THE CAPTAIN’S WIFE. THE SOUTH AMERICAN JOURNALS OF MARIA GRAHAM, 1821-23.

Mavor, Elizabeth.


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1st.ed., 1993. Xiv + 187 pp. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. On the 11th August 1821, the 42-gun frigate HMS DORIS sailed out of Falmouth Harbour bound for Brazil. In command was Captain Thomas Graham, RN., his Admiralty orders instructing him to safeguard British trading interests on the Brazilian coast. Accompanying Captain Graham was his 36-year-old wife, Maria, who kept a journal from the outset. She records storms at sea, earthquakes ashore, illness and revolution, intrepid horseback journeys and the many important people she was introduced to, including Bernardo O’Higgins and Lord Cochrane, the latter being the brilliant naval officer exiled from Britain on charges of fraud and assisting in winning independence for Brazil and Chile from Spain. Maria was mother to the young midshipman aboard the DORIS, dined with banditti, was outraged when she visited slave markets, and recorded all she saw as she accompanied her husband on his delicate mission on the coast and inland in Brazil and Chile.


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