The Vancouver Island Letters of Edmund Hope Verney: 1862-65 by Allan PritchardThe Vancouver Island Letters of Edmund Hope Verney: 1862-65 by Allan Pritchard

The Vancouver Island Letters of Edmund Hope Verney: 1862-65

EditorAllan Pritchard

Paperback | January 1, 1996

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This previously unknown collection of letters lets us experiencecolonial British Columbia through the eyes of a young British navalofficer who spent three years on Vancouver Island commanding a RoyalNavy gunboat during the Cariboo gold rush.

A keen observer of life in the new world, Edmund Hope Verneycorresponded on a regular basis with his father, a prominent BritishMP. In his letters, which are filled with lively narration anddescription, candid commentary, and fascinating personal detail, hetalks about having 'the opportunity to observe a colony in [itsfirst] stage of existence' and to 'watch the development of acommunity.'

Allan Pritchard is Professor Emeritus of English, University of Toronto. He was born and grew up in Comox and now divides his time between Victoria and Galiano Island.
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Title:The Vancouver Island Letters of Edmund Hope Verney: 1862-65Format:PaperbackDimensions:323 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.94 inPublished:January 1, 1996Publisher:Ubc Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0774805730

ISBN - 13:9780774805735

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Table of Contents

Illustrations Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction

 

1. Family and Early Life

2. Letters of Sir Harry and Lady Verney

3. The Voyage Out: England to Vancouver Island

4. Naval Activites

5. Other Activities

6. People and Politics

7. Native Indians

8. Coastal Scenes and Scenery

9. The Return Journey: Vancouver Island to England

10. Later Life

 

Notes

Letters

Notes to Letters

Index

From Our Editors

Vancouver Island Letters of Edmund Hope Verney 1862-65 describes colonial British Columbia through the eyes of a young British naval officer who spent three years on Vancouver Island. A keen observer of life in the new world, Edmund Hope Verney's letters are filled with lively narration and description, candid commentary and fascinating personal detail.

Editorial Reviews

Allan Pritchard ... Has made an excellent job of preserving and editing them for posterity ... A very useful and entertaining source for researchers into the maritime history of the Northwest Coast of America during a crucial phase of its political and economic evolution. - The Mariner’s Mirror