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1853 - Manuscript Journal of Servants and Household Expenses - Havana
George Canning Backhouse - Judge of Slave Trade Suppression in Havana
Havana, 8 April 1853 - 12 February 1855. Manuscript register of expenses for the household of George Canning Backhouse, which includes names and describes incidents with his indentured servants, recorded during his residency in Cuba while he was serving as Her Majesty's Judge in the "Havana Mixed Commission for the Suppression of the Slave Trade." Most entries made in a fine hand by his wife Grace; some entries also made by George Canning Backhouse himself. With 32 pages in manuscript concerning their domestic life and household expenses in Havana, featuring detailed explanations of servants hired and wages paid to them, most pages being marked with a cursive swirl likely to indicate accounts reconciliation. Inversely, an additional 34 pages in manuscript tally household expenses from the year before, and leading up to the voyage to Cuba, these dating from 29 May 1852 to 12 February 1853; and yet 7 pages more being an account written in George's hand in pencil, of a tour of Hanover in October [circa 1851] possibly when he was attaché in the British Legation at Frankfurt. 8vo. Vellum boards ruled border in blue ink, marbled endpapers. A simple binding measuring approximately 16.5 x 11 cm. A fascinating window into the workings and finances of a colonial household. Together with an inventory of household furniture and equipment purchased shortly after their arrival in Havana in 1853 after having found a home in which to settle. Local shops and streets are named, including the "Meubleria" on Calle de Lamparilla, another "Meubleria" on Calle de Cuba, "La Cometa" and one oth … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts [UK]
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