First published in 1924, at the time, this was the first detailed study which attempted to investigate the workings and character of the powerful West Indian interest in London in the eighteenth century. At the centre of this interest stood the Colonial Agent, an office which had come into existence when the West Indian interest was born. Dr. Penson traces its growth from the Restoration era, through the Peace of Paris, when its importance began to decline, to the nineteenth century when the office finally disappeared. It is based on exhaustive research in public and private archives.
Table of Contents
1. Colonial Problems and Colonial Representation, 1600-1660. 2. The Restoration Settlement. 3. The Evolution of the Agencies, 1670-1700. 4. The Problem of Appointment in the First Half of the Century. 5. The New Agencies of the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century. 6. The Functions of the Agents. 7. Control by the Islands. 8. The Personnel of the Agency. 9. Agents, Planters, and Merchants, 1660-1760. 10. The West India Committee. 11. Solicitations in Whitehall and Westminster. 12. The Disappearance of the Agencies.