The Letters of William Freeman, London Merchant, 1678-1685

Edited by David Hancock

The 686 letters written by William Freeman, a sugar planter and slave trader who had moved from the Caribbean to London to combine these pursuits with the work of a general commission merchant trading to the English West Indies, are a rare source of information about late-seventeenth-century trans-Atlantic enterprise and London business. Selections reproduced here are addressed to partners, agents, employees, correspondents and customers in Freeman’s native Leeward Islands, Africa, Madeira, Portugal, France, Ireland, Scotland and the West of England.

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