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Record 12800

Reading Experience:

'Lord Grey's despatches have arrived...[prisoners gather to hear proclamation read aloud] when Captain Bance unfolded his papers the burliest burglar held his breath for a time. Neptune to proceed firthwith to Van Diemen's Land; on arrival there prisoners to receive (in compensation for the hardships of their long voyage and detention) her Gracious Majesty's "conditional pardon" - except "the prisoner Mitchel", whose case, Lord Grey says, being entirely different from all the others, is reserved for separate consideration, but special instructions respecting it are to be forwarded to the governor of Van Diemen's Land. When the reader came to the exception of "the prisoner Mitchel", he raised his voice, and spoke with impressive solemnity. In a moment all eyes, of officers, sailors, prisoners, soldiers, were fastened on my face; if they read anything but scorn [in italics], then my face belied my heart.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 13 Feb 1850
Country: South Africa
Time: daytime
Place: city: Cape Town
other location: on board the "Neptune", in Simon's Bay
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Captain Bance
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Captain of Royal Navy
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: South Africa
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
prisoners, soldiers, sailors and officers on board the Neptune, including John Mitchel
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Lord Grey
Title: [Dispatch from the Government respecting fate of convicts on ship]
Genre: Law
Form of Text: Manuscript: Sheet
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 12800  
Source - Print  
  Author: John Mitchel
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Jail Journal
  Place of Publication: Dublin
  Date of Publication: 1913
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 217-218
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: John Mitchel, Jail Journal (Dublin, 1913), p. 217-218,, accessed: 04 December 2023

Additional comments:



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