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Life-writings of early nineteenth-century Ulster migrants

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Mellon Centre for Migration Studies

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Tyrone

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The Nineteenth Annual Irish Migration Studies Lecture

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A manuscript in Library and Archives Canada describes a journey from Derry~Londonderry to Quebec in summer 1830, and an onward journey up the St Lawrence to Kingston and Niagara. Previously attributed to an unknown author, my research identifies the author as one David Blair Little, who died a merchant in Saint John, New Brunswick, in 1843. A combination of on-the-spot observations, later reminiscences and imagined or exaggerated scenes, the manuscript appears to have been intended for publication, and the author compares himself to James Cook, John Franklin and Mungo Park, demonstrating his engagement with romantic travel literature and the expeditionary narrative tradition. In this talk, I first reconnect Little to his native Ulster and demonstrate how I established his authorship of the journal. I then examine the connections between his manuscript and published exploration narratives to offer some broader reflections on the potential of shipboard narratives and personal testimonies to enrich understandings of the nineteenth-century migrant experience.

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