Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract: The Story of a Tangled Inheritance

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Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract: The Story of a Tangled Inheritance

Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract: The Story of a Tangled Inheritance

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Not a dry book of historical facts but a lively, entertaining and absorbing story of a world long past.

Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract is the story of a morally tangled inheritance, but it is also the story of Richard Atkinson the younger’s obsessive pursuit of Richard Atkinson the elder. It is a journey through British and colonial history, told with incredible and vivid detail, but also the moving and fascinating history of a family. Unable to have a family of his own, he threw in his lot with the one he already had, and duly discovered a Dickensian array of characters: litigious eccentrics, bone-idle fops, dutiful husbands and angelic nieces, all enjoying the profits of slavery. Lightly written - in a good way - makes this a decent page turner going through the various interlocking themes above. His nickname was born of an outrageously good deal he negotiated for himself in a government contract to provide Jamaican rum for the British army in the American war of independence.

Also fascinating given the increasing acknowledgement of the role or slavery in the development of the UK and the author faces that head on, and it gives it a contemporary resonance. It may sound like a stretch to say that it's given me a new lens with which to view today's turbulent world. The author of the Scots ballad “Auld Robin Gray”, which Wordsworth thought one of the best two ballads of the age, Anne was a woman of unusual abilities. Dip Into NEW PAPERBACKS [jsb_filter_by_tags count="15" show_more="10" sort_by="total_products"/] A selection of recent paperbacks. This vivid tale of a single family, their lives and loves, set against a panoramic backdrop of war, politics and slavery, offers a uniquely intimate insight into one of the most disturbing chapters in Britain’s colonial past.

This extraordinarily original work of detective biography is also a uniquely personal account of one of the most disturbing chapters in Britain’s colonial past. Friends with the merchant banker Francis Baring and the prime minister Pitt the Younger, he negotiated his way around every drawing room, every boardroom, every battlefield and every bank. the subject matter is Georgian-era merchants (an ancestor of the author in particular), early merchant banks, the War of American Independence, slavery, trade, war with France, sugar, slavery, trade, abolition.This discovery set him on an all-consuming, highly emotional journey, ultimately taking him from the weather-beaten house of his Cumbrian ancestors to the abandoned ruins of their sugar estates in Jamaica. This discovery set him on an all-consuming, highly emotional journey, ultimately taking him from the weather-beaten house of his Cumbrian ancestors to the ruins of their sugar estates in Jamaica. He also discovered DNA connections to several lines of formerly enslaved people in the Caribbean, one line possibly beginning with “Rum” himself. This vivid tale of a single family, their lives and loves, set against a panoramic backdrop of war, politics and slavery, offers a uniquely intimate insight into one of the most disturbing chapters in Britain's colonial past.



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