Originally stored in a loose cover that has subsequently been discarded due to poor condition. The title from this cover was retained and affixed to the inside of the folder.
According to an undated extract from a Sydney newspaper, this collection of manuscript material was in the possession of a descendant of Captain Taylor before it became the property of D.S. Mitchell (see Newspaper Cuttings, Vol.58, pp. 412-414, Q 988N).
Volumes 1, 2, and 3 are written in a different hand from the rest of the manuscripts and are probably a revised copy by Taylor himself or by an amanuensis.
Volumes 3 and 4 present similar narratives.
Volume 3 has tipped in pages of a smaller size added to the back of the volume and has evidence of repair.
Volumes 4, 5, and 6 are written in notebooks similar to exercise pads.
The section dated June 17 - Sept. 9 in Vol.7, fills a gap in Vol.6 and supports the theory that these volumes comprise portions of different copies of the journal.
Volumes 6, 7, and 10 are reversible as they have been used from front to back.
Pages bear watermark initials of "D" ; "J.S." ; "WS" ; "W".
D.S. Mitchell bookplate inside front cover.
"D.S. Mitchell" signature on front endpaper of Vol.1
For further information on these journals and the 'Prince of Wales' expedition see: "A voyage to the north west side of America : the journals of James Colnett, 1786-89" / edited by Robert Galois. Vancouver : UBC Press, 2004 (catalogued on WEBCAT).
A 2106 copied onto microfilm reel CY 724, June 1982.
JOURNAL ON THE PRINCE OF WALES OF LONDON: VOLUMES 1 to 8 [CY 724, frames 1-365]. Each volume contains comments on sea and weather conditions; route travelled; navigational position; repairs to the ship; life on board and daily duties; and wildlife encountered. VOLUME 1: August 1786 - 4 July 1787; [Deptford to Nutka Sound] i. Obse...
Originally stored in a loose cover that has subsequently been discarded due to poor condition. The title from this cover was retained and affixed to the inside of the folder. According to an undated extract from a Sydney newspaper, this collection of manuscript material was in the possession of a descendant of Captain Taylor before it became th...
Signature / Inscriptions
"Capt. Taylor" in black ink at front of Vol.1 An inscription on p.1 of Vol.1 outlines the nature of the journal, "Prince of Wales of London / Commanded by James Colnett of the Royal Navy / from England / to the Northwest Coast of America. / Including / the general occurances of the voyage from her / equipment at Deptford in August 1786 to her /...
— CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION
Bequeathed by D.S. Mitchell, 1907.
Administrative / Biographical history
Between 1786 and 1789, James Colnett led a fur trading expedition to the Northwest coast of America with the King George's Sound Company vessels, the Princess Royal and the Prince of Wales. Andrew Bracey Taylor, born in Great Yardmouth, served as third mate on the Prince of Wales. Taylor had previously held a commission in the Royal Navy. The exped...