Discoveries of America: Personal Accounts of British Emigrants to North America during the Revolutionary Era

Discoveries of America: Personal Accounts of British Emigrants to North America during the Revolutionary Era

by Barbara DeWolfe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521385423

ISBN-13: 9780521385428

Pub. Date: 09/13/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Discoveries of America is a collection of personal letters written by 18 of the thousands of British emigrants who came to North America in the 15 years preceding the onset of the American Revolution. These accounts are rare: Few letters sent by emigrants during the colonial period exist. The letters reveal the motivations, experiences, characteristics, and emotions…  See more details below

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Discoveries of America is a collection of personal letters written by 18 of the thousands of British emigrants who came to North America in the 15 years preceding the onset of the American Revolution. These accounts are rare: Few letters sent by emigrants during the colonial period exist. The letters reveal the motivations, experiences, characteristics, and emotions of these people who populated America at a crucial time in its history, and provide new insights into the mechanisms of the British-American migration, especially the organization of personal networks of family and friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521385428
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/13/1997
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
A Note on Selection
Editorial Procedures
Introduction1
Nova Scotia
Narrative of Charles Dixon38
Letter of James Metcalf44
Letter of Luke Harrison47
John Robinson and Thomas Rispin, A Journey through Nova Scotia51
Middle Colonies
Letters of James Whitelaw88
Alexander Thomson, News from America108
Letters of Hugh Simm122
Chesapeak
Letter of John Campbell149
Letters of David Duff158
Letter of Thomas Feilde164
North Carolina
Letters of Alexander McAllister170
Letter of Alexander Campbell of Balole183
South Carolina and Georgia
Letters of Alexander Cumine187
Letters of George Ogilvie198
Letter of Thomas Taylor206
Letter of Baikia Harvey210
Letter of Hester Wylly212
Index219

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