Friday, 13 November 2015

Lincoln born Jamaican planter and slave owner papers digitised

Beinecke Library has digitised diaries and papers of Thomas Thistlewood, a Jamaican planter and slave owner, who was born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1721. From the library's blog (, the following is the material that has been digitised:

The papers consist of diaries, weather journals, commonplace books, reading notes and other material documenting the life, work, and intellectual interests of the Jamaican planter and slaveowner Thomas Thistlewood. Thistlewood's 37 diaries contain daily entries dating between 1750 and 1786. Topics include Thistlewood's work as an overseer, and later owner, of slaves, including his methods of assigning work, alloting provisions, and discipline; his personal and sexual relationships with several, including his lengthy relationship with Phibbah; and slave rebellions and rumors of rebellions, including Tacky's Revolt (1760). Thirty-four annual weather journals containing daily summaries, including precipitation measurements. Diaries from 1764 through 1767 also contain separate lists of daily Fahrenheit temperatures and rainfall amounts.

To access the material, visit

(With thanks to Cyndi Ingle)


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