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Records Book ("James Carroll Daybook"), 1714 - 1721

 File — Box: OS23, Folder: 1
Identifier: 119_41_1; 119_OS1_1

Scope and Contents

"James Carroll Daybook": a financial records book of planter, merchant, and slave owner James Carroll. This folio-sized volume of nearly 300 pages is a record of the commercial accounts maintained by Carroll. Among other transactions, this book records Carroll's purchase of enslaved people, the costs of the provisions for the enslaved people whom he owned, and accounts of the overseers he employed. Records Carroll's management of the sale of 105 Africans transported from Sierra Leone on the ship Margaret, which landed in Annapolis on August 23, 1718 (for London merchant Samuel Bonham).

Carroll numbered the pages of his records book in facing pairs. It is organized by the account holder, including customers of the stores he ran, his overseers, the renters of his properties, and the London merchants for whom he served as a broker. These accounts are arranged chronologically, but not continuously. For instance, the records of the transactions related to the slave ship the Margaret, dated from August 23 to November 3, 1718, first appear on pages 85-87, then again on 96-98, and finally on 106. Two preceding and at least one subsequent records books have not survived.

**Former finding aid locations: 119_41_1, 119_OS1_1; 160**

Materials on Slavery

This folder contains materials related to Jesuit slaveholding.

James Carroll, "An Account of my Negroes." September 27, 1715 [GSA123]

The Margaret, 1781: Records of the slave ship Margaret out of London, which transported more than 100 captive Africans from Bunce Island to Annapolis in 1718. [GSA224]


  • 1714 - 1721


From the Collection: 292 boxes (292 total boxes, plus 14 card catalog drawers (201 regular boxes, 25 oversized boxes, 53 restricted regular boxes, 13 restricted oversized boxes, 14 card catalog drawers))

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Multiple languages