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Title
Two autographed letters from James Ramsay to Catherine Macaulay
Names
Ramsay, James, 1733-1789 (Author)
Collection

Sidney Lapidus Slavery and Abolition Collection

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1774-07
Date Created: 1771-07
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
Shelf locator: SC Rare Lapidus Collection Box 2 Folder 18
Topics
Slavery
Slave trade
Abolitionists
African Americans
Blacks
Enslaved people
Abolition movement
Antislavery movements
Business and politics -- Colonies
Great Britain -- Colonies -- America
Genres
Correspondence
Physical Description
Extent: 4 pages. 18x23 cm.
Description
Ramsay had lived with the Macauleys for two years at the start of his career, while he assisted Dr. George Macauley (Catherine’s husband). It was while he was a surgeon in the navy afterward that he encountered a slave ship infected with the plague, opening his eyes to the realities of slavery and setting him on his abolitionist course. The letters were written while Ramsay was living on St. Kitt’s. Catherine Macauley was by this point a noted historian, and he commends her on her work. Letter dated "June 8 1771" was "forwarded by M. Maude Downing Street" -- discusses her fourth and fifth volumes of English history, and trouble with colonies ; letter dated "July 7th 1774" -- discusses literary property, and publishing of American editions of her works and their effect on earnings and British Empire.
Type of Resource
Text
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 930788837
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20846784
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ed464b10-9d31-0133-6619-00505686d14e
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1733: Creator Born
  • 1774: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1789: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. "Two autographed letters from James Ramsay to Catherine Macaulay" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1774-07. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/73b04740-b33f-0133-7f2f-00505686d14e

Chicago/Turabian Format

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. "Two autographed letters from James Ramsay to Catherine Macaulay" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 17, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/73b04740-b33f-0133-7f2f-00505686d14e

APA Format

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. (1774-07). Two autographed letters from James Ramsay to Catherine Macaulay Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/73b04740-b33f-0133-7f2f-00505686d14e

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Two autographed letters from James Ramsay to Catherine Macaulay