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Gratefull to Providence - The Diary and Accounts of Matthew Flinders 1785 - 1802

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Gratefull to Providence - The Diary, A Diaries and account books provide rich evidence for daily life at the time - and the early years of Matthew Flinders, credited with naming Australia.

This volume presents [and completes] the edition of the diary and account books of Matthew Flinders, surgeon and apothecary of Donington in south Lincolnshire. His son, also Matthew, who later won renown as the first circumnavigator of Australia, appears here as a schoolboy, choosing not to follow his father as an apothecary but pursuing instead a career at sea.

The diary records the social life of Donington - magical deceptions at the Bull and the visit of a theatre company - and the joys and sorrows of family life. Flinders's success in business led to investments in land and government securities, yet his fear of poverty was never far away and his wish to sell up and retire was never realised. The war with France is a recurring theme, both in the ever-increasing taxes imposed to pay for it, and in the local patriotism evoked by Nelson's victory at the Nile, and that of the 'Glorious First of June' in which the young Matthew took part. Other national events shown to impinge on country life and mentioned in the diary include the king's recovery from madness in 1789 [celebrated by the illumination of the whole town]. Overall, it affords a rare glimpse into everyday life at the time.

The condition of the book is used Very Good with no shelf wear to the sleeve, the front and back covers and all pages in between are as new with no marks or stains.

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Author(s):
Martyn Beardsley and Matthew Bennet
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Dimensions:
25 x 17 cm
Edition:
First Edition - 2007
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
306
Publisher:
The Lincoln Record Society - The Boydell Press
Title:
Grateful to Providence - The Diary and Accounts of Matthew Flinders 1785 - 1802

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Gratefull to Providence - The Diary, A Diaries and account books provide rich evidence for daily life at the time - and the early years of Matthew Flinders, credited with naming Australia.

This volume presents [and completes] the edition of the diary and account books of Matthew Flinders, surgeon and apothecary of Donington in south Lincolnshire. His son, also Matthew, who later won renown as the first circumnavigator of Australia, appears here as a schoolboy, choosing not to follow his father as an apothecary but pursuing instead a career at sea.

The diary records the social life of Donington - magical deceptions at the Bull and the visit of a theatre company - and the joys and sorrows of family life. Flinders's success in business led to investments in land and government securities, yet his fear of poverty was never far away and his wish to sell up and retire was never realised. The war with France is a recurring theme, both in the ever-increasing taxes imposed to pay for it, and in the local patriotism evoked by Nelson's victory at the Nile, and that of the 'Glorious First of June' in which the young Matthew took part. Other national events shown to impinge on country life and mentioned in the diary include the king's recovery from madness in 1789 [celebrated by the illumination of the whole town]. Overall, it affords a rare glimpse into everyday life at the time.

The condition of the book is used Very Good with no shelf wear to the sleeve, the front and back covers and all pages in between are as new with no marks or stains.

Added value:
First Edition
Author(s):
Martyn Beardsley and Matthew Bennet
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
25 x 17 cm
Edition:
First Edition - 2007
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
306
Publisher:
The Lincoln Record Society - The Boydell Press
Title:
Grateful to Providence - The Diary and Accounts of Matthew Flinders 1785 - 1802

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