An American Quaker in the British Isles: The Travel Journals of Jabez Maud Fisher, 1775-1779

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byJabez Maud FisherEditorKenneth Morgan

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In 1775, a young Philadelphia Quaker was sent by his father to gather detailed information on business conditions in the British Isles. Fisher's travels took him throughout Britain and Ireland, even across the English Channel, and the journals that record his observations provide afascinating and distinctive commentary on the economic and social life of the time. The travel journals are supplemented by Fisher's cameos of merchants in the major trading centres, with lists of all the goods handled. Dr Morgan's edition makes available a text that adds up to a late eighteenth-century version of Defoe's famous Tour.

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These travel diaries form an important portrait of Britain at the moment when the dynamic forces of industrialization were surging through the country. In 1775, a young Philadelphia Quaker was sent by his father to gather detailed information on business conditions in the British Isles. Fisher's travels took him throughout Britain and ...

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In 1775, a young Philadelphia Quaker was sent by his father to gather detailed information on business conditions in the British Isles. Fisher's travels took him throughout Britain and Ireland, even across the English Channel, and the journals that record his observations provide afascinating and distinctive commentary on the economic...

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These travel diaries form an important portrait of Britain at the moment when the dynamic forces of industrialization were surging through the country. In 1775, a young Philadelphia Quaker was sent by his father to gather detailed information on business conditions in the British Isles. Fisher's travels took him throughout Britain and ...

Kenneth Morgan is a Lecturer in History at the West London Institute of Higher Education.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.3 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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These travel diaries form an important portrait of Britain at the moment when the dynamic forces of industrialization were surging through the country. In 1775, a young Philadelphia Quaker was sent by his father to gather detailed information on business conditions in the British Isles. Fisher's travels took him throughout Britain and Ireland, even across the English Channel, and the journals that record his observations provide a fascinating and very distinctive commentary on the economic and social life of the time. Detailed and astute descriptions of British manufacturing and trade are balanced by lively comments on landscape gardening and country houses, and there is much material on the transatlantic connections of the Society of Friends during the American Revolution. The travel journals are supplemented by Fisher's cameos of merchants in the major trading centres, with lists of all the goods handled. Dr Morgan's edition makes available a text that adds up to a late 18th-century version of Defoe's famous Tour.

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'Kenneth Morgan's handsome and scholarly edition of Jabez Fisher's journals ... falls within an important tradition ... This edition will be a great boon to economic historians, while it offers much of value to those interested in eighteenth-century Britain: Fisher was observant, travelledwidely and, thanks to his Quaker contacts, had access to much information.'Jeremy Black, University of Durham, Albion, Summer '93, Vol. 25, No. 2