Manuscript correspondence and other papers relating to the financial administration of Barbados and the Leeward Islands, 1669-1682, mostly concerned with the auditing of the accounts for the farm of the 4½% duty collected during the years 1670-77. The correspondents include: two farmers of the 4½% duty, Sir Charles Wheler and Colonel John Strode; [William Blathwayt], Auditor General of H.M. revenues in America; [Henry Guy], Secretary to the Treasury; and the governors of the Leeward Islands and Barbados.
Barbados and Leeward Islands, financial administration papers
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- ReferenceGB 96 MS 401
- Dates of Creation1669-1682
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description23 items.
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Administrative / Biographical History
Barbados was in British possession from its initial settlement in 1627, until its independence in 1966. The main export of the island was sugar, which was grown on plantations worked by slave labour.The Leeward islands are an arc of West Indian islands which include the Virgin Islands, Antiguilla, Saint-martin, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, Barbuda, Monserrat and Guadeloupe.A farm was the system of leasing out the rights of collecting and retaining taxes in a certain district.
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Bought from Percy Dobell and Son in 1952.
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This manuscript was part of the collection of Sir Thomas Phillips, 1st Baronet (1792-1872), as MS 10058. Further details are given in a list filed with the manuscript.
W. A. Shaw (ed), Calendar of Treasury Books , 1672-1675 (1909).