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Discoveries of America

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


  • Date Published: September 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521385428

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  • Discoveries of America is a collection of personal letters written by eighteen of the thousands of British emigrants who came to North America in the fifteen 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 insights into the mechanisms of the British-American migration, especially the organisation of personal networks of family and friends.

    • Includes valuable collection of 41 letters and 3 pamphlets
    • Foreword by Bernard Bailyn, the most distinguised living American historian
    • Offers a compelling insight into the life of British emigrants who came to North America
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521385428
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's Preface
    Note on Selection
    Editorial Procedures
    Part I. Nova Scotia: Narratives of Charles Dixon
    Letter of James Metcalf
    Letter of Luke Harrison
    John Robinson and Thomas Rispin, 'Journey through Nova Scotia'
    Part II. Middle Colonies: Letters of James Whitelaw
    Alexander Thomson, 'News from America
    ' Letters of Hugh Simm
    Part IV. Chesapeake: Letter of John Campbell
    Letters of David Duff
    Letter of Thomas Feilde
    Part V. North Carolina: Letters of Alexander McAllister
    Letter of Alexander Campbell of Ballole
    Part VI. South Carolina and Georgia: Letters of Alexander Cumine
    Letters of George Ogilvie
    Letter of Thomas Taylor
    Letter of Baikia Harvey
    Letter of Hester Wylly.

  • Editor

    Barbara DeWolfe, Harvard University, Massachusetts


    Bernard Bailyn

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