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Autobiography of James Silk Buckingham

Autobiography of James Silk Buckingham
Including his Voyages, Travels, Adventures, Speculations, Successes and Failures
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia

  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108038591

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  • James Silk Buckingham (1786–1855) was a writer who travelled extensively and published accounts of his adventures in places such as India, Persia, Egypt, and Palestine. He first went to sea as a boy, and spent a period as a Spanish prisoner-of-war. He was expelled from India in 1823 for criticising the East India Company and the Bengal government. Back in London, he was a supporter of political, social and military reform, and served as the first MP for Sheffield, from 1832 to 1837. He founded several journals, including The Athenaeum, a weekly London periodical. On retiring from Parliament, he left for North America, where he spent nearly four years, and was highly critical of America's economic dependence on slavery. This autobiography, which remained incomplete at his death, was published in 1855, and shows the range of his interests, his energy, and his desire for social and political reform.

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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108038591
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 53 mm
    • weight: 1.17kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Reasons for writing this autobiography
    2. Excitement of the French Revolution, in 1792
    3. My going to sea at length determined on
    4. Sailing from Falmouth, after adieus and struggles
    5. Second voyage to Lisbon in the same ship
    6. Disastrous issue for my third voyage to Lisbon
    7. Setting out on our march through Galicia
    8. The English fleet of Sir John Jervis entering the Tagus
    9. Complete change in the current of my life
    10. Life of ease and pleasure passed on shore
    11. Determination to resume my original sea-life
    12. Delay in the arrival of an expected ship
    13. First voyage to the West Indies in the Titus
    14. Portuguese merchants from Lisbon and Oporto
    15. Voyage to Virginia, in America, in the ship Rising States
    16. First appointment as Captain of a West Indiaman, at twenty-one
    17. First entertainment at a military mess-room
    18. Homeward voyage from the Bahama Islands
    19. Association with captains, merchants, and ship-owners
    20. Anticipations and preparations for the Mediterranean
    21. Departure from Gibraltar for Malta
    22. Departure from Malta for the Archipelago. Volume 2:
    1. Voyage through the Straits of Scio to Smyrna
    2. New phase of life. Gaiety and pleasure in London
    3. Stay at Malta and agreeable parties there
    4. Agreeable stay at Smyrna, notwithstanding the plague
    5. Sail from Smyrna with a companion, the Hermes
    6. Elegant hospitalities and agreeable parties in England
    7. Sail for Smyrna. Leaving goods behind at Malta
    8. Embark for Egypt in the schooner Theodosia
    9. Voyage from Alexandria to Rosetta by the Lakes
    10. Offer to transport ships across the Desert of Suez
    11. Visit a caravan of slaves from the interior of Africa
    12. Descent of the Nile from Nubia, and the Cataracts
    13. Descent of the Nile from Keneh to Cairo
    14. Journey in search of the ancient canal
    15. Journey through the land of Goshen
    16. First interview with Mohammed Ali Pasha
    17. Departure for India by Suez and the Red Sea
    18. Voyage from Jedda by Loheia and Hodeida to Mocha
    19. Entrance to the noble harbour of Bombay
    20. Mercantile want of confidence in the Egyptian Pasha
    21. Voyage from Bombay to Suez by the Red Sea
    22. Arrival at Suez, and journey across the desert.

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