Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract: The Story of a Tangled Inheritance

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Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract: The Story of a Tangled Inheritance

Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract: The Story of a Tangled Inheritance

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Leave you with the author's trip to Jamaica and this passage: "appalled to think these people (the slaves) had been the lawful property (italics) of my family.

He was such a dynamic personality, such an incurable optimist, and it seemed unthinkable that he would no longer be present in this story. This extraordinarily original work of detective biography is also a uniquely personal account of one of the most disturbing chapters in Britain’s colonial past. Although there was much too much detailed political scene setting for the Richard Atkinson with the rum contract.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Indeed reading this today with some current actual controversies in the foreground (eg PPE sourcing, the rich getting richer and lining each others' pockets, government borrowing) are very much retreads of earlier crises (eg provisioning the American war of independence, Rotten Boroughs, government borrowing). The author's namesake is some mover and shaker whether it be Government contracts to supply the redcoats battling George Washington with rum one of the much needed supplies or domestic political shenanigans battling Fox and co. Still, what it does do is drive home how many perfectly average middle-class families in Britain today have benefited from the slave trade.

Brilliant book telling a wide ranging history, warts and all of one family, but actually of so much more. Demonstrates how constitutions evolved in tandem with warfare, and how they have functioned to advance empire as well as promote nations, and worked to exclude as well as liberate. Of particular interest was the author’s account of various of his ancestors who ran sugar plantations (with sizable numbers of African slaves) on the island of Jamaica. Drawing on his ancestors’ private correspondence, Richard Atkinson pieces together their unsettling story, from the weather-beaten house in Cumbria where they once lived to the ruins of their sugar estates in Jamaica.Not a dry book of historical facts but a lively, entertaining and absorbing story of a world long past. Unable to have a family of his own, he threw in his lot with the one he already had, and duly discovered a Dickensian array of characters: litigious eccentrics, bone-idle fops, dutiful husbands and angelic nieces, all enjoying the profits of slavery. This was an enjoyable read, with the author digging into the archives of his family to paint a portrait of Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries. It seems appropriate, as we enter the 19th century, that the second half of the book should read like the proceedings of Jarndyce v Jarndyce in Dickens’s Bleak House. When she eventually married, aged 43, Anne went with her much younger husband to live in South Africa.



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