Antigua collection (1719-1749)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Rob S. Cox, 1998
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Antigua collection
Creator: Sharpe, Joshua
Inclusive dates: 1719-1749
Extent: 19 items
The Antigua collection consists of miscellaneous official papers relating to the island of Antigua which appear to have come from the office of Joshua Sharpe, solicitor to the Privy Council from 1719 to 1749.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

Donated 1937, 1959. M-354, M-1099.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


No copyright restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Antigua Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Discovered by Columbus in 1493, and settled by Englishmen from St. Kitts in 1632, Antigua was a British colony for over 330 years. For most of this history, Antigua was administered as part of the British Leeward Islands, and like many of the Leeward Islands, was dominated by a slave-based sugar plantation economy.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Antigua collection consists of miscellaneous official papers relating to the island of Antigua, much of which appears to have come from the office of Joshua Sharpe, solicitor to the Privy Council.

Subject Terms

  • Antigua--History.
  • Great Britain--Colonies.
  • Pirates--West Indies.
  • West Indies--History.
Genre Terms:
  • Depositions.
  • Financial records.
  • Legal documents.
  • Minutes.

Contents List (Request Materials)

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Container / Location Title
Box   1  
Antigua collection,  1719-1739 [series]
Certified copy of Charles Hedges' Public accounts  1719 (4 pp.)
"A List of Fees belonging to the Secretary's Office at Antigua accustomed for a great number of years, delivered by Mr. [Wavell] Smith to the Governor and Council  1732 and by them given to [Ashton] Warner and the Committee of the Assembly, who returned it to the Council with the remarkes in the margin," (14 pp.)
"The case of Wavell Smith and Savile Cust, Secretary and Clerk of the Crown of the Leeward Isles"  1735 (4 pp.)
"Minute of Council and Schedule of Papers"   May 30, 1735 (3 pp.)
"Report of the Committee of Assembly appointed to examine the accounts of W. Smith"   August 23, 1735 (3 pp.)
Depositions of Thomas Kerby, about the secretary's office  1735 (9 pp.)
Deposition of Edward Jessup, Dep. Provost Marshall  1737 (2 pp.)
De la Court Walsh for pay while in secretary's office  1739 (3 pp.)
George Lucas regarding fees accruing to the secretary (6 pp.)
Box   2  
 1747-1749 [series]
William Glen  1749 (2 pp.)
Josiah Martin  1749 (6 pp.)
Benjamin King on a charge of piracy (2 pp.)
Stephen Blizard (3 pp.)
John Tomlinson  1749 (2 pp.)
Alexander Crawford  1749 (1 p.)
William Smith  1749 (1 p.)
Wiseman Clagett  1749 (2 pp.)
Copy of letters from Josiah Martin to Governor Mathew of Antigua  October 2, 7, 1747.
Certified copies of minutes of Council held at St. John   January 17, 1745-July 5, 1749 (22 pp.)
Box   3  
 1837 and Miscellaneous [series]
J. Liggins to Sir Christopher Bethell-Codrington  March 18, 1837; inclosing Liggin's observations on the Codrington estates on the island of Antigua 1837 (10 pp.)
J. Liggins to Sir Christopher Bethell-Codrington, Barbuda  April 5, 1837 (12 pp.)
Miscellaneous Material