AIM25 : Click here to go back to the AIM25 homepage
Archives in London and the M25 area

Ashley, John

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 279
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
  Click here to find out how to view this collection at ›
Full title: Ashley, John
Date(s): [1745-1747]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume containing 10 leaves
Name of creator(s): Ashley | John | d 1751 | Barbados planter
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Ashley was a planter in Barbados for 28 years. He sat as a Member of the Barbados Council, and was Deputy Auditor General. Ashley was the Leader of the West Indies interest in the UK during the 1730s, when he acted as Secretary of the Planters' Club. He wrote extensively on trade in the West Indies, most notably the sugar trade. Ashley died in 1751.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript volume containing a memorandum by John Ashley, [1745-1747], headed 'A Proposal to support the British Nation against the ambitious views of France. Humbly offered to the consideration of the Right Honourable Henry Pelham', and suggesting the substitution of a capitation tax on sugar and salt for duties on the products of West Indian plantations as a means of undermining French commercial competitiveness.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Single item.

Conditions governing access:

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to archive collections may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Collection level description.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bought from Myers & Co. in 1948.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Various published works of John Ashley on kindred topics are in the Goldsmiths' Library (Ref: 6874, 6963, 7071, 7200, 7274, 7779, 7979, and 8064).

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jun 2001

Related Subject Search

* To search for other records with similar subjects, tick any subjects above then click "Run New Search"

Related Personal Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"

Related Placename Search

* To search for other records with similar placenames, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"