, done as part of the application process with the French consul at New Orleans. The last item lists the armaments and crew of the "Diligente," listing guns, small arms, and the name, rank, age, and birthplace of each crew member. The forms were printed for the French consulate and feature the coat of arms of Napoleonic France.
Arrangement: Chronological.
Title Note: Former title: Pierre and Jean Lafitte Collection (variant spelling of surname)
Other Formats: Microfilm copy is available; use in place of original.
Notes: Pierre and Jean Laffite Collection, Mss 56, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Finding Aid: Unpublished finding guide is available in the Williams Research Center Reading Room. See MSS Finding Guide binders.
An item-level PDF finding aid is available online.
Restrictions: Microfilm copy exists. For preservation reasons, researchers are asked to use the microfilm copy in place of the original.
Researchers may be limited to consulting one or two items at a time, per the discretion of the Reading Room staff.
Reproduction of original documents, when permitted, must be performed by the Williams Research Center staff.
Requesting: Please provide the reference staff with the manuscript call number and folder number.
Collection Theme(s): Naval History
Napoleonic Wars, 1799-1815
War of 1812, 1812-1815
Subjects: Laffite, Jean, ca. 1780-1826 -- More information
Tousard, Louis de, 1749-1817 -- More information
Laffite, Pierre, 1770-1821 -- More information
Laporte, J. B. -- More information
New Orleans (La.)
Privateering -- Mexico, Gulf of -- History -- 19th century.
Consuls -- France.
Related Artwork &
Etat des affairs de Pierre Laffite 82-20-L.8
Related Materials at
Other Institutions:
Jean and Pierre Laffite Collection, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Liberty, TX
Jean Laffite Collection, Texas State Library and Archives, Austin, TX
Lower Level Records: MSS 56.1; Request for a letter of marque, Item Level.
MSS 56.2; Certificate of Inspection, Item Level.
MSS 56.3; Inspection certificate for Jean and Pierre Lafitte's Privateer Brig Diligente, Item Level.
Accession Number: 43-1-L