William Ford diary, [1837-1841] | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Formerly cataloged under the title: Manuscript diary of early 19th-century sea captain who sailed in the 1830s for the West Indies ...
Manuscript diary of William Ford, Royal Marines, an officer on H.M.S. Racehorse, relating to his experiences on the British patrol ship in the western Atlantic and Caribbean. Includes observations on British naval life, information on the British naval mission, and the social and economic life of ports of call in Canada, the United States, and the West Indies.
fol. r-v: [Entries dated 1837-1838] -- fol. v-r: [Entries dated 1839] -- fol. r-v: [Entries dated 1840] -- fol. v-v: [Entries dated 1841] -- fol. r-v: [Blank] -- fol. r: [Pencil drawing of Tenerife and Porto Santo Island] -- fol. v: [Acrostic poem "On Catholic Emancipation" (cf. La belle assemble?e, June 1820, p. 271)].
Brichford, M.J., R.M. Sutton, and D.F. Walle. Manuscripts guide to collections at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1976), p. 313
Guide to British naval papers in North America (1994), 767
Title supplied by cataloger.
Inscription by author on front fly-leaf: W Ford - HMS Racehorse. Plymouth.
Binding: Contemporary half blind- and gold-tooled red leather and marbled paper over pasteboards; brown endpapers; marbled edges; affixed to the outside of the front board is a manuscript label "Private."
Provenance: Inscription in pencil on rear fly-leaf: "Arabella Taylor / High Cross House / Sampford Peverill [sic] / near Swinton / Devon" -- Purchased from A. L. Rowse, 26 Nov. 1958.