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Muster roll

Muster roll

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From ships’ muster roll book, September 1773 – September 1774; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 56.
Muster roll for the ship, the Macsgwyn , from Kingroad (River Severn near Bristol), 1772.
Kingroad was the start of a 19 month voyage to West Africa and South Carolina.Six of the crew are marked as absent in long Boat since April 28th – whether they drowned or ran away is not clear. Import duty was paid in South Carolina on 254 slaves.

The muster roll is a list of all crew signed on for all or part of a voyage, which was used to calculate the money each man should pay to the Sailors Hospital Fund (insurance).

The Society of Merchant Venturers is a Bristol-based organisation, which was formed in 1552 as an elite body of merchants involved in overseas trade. The Society still exists today.

Date: 1772

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Letter urging voters to vote

Letter urging voters to vote

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From Bonner and Middleton’s Bristol Journal .

The 1781 bye-election in Bristol was caused by the death of one of the sitting MPs. George Daubeny, from a family of sugar refiners, stood against Henry Cruger, an American by birth. This campaign leaflet from Daubeny calls upon the voters of Bristol to vote for him in the election. Daubeny won the seat.

Date: Feb 17th 1781

Copyright: Copyright BCC Library Service

Notice to voters

Notice to voters

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From Bonner and Middleton’s Bristol Journal .

Notice to invite voters to vote on either Matthew Brickdale or George Daubeny, MPs.

George Daubeny was a major sugar refiner in Bristol.

Date: April 24th 1784

Copyright: Copyright BCC Library Service

Leaflet against Conservative candidate

Leaflet issued against Conservative candidate

Description:

Pinney Papers. Lyme Regis Elections.
Leaflet issued against Mr Hampden, Conservative candidate in the Lyme Regis election of 1837, describing his cruelty in advocating the flogging of female slaves.

Date: 1837

Copyright: Copyright Bristol University

Leaflet against Conservative candidate

Leaflet issued against Conservative candidate

Description:

Pinney Papers. Lyme Regis Elections.
Leaflet issued against the Conservative candidate in the Lyme Regis election of 1837, with a song about his cruelty to his slaves.
William Pinney was standing for the whigs (now the Liberal Democrats), and won by 34 votes.

Date: 1837

Copyright: Lent to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Election handbill for Edward Protheroe

Election handbill for Edward Protheroe

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Election handbill for Edward Protheroe, addressed to the ladies of Bristol to encourage their menfolk to vote for Protheroe.
Poem from a Negro Mother on cruel treatment of slaves.The poem says that Baillie does not care how slaves are treated, and that Protheroe is de man .

The handbill may have been for the 1830 election, where Protheroe and Baillie ran against eachother. Protheroe supported the emancipation (ultimate freedom) of slaves, and Baillie was against it.

The handbill is taken from the scrapbook compiled by Anna-Maria Pinney, one of the Pinney family, started in 1828.

The language used to describe people of African descent in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries is unacceptable in today’s terms. We cannot avoid using this language in its original context. To change the words would impose 20th century attitudes on history.

Lent from a private collection to Bristol Museums.

Date: 1830?

Copyright: Lent to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Election address

Election address

Description:

Election address To the Independent Electors of the City of Bristol.. Protheroe for ever , 1830.

In the 1830 Parliamentary election, Edward Protheroe and James Baillie both stood for the Whig seat in Bristol (Bristol had two Members of Parliament, and the two seats were divided between the Tory party and the Whig party: voting at this time was not very democratic ). Protheroe, whose family were involved in trade with the West Indies, declared himself opposed to slavery. Baillie, also from a West Indian trade family, supported slavery. A number of leaflets were published by both candidates attacking each other and promoting their own views. In the election, Baillie won the Whig seat by 535 votes.

Date: 1830

Copyright: Copyright BCC Library Service

Print

Print of Thomas Coster

Description:

Print of Thomas Coster, 18th century.

Thomas Coster was a wealthy merchant. He inherited a copper works, which would have sold much of its output of brass pots and pans to slave traders. Brassware made up a large proportion of the trade goods carried to Africa. Coster was also involved in the slave trade as co-owner of six slaving ships. He was Tory MP for Bristol from 1734 to 1739.

Date: 18th C

Copyright: Copyright BCC Museum

Object ID:M777

Albert Gallatin, by Sharples

Albert Gallatin opposed slavery

Description:

Pastel portrait of Albert Gallatin, by James Sharples senior. Gallatin was an American slavery opponent.

Creator: James Sharples senior

Date: c 1797

Copyright: Copyright BCC Museum

Richard Hart Davis

Richard Hart Davis, esq, MP (detail)

Description:

Painting: Richard Hart Davis, esq , MP (detail), after Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1830.

Creator: Sir Thomas Lawrence

Date: 1830

Copyright: Copyright BCC Museum

Object ID:M 905

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