Wright, Philip. (Ed.).


Institute of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica, a new & revised edition, 1966. Xxxiv + 331 pp., port. frontis., + 22 other plates, a sketch map (fldg.) ; map e.p’s, & a genealogical table. Green cloth ; gilt. 23 x 16cm. Nr.FINE. Maria Nugent accompanied her husband, George Nugent, newly-appointed Governor of Jamaica, to the fever-ridden island in the Caribbean in 1801. Those who regularly attended dinners and other social and business gatherings at Government House, included naval officers from nearby ships in Kingston Harbour. Among them was the C-in-C on the Jamaica station, Admiral Lord Hugh Seymour, whose tragic and sudden death from fever was to blight Lady Nugent’s early months on the island. Her account of her residence in Jamaica was first printed in 1839 for private circulation only, just five years after the death of its author. She went on to reside in India from 1811 to 1815, and the Jamaica journal, together with extracts from her Indian journal, were published in 1907, with subsequent editions in 1934 and 1939. She describes the administrative, social, naval and military events in Jamaica, providing lively descriptions of all she saw and heard. The wars with France and her allies were in full swing, and the British West Indian colonies were vital to Britain. The Royal Navy and the British army were very active throughout the era. It was also a slave-owning society and she observed with a keen eye all the official and un-official visitors to the Governor’s mansion in Spanish Town.

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