A CADETSHIP IN THE HONOURABLE EAST INDIA COMPANY’S SERVICE, 1805. BEING A SHORT MEMOIR OF EDWARD BLAGDON, BORN 1788 ; DIED 1806.

Gamlen, Florence Mostyn. (Ed.).


£200.00




Oxford, printed at the University Press by John Johnson, 1st.ed., 1931. 43 pp. Qtr. vellum ; grey boards ; fore-edges uncut. 24 x 16cm. Some light general foxing ; boards slightly discoloured with lower corner of rear board cracked ; a pencil annotation & some pencil lines by Jack Simmons, o/w V.G.+ Signed by the Editor : “F. M. Gamlen 5 December 1931” ; numbered No. 3 at the rear of the book ; signature of Jack Simmons (1915-2000, transport historian, emeritus professor at Leicester University, author of Southey, published in 1945 ; his copy.) Bookplate of Denis Gray (Book No. 3069 in his Library). Edward Blagdon was born at Puddington, Devon, 12th October 1788, the second son of a local yeoman who owned Smynacott Farm and 300 or 400 acres in Puddington. Edward and his brothers were young when their father died prematurely, and Mr. Comyns, Junr., Attorney of Witheridge, a small town about four miles from Puddington ; and Edward’s uncle, Mr. Melhuish, Surgeon at Tiverton, some ten miles distant, were appointed guardians of the children. A cadetship with the Hon. East India Company was secured for Edward, the first member of his family to seek employment outside Devonshire. When he set sail in August 1805, the French fleet were out in the Bay of Biscay and would shortly be brought to heel by Nelson. Young Edward, bound for India, arrived safely – but died at Barasat, Bengal, on the 6th August 1806, in his eighteenth year. This scarce book contains Edward Blagdon’s outfitting accounts in London, his letters home, etc. Edward joined the MARIA at Portsmouth, and called at Plymouth, Cork, Falmouth, Madeira, and San Salvadore during the long voyage via the Cape. Edward expresses his love for the sea in his letters home to his guardians. Probably printed in a short limited print run.


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