The Bright-Meyler papers : a Bristol-West India connection, 1732-1837 /
edited by Kenneth Morgan.
Oxford : Published for The British Academy by Oxford University Press, c2007.
xx, 706 p., 6 p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
0197264050 (cased), 9780197264058 (cased)
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Oxford : Published for The British Academy by Oxford University Press, c2007.
0197264050 (cased)
9780197264058 (cased)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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A valuable source for historians of the Georgian period
a well-produced and expertly-edited volume that should prove extremely valuable to scholars and postgraduates working on the Caribbean and wider Atlantic connections.
Kenneth Morgan should be congratulated for making available a rich and important set of documents.
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Main Description
The documents collected here illuminate the conduct of British trade and investments in the Caribbean when slavery was at its height and Jamaica was the wealthiest territory in Britain's Atlantic empire. Pertaining to the commercial and plantation interests of two Bristol families connected through marriage and business, the documents include correspondence, wills and inventories, partnership agreements, insurance policies and property deeds. The introduction addresses issues of the slave trade and sugar cultivation, capital accumulation, the ways in which a West India fortune was created, the risk environment of the Caribbean, and social, economic and demographic conditions in eighteenth-century Bristol and Jamaica. A valuable source for historians of the Georgian period, this volume shows that British merchants connected with the West Indies were centrally concerned with improvement, independence, and social mobility.
Table of Contents
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Introductionp. 1
The Provenance and Coverage or the Bright Meyler Papersp. 7
The Evolution of the Bright Meyler Interests in The Caribbeanp. 14
Themes in the Bright Meyler Papersp. 79
The Bright Meyler Papersp. 153
'Draft of Particulars of the Trade of Bristol, 1788'p. 655
Publications on British West India merchants and plantersp. 669
Glossary of Textile and Trade termsp. 672
Index of Personal Namesp. 675
Index of Place Namesp. 691
Index of Shipsp. 695
Index of Subjectsp. 699
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