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Notes on the West Indies

Notes on the West Indies
Written during the Expedition under the Command of the Late General Sir Ralph Abercromby
3 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Slavery and Abolition

  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108024280

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  • George Pinckard (1768–1835) was an army surgeon who arrived in the West Indies in 1796. His letters to a friend were published as Notes on the West Indies in 1806; a second edition came out in 1816. Volume 1 deals with the delays in England (due to bad weather) before setting sail, the voyage, and his eventual arrival in Barbados. Volume 2 continues his detailed description of life in that island, particularly regarding slavery and medical matters. Volume 3 covers his secondment to Dutch Guiana where illness from yellow fever was rife. Recovering from it himself, he was able to give a detailed account of his symptoms. He was not impressed by the Dutch treatment of slaves and half-castes. An educated man, accustomed to careful observation of patients, Pinckard gives a valuable commentary on life in the Caribbean, perhaps typifying the responses of a westerner of his class.

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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108024280
    • dimensions: 320 x 250 x 70 mm
    • weight: 2.13kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Concerning the correspondence of distant friends
    2. Scenery, promenades, amusements, &c. of Southampton
    3. The author returns to London with Doctor Master
    4. Author returns to Southampton
    5. Author and his comrades detained in suspense at Portsmouth
    6. Author receives instructions to proceed to Cork in the Bridgewater transport
    7. Author goes to Spithead and St. Helen's with Dr. Henderson, in search of the Bridgewater transport
    8. Author and his colleagues joined by Dr. Cleghorn
    9. Author and his comrades embark on board the Ulysses at Spithead
    10. Leeward Island division of the expedition puts to sea
    11. A dreadful storm overtakes the fleet
    12. Military incertitude not inferior to the glorious uncertainty of the law
    13. Author and his comrades again on shore
    14. Perilous expedition of the author and others to the Motherbank
    15. Excursion to the Commerce de Marseilles at St. Helen's
    16. Convoy sails on the 9th of December
    17. The new year mild and of good promise
    18. Lord Sheffield arrives at Barbadoes
    19. Ceremony of cleaning and painting West India ships
    20. Author continues to address his friend, although he cannot send away his letters
    21. Author and his comrades live on board ship at Barbadoes
    22. Meat sold alive in the market at Barbadoes
    23. Sunday a day of festivity among the slaves
    24. Author and his comrades receive kind attentions from Mr. B. Hinde
    25. Author and his comrades make an excursion to Col. Williams's
    26. Convoys and packet still delayed
    27. Marooning excursion to the windward coast of Barbadoes
    28. Still no tidings of the Commander in Chief, or the Convoy
    29. Author claims the freedom of 'noting' upon all subjects
    30. Author sends his friends a list of the ships of the convoy which had reached Barbadoes
    31. Senate house, and general assembly of Barbadoes
    32. A packet arrives at Barbadoes. Volume 2:
    1. Author and his friends wait for General Whyte, and the Cork convoy
    2. Author apprehensive of fatiguing his friend with tales of delay and disappointment
    3. A common signal of alarm converted into an ensign of joy
    4. Creole languor from heat of climate
    5. A surgical operation performed with great dexterity by a negro
    6. General remarks concerning Barbadoes
    7. Further hope, and further disappointment
    8. Author separated from his long associated comrades
    9. Destination of the expedition
    10. Author again upon terra firma
    11. A detachment of the expedition proceeds to Berbische
    12. Barbadoes the metropolis of the West Indies
    13. Terms of capitulation of the colonies of the coast of Guiana
    14. The author is left in the colonies of Guiana, instead of proceeding to St. Domingo
    15. Bush Negroes in the woods of Guiana
    16. Description of house and furniture occupied by the medical staff at La Bourgade
    17. Author's duties lead him to the colony of Berbische
    18. Author embarks on board a commissariat sloop to proceed from Demarara to Berbische
    19. Situation of Fort St. Andrew
    20. A Dutch 'vendue' of slaves
    21. Politeness and hospitality of Governor Van Battenburg towards the author
    22. News reaches Berbische of the capture of the island of St. Lucia
    23. Indolence and visionary difficulties often the bane of our gratification. Volume 3:
    1. Author apprehensive of having wearied his friend with the detail of his river excursion
    2. Captain Maxwell and the author make an excursion to Mynheer Roboloski's
    3. Medical discussions promoted by Governor an Battenburg
    4. Author apprehensive lest his unanswered notes should provoke feelings of repentance in his friend
    5. Author suddenly recalled to the colony of Demarara on account of increased sickness among the troops
    6. Author called from La Bourgade to Mahaica, on account of the prevailing sickness among the troops
    7. Barbarous murder of a slave
    8. Troops sickly
    9. Visit to Major Prauel's

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    George Pinckard

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