Colonel Jack

Overview

Daniel Defoe’s fifth novel, Colonel Jack is the supposed autobiography of an English gentleman who begins life as a child of the London streets. He and his two brothers (both also named Jack) are brought up as pickpockets and highwaymen, but Colonel Jack seeks to improve himself. Kidnapped and taken to America, he becomes first a slave, then an overseer on plantations in Maryland and Virginia. Returning to England, he is drawn into the Jacobite rebellion and into a succession of marriages, all of which end badly ...
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Overview

Daniel Defoe’s fifth novel, Colonel Jack is the supposed autobiography of an English gentleman who begins life as a child of the London streets. He and his two brothers (both also named Jack) are brought up as pickpockets and highwaymen, but Colonel Jack seeks to improve himself. Kidnapped and taken to America, he becomes first a slave, then an overseer on plantations in Maryland and Virginia. Returning to England, he is drawn into the Jacobite rebellion and into a succession of marriages, all of which end badly for him. Escaping back to Virginia, Jack becomes a successful planter, ending his life as a gentleman despite his mistakes along the way.
Historical appendices relate to eighteenth-century Virginia and Maryland and contemporary crime, punishment, and imprisonment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781162658117
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) was a British novelist and journalist.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Colonel Jack
Appendices:
A: From George Alsop, A Character of the Province of Mary-Land (1666)
B: James Revel, The Poor Unhappy Transported Felon’s Sorrowful Account of His Fourteen Years Transportation at Virginia in America (c. 1659-80)
C: The Confession and Execution of the Prisoners at Tyburn on Wednesday the 17th of this Instant May, 1676. Viz Henry Seabrook, Elizabeth Longman Robert Scot, Edward Wall, and Edward Russell
D: Ebenezer Cook, The Sot-Weed Factor; or a Voyage to Maryland (1708)
E: From William Fleetwood, A Sermon Preached before the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (1711)
F: Daniel Defoe, “Compassion on Famishing Thieves,” Applebee’s Journal (16 June 1722)
G: From An Act for the further Preventing Robbery, Burglary and other Felonies, and for the more effectual Transportation of Felons, and Unlawful Exporters of Wooll; and for Declaring the Law upon some Points relating to Pirates (1718)
H: From Batty Langley, An Accurate Description of Newgate (1724)
I: Anonymous, The Jacobites Detected; in the Methods They Make Use of to Draw Young Men Into an Association Against His Majesty King George (1718)
J: Daniel Defoe, “On the Return to England of Transported Felons,” Applebee’s Journal (26 January 1723)
K: Benjamin Franklin, Notices and Editorials Concerning Convict Transportation (1724-51)
1. “London, Jan. 27,” Daily Journal (27 January 1724)
2. “PHILADELPHIA, April 11,” The Pennsylvania Gazette (11 April 1751)
3. “Rattle-Snakes for Felons,” The Pennsylvania Gazette (9 May 1751)
L: Anonymous, The Fortunate Transport; or, the Secret History of the Life and Adventures of the Celebrated Polly Haycock, alias Mrs. B—. The Lady of the Gold Watch. By a CREOLE (c. 1750)
M: Robert Southey, “Elinor,” Poems (1797)
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