African Correspondence

Correspondence ledger owned by William Allen

Written by
Allen, William, British, 1770 - 1843
Manufactured by
Williams, John, British
Subject of
Cuffe, Paul, American, 1759 - 1817
The African Institution, British, 1807 - 1827
Kizell, John, Sierra Leonean
Friendly Society of Sierra Leone, founded 1811
Warren, Henry, Sierra Leonean
Wise, James, Sierra Leonean
Gabbidon, Stephen, Sierra Leonean
Medium
ink on paper, leather
Dimensions
H x W x D: 12 11/16 × 8 1/2 × 1 1/4 in. (32.2 × 21.6 × 3.1 cm)
Type
ledgers (account books)
letters
Place made
London, England, Europe
Place used
London, England, Europe
Date
1811-1815
Description
A leather-bound ledger entitled, “African Correspondence” owned by William Allen. The ledger contains handwritten copies of letter written and received by Allen as well as other documents copied by Allen. The leather is in poor condition, with the spine almost completely detached and very fragmentary. The cover has numerous areas of loss and damage. There is a dark red label at the top of the spine with the volume’s title. The pastedown pages are blue marbled paper. On the front pastedown page there is a name plate with the text, “John Williams / Patent Acco’ Book Manufacturer & / Stationer / Royal Family Public Offices [illegible] / 20 Cornhill London.” There is also a modern barcode affixed to the bottom left corner that reads “002789.” The book has tabbed pages, labeled A-Z and printed in alternating red and black ink. Inside, the book is filled with black handwritten script on 225 pages made up of copies of separate documents. Approximately half of the pages in the book are unused.
A partial list of the correspondence and documents copied in the ledger are as follows:
1. William Allen to John Kizell, Aug. 29, 1811
2. Kizell to Allen, Feb. 19, 1812
3. Friendly Society (Henry Warren/Pres. and James Wise/Clerk) to Allen, Feb 4, 1812
4. Allen to Kizell, April 4, 1812
5. Allen to Friendly Society, April 30, 1812
6. Friendly Society (Warren & Wise) to Allen, May 3, 1812
7. Friendly Society (Warren) to Allen, July 30, 1812
8. Kizell to Allen, July, 30 1812
9. Allen to Kizell , Oct., 30 1812
10. Allen to Friendly Society, Oct., 30 1812
11. Paul Cuffee to Allen, June 17, 1812
12. Cuffee to Allen, June 1812
13. Allen & Thomas Clarkson to Cuffee, July 1812
14. Allen to Cuffee, Oct. 29, 1812
15. Resolution of the Directors of the African Institution, Aug. 27, 1811
16. Resolution of the Directors of the African Institution, June 16, 1812
17. Allen to Kizell, Jan. 29, 1813
18. Allen to Warren, Jan. 24, 1813
19. Wise to Warren, March 1813
20. Kizell to Allen, March 21, 1813
21. List of slaves auctioned by William Draper, March 10, 1813
22. Rules & Regulations of the Friendly Society of Sierra Leone
23. Warren to Allen, March 12, 1813
24. Kizell to Allen, June 3, 1813
25. Friendly Society (Warren) to Allen, June 20, 1813
26. Kizell to Clarkson, May 1813
27. Allen to Warren, Aug 15, 1813
28. Friendly Society (James Reed/VP) to Allen, Nov. 10, 1813
29. Cuffee to Allen, Aug. 11, 1813
30. Cuffee to Allen, Sept. 28, 1813
31. Allen to Friendly Society, May 25, 1814
32. Allen to Kizell, May 27, 1814
33. Allen to Wise, May 28, 1814
34. Friendly Society to Allen, 4 Feb. 4, 1814
35. Kizell to Allen, Feb. 14, 1814
36. Wise to Allen, April 5, 1814
37. Kizell to Allen, April 1814
38. Duncan Campbell to Allen, March 1814
39. Stephen Gabbidon to Allen, June 12, 1814
40. Gabbidon and Tharpe to Allen, June 20, 1814
41. Wise to Allen, July 3, 1814
42. Friendly Society (Wise) to Allen, July 3, 1814
Topic
African American
Africa
Antislavery
Correspondence
Free communities of color
Social reform
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of GSK
Object number
2017.45
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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