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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:26 am    Post subject: Bristol's slave trading Society of Merchant Venturers Reply with quote

A bit of a break from the new school brands of research that are more prominent areas of debate on this forum and back to something altogether more old school, a group that has dominated civic life in Bristol for centuries; and from a source inside these fields who has worked for Mansell and Sir Robert McAlpine, they continue to do so....The society of merchant venturers.

According to my source, anyone who is anyone is, generally, not anyone until they shake a few hands with members of this group. The venturers are extremely dominant and powerful in Bristol and among its members include royalty and senior politicians, as well as some of the wealthiest business people in the city.

The organisation dates back to the thirteenth century, however the current form of the society was established in 1552, by royal order. Most notably, the society are synonymous with the slave trade and the colonisation of north America. Additionally, Bristol's higher education institutions were founded by this gaggle, but it is the charitable efforts that form the facade and masquerade as benevolent philanthropy, whilst at the same time allowing the group to corner the market, that are troubling.

Beneath the mask, scratching the surface, it becomes clearer that these folk are not so different from members old. Much like freemasonry, which it is certain to overlap significantly with, There is an inner circle within an outer circle. A venn diagram springs to mind, not just the merchant venturers and masons, but also Bristol savages and the ancient society of st Steven's ringers. Although, charity is supposedly the main interest, which already puts considerable sums of capital at their disposal, the majority are focused on their primary business concerns, Bristol and Wessex water pour example.

The main cause for concern is not so much that it exists, but it is the organisation and mafioso like facia that one draws parallels with; the activities and influences in the highest levels of political life that trickle down onto the streets of Bristol that are most disheartening. Mess with this lot and you won't work in this town again, type of thing. It should be cause for concern, particularly, when princely sums of government money are not fairly offered to competitors, but to who has the correct handshake, who has eaten at the right table, or who was in the same school aged 13. It is the amount of influence exerted divided by the commonality and plurality of knowledge provided about them that makes for the equation of inertia so stinkingly trite, a tiresome and overlooked foundation of cultural life that is taken for granted at the expense of the majority, simply by the likelihood that it is unheard of. Sadly, yet another in a long line of similar stories.

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http://www.merchantventurers.org/ties.html

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The Merchant Venturers have their 'business' candidate as front runner in the forthcoming Bristol Mayoral elections.

George Ferguson tipped to become Bristol's first elected mayor
http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/GEORGE-BOOKIES-FAVOURITE/story-16127220 -detail/story.html
ARCHITECT George Ferguson has emerged as the early favourite to become Bristol’s first elected mayor.
He is quoted by Ladbrokes at 2/1 while former Labour councillor Kelvin Blake is his nearest rival at 5/1............

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Cameron & cabinet in Bristol to celebrate Merchant Venturers' Charter Day
bristol | corporations | news report Monday November 12, 2012 23:20 by Tony Gosling
http://bristol.indymedia.org/article/711739

It's Monday 12th November 2012, beleagured British Prime Minister David Cameron & his crooked Tory millionaires' cabinet are in town today meeting at John Cabot Academy.

Also Bilderberger & shadow shadow chancellor of the exchequer Ed Balls

Why today - well there's the mayoral elections - but much more importantly it is the annual Charter Day of the investment tax haven shell companies The Merchant Venturers.

Every 12th November the full dubious cast of Bristol's finest millionaire Merchant Venturers gather at Bristol Cathedral for 11am where they have a church service which lasts for about an hour and a half. Presumably to thank one of their gods for their incredible wealth and for the fact that the poor, ill and unemployed of the city don't rumble what they are up to & demand they pay their fair share.



Comments from EP website:
“Coincidence? Merchant Venturers and Tory cabinet are one elite millionaires' merchant banking cabal. What events today were the press not invited to? Candidate George Ferguson admitted at last Friday's College Green hustings that he is 'probably a paper millionaire.'
How much PCC candidate and Merchant Venturer John Savage is worth is not known but it's thought to be more than the average Labour Party member.”
“My gosh two really big meetings in the Bristol area today. And a huge job for the police protection services. More importantly locally the Merchant Venturers, (one of their members is standing as Mayoral candidate) had their annual service at The Cathedral followed by a grand lunch at Merchants' Hall. A top hat and tails affair this. Then at Kingswood, which is not in Bristol, 23 men and women, good and true, come to town, otherwise known as Dave and the Whitehall Farce.”

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CURRENT MEMBERS of MERCHANT VENTURERS IN BRISTOL
http://merchantventurers.com/about-us/membership/

Ross Ancell
Nick Bacon
John Baker
Robert Bernays OBE
Chris Booy OBE
Michael Bothamley
Simon Brooks
Anthony Brown
Andrew Burn MC
Denis Burn
Gillian Camm
Giles Clarke CBE
Simon Cooper
Jacqueline Cornish OBE
Chris Curling
Alastair Currie
Roderick Davidson
Robert Davis
Andrew Densham CBE
Charles Densham
James Eberle
Prof. Eric Thomas
George Ferguson CBE
David Freed
Andrew Garrad
Colin Green CBE
Francis Greenacre
Charles Griffiths
John Harvey
Michael Hill MBE
Jim Hood
Nick Hood CVO
Tom Hood
Tony Kenny
John Laycock
David Marsh
Laura Marshall
Geoff Matthews
Cullum McAlpine
Dayrell McArthur
James McArthur
Peter McCarthy
Joe McGeehan
Peter McIlwraith
Bob McKinlay CBE
David Medlock
Terrence Mordaunt
Karen Morgan OBE
Alfred Morris CBE
Andrew Nisbet
David Ord
David Parkes
Stephen Parsons
Chris Patterson
Tim Pearce
Mark Pitman
John Pontin OBE
Chris Pople
Mary Prior MBE
Andrew Reid
Peter Rilett
Tim Ross
John Savage CBE
Colin Skellett
Trevor Smallwood OBE
Roger Smedley MBE
Alan Tasker
Martin Thatcher
Sir James Tidmarsh KCVO MBE
Jonathan Webb
Sir David Wills Bt
Moger Woolley
Andrew Yates

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Fossilised Bristol...
The great adversary of Doctor Who?

The Master’s Voice – December 2012
http://merchantventurers.com/2012/12/the-masters-voice-december-2012/

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The following 3 shows all failed to appear on the listen again, as yet with no proper explanation other than glitch.
http://www.bcfmradio.com/politics

See if you notice any connection between them Wink

24th April 2015: BCfm local election discussion part 2: West of England LEP, immigration and evictions
http://radio4all.net/index.php/program/80419

30th January 2015: Bristol's elite Merchant Venturers ran the slave trade now our schools & hospitals
http://radio4all.net/index.php/program/79125

12th December 2014: Merchant Venturers' new 'Master' & Bristol Water director Chris Curling
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Colston, the Cathedral and Bristol’s School Children – An Ongoing Saga
https://counteringcolston.wordpress.com/commemoration-events/

Charter Day Nov 2014

Bishop of Bristol Mike Hall talks of ‘speculation’ surrounding Edward Colston’s business roots to hundreds of school children at the annual private ‘Charter Day’ ceremony held in Bristol Cathedral. After this Christian religious ceremony, the Merchant Venturers make their way to Merchants Hall in Clifton for their annual dinner where they appoint their new master for the coming year.

This video was captured by independent journalist Tony Gosling host of the Politics Show on BCFM radio during this private ceremony.

Once the video was shared on social media it gained local press coverage and the Bishop wrote a blog where he says his words were ‘seized upon’.

Local coverage of the Bishop’s words can be viewed here, here and here.

Bishop Mike was invited to appear on the BCFM One Love Breakfast Show, not only did he not appear on the show, he did not respond to the invitation.

November 2015

The following year a small group of like-minded locals staged a protest outside of the Cathedral, handing out leaflets providing historical information regarding Colston’s ‘business roots’.

This time the event made the national newspapers: The Daily Mail, The Times, The Guardian and The Sun. The local press covered it too.

Headteacher of Colston’s Girls’ School, Alistair Perry, wrote a letter to parents about how ‘celebrations and events commemorating the life of Edward Colston sometimes provoke strong reactions from some members of the community of Bristol’.

A couple of the protesters responded to this spin.

“The Bristolian” commented on the actions of Alistair Perry and published a copy of the leaflet protestors handed out.

2016

Open democracy published an article by Christine Townsend regarding the ‘celebrations and events commemorating the life of Edward Colston’.

Several individuals attempted to arrange a meeting with representatives of CGS and the Cathedral to discuss the ceremonies. This was declined, so they sent an open letter to the Dean of Bristol Cathedral.

Bishop Michael Hill: Merchant Venturer Edward Colston profiting from slave trade is 'speculation'

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Dr David Hoyle
The Dean
Bristol Cathedral
College Green Bristol
BS1 5TJ

e-mail: counteringcolston@gmail.com
5th October 2016

c/o BRHG
Hydra Bookshop
34 Old Market St
Bristol BS2 0EZ


Dear Dr David Hoyle,

Thank you very much for your letter dated 2nd September.

As you might imagine, we were disappointed that you declined to meet, as we feel that this matter would be much easier to resolve amicably in person. For the time being, we would like to leave the invitation open to you, should you change your mind.

Nevertheless, we welcome your letter as being a step in the right direction. If you do carry out your stated undertakings in an exemplary way, then this will constitute an improvement over the services of previous years.

However, we regret to observe that there are several points of detail and ambiguities in your wording that leave us concerned that the improvements may end up being less than adequate given the gravity of the issue.

As you are surely aware, Edward Colston was the deputy governor of the Royal African Company which had the monopoly of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Slavery is an atrocious crime against humanity, which can never be balanced out by charitable donations. As such, it is vital that this should be treated with the utmost of seriousness.

Your most recent communication with us states:

We acknowledge Edward Colstons involvement in the slave trade and recognise that it is entirely inappropriate to celebrate his life.

However, this is not a view held by Alistair Perry, the CEO of the Colston Girls Trust, nor that of the academy sponsor, the Merchant Venturers, on whose behalf Mr Perry writes by virtue of his position of a director of the trust. In a letter sent to parents last year he stated:

At this time of year, celebrations and events commemorating the life of Edward Colston sometimes provoke strong reactions from some members of the community of Bristol.

It is a matter of record that the buns distributed at Charter day are in memory of Edward Colston - simply not referring to them as Colston buns is neither here nor there, and similarly the chrysanthemums worn by the girls on Commemoration Day are dedicated to Colstons memory.

We would draw your attention to the movement for Pan-Afrikan Reparations, and Black Lives Matter, as two examples that show how people are ever more concerned to stand up against injustices, both historical and contemporary. There will almost certainly be protests outside the Cathedral this year if people feel that the problem of Edward Colston is not being handled with the full gravity that it demands, and at this point we cannot rule out participating in such demonstrations ourselves.

In order to avoid such an outcome, we would strongly urge you to take the following steps:

1) Publish the acknowledgements and proposed changes that you outlined in your letter to us. We would be glad to advise on these aspects should you require it.

2) Publish the service plans, sermon texts and prayers at least two weeks in advance, so that they may be publicly scrutinised.

3) Permit independent witnesses to observe the ceremonies and see that the plans and texts are closely followed.

We trust that you will recognise the moral legitimacy of these suggestions, which may move towards allaying public concerns. Carrying them through would hopefully show that the Cathedral has listened, reflected, understood, and is sensitive to the strong feelings within a large and growing section of the population.

Please be advised that it is our intention to publish this letter and any response we receive from you.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Roger Ball
Katie Finnegan-Clarke
Cllr Cleo Lake
Rosalind Martin
Dr Ben Pritchett
Mark Steeds
Christine Townsend

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Italian merchants from Venice funded England's discovery of North America
Dr Evan Jones, Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History
http://www.bris.ac.uk/news/2012/8448.html

Dr Francesco Guidi-Bruscoli Ernest Board, ‘The Departure of John and Sebastian Cabot from Bristol on their First Voyage of Discovery in 1497’ (1906)
Ernest Board, ‘The Departure of John and Sebastian Cabot from Bristol on their First Voyage of Discovery in 1497’ (1906)
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Evidence that a Florentine merchant house financed the earliest English voyages to North America, has been published on-line in the academic journal Historical Research. The article by Dr Francesco Guidi-Bruscoli, a member of a project based at the University of Bristol, indicates that the Venetian merchant John Cabot (alias Zuan Caboto) received funding in April 1496 from the Bardi banking house in London.

The article by Dr Francesco Guidi-Bruscoli, a member of a project based at the University of Bristol, indicates that the Venetian merchant John Cabot (alias Zuan Caboto) received funding in April 1496 from the Bardi banking house in London.
The payment of 50 nobles (£16 13s. 4d.) was made so that ‘Giovanni Chabotte’ of Venice, as he is styled in the document, could undertake expeditions ‘to go and find the new land’.

With a royal patent from Henry VII of England, Cabot went on to lead expeditions from Bristol during the summers of 1496 and 1497. The second of these was to result in the European discovery of North America – Christopher Columbus not having ventured beyond the Caribbean islands.

Dr Evan Jones, who leads the project in Bristol, describes the new evidence as a “fantastic find”. He adds, “We have long known that Italy’s great merchant banks were key to the success of the ventures launched by Portugal and Spain. But it always seemed that the English ventures were an exception. Now it is clear that they too were part of network of Italian-financed expeditions to explore beyond the limits of the known world.”

Dr Guidi-Bruscoli, who is based at the University of Florence and is also a Fellow at Queen Mary in London, found the financial records after being contacted by Jones and his co-researcher, Margaret Condon. For several years they have been attempting to relocate the research findings of a deceased historian, Dr Alwyn Ruddock. She had made some extraordinary finds about Cabot’s voyages, but had all her notes destroyed following her death in 2005.

One of Ruddock’s claims was that Cabot was financed by an Italian bank. She had, however, refused to reveal the source of her information. Following an invitation to visit the deceased historian’s house in 2010, Jones and Condon discovered the source – in the form of a sticky label on an old shoe cupboard: ‘The Bardi firm of London’. They then contacted Dr Guidi-Bruscoli in Florence, who was able to locate the archive, the financial ledger and the entry concerned.

Finding out about the funding of Cabot’s voyages is exciting because, while it has long been known that the explorer received political support from the King, the identity and motivations of those who paid for the expeditions has never been known.

The entry itself is also curious in that the reference to “the new land” implies that the money was given so that Cabot could find a land that was already known about. As such, it may revive claims that Bristol merchants had discovered North America at an earlier time.

Dr Guidi-Bruscoli is more cautious on this score, however. “While the entry implies that the Bardi believed in a prior discovery, we can’t assume this had occurred. It is likely the Bardi were referring to the mythical ‘Island of Brasil’, which Bristol mariners certainly claimed had been found by one of their number in times past. Whether this story can be equated with an actual discovery is much more uncertain, however.”

Dr Jones agrees. “It would be wonderful to find that Bristol mariners had first visited North America before the 1480s – if only because it would cast new light on the originality of Columbus’ venture of 1492. Right now, however, we can’t be sure about that. Although one never knows, that could change.”

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Pietro Vesconte map 1320-1321 shows Brazil.
Walsperger 1448 map shows Brazil.
Genoese map 1457 shows Brazil.
Schedel World Chronicle 1493 shows Brazil.

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Protesters crash church service in honour of a 17th century slave trader who shipped half a million Africans to the Caribbean... after organisers hold it on Anti-Slavery Day
Five police officers stood across the porch entrance to historic Bristol church
Only two protesters from Countering Colston campaign turned up at event
The service was to honour philanthropic slave trader Edward Colston
By SOPHIE INGE FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 18:38, 19 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:21, 20 October 2017
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4997824/Protesters-crash-churc h-service-honour-slave-trader.html

A school commemoration service to honour philanthropic slave trader Edward Colston was given a police guard to stop protesters causing disruption.

Five police officers and PCSOs stood across the porch entrance to an historic Bristol church full of schoolchildren as the service began.

But despite the heavy guard, only two protesters from the Countering Colston campaign group turned up to the service.

A school commemoration service held in a church was given a police guard to stop protesters disrupting the service to honour slave trader Edward Colston +5
A school commemoration service held in a church was given a police guard to stop protesters disrupting the service to honour slave trader Edward Colston

Five police officers and PCSOs stood across the porch entrance to an historic Bristol church full of schoolchildren as the service began +5
Five police officers and PCSOs stood across the porch entrance to an historic Bristol church full of schoolchildren as the service began

And both agreed to stay outside the church - instead choosing to chalk messages on the road that children would see as they returned to school.

The annual service, held by the Colston Society in St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol, included pupils from St Mary Redcliffe Primary School and Temple Secondary School.

It commemorates the rich and powerful merchant Edward Colston, whose personal wealth came largely from his key role in running the transatlantic slave trade from both London and Bristol.

His ships transported an estimated half a million slaves from Africa to the Caribbean and North America.

The service was held this year on the day declared Anti-Slavery Day by a 2010 Act of Parliament, in order to raise awareness of modern slavery.

Roz Martin from protest group, Countering Colston, wrote anti Colston messages in chalk outside the church +5
Roz Martin from protest group, Countering Colston, wrote anti Colston messages in chalk outside the church

Despite the heavy guard, only two protesters from the Countering Colston campaign group turned up to the service +5
Despite the heavy guard, only two protesters from the Countering Colston campaign group turned up to the service

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Colston became one of Bristol's most generous benefactors thanks to the fortune he made from the slave trade.

But the two Countering Colston protesters accused the school and church leaders of 'brainwashing' the children by portraying Colston as a generous benefactor to the city.

Their chalk messages in the road included: 'Edward Colston should be resigned to obscurity. Remember African ancestors.'

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Meanwhile, in the church service, several speakers commemorated Edward Colston, giving thanks for his philanthropy and remembering those who were victims of the slave trade.

The service followed the news earlier this week that another Bristol school, Colston's Girls' School, had told present and former pupils that all reference to Edward Colston would be removed from its own commemoration service in November.

Colston's Girls' School said it took the decision after consultation with pupils, and instead the service would reflect upon slavery.

Colston's Girls' School said it took the decision after consultation with pupils, and instead the service would reflect upon slavery +5
Colston's Girls' School said it took the decision after consultation with pupils, and instead the service would reflect upon slavery

WHO IS EDWARD COLSTON?
Edward Colston has been celebrated as one of Bristol's major philanthropists, but his wealth came largely from his role running the transatlantic slave trade from London and Bristol.

Colston was a key figure in the Royal African Company when it was shipping 100,000 African slaves to the West Indies and America.

The business held a monopoly over the trade for almost 30 years, until 1698 when a change in the law opened African trade to all English merchants.

Slaves were kept in unbearable conditions on ships and suffered dehydration, dysentery and scurvy.

More than 20,000 died during the crossings and their bodies were thrown overboard.

There have been fears that campaigners from the Countering Colston group will soon call for a statue of Colston in Bristol city centre to be torn down.

Today Colston's name appears on at least six streets in the city as well as three schools, pubs and student flats and a concert venue.

Former Bristol mayor George Ferguson has said that the city's annual Colston celebrations were 'perverse'. However, a 2014 newspaper poll found almost 60 per cent wanted his statue to stay.

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