The papers of James and Eliza Virgo Scarlett catalogued as DDLA/41 were deposited in the Brynmor Jones Library in 1974 by Joyce Elizabeth Mary, Countess Fitzwilliam (nee Langdale), as part of a larger deposit of family papers for the Langdales of Houghton Hall in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
The papers largely consist of the estate correspondence and accounts of Eliza Virgo Scarlett for sugar plantations in Jamaica and Peru. Some accounts and lists of debts pre-date the death of her husband, James Scarlett, in 1798. The collection contains her letter book 1798-1806, when she was conducting her affairs from England. Letters to her 1798-1817 are largely from solicitors and land stewards and agents. Property papers include lists, valuations and reports on slaves, who are named, with their physical condition and other attributes such as reliability (or alleged lack of it) included. For example, a list of 1806 describes Frederick as `a notorious runaway' while a list of 1816 describes Washington as `well disposed'. Women's pregnancies are noted along with numbers of children. This collection is a valuable source of information about the ecomomy of slavery and its human consequences in the West Indies and South America.
Other items in the collection include the will of Sarah Gallimore (1806) who left to her three daughters, one of whom was Eliza Virgo Scarlett, named slaves and the will of Eliza Virgo Scarlett (1820). There is also a bundle of letters and a press cutting about the sale of the Green Vale Jamaica estate in 1802.