Catalogue of correspondence of George Rickards, 1809-11

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Catalogue of correspondence of George Rickards, 1809-11

Abstract:
Eight letters to and from George Rickards relating to Sierra Leone, 1809-11.

Shelfmarks: Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2446

Extent: 8 folios

Arrangement

The letters are arranged in chronological order.

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Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS.Afr.s. 2446, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Ludlam | Thomas | c.1775-1810 | colonial governor
Macaulay | Zachary | 1768-1838 | slavery abolitionist
Rickards | George | fl 1809-1811| secretary to the governor of Sierra Leone
Thompson | Thomas Perronet | 1783-1869 | army officer and politician

Place names (NCA Rules)

Sierra Leone

Descriptive List


Letter to George Rickards, Secretary, from Thomas Perronet Thompson, Fort Thornton, Sierra Leone, 23 Jan. 1809
Shelfmark: MSS Afr. s. 2446, fol. 1
Extent: 1 folio

Scope and Content:

Complains of 'the extraordinary conduct of Mr Ludlam' in retaining papers sent to him and asks that Ludlam be informed that papers in the office may be copied there but not taken away.


Letter to George Rickards from Thomas Ludlam, Sierra Leone, 4 Mar. 1809
Shelfmark: MSS Afr. s. 2446 fols. 2-3
Extent: 2 folios

Scope and Content:

States that he understood employees of the Sierra Leone Company to have been taken into Government service on the same terms of employment as under the Company and that this included entitlement to a free passage home. If the Governor refuses to pay the passage of any entitled to it advises that an application be made to the Court of Directors of the Sierra Leone Company.


Letter to George Rickards from Thomas Perronet Thompson, London, 5 Jul. 1811
Shelfmark: MSS Afr. s. 2446, fol. 4
Extent: 1 folio

Scope and Content:

Reports the discovery of a Commission for holding a Court of Vice-Admiralty in Sierra Leone among papers brought to England to present before His Majesty's Ministers. The Commission should be returned as speedily as possible to the Vice-Admiralty Judge in Sierra Leone.


Letter to Thomas Perronet Thompson from George Rickards, London, 5 Jul. 1811
Shelfmark: MSS Afr. s. 2446, fol. 5
Extent: 1 folio

Scope and Content:

Does not believe that the absence of the Commission document was noticed after Thompson left Sierra Leone but agrees that it should be returned. The multiplicity of business in the Court at the time and the disorder following Captain Columbine's assumption of the Government during Thompson's serious illness would explain the misplacing of the paper.


Letter to George Rickards from Zachary Macaulay, London, 13 Aug. 1811
Shelfmark: MSS Afr. s. 2446, fol. 6
Extent: 1 folio

Scope and Content:

Proposes that Rickards goes to Sierra Leone as Macaulay's agent, sailing on the 'Minerva' in three weeks.


Copy letters to Zachary Macaulay from George Rickards, Baslow, 24 Aug. 1811 and 28 Aug. 1811
Shelfmark: MSS Afr. s. 2446, fol. 7
Extent: 1 folio

Scope and Content:

24 Aug. 1811 (Reply to folio 6) Regrets not receiving Macaulay's letter of the 13th until his return from a visit to Yorkshire. Is unable to depart from England so soon but when he does return to Sierra Leone would prefer to be in Macaulay's service, as success in Government employment depends so much upon party or Colonial politics.

28 Aug. 1811 (Reply to folio 8) Greatly regrets that he is unable to accept such an attractive situation but family affairs prevent him from departing so soon.


Letter to George Rickards from Zachary Macaulay, London, 26 Aug. 1811
Shelfmark: MSS Afr. s. 2446, fol. 8
Extent: 1 folio

Scope and Content:

Urges Rickards to reconsider his decision not to go; the 'Minerva' has been delayed and will not depart for two or three weeks.


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