London West India merchant and mortgagee of 'slave-property' who reportedly sold his share of his partnership with Richard Beckford in May 1793 to James Inglish Keighley (q.v.) for £30,500. He has not yet been traced with confidence but he was probably the Rice James of Wallington [sic] Suffolk whose will (the main beneficiaries of which were his nieces Elizabeth Williams, Hannah Bowen and Margaret Beavor or Beaven), was proved 28/03/1822. The will does not refer to West India property or to a mercantile past but was attested by two men in the City of London, while the testator Rice James and his wife Martha nee Ladbroke had baptised a child in London. Rice James was shown as living at Lyndford Hall in Norfolk in Carys New Itinerary of 1810 and at Thetford New Place in A Topographical and Historical Description of Norfolk: Containing an Account ... also in 1810.
James v Kynnier 1799, in Francis Vesey (ed.) Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery, 1789-1817 (1827) Vol. V p. 108; PROB 11/1654/401.
Beckford and Evans
West India merchant