Letters from the Voyages of the Slave Ship Pearl
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Letters from the Voyages of the Slave Ship Pearl

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Book Description

The barbarity of the enforced migration of Africans to the Caribbean and the realities of the transatlantic slave trade are fully revealed in Letters from the Voyages of the Slave Ship PEARL. The nonchalant accounts of the awful details of suffering and death are brought into sharp relief by the editors who reconstruct four voyages of the PEARL between 1785 and 1793. The ship was owned by Bristol businessman James Rogers, and the letters in this collection are but a small sample of the 15 boxes of correspondence comprising the Rogers papers held at The National Archives at Kew in the United Kingdom. Caribbean scholars who can scarcely access the original records are provided with a closer understanding of the complexities of slave trading.

Written from several perspectives – the ship’s doctor, the captains, slave traders on the African coast and Caribbean merchants – this assemblage offers a unique glimpse into the transatlantic slave trade. The letters, however, do not cover the perspective of the enslaved – muted and reduced to cargo, mentioned and recorded by number only.

The book is divided into four parts for each of the selected voyages and each part is introduced with a short synopsis, each letter elucidated with explanatory notes. The work is enhanced by the inclusion of maps, tables and figures.Letters from the Voyages of the Slave Ship PEARL contextualises the continuing conversation of a painful past and is both enlightening and informative for the scholar, activist and advocate alike.

Table of Contents
  • List of Maps
  • List of Figures and Tables
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Archives, Power & Legacy
    • Table 1: Demographic Data for the First, Third and Fourth Voyage of the ship Pearl 
    • Table 2: Estimated Number of Enslaved Transported
    • to the British Caribbean
    • Table 3: Regions of Embarkation and Estimated Number of Enslaved on Ships heading to the British Caribbean
    • Table 4: Mortality Rates of the Enslaved During Voyage
  • Snapshot of the Voyage 1785–1786
    • Voyage from Bristol to Bonny: July 13 to September 15, 1785 & from Bonny to Grenada: February 1 to March 28, 1786
      • Figure 1: Surviving Captives from the Moment of Purchase in Bonny,1785-1786.
      • Campbell, Baillie & Company to James Rogers
      • Captain Stephen Madge to James Rogers
      • Campbell, Baillie & Company to James Rogers*
      • Merchant Joseph Daltera to James Rogers
  • Snapshot of the Voyage 1787–1788
    • Voyage from Bristol to Old Calabar: August 9 to October 4, 1787 & from Old Calabar to Barbados & Grenada: October 5 to December 4, 1788
      • Figure 2: Captives from Moment of Purchase in Old Calabar, 1787–1788.
      • Captain Richard Rogers to James Rogers*
      • Captain Richard Rogers to James Rogers*
      • Captain Richard Rogers to James Rogers*
  • Snapshot of the Voyage 1790–1791
    • Voyage from Bristol to Old Calabar: January 18 to March 1790 & from Old Calabar to Barbados, St Vincent, Jamaica: December 1790 to March 1791
      • Figure 3: Surviving Captives from Moment of Purchase in Old Calabar, 1790-1791.
      • Dr. J.P. Degravers to James Rogers
      • Dr. J.P. Degravers to James Rogers
      • Captain William Blake to James Rogers*
      • Captain William Blake to James Rogers*
      • Dr. Degravers to James Rogers*
      • Captain William Blake to James Rogers*
      • Captain William Blake to James Rogers*
      • Merchant Samuel Richards to James Rogers
      • Captain Samuel Stribling to James Rogers*
      • Merchants Baillie Fraser & Co. to James Rogers*
      • Captain Samuel Stribling to James Rogers*
      • Merchant Alexandre Lindo to James Rogers*
      • Captain Samuel Stribling to James Rogers
      • Merchant Alexandre Lindo to James Rogers
      • Dr. J.P. Degravers to James Rogers
  • Snapshot of the Voyage 1792–1793
    • Voyage from Bristol to Bonny: July 28 to September 5, 1792 & from Bonny to Barbados: November 21, 1792 to January 6, 1793
      • Figure 4: The Declining Number of Captives who Left Bonny,
      • Merchant Samuel Richards to James Rogers*
      • Merchant Samuel Richards to James Rogers*
      • Merchant Samuel Richards to James Rogers*
      • Merchant Samuel Richards to James Rogers*
      • Merchant William Barton to James Rogers
      • Record of Sales
        • Sales of 187 New Negro Slaves received from on board the Ship Pearl. Will[iam] Thornborrow Commander from Africa on Account of Messrs. James Rogers & Co. Merchants in Bristol.
        • Sales of 52 New Negroes being the remainder of the Ship Pearl’s Cargo Capt[ain] Thornborrow by Order of William Barton Esq[uire]
        • Messrs James Rogers & Company in A[ccount] Current with Munro McFarlane & Co.
      • Captains Reuben Wright & James Bachope to James Rogers
      • Owners of the Ship Pearle [sic] In a General Account with W[illiam] Thornborrow
      • General Account of the Ship Pearl from Captain William Thornborrow
      • Ship Pearl’s Disbursements
      • Unknown author to Solicitors Ward,
      • Solicitors Ward, Dennetts & Greaves to James Rogers
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