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

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

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Correspondence and accounts relating to the administration of the estate at Amity Hall, parish of Vere, Jamaica, inherited by Munbee Goulburn from his father and uncle, and settled to the trusts of his marriage settlement in 1782. After Munbee's death, intestate, in 1794, the estate, apparently heavily encumbered, was put in Chancery, and was so administered until his son, Henry, attained his majority in 1805. During this period, the family's agents in Jamaica maintained a correspondence with Mrs. Susannah Goulburn, Munbee's widow. From 1802 Henry Goulburn took an increasing part in the correspondence, and from 1805, and throughout his life (a period which included both the abolition of the slave trade, and the emancipation of slaves in the British colonies) he was in continuous, if necessarily very distant, contact with his agents and factors. He was not himself ever able to afford the time to visit the estate. His brother, Edward, however, visited Jamaica on his behalf in 1818, and partly as a result of his report, Thomas Samson, estate manager since 1801, was replaced by a man, George Richards, more sympathetic to the needs of the negro slaves. The estate apparently brought little if any profit at any period and Goulburn eventually decided in 1852 to attempt its sale. He was not successful, and correspondence with his attorney continues to his death in 1856. The estate was finally disposed of by 1861.

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Undated registry copies, etc. relating to Jamaica estates

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Papers relating to dispute over division of estate and Chancery case

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Copy statements of account

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Estate plan

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Correspondence concerning proposed sale of Amity Hall Estate

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Letters concerning purchase of Amity Hall Estate

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Letters concerning sale of remaining parts of Amity Hall Estate

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Papers relating to Henry Goulburn

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