• Title
    Newton family papers
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  • Creator
    Newton family, of BarbadosMore Info on Creator
  • Scope and Content
    The earliest material in the collection (the second deposit, from file 1054 onwards) are the papers of Samuel and Barbara Newton (1680-1699). Samuel's correspondence is mostly concerned with shipments to and from Barbados and with the management of his estates in England. The majority of his wife's correspondence relates to her attempts to obtain the rents she was owed by tenants in Barbados. The material contains information about the production of sugar and the management of the plantations, references to slaves and to crops grown other than sugar-cane. There are also inventories of belongings, including slaves and some legal documents. The first deposit consists of mainly of material gathered together and created by Thomas Lane in his management of the estate. This includes accounts from 1706 onwards (with a thirty year gap from 1726), and from 1794 correspondence from plantation managers and merchants including copies of his outgoing correspondence. The material contains information about slavery, the life and climate in Barbados, trade conditions and the wars with America and France. After the death of the Lane brothers the material again consists mainly of accounts, with some correspondence to Richard Stuart Lane and subsequently his widow dating from between 1871 and 1894.
  • Conditions of access
    Open for research. At least 24 hours notice is necessary for research visits.
  • Extent
    8 boxes
  • Language
  • System of Arrangement
    The material was received in three separate deposits. The three deposits have been listed consecutively, the second beginning at reference code A988, and the third at reference 1054. Within these 3 groupings the material has been arranged according to type of document, and chronologically within these types.The following abbreviations are used in the descriptions:n.a. no addressn.d. no date
  • Finding aids
    Catalogued online (click on the "contains" icon below). A pdf version of the hard-copy catalogue is also attached to this description. In addition, C. E. Micklem, 'The Newton Papers: a hand-list', 1969 and R. Watson, 'The Newton Papers: a hand-list of the second deposit with an index to the whole collection', 1975, are available in the Special Collections reading room, Senate House Library. These handlists contain a more extended introduction to the papers and to the history of the Newton family. The handlist of the second deposit contains an index to personal names and some places in both deposits.
  • Related files
  • Related
    The Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Bridgetown, holds four volumes of accounts relating to the Newton plantation, 1805-1867. A collection of Newton Family papers (including a map of the Seawells estate) held at the Staffordshire County Record Office.
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