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Barbados and Leeward Islands, financial administration papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 401
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Barbados and Leeward Islands, financial administration papers
Date(s): 1669-1682
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 23 items.
Name of creator(s): Unknown.
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Barbados was in British possession from its initial settlement in 1627, until its independence in 1966. The main export of the island was sugar, which was grown on plantations worked by slave labour.The Leeward islands are an arc of West Indian islands which include the Virgin Islands, Antiguilla, Saint-martin, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, Barbuda, Monserrat and Guadeloupe.A farm was the system of leasing out the rights of collecting and retaining taxes in a certain district.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript correspondence and other papers relating to the financial administration of Barbados and the Leeward Islands, 1669-1682, mostly concerned with the auditing of the accounts for the farm of the 4% duty collected during the years 1670-77. The correspondents include: two farmers of the 4% duty, Sir Charles Wheler and Colonel John Strode; [William Blathwayt], Auditor General of H.M. revenues in America; [Henry Guy], Secretary to the Treasury; and the governors of the Leeward Islands and Barbados.

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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:

This manuscript was part of the collection of Sir Thomas Phillips, 1st Baronet (1792-1872), as MS 10058. Further details are given in a list filed with the manuscript.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bought from Percy Dobell and Son in 1952.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

W. A. Shaw (ed), Calendar of Treasury Books, 1672-1675 (1909).

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:
Jul 2001

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