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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1891

Inventories of people enslaved by Nicholas Bayly


Inventories of enslaved people belonging to Nicholas Bayly.


  • circa 1798


Condition Description

In good condition, requiring careful handling.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


.04 linear feet (1 prefab)

Three documents tallying the enslaved persons at Nathaniel Bayly's Jamaican estates, Trinity, Gibraltar, and Vale. The documents record assets owned besides the enslaved; monetary valuations of their lives; and English names assigned to them. There are both female and male names and a few labeled "runaways". Between the three plantations, there are at least 605 enslaved persons named.

Biographical / Historical

Nathaniel Bayly was a politician and owner of sugar plantations in northeastern Jamaica.


Collection is in original order.

Physical Location

end processing

Custodial History

Ownership prior to this acquisition is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2021M-41. Purchased from Voyager Press Rare Books and Manuscripts with the Endowment Fund for the Donald and Mary Hyde Collection, 2021 April 14.

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Melanie Wisner, 2021 May.

Bayly, Nathaniel, approximately 1726-1798. Inventories of people enslaved by Nicholas Bayly, circa 1798 (MS Eng 1891): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2021 May 21
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