The History of Leith

April 26, 2006

The Unhappy Transport’s Letter to his Father and Mother in Edinburgh

This broadside letter begins: ‘Dear Parents, I embrace this opportunity of writing, hoping these lines will find you well. With respect to myself I have little to say: I have been most miserable in this unhappy land. I have suffered every degradation of life: insult upon insult have been heaped upon me; I have been obliged to associate with the most depraved of human beings, my master’s men.’ The letter was apparently written on the 4th of September 1831, from Jenk’s Planation, Vandieman’s, and is signed, ‘Your unfortunate son, John Paterson’. for more click here

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