This group of 34 documents consists of correspondence, reports, and accounts primarily accumulated by British civil servant
William Blathwayt (1649-1717) between the mid 1670s and 1712 in his
capacity as a British government official in such roles as Surveyor and Auditor General of Plantation Revenues and Secretary
and member of the Lords of Trade. The materials consist chiefly of miscellaneous drafts or copies of documents related to
the British colonies in North America and the West Indies. Items pertain to taxation, revenue, trade and shipping, and
defense, primarily in the Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Kitts, and Nevis.
English politician and administrator William Blathwayt (1649-1717) was one of the most distinguished civil servants of his
time. Blathwayt was born in London, England, in 1649. Beginning in 1665, he attended
the Middle Temple and in 1668 entered public life as clerk in the embassy of Sir William Temple
at The Hague (1668-1672). In 1672, Blathwayt toured Germany and Italy, before returning to England.
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