Great Britain. Secretary of State. A List of Offices in the North American and West Indian Colonies  1775
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This volume (74 pages) contains a list of British officeholders in North America and the West Indies in 1775, and details the financing of their salaries. Entries are in chart form and are organized by colony. The item was created either by or for William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth, who was Secretary of State for the British Colonies throughout most of that year before being replaced by Lord Germain in November 1775.

The list specifies the colony's name, officer's title, officer's name, method of appointment, salary, and how the position was paid. For example, for Massachusetts Bay, the governor's name was Thomas Gage (though the previous governor Thomas Hutchinson was crossed out from this line), he was appointed by "Great Seal," his salary was 1,500 pounds, and he was paid "Out of Tea duties and Fees." Other methods of payment include: army contingencies, grants of parliament, paid by the province, paid by Deputies. Offices covered include governors, chief justices, attorney generals, provost marshals, secretaries, and naval officers, among others. The book is almost a who’s who of colonial administration, just as the American Revolution was about to break out.

Colonies described are:

  • Quebec
  • Newfoundland
  • Nova Scotia
  • St. Johns
  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts Bay
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • East Florida
  • West Florida
  • Bermuda
  • Jamaica
  • Barbados
  • Bahamas
  • Leeward Islands
  • Grenada
  • Dominica
  • Senegambia
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