• Title
    Taylor family papers
  • Held at
  • Reference
  • Date
    1760-1835 [predominantly 1770-1819]
  • Creator
    Taylor family (fl 1740-1853) plantation owners in JamaicaMore Info on Creator
  • Scope and Content
    Mainly comprising letters written and received between 1770 and 1835 by Simon Taylor, his family and heirs, and his friends, agents and business partners. About a quarter of the letters are contained in Simon Taylor's letterbooks. Though the majority of the correspondence consists of letters either to or from Simon Taylor up to his death in 1813, there is also correspondence between other family members, notably his brother Sir John Taylor, his sister-in-law Elizabeth Haughton Taylor, Sir John and Lady Taylor's son (and Simon Taylor's heir) Sir Simon Richard Brissett Taylor, and Simon Taylor's second cousin and business partner Robert Taylor. The subject matter ranges from the domestic (illness, family quarrels, disinheritance, bigamy) to business (slaves, sugar, trade and shipping, the effects of hurricanes, the introduction of a steam engine on an estate), to politics (the Maroon and French wars, the anti-slavery movement and abolition of the slave trade). The collection also includes detailed reports on the estates made for Anna Susannah Watson Taylor in 1835.
  • Conditions of access
    At least 24 hours notice before a research visit. Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the library.
  • Extent
    12 letterbooks and approximately 1,400 letters
  • Physical description
    MS (excepting photocopied surrogates)
  • Language
  • System of Arrangement
    By correspondent and by date
  • Finding aids
    Handlist and index of principal correspondents available in the Special Collections reading room. Also catalogued online (click on the "contains" icon below). Family trees for the Taylor, Haughton, Brissett and Hibbert families are available with the handlist. A pdf version of the handlist is attached to this description.
  • Related files
  • Related
    The Taylor papers are also available on microfilm, reference M965.
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