Scrap album of Lucy Townsend, Secretary to the West Bromwich branch of the 'Ladies' Society for the Relief of Negro Slaves'
Scrap album containing:
- Printed notices of meetings of the Ladies' Society, 8 April 1825 and 11 August 1825.
- Printed pamphlets including 'Extract from the official correspondence of Colonel Arthur, Governor of Honduras, with Lord Bathurst', 1823, 'Supplement to the [Jamaica] Royal Gazette', vol. XLV, no. 25. 1823, 'The West Indies as they are; Or a real Picture of Slavery, but more particularly as it exists in the Island of Jamaica by the Rev. Richard Bickell', 1825, 'The Negro Boy's Tale, by Mrs Opie', 'The Case of the Neglected and Deserted Negroes in the Island of Antigua', 'Fourth Report of the Association for the Relief of some Cases of great Distress in the Island of Antigua, particularly among the discarded Negroes - for 1816' and 'Address of the London Association, in aid of the Missions of the United Brethren (Commonly called Moravians)', 1825.
- Manuscript copies of prayers, letters, poems and extracts n.d. [c.1816-1830].
- Drawings in ink and watercolour, n.d. [c.1816-1830]
- Press cuttings, n.d. [c.1816-1830].
- Index on page 168.
- Creation: c.1816-1830
0.1 Linear metres (1 box)
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 4, page 1].
MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 4
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 4600
Scrap Album of Lucy Townsend, Secretary to the West Bromwich Branch of the 'Ladies' Society for the Relief of Negro Slaves'.
Biographical / Historical
Lucy Jesse was born in 1781 and in 1807 married Reverend Charles Townsend (1780-1865), an anti-slavery campaigner who was perpetual curate of West Bronwich, Staffordshire. Lucy Townsend became active in the anti-slavery movement and the first meeting of the 'Ladies' Society for the Relief of Negro Slaves' was held at her house on 8 April 1825. As joint secretary of the society until 1836 she led campaigns on behalf of women under slavery and promoted education for those who had been freed. She died in 1847.
For further information see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
The names 'O. Townsend' (possibly Octavia, granddaughter of Lucy Townsend) and 'Mary T. Carrington' are written on page 3.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Bodleian by C.E. Carrington in 1947.
- Catalogue of the Scrap Album of Lucy Townsend, Secretary to the West Bromwich Branch of the 'Ladies' Society for the Relief of Negro Slaves'
- Lucy McCann
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Edition statement
- First edition.