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Memoirs of a seafaring life (1796)

by William Spavens

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Rodger, N. A. M.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The many favours I have received from the worthy people of Louth and its vicinity, inspire me with the warmest sentiments of gratitude; it is a tribute due to their humanity, which I cannot withhold: I was languishing in pain, and pining in want, but they administered relief, and gave me every comfort my deplorable condition could receive; and now again they kindly step forward in supporting the publication of my Narrative. To them and the rest of my kind subscribers let my trifling Publication be humbly dedicated; I trust their Goodness will excuse its deficiencies.

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Very few eighteenth-century seamen have left us any account of their own lives.

Introduction, The Folio Socety ed., 2000.
The circumscribed limits of my proposals have obliged me to omit several useful and entertaining particulars, together with many pleasing anecdotes; neither have I been able to give full scope to what is inserted: But should my endeavours meet with the approbation of a candid and generous public, so far as to render a second edition necessary, I hope to correct and enlarge it at a very small advancement in the price.

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Author. I hope, Mr. Printer, as I am now favoured with a respectable list of subscribers, you will put my book to the press with all the expedition you can.

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I was born at Stewton, a small village near Louth, in Lincolnshire, where my parents dying while I was very young, and leaving me unprovided for, Mr. Gwillam, a respectable farmer of that place, took me into his family, where I lived about three years, and met with the kindest treatment.

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