JOURNAL OF A YOUNG MAN OF MASSACHUSETTS, Late a Surgeon On Board an American Privateer, Who was Captured at Sea by the British, In May, Eighteen Hundred and Thirteen, and was Confined First, at Melville Island, Halifax, then at Chatham, in England, and Last, at Dartmoor Prison. Interspersed with Observations, Anecdotes and Remarks, Tending to Illustrate the Moral and Political Characters of Three Nations. To Which is Added, a Correct Engraving of Dartmoor Prison, Represnting the Massacre of American Prisoners. Written by Himself. "Nothing extenuate, or set down aught in malice." Shakespeare
JOURNAL OF A YOUNG MAN OF MASSACHUSETTS, Late a Surgeon On Board an American Privateer, Who was Captured at Sea by the British, In May, Eighteen Hundred and Thirteen, and was Confined First, at Melville Island, Halifax, then at Chatham, in England, and Last, at Dartmoor Prison. Interspersed with Observations, Anecdotes and Remarks, Tending to Illustrate the Moral and Political Characters of Three Nations. To Which is Added, a Correct Engraving of Dartmoor Prison, Represnting the Massacre of American Prisoners. Written by Himself. "Nothing extenuate, or set down aught in malice." Shakespeare

JOURNAL OF A YOUNG MAN OF MASSACHUSETTS, Late a Surgeon On Board an American Privateer, Who was Captured at Sea by the British, In May, Eighteen Hundred and Thirteen, and was Confined First, at Melville Island, Halifax, then at Chatham, in England, and Last, at Dartmoor Prison. Interspersed with Observations, Anecdotes and Remarks, Tending to Illustrate the Moral and Political Characters of Three Nations. To Which is Added, a Correct Engraving of Dartmoor Prison, Represnting the Massacre of American Prisoners. Written by Himself. "Nothing extenuate, or set down aught in malice." Shakespeare

(Boston: Printed by Rowe and Hooper, 1816).

FIRST EDITION. A rousing tale of life on an American privateer before capture. The schooner was captured by the British and the seaman aboard placed under arrest. This is the tale of their travels from prison to prison . In December 1812, the author, still a young man, volunteered as surgeon aboard a schooner setting out from Salem in Massachusetts. The ship sailed as a privateer, and as was common during the period of the War of 1812 carried both English and American flags making use of either depending on the circumstances she found herself in.
The voyage began with a cruise to the south and an anchoring off the coast of Brazil, then north again to the United States and the waters of the Atlantic coastline. Along the way there were various encounters and escapes from British ships, but off Gay Head and Martha's Vineyard, the schooner was captured by a British frigate. The ensuing tale relates the journey of a captured sailor, from one prison to another. The author writes well and his observations and opinions give a great amount of information concerning the tonsiderations, reflections and thinking of a young American during the early years of the new nation.
There are tales of escape attempts and the consequences suffered upon capture. The author supplies through his words an interesting view of the people encountered along the way, especially the British, certain native Americans and others. The engraving shows the general layout of Dartmoor Prison located in Princetown, County Devon. Dartmoor Prison is still in use to the present day. Item #70210

First Edition. Illustrated with a fine folding frontispiece engraving of the Dartmoor Prison. 12mo, handsomely bound to style in full polished mottled calf, the spine with fillet bands in gilt and a red morocco lettering label gilt. 228 pp. complete. A very handsome copy, the binding in fine condition, the text-block somewhat mellowed and tanned due to the paper stock used by the printer, the folding plate of the prison is complete and in pleasing condition with only a small closed tear at the fold not affecting the words or image and sealed at the back in expert fashion.

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