The Narrative of General Venables: With an Appendix of Papers Relating to the Expedition to the West Indies and the Conquest of Jamaica, 1654-1655

The Narrative of General Venables: With an Appendix of Papers Relating to the Expedition to the West Indies and the Conquest of Jamaica, 1654-1655

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The Narrative of General Venables: With an Appendix of Papers Relating to the Expedition to the West Indies and the Conquest of Jamaica, 1654-1655

The Narrative of General Venables: With an Appendix of Papers Relating to the Expedition to the West Indies and the Conquest of Jamaica, 1654-1655

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The papers printed in this volume are a collection from various sources. It was originally intended to insert them in the Appendix to the third volume of the "Clarke Papers" in order to supplement and illustrate several documents relating to the expedition to the West Indies which that volume contains (pp. 54, 77, 86, 203). But as these narratives proved more lengthy than at first calculated, it was judged more convenient to print them separately.

First in order of importance and size is the narrative of General Venables himself, consisting for the most part of an apology for his conduct while in command of the expedition, and concluding with an account of his examination and imprisonment after his return to England. Of this narrative there are two manuscripts in the British Museum, one among the collections of Edward Long, the historian of Jamaica (Add. MS. 12429, ff. 7-72), the other among those of Thomas Povey (Add. MS. 11410, ff. 56-143). Both appear to be copies of the same original. Povey's copy is dated at the end May 7, 1677, and is attested as a true copy by Will. Godsalve. Long's copy, which was made in the 18th century, is slightly modernised. In addition to these there is an earlier, briefer and imperfect version of the narrative in the possession of Mr. Lee Townshend of Gorstage Hall, Cheshire. This version was copied by Dr. Gardiner early in 1899, and kindly placed at the disposal of the editor of this volume. It differs a little in phraseology from Long's manuscript, and also in arrangement, concluding with the . . .

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