Reference Number: L1465
Date: 1807
Extent: 1 item
Provenance: Purchased for Lloyd’s Collection in 1932, alongside two later risk books of Clagett & Pratt, 1823 & 1824.

Description: This risk book includes 59 slaving voyages in the last year of the British slave trade. Horatio Clagett (c.1756-1815) was born inPrince Georges County, Maryland and became the European partner of Clagett & Company, run by his elder brother Thomas Clagett (1741-1792). He moved to London shortly after the American Revolutionary War, around 1783. Horatio Clagett was a Lloyd’s underwriter and developed a successful tobacco brokerage business called Clagett & Pratt at America Square in the City of London. Horatio Clagett partnered with William Pratt (1754-1830). Horatio brought his son into the business, Thomas William Clagett (d. 1860) and William brought in his nephew, William Pratt. Junior (d.1843). Horatio Clagett was active in the Lloyd’s market from around 1794 and would go on to serve on the Committee of Lloyd’s from 1811-1815 making him one of the most senior members of the market at the time of his death. Horatio Clagett left £180,000 to his son, who carried on the running of Clagett and Pratt. Thomas William Clagett was a subscriber to Lloyd’s from 1814-1836 and was declared bankrupt, with his partner William Sidney Warwick of Billiter Square, in 1837. However, the tobacco-broking firm founded by his father survived as Clagett Brachi until 2017. He was a claimant on estates in Jamaica.

Notes: For more information on Horatio Clagett see the Underwriting Souls Exhibitions “The Business Relations of Slavery” and “Expertise in Enslavement”