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

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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.
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"Discoveries of America is a welcomed, meticulously researched addition to the study of the eighteenth-century North Atlantic world." The North Carolina Historical Review

"...this book...will fascinate readers with an interest in the complexities of migration of British emigrants who dared to cross the Atlantic and write home about their experience in the New World in order to invite others to follow their example." Marianne S. Wokeck, Michigan Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521385428
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/1997
  • 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
Introduction 1
Nova Scotia
Narrative of Charles Dixon 38
Letter of James Metcalf 44
Letter of Luke Harrison 47
John Robinson and Thomas Rispin, A Journey through Nova Scotia 51
Middle Colonies
Letters of James Whitelaw 88
Alexander Thomson, News from America 108
Letters of Hugh Simm 122
Chesapeak
Letter of John Campbell 149
Letters of David Duff 158
Letter of Thomas Feilde 164
North Carolina
Letters of Alexander McAllister 170
Letter of Alexander Campbell of Balole 183
South Carolina and Georgia
Letters of Alexander Cumine 187
Letters of George Ogilvie 198
Letter of Thomas Taylor 206
Letter of Baikia Harvey 210
Letter of Hester Wylly 212
Index 219
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