GUYANA

Autograph Letter Signed ('N: Vansittart') from Chancellor of the Exchequer Nicholas Vansittart to Whig MP William Smith, discussing James Walker's 'Letters on the West Indies', and voicing approval for the spread of Walker's 'mild system' of slavery.

Author: 
Nicholas Vansittart, 1st Baron Bexley (1766-1851), Tory Chancellor of the Exchequer [William Smith (1730-1819), Whig abolitionist; James Walker, Commissioner for Crown Estates in Berbice, Guyana]
Publication details: 
Downing Street [London]; 16 February 1818.
£325.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. An important letter, in which the serving Chancellor of the Exchequer puts his position concerning slavery (a subject of extreme importance to the British Treasury), siding with a prominent apologist for the practice, James Walker, one of the commissioners managing the Crown Estates at Berbice.

Typed Letter Signed "F.S. van B. Stafford", to Dr. Eric Dingwall, "Assistant Honorary Keeper of the Printed Books, British Museum, London", about the corrupt practices of merchants in the colony. With related typescript.

Author: 
(Mrs) F.S. van B. Stafford [British Guiana; Guyana]
(Mrs) F.S. van B. Stafford [British Guiana; Guyana]
Publication details: 
Trent House, Main Street, Georgetown, B[ritish] G[uiana], 10 June 1947.
£225.00
(Mrs) F.S. van B. Stafford [British Guiana; Guyana]

One page, folio, fold marks, good condition. She has approached Dingwall as someone who could help make conditions in British Guiana better known in England. She refers to the enclosure of "Resolutions" from public meetings, identifying herself as the wife of a King's Counsel "who has acted as a judge on the Supreme Court Bench of this Colony." They need help to take on the merchants who are standing in the way of improving the standard of living. "The extreme poverty of the working classes of this Colony makes it imperative that steps be taken to bring down the cost of living . .

Anonymous part of long autograph letter regarding the setting up of a syndicate to be named 'Guiana Rivers Ltd', addressed to 'My dear Joan'.

Author: 
[GOLD MINING IN GUYANA]
Publication details: 
9 March 1930; 'Trent House | Main Street | Georgetown'.
£120.00

10 pages on 5 8vo leaves. In good condition, but with a few large blots. The first part of a letter by a writer who appears to be English. Straight out of B. Traven. The author wants Joan to join him and Gwen in partnership with Hamerly. 'Hamerly is down here from one of his expeditions & we became friendly through his having lived & travelled widely in the Paraguayan Chaco.

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