This collection contains diaries, weather records, and commonplace books of Thomas Thistlewood for the years 1748-1786. His diaries (37 volumes) cover two years in England (in London and in Lincolnshire) and the remaining time in Jamaica (1750-1786). This is a rich source for agricultural, daily routines, slave life, folklore, natural history, medical diagnosis and remedies, the intellectural world of an Anglo-Jamaican, his sex life, and the climatic history of Jamaica. There are also miscellaneous volumes, such as a list of slaves, 1758-1766. Included in the collection is the journal of his nephew, John Thistlewood, 1763-1765, describing his voyage to Jamaica and life on his uncle's plantation.
Agriculture -- Jamaica. | Cattle. | Culture, community, organizations | Diaries. | Folklore | Folklore -- Jamaica | Jamaica -- Climate. | Jamaica -- Social life and customs -- 18th century. | Meteorology -- Jamaica -- Observations. | Microfilm Collection | Natural history -- Jamaica. | Plantations | Plantations -- Jamaica. | Slaveholders -- Jamaica. | Slavery -- Jamaica. | Slaves, slavery, slave trade | Sugar growing -- Jamaica. | Thistlewood family. | Thistlewood, John | Thistlewood, Thomas, 1721-1786 | Traditional medicine -- Jamaica. | West Indies -- Social life and customs -- 18th century.