Papers, presented pursuant to address, relating to the Island of Trinidad: [return to an address of the Honourable House of Commons, dated 3d June 1829]
NamesWoodford, Ralph James (Author)Wilmot Horton, Robert, Sir, 1784-1841 (Author)Bathurst, Henry Bathurst, Earl, 1762-1834 (Author)Marryat, Joseph, 1757-1824 (Author)Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons (Author)
Sidney Lapidus Slavery and Abolition Collection
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1823Place: London, EnglandPublisher: Ordered by the House of Commons, to be Printed
Table of ContentsNo. 1. Return of all Fines and Quit Rents paid by the Proprietors of Land in Trinidad, since the administration of Government in that Colony by Sir Ralph James Woodford -- No. 2. Return of the Proceeds arising from the Sale of Lands in Trinidad confiscated to the Crown since that period [No Return; none having been confiscated] -- No. 3. Return of the Fees paid to the Governor, and other public Officers, in Trinidad, under the Proclamations respecting the Grants of Land in that Colony -- No. 4. Return of all Fees paid to Sir Ralph James Woodford, or his Secretary, for permission to land upon or reside in the Island of Trinidad -- No. 5. Return of all other Fees paid to Sir Ralph James Woodford, either as Governor or Judge -- No. 6. Return of all Fines imposed upon Individuals in the Island of Trinidad by Sir Ralph James Woodford, distinguishing the names of the Parties by whom they were paid, in cases where they amount to Fifty Dollars or upwards -- No. 7. Return of all Estates in Trinidad having Royal Grants; distinguishing those that have been enregistered under the Proclamation of the 1st of December 1818, and those that remain unregistered, as far as the same are known to the Colonial Government, and the extent and number of Slaves of each Estate -- No. 8. Return of all Estates occupied or cultivated previous to the conquest of Trinidad, for which the Occupier prayed for a Title under the Proclamations of the 5th of December 1815, and of the 7th of November 1816 ... -- No. 9. List of all Occupancies granted by British Governors from the 19th of February 1797, the date of the capitulation of the Island of Trinidad, to the 14th of June 1813, when Sir Ralph James Woodford assumed the government of the Island ... -- No. 10. List of all Permissions of Occupancy granted by British Governors, the allotments of which were resumed by the Crown under the Proclamation of the 5th of December 1815 ... -- No. 11. Return of the allotments and number of Quarrees of Crown Land, and of uncultivated Occupancies (distinguishing British from Spanish) to which the preference has been sold; showing the amount of Sales, and the portion received ... -- No. 12. Return of all Sums received on account of the Sales and Lands, and the appropriation thereof; distinguishing the redemption of Quit Rent from the amount of the Sales -- No. 13. List of all Spanish Occupancies of which the confirmation has not been prayed; showing to whom the same now belong; the extent, cultivation, produce and number of Slaves returned by each, or where the same have been united to other Properties, the name and Owner of such Estate. -- No. 14. Return of all Quit Rents redeemed, not included in any of the aforegoing ... -- No. 15. Return of the Fees paid to each public Officer, upon each Grant; distinguishing any taxed Costs that may have been ordered, and the motives that appear upon the Records ... -- No. 16. Return of all Lands taken for the use of the Crown under the Proclamation of the 5th of December 1815, and for which the Proprietor was remunerated in other Crown Land, or in Money ... -- No. 17. Return of all Lands granted by Sir Ralph James Woodford, without any other consideration to the Public than the Quit Rent -- No. 18. Copies of the Proclamations issued by the Governor of Trinidad, on the 5th of December 1815, the 7th of November 1816, and of the 1st of December 1818 -- No. 19. Copy of Governor Sir Ralph James Woodford's despatch of the 9th of February 1817 and its Appendix -- No. 20. Copy of Earl Bathurst's Letter, in reply, dated the 24th April 1817 -- No. 21. Copy of Sir Ralph James Woodford's despatch, No. 221, of the 5th of March 1817, and its enclosure -- No. 22. Extract of Governor Sir Ralph James Woodford's Despatch, No. 310, of the 6th of December 1818 -- No. 23. Extract of Governor Sir Ralph James Woodford's Despatch, No. 317, of the 26th January 1819 -- No. 24. Copy of Earl Bathurst's Despatch, No. 196, of the 26th of August 1819 -- No. 25. Copy of Sir Ralph Woodford's despatch, No. 348, of the 11th of November, 1819, with an Appendix -- No. 26. Copy of Earl Bathurst's Despatch, No. 198 of the 23rd of October 1819, and Enclosures -- No. 27. Copy of Governor Sir Ralph James Woodford's Despatch, No. 352, of the 13th of December 1819 -- No. 28. Extract of Governor Sir Ralph Woodford's Despatch, No. 364, of the 22nd of April 1820; one Enclosure -- No. 29. Copy of Mr. Marryat's Letter of the 23d July 1821; one Enclosure -- No. 30. Copy of Sir Woodford's Letter, in Reply, of 16th August 1821 -- No. 31. Copy of Lord Clanwilliam's Note of the 4th February 1822, with Mr. Marryat's Letter and enclosure of affidavits -- No. 32. Copy of Sir Ralph Woodford's Note, and Reply, of the 23d of February 1822, and its Enclosure -- No. 33. Copy of Sir Ralph Woodford's Letter to the Earl Bathurst of the 1st of July 1822, and its Enclosures -- No. 34. Statements of the Committee appointed by the Landholders of Trinidad, and delivered to the Colonial Department, dated 1st November 1816 -- No. 35. Further statement by Joseph Marryat, 31st of December 1817 -- No. 36. Examinations by the Government of Colombia respecting the treatment of the Independents of South America by Sir Woodford, Vide Return, No. 31. - Colonial Office, February 1823 - R. J. Wilmot.
Library locationsSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books DivisionShelf locator: Sc Rare G 16-3 (Lapidus Collection)
TopicsSlaverySlave tradeAbolitionistsAfrican AmericansBlacksEnslaved peopleAbolition movementAntislavery movementsSlave trade -- West Indies, BritishSlavery -- West Indies, BritishSlaves -- Colonies -- Great BritainSlave records -- Colonies -- Great BritainSlaves -- Trinidad and TobagoSlave records -- Trinidad and TobagoSlaves -- West Indies, BritishTrinidad -- History
NotesStatement of responsibility: ["List" signed by R. J. Wilmot].
Physical DescriptionExtent: Bound. 21x34 cm.
DescriptionCollection of four folio volumes of Parliamentary acts and colonial reports on slavery in Britain's Caribbean colonies, printed by order of the House of Commons from Feb-May 1823, providing precise documentation on the registration, sale, and manumission of slaves - men, women, and children - an official record of births and deaths, imprisonments, attempted escapes, and transport on slave ships, altogether an implicit and chilling record of slavery's human history. By the early 1800s, "the British Empire was, overwhelmingly, an empire of soldiers and... nearly a million Caribbean slaves." In the years between Britain's passage of the 1807 Abolition of the Slave Trade Act and its 1834 Act abolishing slavery through much of its empire, Parliament continued to debate the mans and will to govern slavery. Realizing the inadequacy of the 1807 Act, in 1815 the House of Commons passed a bill requiring the establishment of registries to monitor legally held slaves. Abolitionists such as William Wilberforce argued for "a bill relative to the registry and regulation of slaves," hoping to expose the planters' continuing inhumane treatment, but opposition denounced this "interference with the local legislation of the colonies". After much contest, the 1819 Slave Registration Act was passed, requiring a central record of any commercial transaction or transport between Caribbean islands involving slaves to be sent to the London registry. The Colonial Secretary also issued additional instructions to its governors, whose effect is seen in these four important folio volumes, ordered published by the House of Commons.These works contain extraordinary coverage of those parliamentary debates with printings of slave acts, and further document colonial slave legislation, registration and manumission of slaves in Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbadoes, the Bahamas, Grenada, Demerara, and many other colonies.
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IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 432731544NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20949501Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 8e9d0000-fe6d-0133-4cba-00505686a51c
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