Originally Posted 24 May 2014:
The Caribbean Connection
There is an obvious contradiction between the gaining of Patrick Taylor’s father’s wealth in the business of trading slaves and the pursuit of freedom for Polly Graham, his mixed-race wife and lover owned by his cousin Simon.
John Taylor was driven first and foremost by the pursuit of wealth. The extents he went to in order to achieve that are evident in his forays into America at the height of the War of Independence, then by going to Jamaica, changing his name and within a year -recognising the gaining Abolitionist movements in both America and Britain- striking into the slave trade while the iron was steaming hot.
Originally Posted 22 May 2014:
The Bussell family eventually prospered at ‘Cattle Chosen’ but had to get tough first.
The Bussell’s were lucky to get something of a windfall every time one of the children turned 21, but by 1837 the reverend’s life-insurance policy had paid out in full and without Capel Carter back in England sending their goods and offering her help they were well and truly on their own. By this time, they had at least borne the brunt of those early set backs and ‘Cattle Chosen’ was beginning to look like a viable life choice. Having just survived though, the Bussells were keen to shed their liabilities.
Originally Published 18 April 2014:
CANDY is an acknowledged borrowing from Arabic qandi (candied).
The word developed from the CANE of sugar-cane (stalk-Genesis41:5).
Patrick Taylor left Spithead, Portsmouth, on February 9th, 1834, aboard the James Pattison arriving at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, 13 weeks later. He celebrated his 27th birthday on March 2nd, exactly three weeks into the voyage when the ship was somewhere off the north-west coast of Africa, probably between the Canary Islands and Cape Verde. The weather will have been humid and hot.
By 1834, trading in slavery throughout the British Empire had been abolished over 25 years. I don’t know how aware Patrick was of his own family background in the business nor if it even occurred to him as they sailed off the western face of Africa, but there’s enough in the thought to warrant a closer look at how the wealthy young settler came to name his country property just outside Albany, Glen Candy.