A journal of John Griffith (1713-1776) of co. Radnor and Pennsylvania, Quaker, recording his voyage from America to England, 1747-1748 (ff. 2-13, 67v); his itinerary of England and Wales, visiting Quaker meetings and including a visit to his mother in co. Radnor, 1748-1750 (ff. 14-35); his return voyage to America, 1750 (ff. 55-62v, 35v-7v); his second voyage to England, 1750 (ff. 38-54); and personal memoranda (ff. 63v-7, 68r-v). The writer describes his detention at Bayonne (f. 7r-v) and Dax in France in December 1747, his ship having been seized by a French privateer off San Sebastian, and comments upon the superstitions and religious customs of the inhabitants (ff. 7v-11v). Much of the contents of the manuscript was later used in his autobiography, A journal of the life, travels, and labours ... of John Griffith (London, 1779).
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- ReferenceGB 210 NLW MS 23002A.
- Alternative Id.(alternative) vtls004404021(alternative) (WlAbNL)0000404021
- Dates of Creation1747-1750
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish English.
- Physical Description68 ff. (leaves torn out after ff. 13, 30, 54 and 62) ; 150 x 100 mm.
Limp vellum covers.
- LocationARCH/MSS (GB0210)
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Sold at Christie's, 24 June 1992, lot 368, and bought for NLW.
Preferred citation: NLW MS 23002A.