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The Government Penn In Jamaica

The Government Penn In Jamaica

Author: Nugent, Maria

Medium: Letterpress

Date: 1839

Shelfmark: 10027.e.22

Item number: Plate Page 101

Length: 21.5

Width: 12.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Printed Text

This is an illustration of the Government Penn in Jamaica taken from Lady Maria Nugent's journal ('penn' was used at that time to describe a farm or other property with livestock). The house was three miles south east of Spanish Town and was built in 1777, together with a villa, for use by the governors of the island. In 1797 the properties were sold at auction at the request of Lord Balcarres, the Governor at the time, in exchange for a £2,000 increase in his salary. Balcarres later acquired the Penn for himself and rented the property to succeeding governors.

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