Papers on the West Indies, 1707-1709


Date: 1707-1709 | Size: 0.25 Linear feet


These are miscellaneous documents relating to appointments, money acts, defense, etc., mostly addressed to Charles Spencer, Earl of Sunderland, Secretary of State for the Southern Department. Contain signatures of important Englishmen, among whom are: Wm.Blathwayt, Jas. Craggs. Mitford Crow, Dartmouth, Herbert, Sir P.Meadows, Wm. Popple, Jr., Matthew Prior, John Smith, Stamford, Sunderland,etc.

Collection Information

Physical description

24 items.


Presented by Arthur Bloch and accessioned, 12/03/1952.

Early American History Note

This Collection is a series of letters written during Queen Anne's War/The War of Spanish Succession between 1707 and 1709 involving military, political, and trade issues in the British Caribbean. Documents include a petition from merchants in Barbados to the Crown, orders from imperial ministers in Whitehall to governors, and reports from governors in the Caribbean. The documents often relate to events surrounding the war then engulfing Europe. One of the documents, for instance, is a finding of the Board of Trade that rejects a petition that would allow merchants to ship flour from North American colonies to Portugal, a member of the "Grand Alliance," finding that such trade would hurt the "Sugar Islands" too much.

Indexing Terms


  • Official Government Documents and Records
  • Political Correspondence

Geographic Name(s)

  • Great Britain -- Colonies -- Administration.
  • West Indies, British -- History -- 18th century.

Personal Name(s)

  • Sunderland, Charles Spencer, Earl of, 1674-1722


  • Colonial Politics
  • Government Affairs
  • International Affairs
  • Military History