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Parsons, William C
MOTHER, THIS IS A SHORT NARRATIVE OF SOME OF THE OCCURRENCES DURING MY ABSENCE FROM YOU AND MY BELOVED RELATIVES [manuscript caption title]
[N.p.], 1849. Folio. Contemporary marbled wrappers, stitched. Some light wear to wrappers, but internally clean and fresh. Very good. Autograph manuscript of William C. Parsons, a British sailor of the merchant marine. Parsons' nautical career spanned some twenty-one years and included service on about thirty-five ships. His narrative begins on leaving England in 1822 and goes through 1843. His was a typical sailor's life of the period: suffering under despotic captains, press gangs, tempests, and shipwreck. The author spares the reader no detail of his personal bravery and is at pains to leave an impression of his self-sufficiency and sense of fair play throughout some harrowing escapades, particularly on the Pacific coast of South America during the wars of independence. An educated man, Parsons' career advances until he rises to become mate on the ship, eventually settling in America and taking command of a trading vessel that plys the Eastern Seaboard. Much of the narrative takes place in the Americas, either on the west coast of South America or in United States ports. This autobiography is written to Parsons' mother and seems to have been a response to a box of gifts sent to him from England. Parsons reciprocated by sending his own box of curiosities to be shared among his family members (not present here), including tapa cloth, Indian beadwork, and articles made from wood from various famous ships, all of which are described in the separate letter. Of particular interest is Parsons' description of sitting for his daguerreotype portrait by Mr. Cohill, which he include … [Click Below for Full Description]
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