Primary Sources:

Diaries and Letter Books: (note: the following list includes both published and unpublished diaries and letter books. They are presented in chronological order according to when they were written, and not when they were published on when the author, if he or she ever visited or lived on Jamaica, made their initial observations. 

CHRISTIAN LILLY. Christian Lilly’s Unpublished Letter Book, 1730-1734. Unpublished manuscript now housed in the C.E. Long Papers of The British Library, Add. MS 12427. This manuscript is 106 folio pages. Access: not available online.

THOMAS THISTLEWOOD. The Unpublished Thomas Thistlewood Papers, 1748-1786. Unpublished manuscripts now available to read online in full via the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library or Yale University. For an edited version, see: DOUGLAS HALL (ed.). In Miserable Slavery: Thomas Thistlewood in Jamaica, 1750-1786 (Warwick University Caribbean Studies. London: Macmillan Publishers, 1989).

MARIA NUGENT. Lady Nugent’s Journal of her Residence in Jamaica, 1801-1805 (Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2002). Access: this work was issued only for private circulation in 1839, but now there are several edited versions.

MATTHEW GREGORY LEWIS. Journal of a West-India Proprietor, 1815-1817 (London: John Murray, 1834). Access: this volume is available to read in full on The Internet Archive (