File id380475 - Manuscript letter (Slavery in Grenada): Thomas Lithgow to George Dunlap

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Manuscript letter (Slavery in Grenada): Thomas Lithgow to George Dunlap


  • 18 May 1788 (Creation)


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"[Grenada, 18 May 1788]- Manuscript signed letter of significant content, dealing with the Belmont Estate, a sugar plantation in Grenada, features the African slave trade, slavery legislation, coffee and cocoa production, and the financial affairs following the death of the estate owner John Aitcheson Sr., written by Thomas Lithgow and addressed to comptroller George Dunlop. 8vo. Double leaf laid watermarked paper by C. Taylor, measuring approximately 18.5 x 22 cm, with integral address, imbedded red wax seal, manuscript annotations and mail markings including a stamp from the Dover Shipyard. The writer, Thomas Lithgow, was a planter in Grenada, and evidently well connected with the island's mercantile and political elite, a highly influential group of Scottish plantation and slave owners in the West Indies, including the future Governor. [Lithgow is listed as such in David Dobson's work, "Scots in the West Indies 1707-1857" which refers to the 1779 records of the National Archive of Scotland.]" - Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts

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