Dutilh & Wachsmuth (Philadelphia, Pa.)

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The mercantile firm of Dutilh & Wachsmuth was established in Philadelphia in 1790 and was dissolved ca. 1798-1799.

Etienne Dutilh was born in France in 1748 and came to Philadelphia in 1783, after a career as a merchant in Rotterdam and London. Numerous members of the family were established as merchants in Holland, England, Smyrna, and the West Indies. E. Dutilh & Co. was established by 1784, trading primarily with the West Indies but also with Europe. John Godfried Wachsmuth was admitted to full partnership in 1790 under the style of Dutilh & Wachsmuth.

Wachsmuth seems to have had American connections, while Dutilh maintained the ties with Europe. Dutilh was away from Philadelphia a great deal, first at Cap François (1792-1793) and then in Holland (1793-1795), leaving the management of the Philadelphia house in the hands of Wachsmuth. Accounts for Dutilh & Wachsmuth continue through 1803, but the active partnership was apparently dissolved ca. 1798-1799. Wachsmuth then formed a partnership with John Soullier, an associate of Dutilh's, which continued through 1814. Dutilh anglicized his name to Stephen around 1804 and continued in business until his death in 1810. His widow married John G. Wachsmuth and raised Dutilh's three sons in his home at Germantown.

From the description of Records, 1772-1875. (Hagley Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122555353

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Cobbett, William, 1763-1835. William Cobbett letters and related materials, 1793-1828. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Dutilh & Wachsmuth receipt book, 1790-1792 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf E. Dutilh and Co. receipt book, 1786-1789 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Dutilh family. Dutilh family business records, 1770-1861, bulk 1780-1810. University of Delaware Library, Hugh M Morris Library
creatorOf Dutilh & Wachsmuth (Philadelphia, Pa.). E. Dutilh and Co. receipt book, 1786-1789. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Natchez Trace Collection. University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Dutilh & Wachsmuth (Philadelphia, Pa.). Records, 1783-1809 Independence Seaport Museum
creatorOf Dutilh & Wachsmuth (Philadelphia, Pa.). Records, 1772-1875. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Dutilh, Etienne, 1732-1810. ALS : Amsterdam, to Dutilh & Wachsmuth, Philadelphia, Pa., 1794 June 16. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Dutilh, Etienne, 1748-1810. 18th-century documents concerning Pennsylvania, 1749-1796. Houghton Library
creatorOf Dutilh & Wachsmuth (Philadelphia, Pa.). Dutilh & Wachsmuth (Philadelphia, Pa.) records, 1784-1800. Library of Congress
referencedIn Mercantile miscellany, 1784-1804. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Dutilh & Wachsmuth (Philadelphia, Pa.). Dutilh & Wachsmuth receipt book, 1790-1792. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Backus, James. Mercantile collection, 1744-1913, bulk (1800-1850). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Dutilh & Wachsmuth collection, 1769-1833, 1781-1810 William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Barr, Daniel, 1798-1859. [Collection of business correspondence relating to maritime trade in the United States.]. Library Company of Philadelphia
referencedIn Dutilh, Étienne. Papers, 1784-1805. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn Dutilh family business records, 1770–1861, 1780–1810 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Merchants collection, 1773-1864. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn marine insurance policy, 1792-1806. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn 18th-century documents concerning Pennsylvania, 1749-1796. Houghton Library
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associatedWith Biddle, Clement, 1740-1814. person
associatedWith Cobbett, William, 1763-1835. person
associatedWith De Stockar, George Louis, d. 1793. person
associatedWith Dorothea (Ship) corporateBody
associatedWith Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen, 1760-1844. person
associatedWith Dutilh, Etienne, 1732-1810. person
associatedWith Dutilh, Etienne, 1748-1810 person
associatedWith Dutilh family. family
associatedWith Dutilh family. family
associatedWith Dutilh family. family
associatedWith Dutilh, John, d. 1804. person
associatedWith Dutilh, Peter Avel, d. 1802. person
associatedWith E. Dutilh & Company (Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Gallatin, Albert, 1761-1849. person
associatedWith Girard, Stephen, 1750-1831. person
associatedWith Hetty (Brig) corporateBody
associatedWith Hobart, Robert E. 1768-1826. person
associatedWith Hollingsworth, Levi, 1739-1824. person
associatedWith J. & E. Dutilh & Compagnie (Cap François, Santo Domingo) corporateBody
associatedWith Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. person
associatedWith Nottnagel, Leopold, 1757?-1813. person
associatedWith Nottnagel, Montmollin & Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Pieter Baelde & Sons (Firm : Rotterdam, Netherlands) corporateBody
associatedWith Pratt, Henry, 1761-1838. person
associatedWith Randolph, Edmund, 1753-1813. person
associatedWith Seguin, Andrew. person
associatedWith Soullier, John M., d. 1824. person
associatedWith Wachsmuth, John Godfried, 1748-1828 person
associatedWith Wachsmuth & Soullier (Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Watmough, James H. 1754-1812. person
associatedWith Wharton & Lewis (Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Whitney, Eli, 1765-1825. person
associatedWith William L. Clements Library corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
West Indies
Philadelphia (Pa.)
West Indies
United States
United States
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Fort Pitt (Pa.)
West Indies
Slave trade
Wine trade
Military Bases
Firearms industry and trade
Sugar trade
Flour industry
Cotton gins and ginning
Marine insurance
Commission merchants

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Active 1784

Active 1800

Spanish; Castilian,


Dutch; Flemish,




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