American records in the House of Lords archive, 1621-1917

American papers in the House of Lords Record Office, 1621-1917

American papers in the House of Lords Record Office, 1621-1917

The distresses of the people are compleated by several late Acts of Parliament which they concieve to deprive of some of their most essential rights and liberties
Governor of Rhode Island, 1765Sam Ward: American Papers, 1621-1916; Revolution, 1766 part 3; img 2

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See North America debated in the UK Parliament, from slavery to the Civil War

When Professor Walter Minchinton of Exeter University and Peter Harper of Keele, originally listed the contents of this collection in 1983, computers were a truly rare sight and the order of the papers would have needed to be preserved prior to their return. In 2016 the technology available is rather more advanced and we have been able to arrange the digital images of the items thematically, as well as chronologically. This thematic arrangement of the publication uses Minchinton and Harper's 670 page document listing in order to identify common themes amongst the numerous items in the archive. The core themes from this publication include the slave trade, the African Company, American papers with a focus upon the revolution, Canadian papers, British relations with Spain and France, and papers with regard to other countries including Russia, Ireland, Scotland and the Caribbean. Other core themes include the military with emphasis on the Navy; industry, and trade with a focus on customs tariffs. The items are listed first by theme, then sub-category and lastly by year. The item reference numbers correspond to the items' locations within Minchinton and Harper's guide.


American records in the House of Lords archive, 1621-1917...

Containing 42,367 pages belonging to 42 documents housed in 9 volumes...

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Slave Trade, 1641-1838

Commencing with details of transportation and the slavery that followed it, these papers then cover the enslavement of people from...

African Co. Trade, Reports and Papers, 1671-1815

These items include records from the incorporation of the Royal African Company, petitions from that company and reports from them...

American Papers, 1621-1916

These papers have a clear focus upon the American Revolution, with most of these papers covering disturbances and attempts to...

Canadian Papers, 1628-1917

Containing copies and extracts of letters relating to the settlement of Nova Scotia, from the Secretary of State. These papers...


  • The term 'American Papers' is used to refer to northern America in this case, these records cover the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
  • These papers have already been arranged by theme and year, this is the first known arrangement of them by theme.
  • The slavery records here are the earliest known items on the slave trade and on attempts to deal with the conduct of slave owners.
  • Canadian records include the original letters from Governor Edward Cornwallis; a military man, he was Canada's first Governor.
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