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The Journal Of Henry Sewell 1853-7
W. David McIntyre
Hardback 512 pages
Volume 1
Very good condition
Edited by David McIntyre
Henry Sewell briefly became the first Premier of New Zealand under responsible government in 1856. His extensive `secret' Journal has long awaited publication. Though originally written as an open circular letter for friends and relatives in England, he willed that its contents should be kept dark until after his death. The manuscript was held in the safe keeping of successive bishops of Christchurch and it was not until the 1920s that it was passed on to the library of the University of Canterbury.
Today there is little obvious reason for such secrecy, though it remains a fascinating exercise to study the causes of Sewell's concern. On the contrary, the journal for the years now published in this edition, 1853-7, emerges as the most absorbing and undoubtedly the fullest private manuscript relating to New Zealand in the 1850s. It contains an enormous amount of eyewitness description and pungent comment on the two distinct levels of personal and public life. Sewell was a shrewd observer of all that was new and different on the colonial scene.

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