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Letters to John Gladstone & Co, Liverpool

Identifier: GLADSTONE

Scope and Contents

This collection is held offsite - please give a week's notice in order that we can retrieve it. This collection comprises 7 letters apparently written from John Gladstone's agents; Alexander C Logan in Jamaica and Edwin Smith and James Killey in India. A further 7 letters are from from commercial correspondants; including Messrs Watson and Hudson in Australia and Hunter, Arbuthnot & Co in Mauritius.

The letters are business based and often deal with the practicalities of running a plantation, maintaining crops and expanding sugar works. The letters from Jamaica, Demerera, Mauritius, and India are primarily concerned with sugar and rum, while those from Australia are concerned with wool. They also contain details of local prices and contain the names of several ships. Logan, writing from Jamaica, also make references to the changes in the economy following the abolition of slavery in 1834.


  • Creation: 1840-1843


14 documents

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Custodial History

The letters were bought for £20, probably from an antiques dealer.

Black Cultural Archives: Letters to John Gladstone & Co, Liverpool
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Repository Details

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Black Cultural Archives
1 Windrush Square