Document ReferencePl C 52/134/1-2
TitleLetter from [R. Payne] 1st Baron Lavington to [W.H.C. Bentinck] 3rd Duke of Portland; June 1801
DateJun 1801
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionExplains that this is a personal rather than official letter; states his devotion and loyalty to the duke and mentions his ongoing interest in his health and business; describes the movements of the shipping on its way to England, including the 'Patriot', commanded by Capt. Stranack, which is bringing some goods to the duke for the hothouses at Bulstrode; suggests that one of the duke's servants consults Stranack as to the best way to transport these goods; comments on the richness of the vegetation there and suggests that the duke's gardener send him [Lavington] a list of the seeds he wants; will send more plants to Bulstrode in May including pines.

Explains to the duke what his official title is, but adds that they now possess St Martin's, St Bartholomew's, St John's, St Thomas's and Santa Cruz; discusses whether his official title means he has jurisdiction over these places as General Trigge and Admiral Duckworth see their conquests not as under his, but under their own jurisdiction; hopes the duke will support him; mentions the high expenses of the government there; gives transcriptions of letter extracts from Duckworth and Trigge which refer to the surrender of Santa Cruz; adds that he still has the duke's Madeira wine.

Date given is date letter was received.
Termhorticulture, plants, transportation of
maritime vessels, 'Patriot'
colonies, West Indies
colonial affairs, administration
horticulture, hot houses

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA41460Stranack; - (fl 1801); Captain; commander of the 'Patriot'fl 1801
NA41461Trigge; Thomas (fl 1790-1802); Sir; knighted 1801; lieutenant-generalfl 1790-1802
NA41462Duckworth; John T. (1748-1817); 1st Baronet; admiral; commander-in-chief of Jamaica 1803-051748-1817
NA35820Payne; Ralph (1739-1807); Baron Lavington; governor of the Leeward Islands 1771-76 and 1799-1807; M.P. Shaftesbury 1768-71; M.P. for New Woodstock 1795-991739-1807
NA905Bentinck; William H.C. Cavendish- (1738-1809); 3rd Duke of Portland; succ. 17621738-1809
PL38676/St Croix/Virgin Islands
PL38677/St Thomas/Virgin Islands
PL38678/St John/Virgin Islands
PL38679/St Bartholomew
PL38680/St Martin
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