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Royal African Company of England (Sierra Leone)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 217
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Royal African Company of England (Sierra Leone)
Date(s): [1725]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume containing 9 leaves
Name of creator(s): Royal African Company of England
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Royal African Company was founded in 1672 and held the English monopoly in slave trading until 1698, when all Englishmen received the right to trade in slaves. The Royal African Company continued slaving until 1731, when it abandoned slaving in favour of traffic in ivory and gold dust.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript volume containing a report signed by Alexander Archbold to the Royal African Company on the commerce and value to the Company of their establishment at Sierra Leone, [1725]. Archbold had been an employee of the Company in Sierra Leone for 7 years.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Single item.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. 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:

This manuscript was probably from the library of John Baker Holroyd, 1st Earl of Sheffield (1735-1821), part of which became part of the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature, initially collected by Herbert Somerton Foxwell and presented by the Goldsmith's Company to the University of London in 1903.

Allied Materials

Related material:

University of London MS 109 comprises copies of documents relating to the Royal Africa Company, and MS 72 contains an account of gold guineas imported from Africa by the Royal African Company, 1755.

The Public Record Office, London, holds records, letter books and correspondence, 1672-1750 (Ref: T70, C113/34); Rhodes House Library, Oxford University, has the charter, letters from factors to agents, and correspondence, 1670-1729 (Ref: MSS Rawlinson b516, c745-47).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

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

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) 2nd edition, and NCA rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names (1997).

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jun 2000

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