Captain Cartwright and his Labrador Journal Edited by Charles Wendell Townsend, M.D.
5" x 8"
George Cartwright was born February 12, 1739, in Nottinghamshire, England. He later joined the army, serving in India and Germany and advancing to the rank of captain.
He made his first visit to Labrador in March 1770, after entering into partnership with a Lieutenant Lucas, and Perkins and Coghlan of Bristol, to carry on business in Labrador under the name of Perkins, Coghlan, Carwright and Lucas.
During his time in Laberador, he wrote a three volume diary: Journal of Transactions and Events During a Residency of Nearly Sixteen Years on the Coast of Labrador, which was published in 1792.
Newfoundland historian, Judge Daniel Prowse, called the Journal one of the most remarkable books ever written.
English poet Samuel Coolridge applauded what he called its "strange simplicity."
In the summer of 2000 my husband, Peter, and I visited Labrador, going to often abonded communities stretching from Lodge Bay to Chateau Bay.
On our return, we became more familiar with the writings of Englishmen Captain George Cartwright who paid his first visit to Labrador in 1770 and later wrote a three volume diary title Journal of Transactions and Events During a Residency of Nearly Sixteen Years on the Coast of Labrador, which was published in 1792, six years after he left the coast.
We found that Charles Wendell Townsend had published an edited version of the Journal in 1911, which was now out of print and no longer readily available to the public.
Because Cartwright's Journal is os interesting and provides such a wonderful insight into his daily life in 1770s Labrador, we decided it was well worth bringing out again.
Jean Edwards Stacey
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