The History of Leith

May 27, 2006

Fourteen years transportation to Botany Bay

This moral lesson in rhyming couplets has a prose introduction that begins: ‘Giving a sorrowful account of his fourteen years’ transportation to Botany Bay, New South Wales, in February 1808, and his return home to London, in March 1st 1823, with a serious word of advice to all young men and women.’ The poem then opens: ‘My loving countrymen pray lend an ear / Unto these relations I bring you to hear.’ It was published by John Smith of Edinburgh. for more click here

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