Printed Books, Maps and Works on Paper | 11 July 2013
[Account book of a voyage of the "Jason Gally
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Slavery Voyage.- Becher
(Cranfield, Bristol merchant, part owner of the Jason Galley, of College Green, Bristol, 1713-99 & later his wife Bridget, d. 1818) [Account book of a voyage of the "Jason Gally" under the command of John Bartlett to collect slaves from Africa to sell in the West Indies and South Carolina and other, later household accounts and servants wages], manuscript copies of orders, instructions etc., 263pp. excluding blanks (40pp. slavery voyage), ruled in red, some inserts laid down, reverse entries, some ff. loose or working loose, browned, original panelled calf, extensively rubbed, covers detached, folio, Bristol, August 1743 - 26th November 1746 & 25th March 1790 - 23rd January 1818.
⁂ Slaves from Calabar and Angola. With detailed instructions to Bartlett for the voyage. "We have put a cargo of goods on board… amounting to the sum of Two thousand seven hundred Forty two pounds one shilling & sixpence, which you are to dispose of for as many likely Negroes as our ship can conveniently carry, taking care not to purchase any that are old or decrepit or young children, and… a good quantity of Elephants Teeth… you are to make the best of yo.r way to the Island of St. Christophers where being arriv'd apply to Thos. Mills
who if will engage to take to our whole cargo of negroes at no less price than Eighteen pounds… we now direct… as follows… . There has been for some time past such a large Duty on Negroes at Carolina that the importation of them into that Colony has been thereby prohibited, but the Duty ceases on the fifth day of July next, and as it may happen that by long passages or being detain'd at Angola you may be in time to reap the benefit of that market… ."
Accounts include: "1 Chest of Buccaneers 37½ 15"; "1 chest ye 10 dozn Leather handled Cutlasses" etc.
Provenance: The Becher family were primarily Bristol merchants with family connections in Cork, London and Southwell, Nottinghamshire. After the death of Becher's widow, Bridget, this volume was kept by her executor, the Rev. J.T. Becher ( 1770-1848), Church of England clergyman and poor law reformer; acquaintance of Lord Byron.
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