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Inventory of the William Blathwayt Papers, 1657-1770
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A. Unofficial letters (1664-68) addressed to Richard Nicolls from the following: Sir William Berkeley, Charles and Philip Calvert, Thomas Ludwell, Nathaniel Utie and Jerome White
  • 1. Trade, shipping, etc.
  • 2. Runaway slaves
  • 3. Tobacco
  • Background
    William Blathwayt (1649-1717), English politician and administrator, was one of the most distinguished civil servants of his time. Through the influence of his uncles, Thomas and Richard Povey, both of whom were prominent in colonial affairs, he secured a position in the Plantation Office in 1675 as a minor clerk. Advancement came rapidly, and among the offices administered from that time on, were: Clerk of the Privy Council, 1675; Secretary to the Lords of Trade, 1679; Auditor General of Plantation Revenues, 1680; Secretary at War, 1683; acting Secretary of State with William III, in Flanders, 1692; member of the Board of Trade, 1696. In 1712 Blathwayt, driven from active public life by ill health, withdrew to his seat at Dyrham Park, where the last five years of his life were spent in retirement.
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