XI/38/76-77, 4 boxes
Lionel Davidson, another son of Meyer Davidson, was Rothschilds' agent in Mexico where his duties involved shipping specie to NMR and receiving and requesting shipments of quicksilver to be sold in the interior of Mexico. Here he used agencies in Zacatecas (with the agent Roxburgh), Guadalajara and Ganajuato among other places. In his letters Davidson advises NMR on how much quicksilver the local market can stand and therefore how much would be sent, and advises on possible business deals, informing them of new trading possibilities (in China, for example), and giving details of local legislation regarding exports and imports and foreign traders. He includes reports on problems of transportation due to high winds, illness, and so on, and also gives accounts of political events and social upheavals. Davidson also negotiated with the President on such matters, for example, as duties on specie. In these series are to be found both general and private letters, and also a very few personal notes, in which Davidson requests domestic items to be sent to him, or informs Rothschilds that he is looking around for some typical souvenir of the place to send home.