The Cruise of the Pearl Round the World.
With an Account of the Operations of the Naval Brigade in India.London, Richard Bentley, 1859 Stock Code: 129735
NotesFirst edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the title page "with the Author's compts". Williams was the chaplain onboard HMS Pearl, whose crew were called upon to help put down the Indian Mutiny. After sailing to South America, Honolulu and the Sandwich Islands, the ship's company hears news of the uprising while docked in Hong Kong. Along with HMS Shannon, the ship was sent to Calcutta. Williams gives his first-hand description of what he believes to be "the only example in English history of officers and seamen of the Royal Navy leaving their ships, and taking their guns seven or eight miles into the interior of a great continent" (p. v). They served with such distinction in Goruckpure that the governor-general, Lord Canning, refused to let them return to their ship "without the satisfaction of seeing peace restored to the rich districts which they had protected" (p. 297).
Octavo. Original blue cloth, gilt lettering and decoration to spine, elaborate panelling in blind to boards.
Spine a little rubbed, tips bumped, very light foxing to the text block. A very good copy.
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