Slavery in Jamaica, records from a family of slave owners, 1686-1860

Papers relating to the Jamaican estates of the Goulburn family of Betchworth House

Papers relating to the Jamaican estates of the Goulburn family of Betchworth House

The Goulburn Papers provide essential information on how one absentee planter coped with the issues of abolitionism, amelioration, slave emancipation, apprenticeship and full freedom for blacks in Jamaica
Kenneth MorganBrunel University

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See the final days of slavery in Jamaica through the eyes of a planatation owner

This collection contains records detailing the Goulburn family’s ownership of Amity Hall plantation and associated properties in Jamaica during the 17th and 18th centuries. Most of the papers concern the properties when they were administered by Conservative MP Henry Goulburn between 1805 and 1856. 

They papers provide a comprehensive overview of the operation and eventual abolition of the slave trade in the West Indies. 

Note: This collection is accompanied by an online guide written by Professor Kenneth Morgan.  

Contents

Slavery in Jamaica, records from a family of slave owners, 1686-1860...

Containing 6,139 pages belonging to 66 documents housed in 6 volumes...

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Volumes

Correspondence with agents and others, 1790-1854

The earliest surviving correspondence relating to the estate is contained in a letter book 1790-1811, which contains copies of Munbee...

Correspondence with factors & sales accounts, [1794]-1856

Correspondence with factors acting on Henry Goulburn's behalf for the sale of sugar and rum in London and Liverpool and...

Papers relating to the title and disposal of the estate, [1686]-1861

Correspondence and accounts relating to the administration of the estate at Amity Hall, parish of Vere, Jamaica, inherited by Munbee...

Miscellaneous papers & correspondence relating to the management of the estate, 1793-1855

Includes statement of increase and decrease of slaves on Amity Hall Estate, note on acreage, valuation and bond relating to...

Insights

  • The 'correspondence with factors & sales accounts' discusses the management of the estate. Other letters list paid workers, their pay and their roles.
  • The 'miscellaneous papers relating to Henry Goulburn's parliamentary candidature' reveal the influence of the abolitionist movement on the slave owner's election to represent Cambridge University.
  • The 'correspondence with agents and others' covers a discussion upon whether children who were slaves should be separated from their parents in July 1807.
  • Miscellaneous papers & correspondence relating to the management of the estate' includes a valuation of Margaret Williams Samson and her seven children as the estate's property.
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