JOURNAL OF SAMUEL CURWEN, LOYALIST, THE

JOURNAL OF SAMUEL CURWEN, LOYALIST, THE

This two-volume edition of Samuel Curwen's journal supersedes the only version previously available to historians - a fragmentary and inaccurate mid-nineteenth-century work published by George Atkinson Ward, which nevertheless was celebrated by Charles Dickens. Andrew Oliver, combining painstaking documentation with an abundance of illustrations, provides a colorful, complete work which ranks as a valuable source of English social history from 1775 to 1784. It was during these years that Curwen, a Salem merchant, after fleeing from the harassment incurred by his loyalist activities, migrated to England and kept this journal. A man small in size, physically timid, mentally brave, and remarkably injudicious, Curwen felt that he was 'unhappily though unjustly ranked' as a tory. Thus his observations and thoughts are useful in understanding the attitudes and experiences of the loyalist exiles. Set primarily in England and sparked throughout with engaging reports on personalities, places, and even the weather, the journal traces Curwen's nine years of exile. It also briefly details his departure from Salem, his short and alarming sojourn in Philadelphia where he found the political climate no less unfavorable, and his subsequent sea voyage to England. 'The journal of Samuel Curwen, loyalist' is the first in a series of Loyalist Papers, a long-term program to be undertaken independently by a number of publishers in Britain, Canada, and the United States. The program will locate, gather, and make available documents that place in perspective those Americans who, at the time of the Revolution, remained loyal to the Crown.
Editora: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN: 0674483804
ISBN13: 9780674483804
Acabamento: ENCADERNADO
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