Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 608 (S.7.2)
Title: Journal of The Rebel Expedition
Date of Creation: Not assigned
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Captain Durben.
On the first fly-leaf, written in a plain, open hand, is the short title: "Journal of The Rebel Expedition". On the second fly-leaf, written in a schoolmaster hand, is the full title: "An exact Copy of A Journal of the Route, and Proceedings of 1100 Rebels, who marched from Cambridge, in Massachusets Bay, under the Command of a Colonel Arnold, in the fall of the year 1775; to attack Quebec: But providentially failed in their Rebellious Attempt to subdue it; Although there were not 100 Regular Troops in the Garrison: So bravely was it defended by the Seamen, the Militia & those few Regulars. - I mean particularly that Body of the Militia called the British".
The first page begins as follows: "N.B. The Sense and Meaning of the Original - which was kept by a Captain Durben - are strictly adhered to in this Copy; but the Orthography, Syntax, and diction of it were so extremely deficient, and even barbarous, if I may be allowed the Expression, that it would have been highly ridiculous to have transcribed it verbatim".
At the foot of page 1 is this note: "This was given to me by Mr. Robertson Surgeon of his Majesty's Ship Juno who procured a genuine Copy of the Journal at Quebec. He assured me that I might depend on its being faithfully transcribed; and I know that I can depend on any thing he asserts. William Hunter". Folio.
The MS. does not seem to have been published. At the end are four Appendixes, containing copies of relative documents. The Author seems to have been an obscure individual. No account of him has been obtained
Physical Description: In bound volume
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Journal
Bibliography: Transcription published in Chapter Two of Stephen Darley, Voices from a Wilderness Exhibition (2011); John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), p. 441.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Durben fl.1775
provenance: Robertson fl.c.1775
Naval surgeon, H.M.S. Juno.
subject: Benedict Arnold 1741-1801
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