<p style='text-align: justify;'> Benjamin Satterthwaite was an English Quaker, the first of Thomas Satterthwaite and Mary Ledger’s three children. Born in Leeds in 1718, he moved to Lancaster in 1731 with his mother and siblings following the death of his father in 1728. Benjamin spent the majority of his life serving as resident factor in the West indies for his family’s firm and documented his time as factor in the form of a letter book comprised of three volumes. The letters in the third volume were written by his son John Satterthwaite. John worked as a factor in the West Indies in the 1770s. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'> The letters in the second volume follow Benjamin’s career as factor in Jamaica between 1764 and 1782. Benjamin was working primarily for his half-brother John Townson who had inherited his father Miles Townson’s business in 1747. Benjamin had maintained relative communication with Miles Townson during the period of his disownment. </p>
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