See also:English politician and historian, was
See also:born at Westbury,
See also:Wiltshire, on the zest of May 1743 . His
See also:father died in 1756, when his
See also:maintenance and
See also:education were undertaken by his maternal
See also:uncle, Zachary
See also:Bayly, a wealthy
See also:merchant of
See also:Jamaica . About 1759
See also:Bryan went to Jamaica, and joined his uncle, who engaged a private tutor to
See also:complete his education, and when Bayly died his
See also:nephew inherited his
See also:wealth, succeeding also in 1773 to the
See also:estate of another 'Jamaica
See also:resident named Milne .
See also:Edwards soon became a leading member of the. colonial
See also:assembly of Jamaica, but in a few years he returned to England, and in 1782 failed to secure a seat in parliament as member for
See also:Chichester . He was again in Jamaica from _1787 to 1792, when he settled in England as a West India merchant, making in 1795 another futile attempt to enter parliament, on this occasion as the representative of Southampton . In 1796, however, he became member of parliament for
See also:Grampound, retaining his seat until his
See also:death at Southampton on the 15th or 16th of
See also:July 'Soo . In general Edwards was a supporter of the slave
See also:trade, and was described by
See also:William Wilber-force as a powerful opponent . By his wife, Martha, daughter of
See also:Thomas Phipps of Westbury, he
See also:left an only son, Hume . In 1784 Edwards wrote Thoughts on the
See also:late Proceedings of
See also:Government respecting the Tradeof the West India Islands with the
See also:United States of
See also:America, in which he attacked the restrictions placed by the government upon trade with the United States . In 1793 he published in two volumes his
See also:Civil and Commercial, of the
See also:British Colonies in the West Indies, and in 1797 published his
See also:Historical Survey of the French Colony in the
See also:Island of St Domingo . In 18o1 a new edition of both these
See also:works with certain additions was published in three volumes under the title of History of the British Colonies in the West Indies . This has been translated into German and parts of it into French and
See also:Spanish, and a fifth edition was issued in 1819 .
See also:Park returned in 1796 from his celebrated
See also:journey in Africa, Edwards, who was secretary of the Association for Promoting the
See also:Discovery of the Interior Parts of Africa, drew up from Park's narrative an account of his travels, which was published by the association in their Proceedings; and when Park wrote an account of his journeys he availed himself of Edwards' assistance . Edwards also wrote some poems and some other works
See also:relating to the history of the West Indies . He left a
See also:sketch of his
See also:life which was prefixed to the edition of the History of the West Indies, published in 18o1 .
BELA BATES EDWARDS (18o2-1852)
GEORGE EDWARDS (1693–1773)
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