To the late HUDSON RALPH JANISCH, C.M.G., Governor of St. Helena, the public at large are indebted for compiling, from the old Record Books at the Castle, the St. Helena Records, Letters to and from England, &c., and thus enabling me to publish them. The manuscript has been closely followed in every particular,—viz: orthography, punctuation, etcetera. I note this fact because the reader will find several words spelt in both the old and modern style occurring in the same paragraph.
Probably there are no Records of other British settlements more interesting or saddening than those which are to be found in these pages. Amongst the many incidents of the early days of the Island's history, herein recapitulated, several will be found to be highly ludicrous and entertaining, while some are revolting in the extreme.
There are many extracts from the Record Books (thanks to our present Governor—Lieut.-Colonel GRANT BLUNT, R.E.) in my possession which have not yet been published, but may, at some future time, be placed before the public.
In the hope of meeting with success in my present undertaking, I now lay before the world the "ST. HELENA RECORDS"—or, what may be justly called, the HISTORY OF ST. HELENA from 1673 to 1835.
ST. HELENA, April, 1885.
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Details of the original:
Janisch, H. R. Extracts from the St. Helena Records. Grant, St. Helena, 1885.
Text: pp. 240.
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