Search the Collection
Advanced Search

Copy of a letter addressed to James Backhouse and George W Walker by a convict

Date: 1838
Dimensions:
Overall: 180 x 120 x 9.5 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Booklet
Object No: 00046746

User Terms

    Description
    James Backhouse and George W Walker from England had been on a religious visit to the South Sea Islands and published an address to the convicts of New South Wales. The address was read to the prisoners on Goat Island during Sunday services. This letter was a response to that address, thanking the authors and encouraging them to continue with their religious work.
    SignificanceThis published letter from a New South Wales convict was
    HistoryJames Backhouse and George W Walker from England had been on a religious visit to the South Sea Islands and published an address to the convicts of New South Wales. The address was read to the prisoners on Goat Island during Sunday services. This letter was a response to that address, thanking the authors and encouraging them to continue with their religious work. The author of this letter goes on to relate his previous sins and how he is now at peace even though a prisoner. The letter is only signed WM.

    The prisoners on Goat Island were employed in quarrying stone and building a powder magazine on the island.



    Discuss this Object

    Comments

    Please log in to add a comment.