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The vain ambitions of the Nantucket whalers: Campbell's preoccupations with land in Kent: `I fear Mr Adams demands are not the most moderate': Convicts at Cumberland Fort, Portsmouth: Duncan Campbell and the Blackheath Connection: `The gaols are in so crowded a state': `Destitute in all comforts of life':


The Blackheath Connection

Chapter 30


The vain ambitions of the Nantucket whalers:

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There were 22 ships in the South Whale Fishery for 1785. On 22 July, 1785 the American whaler Rotch arrived after his departure from Nantucket in Maria Capt. Wm. Mooers, to London, bringing with him 20 whaling and/or other vessels. Rotch lived with a friend, Thomas Wagstaff of Gracechurch St, and picked up his mail c/- Enderbys at Paul's Wharf. Rotch remained a friend of Robert Barclay who later arranged for him to meet with Pitt. ([1]) (The agent for Nova Scotia at the time was Richard Chamberlain.) ([2]) Also in July, 1785, doubtless irritated with delays in legislation being implemented, London's Lord Mayor wrote to the Secretary of State urging a speedy resumption of transportation. But the fact was, government still had nowhere to send the convicts. And during 1785, a glutton for punishment, George Moore was still willing to take convicts to North or South America. By July, 1785, Cabinet had been talking of Canada, the West Indies or the West Coast of Africa. Useful shipping lanes were implicitly part of discussions. From this time, disparate forces were to have unexpected outcomes.


27 July, 1785 was the date of an agreement with Campbell for hire of the Ceres for the reception of convicts. A guard and attendants would be charged at 175 per month for the first six months, thence to reduce to 150 per month. Nepean, lately receiving critical remarks from Clark, London Lord Mayor, found his thoughts working on a wider scale, and he wanted information on likely numbers of prisoners due for transportation. He asked Campbell how many prisoners might normally be expected annually for transportation? ([3]) Nepean asked Campbell for a copy of the 1779 report of the Committee of the House of Commons looking into transportation. (1779, the year in which both Campbell and Joseph Banks had given evidence, with Banks first suggesting Botany Bay might be suitable for a convict colony). The 1779 report had contained evidence in the form of a heated debate on the worth of an African location, and Nepean presumably wanted to reassess that debate.


Campbell Letter 136:

London 29 July 1785

Evan Nepean Esq

I have looked over & over my papers but cannot lay my hand on the report of the Committee of the House of Commons of 1779 touching the Convicts for Transportation however I have made out a state of those Transported for the last of years which upon an average was 543, Convicted for Transportation from London, Middlesex, the Home Circuit & County of Buck. The number from these was always held to be a large half of the transportation from the Kingdom.

I shall be in Town on Monday

to obey your further Commands ([4])


Campbell's clerks had shuffled through files, still, Campbell could not find his copy of the Bunbury committee report of 1779. But, Campbell estimated he transported half from the Kingdom - 543 per annum. The reason that Campbell could not find his copy of the report was probably that Justice Buller, who had borrowed it in 1782, had not returned it. Copies of the 1779 report had been distributed to all MPs by the committee producing it. And while Campbell mentioned a "large half" of prisoners from the Kingdom - there was another other lesser half from the country gaols. Nepean chose not to mention the country prisoners when he shortly gave evidence to Beauchamp's committee.


Lord Beauchamp's committee continued. ([5]) Nepean when he gave evidence deposed there were five classes of convict transportable. At the time, he said he was interested in a plan for sending convicts to the island Le Maine. This he felt was desirable since the African Company had refused to take any more convicts into their settlements. Two hundred could go to Le Maine in ships chartered from Anthony Calvert, not in a king's vessel, to Yanimaroo. Significantly, when asked if Britain had any territorial right to Lemaine, Nepean answered, not at the present, but we probably would have such right. It was owned "by some chief". (Bradley of course had bought the island, but he had not yet returned from his mission). If Nepean knew of Bradley's success in negotiating sovereignty over the island Le Maine, he did not mention it to the committee questioning him, which seems strange. More importantly, the committee pressed the sovereignty question. Possibly scornful of George Moore's spectacular failures with transportation, Beauchamp's committee seems to have had a sensible attitude to British sovereignty over any place convicts might be landed. It was this insistence on the part of the committee, (I believe), which led to the formulation of the doctrine applied to Australian territory (terra nullius).


Beauchamp's committee did ask Nepean about George Moore, and Nepean admitted the trouble with the Honduran logwood cutters. Nepean said he had also heard negative reports on possibilities at Nova Scotia, and he had heard of no plan to send convicts to Canada (a place which might have been thought ideal?) In general, Nepean was not wholly frank. (For example, an official, Thomas Cotton, was later reimbursed 457/10/6d for reimbursing Richard Bradley for the purchase of Le Maine. ([6])


Following up Nepean's keen interest in an African location, Beauchamp's committee then heard a debate on Africa in the round. John Barnes, an African merchant who had originally proposed sending convicts to Le Maine, was still for the plan. He had spoken with Lord Sydney about the matter - but Sydney himself was evasive when asked about this. Sydney only said that a few plans had been mooted in conversation. ([7]) Another supporter of the African plan was John Nevan, a captain in the African trade who knew the Gambia River. Thomas Nesbitt a trader in wax and ivory also promoted the African scheme.


As with the 1779 debate, where African plans were discussed, humanity finally won out. Against the African site were Sir George Young, who with John Call had been promoting settlement in the Pacific. John Call deposed he had been in Senegal and the Gambia in 1750; he was against sending convicts there. Sturt, MP, recalled being with naval sloops and 350 convicts sent to Cape Coast Castle in 1782, and he was against the new plan. Commodore Thompson felt sure the convicts would stir up the natives. Henry Smeathman from four years experience of Africa felt sure that any prisoners sent there would perish; not one in a hundred would survive the first six months. ([8])


Earlier, Beauchamp's committee had questioned magistrates, and asked about the gaols situation. Mr. Recorder of London, the first witness, said that after the late Act of 1784, the judges at the Old Bailey had adopted a new form of sentence for transportation, pursuant to the Act, leaving it to the king-in-council to declare a place for a convict landing. A few prisoners had been sentenced for Africa, and the government had sent 100 from Newgate (to Ceres hulk). The felons for Africa were from a special list, including some women. The number actually removed was 78, as some had died. At the last Old Bailey sessions only a month or two previous, five only were sentenced for Africa. All those intended for Africa were desperates or dangerous, though the Recorder had known of many originally for America who were now destined for Africa.


Mr. Recorder probably knew it; some of those convicts were on the hulk Dunkirk at Portsmouth, which by March 1786 was overseen by Henry Bradley, brother of Richard Bradley who had bought Le Maine. It is difficult not to see the Bradleys being given non-Thames hulks contracts as a payoff from Nepean for helping Nepean organise the African plan. ([9])


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The outspoken acting magistrate for Lancaster, T. B. Bailey, who had scathing opinions about politicians in many penal matters, said convicts were unable to be transported and therefore the law to him appeared to be defective. Bailey maintained nostalgia for the system of transportation to North America. He complained, the Law gave no power to magistrates to compel masters of ships to take prisoners. No captains of vessels were willing to undertake the service [by law they could not]. In a pointed reference to Campbell, he said that in the country, it was found that there were no persons, as there had been in London, who had ever made "a Trade of conveying Transports beyond the seas".


Bailey added that in his experience, since convicts could not be transported, there'd been an accumulation of prisoners in the country gaols and other prisons at great expense to county rates. Being closely ironed, these prisoners could not work. Since August 1784 the local magistrates in his area had appointed two of their number to contract for the transportation of prisoners. Bailey himself had sent the secretary of state for the Home Department (Nepean), an account of the prisoners available, asking where to send them, but had received no answer. The two local magistrates appointed could not exile prisoners for lack of a place. Hence he found the law defective. ([10]) Bailey's complaint of being ignored by Nepean could have been echoed loudly around the country. Nepean was strangely silent to Beauchamp's committee on the build-up of resentment in the counties about the failure to resume transportation. Perhaps Nepean's motive in failing to tell all was simple embarrassment?


Nepean had let drop some information on the former king's guardship now a hulk, Dunkirk. He informed she held 100 felons, 40 under their original sentences. The rest were convicts returned from transportation [on Moore's ships], except for ten capital respites. He said Ceres, Campbell's latest receiving ship, held 150, with room for 100 more for Africa. Further, he said as far as he knew, the hulks were all the places [the only places] there were regarded by the secretary of state as having been appointed for the reception of transports. The felons on Dunkirk were not sent down to labour, they were left idle, but the Thames hulks held both transports and those for hard labour.


Why Nepean when he spoke to the committee failed to mention the counties' problems with their transports remains unclear. There seems to have been a pressure of transportable numbers existing, or for the future, that he chose to deliberately ignore. He was downplaying certain figures. Perhaps government had decided NOT to resume transportation on a grand scale, and that only limited numbers of desperates would be sent out, perhaps to Africa? Others, such as Bailey's transports, might have been intended for hard labour, if the hulks could be proliferated? But Nepean did not want to reveal this?


At this time, for example, James Ruse, destined to be "Australia's first farmer", was still intended for Africa. He had been in the Wood St Compter, and Nepean does not seem to have mentioned to the committee any figures for that kind of metropolitan prison. There were other transports with Ruse there, before they were sent to Dunkirk. If Nepean was hiding something, possibly a plan to proliferate the hulks system "on any navigable river" and to scale down transportation, and made this public, he would probably have unleashed more protest than the African plan had already unleashed. And he meantime still suffered from the George Moore debacles. Lord Sydney was wont to complain that obstacles were put in the way of any plan unfolded Which was probably why he and Cabinet on 18 August, 1786, worked well away from the ears and eyes of parliament. They had simply gotten sick of the continual obstacles.


Oddly, as we have seen, Alderman Newnham - an apologist for transportation - put a Bill to Parliament to enable the Mayor and Commonalty of the citizens of London to pull down the gaols the Poultry and Wood St Compter and purchase some land to rebuild same. ([11]) ([12]) Strange possibilities in this domain may also have been on Nepean's mind. One possibility is that London interests [such as Newnham] were playing with the idea of deliberately being seen to be trying to reduce prisoner accommodation, in order to either embarrass the government, in order to focus extra attention on the number of transports there actually were. This seems to be only one of several tricks tried by London interests before cabinet made its decision in August 1786.


These "tricks from London" will have to be watched closely. But on the other hand, Nepean could with finding the African plan so unpopular, and the resumption to transportation so knotty a problem for lack of place, have been considering proliferating the hulks system, and this perhaps even as a prelude to building prisons along the lines suggested (in the still-ignored legislation of 1779) by either William Eden, or later by Jeremy Bentham. But Nepean could not afford to risk public protest by advertising such possibilities.


In public, Nepean was planning only for transportation to an African location. Part of that plan was the assurance of the use of shipping from Calvert and Co., who were at odds with the Africa Company about the plan anyway. Lord Sydney, who formulated the policy guiding Nepean, was betwixt and between on Africa, and he must have been embarrassed by Beauchamp's quite proper line, that transportation could only be to a place where Britain had suitable sovereignty. Nepean had also told the committee that representations had been made against the idea of sending felons to Nova Scotia. He thought there were possibilities of a timber-cutting operation at New Brunswick's north shore, or a naval stores guarded settlement at Cape Breton Island where there were few settlers.


In July, keeping up the pressure, London's Lord Mayor Richard Clark wrote to Nepean urging the usual "speedy resumption of transportation". (Clark, an attorney with literary interests, had been a friend of Dr Johnson). ([13])


And still glutton for punishment, George Moore resurfaced. He wanted to send convicts to Honduras. In his final unhappy Memorial to treasury, Moore said that in 1782 and 1783, he had made a contact to shift 143, and then 179 convicts, men and women, but mutiny had occurred. Moore had suffered losses of 4500. Yet in September 1785 Moore had contracted to shift another 29 convicts, to Honduras, with some indentured Negroes and other servants to be employed in felling logwood and other labor. He complained, his agents had been obstructed by the settlers at Honduras, who claimed the convicts had not been ordered there expressly, and Moore had wanted from Lord Sydney some written orders directed to the superintendent at Honduras, had been assured verbally by Nepean that no obstruction to the convicts being landed. So Moore had hired a vessel and they had arrived in December 1785. Lord Sydney had written to Colonel Despard the superintendent of Honduras who was at Jamaica, the convicts had been put back on the ship again, forcibly. Trade to Honduras being monopolised by a few persons, one Mr. White their agent had a letter of 19 August, 1785, and Mr. White said he had spoken with Lord Sydney.


In all, Moore had been conned, as Lord Sydney backed Mr. White, and the owner of the vessel since it had been detained had billed Moore for 745/18/4d, for demurrage and incidentals. Moore said it was all more than he could bear to pay, and claimed contradictory orders. He wanted the 745 plus another 841/13/7d which he had otherwise spent. ([14]) Moore had later wanted from Lord Sydney some written orders directed to the superintendent at Honduras, as he had been assured verbally by Nepean that no obstruction to the convicts being landed would exist. (About August 1785, as Olson writes, more former American merchants were foundering, and more sinkings were expected. it was claimed there were daily bankruptcies). ([15])


Were there any London interests with a motive to block Moore's efforts? After all, Moore's initial efforts had been blocked in part by Matthew Ridley. Britain had been cutting logwood in Honduras since before 1762, and was keen to retain that right, as it had been in peace negotiations at the end of Seven Years War. ([16]) Lloyd's Register for 1768 informs: In "140" Townshend Capt Fra Hall Built River in 1740, Capt. Calvert for Lo Honduras. One George Abell (sic) also sent out a ship to an unknown destination in 1768. In 1790, according to Board of Trade records, on 15 March, 1790 was considered a letter from Mr. George Dyer about the interests of merchants trading to the Bay of Honduras, engaged in the mahogany trade. The board decided to see these men, who were George Dyer, James Allen, George Abel, James Potts, John Inglis, all for W. W. Grenville's attention. ([17])


It is more than peculiar that the names Calvert and Abel should surface in respect of trade to and from Honduras, since in 1785-1786 the only merchants in London willing to transport convicts were Calvert's firm, and a firm linked with alderman Macaulay, who had once worked in George Abel's counting house. Could it have been that joint action by Calvert and Abel-Macaulay was deliberately blocking Moore's efforts? Moore was the first of several men to complain that somehow, certain parties were trying to monopolise any new business in transporting convicts.


In September, 1785 more convicts were transported by George Moore on Fair American. ([18]) But the settlers there once again drove the ship off. Britain and Spain re-negotiated over Honduras in July 1786, mahogany was becoming more important than logwood, Britain agreed to evacuate the Mosquito Shore, Honduras had no room for a penal colony. Moore anyway had hired a vessel and his convicts had arrived in December 1785. Sydney had written to Col. Despard the Honduras superintendent residing at Jamaica, as Moore asked. But Moore's convicts had been put back on their ship again, forcibly. Later, Moore complained that trade to Honduras was being monopolised by a few persons, one Mr. White their agent had a letter of 19 August, 1785. This Mr. White said he had spoken with Lord Sydney, Moore had in effect been conned, as Lord Sydney backed Mr. White, and the owner of the vessel since it had been detained had billed Moore for 745/18/4d, for demurrage and incidentals, more than Moore can bear to pay, claimed contradictory orders, and so Moore wanted the 745 plus another 841/13/7d which he had otherwise spent.


Note: On 1 August, 1785, the French explorer La Perouse sailed from Brest for the Pacific. ([19])


Meanwhile, as a tactic to increase the political pressures stemming from the numbers of untransported transports, a reduction in the number of prisoners being made available by the courts for hard labour would have caused further consternation. Duncan Campbell noticed just such a reduction in early 1786. It can be concluded that, even more obsessed with getting rid of convicts than the government, London interests had decided to tip the political balance. London forced the issue, and made government choose a place of last resort - which happened to be Australia. Maybe a London business overview is required at this point as part support for this new theory? Who might have been involved?


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As hulks overseer, Duncan Campbell would probably have been privy to any secret intention of government to proliferate the hulks system. After all, there were only a limited number of desperates who would be offered up to dread Africa. Campbell should have been expecting a normal number of prisoners for hard labour to come his way. The opposite happened. For the last quarter of 1785, the number of hard labour men dried up. Presumably more were being sentenced for transportation. And if so, this could only have been achieved by collusion amongst the London-based magistrates. While, provincial legal functionaries such as T. B. Bailey at Lancaster had no satisfaction with where to put their transports!


The Beauchamp committee gave its second report on 28 July, 1785. On the grounds of humanity, and conceivably as a delaying tactic as well, they urged the locations they had discussed be ignored. On 22 August was ordered up the sloop Nautilus to search an alternative site. Public feeling on transportation had risen, Lord Beauchamp's committee had killed the Gambian plan, but had examined how to implement the 1784 legislation on transportation and despatched Nautilus to examine the suitability of Das Voltas.


Political pressure was still to build. On 12 July, 1785, ([20]) Joseph Loxdale at the Shrewsbury General Quarter Sessions was ordered by the Clerk of the Peace to write to Lord Sydney to implore his Lordship's assistance in getting the sentences to transportation carried out. He gave prisoners' names, ages, sentences, and referred to fear in the county of the spread of gaol fever. There was no hospital accommodation for the prisoners. Once again, government was being informed about the crowded country gaols, the topic which Nepean had downplayed to Beauchamp's committee. It appeared, the counties risked a major health threat.


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Campbell's preoccupations with land in Kent:


During 1785, Campbell was increasingly preoccupied with land. On 28 May, 1785 he wrote to Nathaniel Kent of Fulham, thanking him for the maps of Kingsdown. Campbell was talking with Mr. Taylor about the lease for the Lower Knotts Farms, which commenced in 1771, but he thought the building on Knotts Farm had been let tumble down. ([21]) On 1 June, 1785 he wrote to Peter Campbell, Jamaica, about sugar for London on the ship Mt. Pleasant. Peter had been helping care for Campbell's sons, Colin had sailed to Newfoundland, William Bligh was on Lynx. Campbell predicted Mrs. Newall would be a sufferer by William Dickson. ([22]) Campbell on 28 June, 1785 wrote to Arthur Shakespeare (the associate of his old enemy, Currie), about Shakespeare's brother's bond. It was rare for Campbell to ask to borrow money, but he needed money for his Kent purchase and wanted to borrow 1000 for two months, compts to Mr Shakespeare. ([23]) He must have got the money, since in a day or two he wrote to William Hamilton, Tues 12 o'clock. Hamilton was evidently helping Campbell with the Kingsdown business... a message was, "Mr Dunn, to meet at 1pm". ([24])


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`I fear Mr Adams demands are not the most moderate':


Late in the summer of 1785, William Bligh took command of Campbell's "fine new ship" for Jamaica, Britannia. And by August, 1785, the (London) Standing Committee of West India Merchants and Planters had decided to renew their efforts to introduce the breadfruit into their islands...


Weate and Graham indicate that between June 1783 and August 1787, "Bligh plied the seas between the West Indies and England on Campbell's ships, carrying cargoes of sugar and hogsheads of rum. ([25]) In this time, there was a brief period when he was "stationed" in Jamaica, acting as Campbell's agent at the Port of Lucea. Judging by Bligh's correspondence with Campbell, he was extremely conscientious, and anxious to repay Campbell's favours by offering good service." Weate and Graham indicate that Duncan's son, John, felt it was a privilege to serve under Bligh. More likely, Bligh had orders from Duncan to train John in the sea, by employer's right. They also indicate, "Bligh's connections with the West Indies trade helped him to secure the Bounty appointment." This should be translated as meaning, Campbell's connections helped Bligh obtain the appointment.


Glynn Christian writes differently: "Duncan Campbell was an influential and rich man, a merchant trader and a plantation owner in the West Indies as well as the proprietor of convict hulks. He was also involved in the slave trade." .... "Bligh was extremely grateful for the interest shown in him by Campbell, who was to become a regular correspondent, adviser and mentor." ([26]) And so, Bligh in succession commanded Campbell's ships Lynx, Cambrian and Britannia. [An incorrect sequence]. Glynn Christian comments, [Bligh's] "letters to Campbell are a constant apology for bad business and lack of contacts, complaints about the weather and a retailing of misfortunes, as well as the usual affirmations of friendship and duty and a listing of compliments that had to be given; even in the context of eighteenth-century correspondence which is verbose and emotional, the letters of Bligh always seem to slop over the boundaries of taste, convention and the manner of the period and into a stagnant pool of self-pity and unctuousness". [This assessment is correct].


Christian feels Fletcher Christian first sailed with Bligh on Britannia, Bligh's third voyage for Campbell to Jamaica. Further, Christian says that before Bounty, Bligh and Christian had previously sailed together for only 9-10 months. On Britannia, Bligh and Christian remained friends, Bligh teaching Christian navigation and other relevant arts, Christian, ten years younger, found Bligh overly passionate but otherwise bearable. If the two were indeed friends on Britannia, they seem to have fallen out on Bounty partly due to differences in shipboard discipline aboard naval versus mercantile vessels. Bligh preferred the authoritarianism of naval vessels, and he never claimed to have been a successful commercial captain.


Sailing with Bligh and Christian on Britannia were the demoted Capt. Ross, as mate; the later sailmaker on Bounty, Lawrence Lebogue, and one Edward Lamb, who provided many quotes still retailed in books on Bligh. On Bligh's appointment to Bounty, Glynn Christian writes, "Thanks to Duncan Campbell, Bligh had a patron of status and substance at last." Well and good, except that no writer on Bligh has ever indicated how Campbell exerted influence on Bligh's behalf. The proposition that Campbell helped Bligh has merely been asserted, and uncritically reiterated. The problem began with Mackaness' writings on Bligh published by 1931; Mackaness, who at the time had Campbell's letterbooks in his possession and never quite managed to work out what had happened. ([27])


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The notion of a voyage to Tahiti in the Pacific for the procurement of the breadfruit tree and its transplantation in Jamaica and other West Indian islands had two fertilizations. One was the scientific curiosity expressed by Capt. James Cook, "militant geography" as Joseph Conrad once called it. It was thought that Cook's scientific curiosity, aligned with Joseph Banks' brilliance, might have found for Britain a possibly useful foodstuff plant. The second impulse was strictly economic. The breadfruit could be a source of cheap food for the slaves of British West India. If so, the West Indies would be less dependent on ships from North America, and more profitable. The economic pressure referred to here had become greatest during the American Revolution. The idea had first risen not long after Cook's death in Hawaii.


Valentine Morris had been staying at Berkely Street in London... captain-general of British West India, the owner of considerable property there, and "a keen gardener". Morris on 17 April, 1772 wrote to Joseph Banks from Berkely Street, London, just as he was about to proceed back from to the West Indies. Morris noted the lack of food suffered in the West Indies and asked Banks if the breadfruit could be successfully transplanted in the West Indies? He said, with the trials experienced in the Caribbean, the fruit would prove a great blessing. But the time was too early. Nothing came of it. Banks hived off to Iceland for further scientific research. The idea kept a currency however among botanical men, including Hinton East, receiver-general of Jamaica during the period when a distant relative of Duncan Campbell, Major-General Archibald Campbell, was governor of Jamaica. East died in 1792, never to see breadfruit transplanted in his own gardens.


As early as 1777, The Royal Society in London offered a gold medal as a prize to anyone succeeding in transplanting the fruit to the West Indies. The offer proved an insufficient incentive. There were no takers and matters lapsed again, although a standing committee of West India merchants resolved to supplement the offer of the medal. They met on 18 February, 1777, at the London Tavern, and decided to enter into subscription for "obtaining the different species of breadfruit tree". ([28]) They had no taker until May 1787, the month the First Fleet left for Australia, and that taker was Campbell.


Bligh's biographers have tended implicitly to regard Campbell as an "influential" member of the West India Merchants and Planters' committee, but there is nothing in Campbell's Letterbooks to support such a contention. Nor does any information in the minute books of the meetings of the West Indian men refer to Campbell's involvement or influence. As a West India merchant, Campbell maintained a low profile and he did not participate in the political lobbying the West Indians constantly engaged in. The reason is that he was probably too busy with other lobbying, as with his activities with the British Creditors. It seems best, now, to view Campbell as familiar with all problems the West India men experienced, and with the men themselves. Some of them, Innes in particular, were members of the Blackheath Golf Club. It seems then that Campbell's forming a link between West India merchants and planters, Sir Joseph Banks, and Bligh, was partly accomplished on a golf course, and otherwise through official channels historians have not yet identified. Otherwise, it is quite correct to say that Campbell as a West India merchant did indeed promote Bligh. It should also be said, that after 1783, Campbell as a British merchant deeply involved in attempts to recover American debts would have resented any American attempts to continue to supply the West Indies, as had been the commercial case before 1776, when British merchants had maintained control over that supply line. And for example, West India merchants Campbell and Briscoe met socially at an entertainment at the London Tavern for Lord Rockingham, only days before Rockingham's death.


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On 10 August, 1785, Campbell informed James Ritchie of Glasgow that he (Campbell) had just seen Fraser, Lord Mayor of London, on matters of interest to the British Creditors, plus Nepean, and mentioned a mutual friend, Mr. [Patrick?] Colquhuon. ([29]) (Among the committee and merchants affected were Thomas Ritchie... By the 15th, some urgent business for these merchants had arisen, and Campbell wrote to Ritchie, "I fear Mr Adams demands are not the most moderate". He meant John Adams, the American politician. The next general meeting of the British Creditors under Campbell's chairmanship was on 19 October, 1785, but all Campbell could discover was that administration was "sympathetic" to their cause. (Shelburne being the most sympathetic, it seems). Incidentally, the annual dinner of the Blackheath Golf Club in 1792 was 11 August, but it is not known if the date was set every year. ([30]) If the date prevailed in 1785, Campbell may well have regaled fellow diners about Mr. Adams' demands? Campbell was then expressing interest in the recovery of his American debts. Despite earlier having had some offers of assistance with debt recovery from some former American associates, he had bided his time for political reasons. Now he and his committee of Creditors began to move.


NB: In September 1785, the firm Etches - linked to the King George Sound Company - sent out two ships passing Hawaii for the north west coast of America. Two more ships were sent out in 1786. ([31])


The American politician, John Adams, when in London in 1785, ([32]) and attempting to market American whale oil, had remarked to Pitt, "We are all surprised, Mr Pitt, that you prefer darkness and consequent robberies, burglaries and murders in the streets to the receiving, as a remittance, our sperm oil." Refusing to take a bait, or to appear resentful, Pitt replied that Britain expected to be expanding its own fishery and therefore expected also to become self-sufficient in whale products. At that time, it was common for Europeans to comment about Britain's lack of a domestic police force and remark about the crime rate. If Pitt felt any qualms about Adams' reference to Britain's lawlessness amid darkened streets, with the association implication of a problem with "the state of crime", and any resulting glutting of the prisons with transportable convicts, he evidently did not betray them. The correctness of Adams' information on London's crime rate has been indicated by recent research by the New Zealand historian, David Mackay. ([33])


Meanwhile, Sir Joseph Banks was aware by September 1785 that a botanic gardens at St. Vincent had finally been established, begun as a project by Robert Melville, ([34]) the inventor in the 1760s of the carronade gun. Banks of course was keen to see a breadfruit voyage go ahead. Provocative is the interest of a Jamaican figure, Hinton East, with whom Duncan Campbell had legal and financial business dealings, a mortgage of about 10,000, in October 1776. Botanically speaking, East's garden was well-regarded in Jamaica and Banks was aware of this. The garden was to have breadfruit planted in it. In London over August, 1786, East visited Banks and discussed a breadfruit project. ([35])


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Convicts at Cumberland Fort, Portsmouth:


Since any plans to resume transportation had been delayed, Lord Sydney on 14 September, 1785, ordered Campbell to visit Portsmouth to assess how convicts could be set to work on Cumberland Fort (an idea more in harmony with Eden's original ideas of 1772). This did mean a proliferation of the hulks system. Campbell examined Firm, which shortly had convicts aboard on a temporary basis; and also Fortunee, which was to be fitted up by the Navy and then moored in Langston Harbour. On Fortunee, Campbell installed as his deputy one of his Jamaica captains, James Hill, who had been out to Jamaica as recently as November 1784 with his son, John. ([36]) James Hill was at least the third of his own commercial captains Campbell had placed in charge of hulks, and Campbell was fond enough to Hill to praise him to Nepean. And to warn Hill of the likely ill effect that cold weather on the hulks would have on his health.


Moore had made another convict contract to send 29 convicts and some indentured servants on Fair American, for British Honduras. Nepean on 15 September, 1785, asked Lt.-Col. Despard, the supervisor of the area (who in his turn wrote to the settlers), to ask the settlers to help alleviate... "The number of Convicts with which the jails all over England at present, swam, is a real distress to the Government; and it is surely the duty of every subject to contribute his share in alleviating the burthens of the State..." His words must have rang exceptionally hollow. Fair American had problems of course, and on 30 January, 1786 she was still unloaded at British Honduras, so in March 1786 the captain was trying to land felons at the Mosquito Shore, and Moore was facing legal and financial trouble with the vessel's owners. ([37])


So, condemning itself to inertia, the government was forced to wait for the arrival home of Nautilus with her report on Das Voltas. The politics about breaking the deadlock on the resumption of transportation became a waiting game. ([38]) (In early 1786, three paupers died in the Poultry Compter "for want of the common necessities of life".) The deadlock was broken by the Londoners, who used the Middlesex magistrates, not unknown for their corruption, to create a pool of transportable prisoners large enough to continue to keep the government in a continual state of embarrassment. Whilst government at least appeared to be proliferating the hulks system, these secret movers were also ensuring that if government did proliferate the hulks and use more convicts on public works, the labour supply of transports at hard labour in lieu would be an unreliable labour source - for as soon as transportation was resumed, they would be gone out of the country. From October 1785, far fewer convicts were sentenced to hard labour. More were sentenced to transportation. And for the icing on this embarrassing political cake, Aldermen Newnham and Watson jointly suggested in a Bill that two existing prisons used to house transports be pulled down!


(In October 1785, a request for a location to put convicts was made also to the Dutch, "whose terms proved to be unacceptable". ([39]) What is surprising here is the Dutch would have even countenanced the idea, but the Dutch negotiator, de Lynden, concluded he had been strung along by the British! The British felt such a use of convicts might erode their right to search for British seamen on Dutch ships.)


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Duncan Campbell and the Blackheath Connection:


Where it has long been believed that Britain's acquisition of Australian territory had had some connection to her loss of the American colonies, it seems no accident that at Blackheath there was concentrated an interest in convict transportation in the personal domain of Earl Dartmouth, an official who had "helped lose the American colonies". It also seems no accident that at Blackheath was concentrated a group of merchants resentful at their own losses by the Revolution.


Campbell was now acquiring more land about Blackheath and deeper into Kent. Whilst Nautilus was away, Campbell had respite from duties of delivering convicts which would have arisen if transportation had been resumed. He went more often into the country. He had purchased land in the parish of Kingsdowne, Kent, from the estate of William Coke of Norfolk, later Lord Leicester, a man who happily spent his life discovering ways to improve agricultural science and agriculture. ([40]) (After 1770, it has been calculated, about one third of English estates changed hands, representing a broad demographic change.) ([41]) Campbell now moved in increasingly elevated circles. A note in Edward Hasted's 1797 book on Kent mentions the Earl of Leicester, who died in 1759 leaving his lady the Manor of Kingsdowne, Hever, and the moieties of Chipstead and Maplescombe. Campbell bought these properties and rights. Various estates in Kent had been left to William Coke, who died in 1784 (presumably having earlier sold to Campbell). Burke's Peerage indicates that the family of the former owners of such land south of Blackheath were related to the Dukes of Argyll. Edward Viscount Coke in 1747 had married Mary Campbell (d. 30 September, 1811), co-heir of John Duke of Argyll and Greenwich. Possibly, that duke had assisted Duncan's brother Neil become an ordnance clerk at the Warren in 1775. Campbell probably gained some very usefully-worked land as well as some wilder places. ([42])


One site was Brandshatch, the present site of the noted motor raceway. ([43]) The number of visits Campbell began making to Blackheath and deeper into Kent indicated he enjoyed the country immensely, and he now had the time to enjoy it. One of Campbell's estates at Blackheath, Kent was long later inherited by Mrs. Newell. Eventually that estate was sold by Frederick, a son of William Newell, a barrister to Lord St. Leonard. ([44]) With some rights over a property at Wilmington, due to his marriage to Mary Mumford, and already owner of the encumbered Jamaican plantation, Saltspring, Campbell had become land hungry. He especially wanted to provide for his younger sons. Some of his final acquisitions included lands, freeholds farms and tenements, variously, Brandshatch, Maplescombe, Little Maplescombe, Easthill, Knotts farm, and Brands tenement. There were also quit rents, the manse or lordship of Kingsdowne, and manorial rights. In 1784 Campbell was living sometimes at Blackheath. In August 1789 he was moving residence from Blackheath to Wilmington, In 1797 he lived at Shere Hall, Mount Pleasant, Wilmington.


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Shortly after contacting Ritchie, Campbell went into the country for a few days. In a letter to William Hamilton he mentioned his Kingsdown business, and thereafter was often just back from the country, or stepping into his carriage to go out, where he found he enjoyed the company of the country gentry, and even a little shooting with them. Before 15 August, however, Campbell cut short his stay out in the country to urgently return to London for business with the British creditors. Though it is impossible to say just what exercised him, he wrote the following to James Ritchie:


Campbell Letter 137:

London 18 Augt 1785

James Ritchie Esq.

My being in the Country for a few days prevented me from the Honour of receiving your letter of the 10th August till yesterday. Our mutual friend Mr Colquhuon who so materially assisted in the application to Administration in behalf of the British Creditors did as I depended he would, communicate to you what passed in the interview with the two Secretaries State ..... ..... I have had several conversations with Mr Fraser and Mr Nepean on the subject & particularly this day; all I can learn is that Administration has our interest much at heart & that our Memorial amongst other important American matters has not & will not escape the attention of Administration. I fear Mr Adams demands are not the most moderate ...... ([45])


The next general meeting of the committee of the Creditors was held on 19 October, but all their chairman Campbell could tell them was that administration had their interests at heart. ([46])


Campbell continued happy to perform favours in London for his brother-in-law, Richard Betham...


Campbell Letter 138:

London 11 Oct 1785

Richard Betham Esq

Isle of Man

Having been down in Kent on a Shooting Party I did not receive or could answer your letter of the 10 Sept: in regular course of post. This day I called upon my friend Mr Pownal one of the Commissrs of the Customs House and read to him the paragraph of your letter stating that you had written to the Board 19 Augt - Requesting their directions for the removal and Sale of the seizure you had made. He told me your letter was recd but that the Board would not interfere nor had they on former occasions interfered with any Seizure made in the Isle of Man. .... Bligh and his Wife are Well he will sail in three weeks. .... Compts to you and Miss Betham My Sons Dugald and Jack will sail for Jamaica beginning next month. Bligh will go in company with them ([47])


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'The gaols are in so crowded a state':


"Commerce is the hobby-horse of Europe to which everything is sacrificed". ([48])


While, by about 16 November, 1785, Newgate had become so overcrowded that the Secretary of State had to move 300 new inmates to a new hulk on the south coast, a further proliferation. Sydney wrote to the Lords at the Admiralty about the hulk Fortunee at Langston Harbour, Portsmouth, and about convicts performing ordnance work. ([49]) Work was also to be found for the 200 healthy convicts on Dunkirk at Plymouth. Sydney told Treasury that the "Gaols are so in crowded a State that it is absolutely necessary for the Public Safety that this measure should be carried into Execution". And so Richard Bradley got back from Lemaine only to find the Lemaine plan had been scotched, that government enthusiasm was now for Das Voltas. ([50])


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In December 1785, the Lords of the Committee of the Privy Council for Trade and Plantations were to answer a question from His Majesty in Council on encouragement proper for the Southern Whale Fishery. They then sought information on the steps being taken in the same matter by the French government. ([51]) These moves of course followed Pitt's earlier conversations with the American John Adams, who wished to sell American whale oil to Britain. ([52]) ([53]).


By 2 December, 1785, the hulks were "quite full", wrote James Boyick to the Gaoler at Shrewsbury. Oldham records about now, 200 convicts were taken from Newgate to the hulk Firm. ([54])


'Destitute in all comforts of life':


Matters related to the "problem of the overcrowded gaols" are recorded in papers of the Corporation of the City of London ([55]) now held at the Greater London Record Office. These are in collections known as Rep(s), which are paginated, numbered, and usually dated. ([56]) These "Reps", and undated indices to them, illustrate much of the background to what was widely perceived as "a problem of overcrowded gaols". The dangers real and imagined, or feared, that this problem posed for the health of prisoners and officials alike can hardly be overstressed. The CLRO "Reps" - the records on aldermen's meetings and matters relating - are separately and extensively indexed by subject category. The indexes form a separate and often illuminating set of concentrated, subsidiary information revealing how aldermen's affairs were linked to matters of prisoner management. ([57])


(The form of citation - Corporation Of City Of London Archives. Index to Corporation Records c. 1786. Index to Repertories. Copy, Corp City London, Guildhall Building, London. Rep. 190, 1785-1786. Rep 191, 1786-1787. Notes in blue London jnl. [Form of citation: CLRO for Corp London Record Office. Rep no, page no].


Rep 190, p. 23, Aldermen Sanderson, Skinner, Brook Watson, and William Curtis re Destitution 26 Oct., 1785, to Dec 1785, of victuals to poor prisoners in the Borough Compter, actually distributed July 1785 to 21 September, 1785, ([58])


Rep 190: 6 December, 1785, 14 Prisoners Petition of the Borough Compter Prison - confined in 13 feet square, At night, 14 feet by 15 feet, promiscuous, men and women debtors and felons, - starving, destitute in all comforts of life, no fire, no bed, and would have perished but for the humanity of the keeper, 14 prisoners listed. response: consideration of this was postponed. ([59])


Rep 190, 6 December, 1785, Petition from Debtors in HM Poultry Compter, 51 prisoners, same date, similar petition, for more bread, from Debtors in Wood Street Compter debtors in Newgate. ([60])


Meanwhile... 1785 Act 25 Geo III c.46 allowed Scottish criminals to become liable for transportation to places appointed by the King-in-Council. ([61]) Thus the Scottish system of transportation was combined with the English before the First Fleet sailed. The Irish system was later amalgamated in practice with the English, but Irish prisoners were always taken by English captains. The drawing of the relevant [Irish] bonds and contracts was not done by Shelton - it is unknown who performed it. ([62]) Oldham says, "In this respect the two transportations remained distinct". ([63]) As we find from Shelton's Contracts, Shelton always noted Scots prisoners separately, and that he always had to write to Scotland for the requisite documentation before transporting a Scots prisoner.


nd Rep 190, Index: Solicitor Bills, 165 347, Paid etc. To defend Wm Shelton Clerk of Arraign against an action brought by Clerk of the Peace for Middlesex. (Ought this be Thomas Shelton, who was Clerk of Arraign from December 1786?)


Sheriffs to provide Bibles for the prisoners. Stibbs [Stubbs?] paid to repair ventilation.: Keeper of [Newgate] Paid Bill for subsistence money &c for a poor transport by order of Samuel Turner, late Lord Mayor: Petition of Keeper [Newgate] read and 14/10d allowed him for every London prisoner sentenced to hard labour instead of transportation agreeable to the Act of Parlt 16 Geo 3rd: Ald Gill reimbursed money advanced to the guard at [Newgate],: Recorder desired to make a representation to his Majesty of the number of felons in [Newgate]: Sheriffs desired to wait on Secretary of State to request that the convicts assigned for transportation for Africa and Botany Bay may be removed from [Newgate] to some other place of confinement: Committee appointed to examine [Newgate] Keeper's Accounts of fees for transports Felons &c - [riotous behaviour of the convicts noted also]. [Newgate] Major Clarke's Bill paid for Guard of Militia for escorting convicts on board the Hulks at Woolwich; Akerman, Keeper of [Newgate], Bill of Fees and Expenses for Felons and others convicted at the Sessions and ordered for transportation Kirby, Late Keeper of Giltspur Street Compter admitted Keeper of [Newgate, since Akerman was deceased by 1789]. ([64])


Some time after December 1785, Payments were distributed to aldermen Sanderson, Skinner, Brook Watson, and William Curtis for victuals given to poor prisoners in the Borough Compter, food actually distributed between July 1785 to 21 September, 1785. The slowness of payments for such services may have contributed to some frustration. ([65]) More to the point, aldermen were obliged to follow all-too-much information on prisoner's progress.

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[1] Robert Barclay, whaling investor, (1751-1830) of Bury Hill, Surrey, with East India Company interests. (Son of Alexander Barclay and Anne Hickman. Married, Rachel Gurney. (Price, `Different Kind). Robert Barclay was a tobacco trader with Buchanans, and may have been a factor in America. Other sources indicate he was a friend of the American whaler Rotch (were they both Quakers?), and in 1785 was a member of the East India Company Interest group. He was father of Charles Barclay (1780-1855), MP, and one daughter married into the banker family, Hoares. Burke's Landed Gentry for Barclay formerly of Mathers/Urie; Barclay of Bury Hill; Barclay of Higham; Chapman formerly of Whitby; Hanbury of Drumstinchall; Hill formerly Hanbury of Holdfield Grange. Variously, in R. S. Sayers, Lloyds Bank in the History of English Banking. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1957.

[2] Stackpole, Rivalry, p. 39; Harlow, Founding of Second British Empire, p. 296.

[3] 29 July, 1785: Campbell to Nepean, 29 July, 1785. Shaw, Convicts and the Colonies, pp. 47ff. Lord Mayor to My Lord, 8 July, 1785. HO 42/7. O'Brien, Foundation, p. 97. The apologist for transportation, Ald. Newnham, was an unsuccessful candidate for the Lord Mayoralty on account of his Whiggism.

[4] Campbell Letter 136: Duncan Campbell Letterbooks: Transcript from ML A3229, p. 58. Few of Campbell's letters to Evan Nepean which are extant in archives are in Campbell's Letterbooks. This one is recorded in HRNSW. On 28 July had been made the second report of Lord Beauchamp's Committee which had been set up after March 1785 when the House of Commons had been informed of the plans to send felons to Africa.

[5] House of Commons Journal, Vol. 40, pp. 954ff.

[6] House of Commons Journal, Vol. 43, p. 411. O'Brien, Foundation, p. 121 and Oldham, Britain's Convicts, p. 228, Notes 496-497.

[7] O'Brien, Foundation, p. 121. George Moore, (quoted in Oldham, p. 251 of his original thesis), had spoken of the secretary of state's "duplicity".

[8] Henry Smeathman is noticed in Dawson, The Banks Letters, as a botanical collector. He is also noticed in David Hancock, Citizens of the World: London Merchants and the British Atlantic Community, 1735-1785. New York, Cambridge University Press, 1995., p. 1. Smeathman as a Swedish botanist in 1773 arrived at Bance Island, on the Sierra Leone River, a slave depot operated by six London merchants and frequented by merchants from Europe and America. Here, golf was played, and Hancock notes, golf was then played on only two courses in Britain (St Andrews, Scotland, and Blackheath, London). Perhaps, Blackheath and/or its golf club as discussed in this book were more a more vigorous centre for men interested in slaving business than has been guessed?

[9] Atkinson, `Convict Republic', variously.

[10] House of Commons Journal, Vol. 40, pp. 954ff.

[11] House of Commons Journal, Vol. 40, pp. 960-1019.

[12] House of Commons Journal, T. B. Bailey to Lord Sydney, 1 Jan., 1785. HO 42/6 f.2. I am grateful to Mollie Gillen for noticing this citation on Bailey.

[13] Valerie Hope, Lord Mayor, p. 130.

[14] HO 42/9, annotated July 13, 1786.

[15] Olson, Making the Empire Work, p. 183.

[16] Watson, Geo III, p. 86.

[17] Board of Trade: George Abel here was probably the former partner of George Macaulay.


[18] Gillen, `Botany Bay Decision', p. 748. Martin, `Alternatives To Botany Bay', in Founding, p. 158; Martin cites J. A. Burdon, (Ed.), Archives of British Honduras. (Three Vols., London, 1931) Vol. I, pp. 149-153, p. 159.

[19] Carter, Banks, pp. 222ff.

[20] Cobley, Crimes of the First Fleet Convicts, pp. 30-36.

[21] Duncan Campbell Letterbooks, Vol. 5, 28 May, 1785, ML A3229.

[22] Duncan Campbell Letterbooks, Vol. 5, p. 44, ML A3229.

[23] Duncan Campbell Letterbooks, Vol. 5, p. 51, ML A3229.

[24] Duncan Campbell Letterbooks, Vol. 5, p. 55, ML A3229.

[25] Phillip Weate and Caroline Graham, Captain William Bligh: An Illustrated History. Sydney, Hamlyn, 1972.

[26] Glynn Christian, Fragile Paradise, pp. 50-51.

[27] Glynn Christian, Fragile Paradise, pp. 60ff. Phillip Weate and Caroline Graham, Captain William Bligh: An Illustrated History. Sydney, Hamlyn, 1972., pp. 34ff. Also, William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. VIII, 1899-1900., pp. 122ff, p. 272, part 1, pp. 70ff, indicating that in Virginia, members of the Christian Family from the Isle of Man had moved there, the same family from whom Fletcher was descended, with links to the House of Keys, and Milntown.

[28] C. Knight, `HM Armed Vessel "Bounty"`, The Mariner's Mirror, Vol. 22, No. 2, April 1936., pp. 183-199.

[29] Probably Patrick Colquhuon, the former Glasgow convict contractor and tobacco merchant linked to Alexander Speirs, who after 1792 was a London magistrate at Worship Street, London, author of A Treatise on the Police of the Metropolis by Patrick Colquhuon, LLD. London, 1805. As an observer of criminals, Colquhuon never held any brief for a convict colony at NSW. Some information on Colquhuon is contained in John Howard's 1777 State of the Prisons.

[30] Hughes, Chronicle of Blackheath Golfers, p. 5.

[31] Steven, Trade, Tactics and Territory, p. 43.

[32] Dan Byrnes, `Outlooks for the English South Whale Fishery 1782-1800, and the "great Botany Bay debate"', The Great Circle, October, 1988. Vol. 10. No. 2., p. 88, and Note 77.

[33] Mackay, Exile, Ch 2; pp. 13ff. Crime always provides reasons to publish another book. Consider this quote: "At the present time there is more stealing than ever before, more destruction of both public and private property, and more importantly, perhaps, a large increase in crimes of violence against the person." This could have been written in 1786 - it was written in 1965, "the swinging Sixties, in the Beatles era"; Howard Jones, Crime in a Changing Society. Pelican, 1965., Introduction, p. 7. In 1993, it was reported in the British press that the Home Office was negotiating with a Liverpool-based shipping group, Bibby Line, about the use of prison barges "cheaper than a large permanent building"; See The Independent on Sunday, 23 May, 1993; and the later chapters of Charles Campbell, The Intolerable Hulks.

[34] Dawson, The Banks Letters, variously. East: Christian, Fragile Paradise, pp. 53ff. Melville is referred to in Alan Valentine, The British Establishment, 1760-1784. 2 Vols. University of Oklahoma Press, 1967., Vol. 2, p. 595.

[35] Kennedy, Bligh, p. 15.

[36] Campbell to James Hill, and Duncan's son on the ship, John, 15 November, 1784, both addressed as "Capt": John was to take a copy of a letter to Dugald by Hill. Hill was to give a letter to Kerr at Hanover Parish. To Hill: "I beseech you to tender my Young Captain [John] every service in your power".

[37] Gillen, `Botany Bay Decision', p. 748.

[38] Gillen, `His Majesty's Mercy', p. 48.

[39] Frost, Convicts and Empire, pp. 31-33; Oldham, Britain's Convicts, p. 112. The Dutch: Gillen, `Botany Bay Decision, p. 754, Notes 5-7, citing HO 42/5 fo. 382.

[40] Coke: English DNB, Vol. 11. Thomas William Coke of Holkham, Earl of Leicester 1752-1842. R. A. C. Parker, `Coke of Norfolk and the Agrarian Revolution', in Economic History Review, Series 2, viii (1955-1956)., pp. 156-166. See also, Watson, Geo III, p. 33. Thomas William Coke, the popular and well-known MP for Norfolk, born 6 May, 1754, was created First Earl of Leicester on 12 August, 1837.

[41] Colley, Britons, p. 157.

[42] These real estate matters will be further discussed in respect of Campbell's will of 1803.

[43] Inquiries some years ago by Mollie Gillen and recently by the present author ascertained that the directors of the Brandshatch motor raceway professed their unawareness the land had ever been a farm, and they knew nothing of its previous history or owners.

[44] Notes of WDC.

[45] Campbell Letter No. 137: Duncan Campbell Letterbooks: Transcript from ML A3229, p. 60. James Ritchie, at Glasgow; Fraser was probably Fraser, Lord Mayor of London in 1784. Colquhuon was either William, a commercial correspondent noted in the Letterbooks, or Patrick Colquhuon. Adams: John Adams, second president of the United States.

[46] The committee met again on 22 February, 1790 with Grenville, and with Pitt on 20 March, 1790. Pitt before 3 March, 1790, had desired "that the respective States from which these debts are due might be distinguished". Campbell vainly dreamed of recovering his American money until the late 1790s.

[47] Campbell Letter No 138: Duncan Campbell Letterbooks: Transcript from ML A3229, p. 68.

[48] G. Hepburn to Lord Hawkesbury. Steven, Trade, Tactics and Territory, pp. 4ff, about 27 Nov., 1785.

[49] Mackay, Exile, pp. 16-20.

[50] The Bradleys - James, Richard and Henry - appear to have been given the superintendency of the Plymouth hulk, Dunkirk, as a sop for their efforts in obtaining the Island of Le Maine. In 1782 [James Bradley to Nepean, 4 Oct., 1782, CO 267/20 F 174] Richard was a long-time merchant on the coast of Africa. James Bradley was secretary to the India Board Office in 1797, appointed chief clerk there in 1784 [The Gentleman's Magazine, Jan. 1797]. Henry Bradley by James' influence took over on 22 March, 1786, as overseer of the hulk Dunkirk at Plymouth. The commercial nature of hulk overseership - how Campbell's services were retained also - was demonstrated when James Bradley died and that hulk overseership passed to James' brother-in-law, Andrew Hawes Dyne. I am indebted to Mollie Gillen for clarifying this. On the Lemaine purchase, Oldham, Britain's Convicts, p. 228 , Note 497.

[51] Dallas, Trading Posts, p. 63.

[52] Steven, Trade, Tactics and Territory, p. 76.

[53] Harlow, Founding of the Second British Empire, pp,. 300ff.

[54] 2 Dec., 1785: Frost, Convicts and Empire, p. 32. Re Ceres: Campbell to Commissioners of the Navy, 19 March, 1785, re urgent orders to set up a hulk for convicts for Africa; 20 March, 1785, Sydney to Lords Commissioners of the Treasury re Campbell's offer of a vessel. James Boyick to Gaoler, Shrewsbury, 2 Dec., 1785.

[55] On London generally, i.e., the City: J. B. Nichols, A Brief Account of the Guildhall of The City of London. Printed by John Nichols and Son, Red Lion Passage, Fleet Street, 1819; Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert, The London Encyclopaedia. London, Macmillan, 1983. Also, William Kent, An Encyclopaedia of London. London, J. M. Dent, 1937.

[56] Corporation Of City Of London Archives. Index to Corporation Records c. 1786. Index to Repertories. Copy, Corp City London, Guildhall Building, London. Rep. 190, 1785-1786. Rep 191, 1786-1787. Rep 190, p. 23: Aldermen Sanderson, Skinner, Brook Watson, and William Curtis re Destitution Oct 26, 1785, to Dec 1785, of victuals to poor prisoners in the Borough Compter, actually distributed July 1785 to Sept 21, 1785.

[57] March 1786, The "felons petition" from London, in Geoffrey Ingleton, True Patriots All, Or News From Early Australia As Told In A Collection Of Broadsides. Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1952., p. 1.

[58] London Reps. A later noted convict emancipist in New South Wales was D'Arcy Wentworth, highwayman. He once robbed alderman William Curtis. John Ritchie, The Wentworths: Father and Son. Melbourne, The Miengunyah Press, 1997.

[59] London Reps, 190, p. 32.

[60] On the Wood St Compter, 1783-1785, T1/617 provides detailed accounts for prisoners awaiting transportation.

[61] Oldham, Britain's Convicts, p. 204.

[62] In fact, I still have not found out who at Dublin and/or Cork was charged with this duty.

[63] Oldham, Britain's Convicts, p. 167 and Appendix 4.

[64] Folios 28; 39; 79, p. 188; 116, p. 189; 200, 302; 319, p. 188; 108, pp. 183-187, p. 190.

[65] Rep 190, p. 23, Aldermen Sanderson, Skinner, Brook Watson, and William Curtis re Destitution, 26 Oct., 1785, to Dec. 1785, of victuals to poor prisoners in the Borough Compter, actually distributed July 1785 to 21 Sept., 1785.

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