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Title:The Natal papers of 'John Ross': Loss of the Brig Mary at Natal with early recollections of that settlement and among the Caffres
Authors:Ross, John
Maclean, Charles RawdenISNI
Series:Killie Campbell Africana Library publications
City of publisher:Durban
Publisher:Killie Campbell Africana Library
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:traditional rulers
diaries (form)
About persons:John Ross (1812-?)
Shaka king of Zululand (ca. 1787-1828)ISNI
Abstract:This collection is by the man better known as the boy 'John Ross'. He is remembered for his run to Delagoa Bay in 1827 to obtain medicines and shipbuilding equipment for the community of Port Natal, South Africa. His real name was Charles Rawden Maclean. He later became a sea-captain in the British merchant marine in the Caribbean, and a spokesman for human rights and democratic values in Victorian London. The body of this book consists of Maclean's work under the heading 'The Natal Papers'. The bulk of this is his 'Loss of the brig 'Mary' at Natal, with early recollections of that settlement'. The work was serialized in 'The Nautical Magazine' (1853-1855) in the eleven installments as they appear here. The twelfth item included here is a letter written to 'The Times' in 1875 ('Among the Caffres'), which serves to round off and conclude the serial. The collection gives an account of the three years of Maclean's childhood spent as a castaway in Natal and Zululand, where he became a favourite of King Shaka. The introduction contains all the biographical evidence available to establish who 'John Ross' was and how he relates to the author, Charles Rawden Maclean.