Manus 34:  Thomas, W.  [Letter Book].  (India, etc.) Edit


Component Unique Identifier
Item 34
Level of Description


  • 1793-1802 (Creation)


  • Scope and Contents

    Language: English.

    Date: 1793-1802.

    Title: Letter book : letters to captains and admirals of the British navy.

    Creator: Thomas, W.

    Place of creation: Bombay and Calcutta, India ; Prince of Wales Island [in modern Alaska?] ; Canton [Modern Guangzhou, China] ; Cape of Good Hope [in modern South Africa], etc.

    Physical description: Paper, 73 leaves (146 p.) ; 24 x 19 cm.

    Summary: Letter book of W. Thomas from 1793-1802. Thomas was a member(?) of the British navy stationed, during the years recorded in this manuscript, at various places in the Empire including Bombay and Calcutta, India and Canton, China. In this book he kept a copy of each piece of correspondence he sent to captains and admirals in the British navy, providing important evidence of the process of colonial administration in these territories. Unfortunately, no more definite information about the identity or biography of the author has yet been determined.

    Note: Bound in contemporary full blind-stamped brown speckled leather ; “Letter Book” and “1793” stamped on front cover ; bookseller’s(?) notes on volume written in pencil inside front cover ; leaf count excludes flyleaves at front and rear, but includes two blank but numbered leaves at beginning of manuscript. Written in brown and black ink in a single hand. Water damage to outer margin of first 25 leaves, affecting text though writing is still legible. Note in pencil inside front cover reads “Kennedy Purchase.” No further information about the history of Brandeis’s acquisition of the volume is known ; possibly the gift of Philip D. Sang.

    Call #: Manus 34