de Drusina, William & Co.
XI/38/88, 2 boxes
Drusina's main business involved the sale of quicksilver for NMR in Mexico until July 1843 when Lionel Davidson was sent out. The company was in partnership with Ludolfo Petersen, and, from 1841, Henry Huth as well. To sell quicksilver, they used their own agencies (with many of which NMR was in joint account) based in interior and coastal towns, including San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, Guanajuato and Tampico (Lameyer & Co.). They also had an agent in London. They were concerned not only to dispose of shipments of quicksilver, but also to maintain prices so as not to injure NMR's London sales.
At this time the letters relate to the receipt of shipments of quicksilver, reports on sales in the interior at those places mentioned above, as well as the state of the markets there and in Mexico [City], informing NMR of the quantity of quicksilver stock, the price at which quicksilver from other sources (various areas in Mexico, for example) is sold and the difficulties of selling it when in abundance. The letters also concern shipments of specie sent to NMR. Drusina also deals with imports of cotton
Drusina wrote "We shall certainly be most happy to see your views carried into effect for rendering our correspondence more active and important to mutual advantage by the presence here of Mr Davidson" [28 July 1843]. From then until 1851 Davidson and Drusina both acted as agents, writing separately to NMR. Davidson and Drusina began working together, but from 1844 Davidson took over the quicksilver business while Drusina's involvement was in shipping cochineal, specie and bullion and dealing in bills discounted and purchased in Mexico. From 1844 the letters deal with the cochineal trade.
In the late 1840s, a C. G. Kauffmann signed many of the letters. In July 1848, Petersen died, Huth remained in Europe, and Kauffmann 'continued' to have power of attorney and to sign in Drusina's name.
Also in Drusina's letters are details of political and social events in the United States and Mexico, including revolutions and disturbances by the Federalists in Mexico and the annexation of Texas, and there are reports on problems of shipping, a sunken ship in the Tamesi river, and, where relevant, weather conditions.