Plantation Records from Dominica, British West Indies

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  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng MS 894
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  • Physical Description
      1 volume (13 folios). Binding: full red buckram binding; original paper covers bound in.

Scope and Content

A manuscript volume containing various documents relating to slave plantations in Dominica within the British West Indies, including:

  • Inventories of negroes on various estates, including lists of men, women, boys, girls and infants, and the increase and decrease over the period, i.e. slaves bought, sold, born or deceased. The inventories were drawn up between 1809 and 1813 at the instigation of George Metcalfe, a senior local politician and former acting Governor;
  • Accounts relating to the disposal of the rum crop from various estates, 1809-1812;
  • Miscellaneous accounts mostly concerning George Metcalfe, William Anderson and Robert Hindman, 1809-1813.
 Entitled List of Negroes & some accounts 1813 in ink on the original cover.

Conditions Governing Access

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the John Rylands Library by Mrs E.M. Brockbank in September 1936.


Description compiled by Henry Sullivan and Jo Humpleby, project archivists, with reference to

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Supplementary Hand-List of Western Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1937 (English MS 894).

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