Journal of a Lady of Quality

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CHAPTER III
Residence in North Carolina

Brunswick.*

WE got safe on shore, † and tho' quite dark landed from the boat with little trouble, and proceeded thro' rows of tar and pitch to the house of a mercht, to whom we had been recommended.‡ He received us in a hall, which tho' not very orderly, had a cheerful look, to which a large carron stove ||

* Except for the ruins of St. Philip's Church and a few disinterred frag-
ments, the town of Brunswick has today entirely disappeared and the site is
included within the boundaries of Orton plantation. See Appendix IV.

† In Appendix V is printed Alexander Schaw's description of North
Carolina, written in London and dated the October after his arrival in 1775.
It supplements his sister's account written in quite a different vein.

‡ One of the most agreeable incidents connected with the editing of Miss
Schaw's journal has been the discovery of the exact entries of the arrival of
the Jamaica Packet and the Rebecca, in an old Brunswick customs book of
entrances and clearances kept by William Dry, the collector. This book, con-
taining the entrances from 1773 to July, 1775, and the clearances from 1763
to '775> was discovered by Mr. James Sprunt of Wilmington, "in the ruins
of a house, said to have been the residence of Nathaniel Rice," and is now in
his possession. We are greatly indebted to Mr. Sprunt for the privilege of
examining this sadly mutilated but invaluable manuscript. The entries are
as follows:

"January 31, 1775, Jamaica Packet, Thomas Smith Captain, Brig, 80 tons,
no guns, 8 men, built in Mass. 1772, registered Kirkaldy, 22 Oct. 1774, George
Parker owner, ballast from Antigua, "signed" Thos Smith."

"February 14, 1775, Rebecca, Hugh Seater, Brig, 50 tons, no guns, 6 men,
built in Mass. 1764, registered Basseterre, 29 Dec. 1774, Richard Quince
owner, ballast, from St. Kitts." This entry is not signed, but one later, of
July 2, 1775, when the Rebecca returned from another voyage to St. Kitts,
bringing sugar and rum, is signed "Hugh Seater."

|| A Carron stove was one made at the Carron Iron Works on the Carron
River in Stirlingshire, Scotland. The works were started in 1760 and are

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction to the Bison Books Edition v
  • Contents xv
  • Illustrations xvi
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter I - The Voyage to the West Indies 19
  • Chapter II - Antigua and St. Christopher 78
  • Chapter III - Residence in North Carolina 144
  • Chapter IV - Sojourn in Lisbon 216
  • Appendices 255
  • Index 335
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