Home Extra,(Duff) 1796-1803

Scope and Content

includes letters from:

[? Thomas Haweis], London - comparative costs of ships to South Seas; extracts from missionaries letters (1798)

Joseph Hardcastle, London - possible reasons for difference in costs; plan for first mission to form a Christian Society among heathen; paper (1798) on proposals for second South Seas expedition, importance of mantaining communication

joint letter by Thomas Haweis, Robert Cowie and Joseph Hardcastle - report on Sandwich [Hawaiian] Islands and Marquesas islands [Iles Marquises, later French Polynesia]

[- Cox] - quotes for taking 20 missionaries to Tahiti

report of the committee of shipping (Joseph Hardcastle, Robert Cowie and John Eyre) - estimated cost of purchasing ship and taking missionaries to South Seas; ethics of commerce therewith

James Wilson, Rio de Janeiro - voyage of Duff thus far

pencil notes on Duff registry 1796 to 1803; memoranda re Duff from Registry

1801 copy of certificate of British registry, Custom House (London) 1796

2 insurance policies (1798) for Duff, China to London

draft letter of instructions (1796) to Captain James Wilson as amended in 1798 for Thomas Robson

Missionary Society, London - draft (1796) regulations for voyage of Duff

copy of letter of credit (1796) for Captain James Wilson, signed by Joseph Hardcastle, Samuel Parker, Henry Cox and John Fenn

report of publication committee (1798); assignment of copyright on Duff journal (1799) to Thomas Chapman (bookseller)

wording of a charterparty between Joseph Hardcastle, Robert Cowie, Henry Cox and Thomas Robson and East India Company [dated 10 May 1799, not signed or sealed - the vessel had been captured 19 Feb 1799]

Thomas Robson and others, Lisbon - protest to Francis Arbouin (British vice-consul) against Portuguese capture of Duff; account of events and treatment (English, with 2 copies in Portuguese)

Marcos da Costa Guimarresi [Marcos da Costa Guimarains] (1800) - demand on the Missionary Society in respect of his claimed purchase of the Postillion deAmerique (in Portuguese)

Missionary Society case to rebut Marcos da Costa Guimarains' claim, with copies of letters mainly by William Howell, Knaresborough [Yorkshire] , with Thomas Erskine's legal opinion written at the end of the document

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Other Finding Aids

Detailed list available at the School of Oriental and African Studies for 1764-1800, Box 1, folders 1 to 6 (ref: A1) is available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library.

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