Notes of an Exile to Van Dieman's Land: comprising incidents of the Canadian Rebellion in 1838, trial of the author in Canada, and subsequent appearance before Her Majesty's Court of Queen's Bench, in London, imprisonment in England, and Transportation to Van Dieman's Land. CANADIAN EXILE, Linus Wilson MILLER.
Notes of an Exile to Van Dieman's Land: comprising incidents of the Canadian Rebellion in 1838, trial of the author in Canada, and subsequent appearance before Her Majesty's Court of Queen's Bench, in London, imprisonment in England, and Transportation to Van Dieman's Land.

Notes of an Exile to Van Dieman's Land…
Notes of an Exile to Van Dieman's Land: comprising incidents of the Canadian Rebellion in 1838, trial of the author in Canada, and subsequent appearance before Her Majesty's Court of Queen's Bench, in London, imprisonment in England, and Transportation to Van Dieman's Land.

Fredonia: New York, 1846.

Octavo; light spotting throughout, but a very good copy in twentieth-century quarter green morocco, raised bands.

Scarcest of the Canadian exile accounts

First edition and scarce: 'A most vivid and interesting account of the convict system in Tasmania from within by a political prisoner, who publishes testimonials to his upright character and reliability from Tasmanian public men' (Ferguson).

First edition and scarce: 'A most vivid and interesting account of the convict system in Tasmania from within by a political prisoner, who publishes testimonials to his upright character and reliability from Tasmanian public men' (Ferguson).

Miller was transported to Van Diemen's Land after the 1837 "Patriotic Movement" of Canadian rebels, which was quickly and easily defeated. Miller, like many of the rebels, was actually a citizen of the United States, a fact that did him few favours in Australia. Of the central figures in the uprising 29 were executed, 8 deported to Bermuda and no less than 149 to Australia. Initially removed to the Hulks on the Thames, Miller was among the second group transported to Van Diemens Land, arriving in Hobart on the Canton in January 1840. Unlike the French-Canadians who ended up in the stockade near Concord in the west of Sydney, the rebels who were transported to Van Diemens Land were more harshly treated. Miller was finally pardoned and sailed from Hobart in September 1846.

No fewer than nine individual accounts of the Canadian exiles were published, and Miller's is one of the scarcest.

Cohen, 4305; Ferguson, 4349; Howes, M613; Lande, 1980; Story, p. 699; TPL, 2790.

Price (AUD): $5,850.00  other currencies Ref: #3410347

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