American slave trade records and other papers of the Tarleton family, 1678-1838

American material from the Tarleton papers

American material from the Tarleton papers

The Tarletons emerged as one of the most prominent Liverpool merchant families in the second half of the eighteenth century
P.D. RichardsoUniversity of Hull

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These 18th century merchants from Liverpool owned land in the west Indies

The Tarleton family were influential merchants in Liverpool during the 18th century. The main focus of these papers is on their business interests in Britain and the West Indies. Their trade also gave them social standing and influence. One of them became the mayor of Liverpool and another family member considered standing as an MP. Through revealing merchants' social and financial gains from this trade, these papers show how the two combined in Liverpool society.


American slave trade records and other papers of the Tarleton family, 1678-1838...

Containing 655 pages belonging to 7 documents housed in 3 volumes...

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Correspondence, 1767-1838

A thematically varied array of correspondence which includes a number of the Tarleton family throughout the late eighteenth and early...

Annual profit and loss accounts, 1748-1810

These (largely) annual reports cover the accounts of John Tarleton 1748-1776 and Messrs Tarleton and Backhouse, 1786-1810. The exact years...

Tarleton Family marriage settlements and other miscellaneous papers, 1678-1813

A collection of Tarleton Family settlements, wills and deeds relating to property, 1678-1803. There are also other miscellaneous papers including...


  • The Tarleton correspondence discusses the East India Company as well as the family's place in society.
  • The profit and loss accounts were written at a time when financial figures provided all of the detail needed and they do not include detailed explanations.
  • The Tarleton marriage settlements reveal more about social change than how the business was run. Property details are also included.
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