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By George Cadogan Morgan, Richard Price Morgan

In July 1789 George Cadogan Morgan, born in Bridgend, Wales, and the nephew of the distinguished radical dissenter Richard fee (1723-91), came upon himself stuck up within the beginning occasions of the French Revolution and its effects. In 1808, his relations left Britain for the United States the place his son, Richard cost Morgan, travelled broadly, made a descent of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers via raft and helped construct the various early American railroads. The adventures of either males are comparable right here through letters George despatched domestic to his relations from France and during the autobiography written via his son in the US.

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Thus, even for its first audience, it was a text filtered through time and through unthinkable levels of social reorganization – the suppression of religious orders, the abolition of nobility, deep uncertainty about the future of the monarchy – all of which must inevitably have coloured their reading. ’82 In their different ways, then, both Watkin Tench and Arthur Young acknowledge and attempt to deal with the complex layering of ‘Revolution­ ary’ time in their writings. Their thoughts can, to some extent, be applied to the texts written by George Cadogan Morgan in 1789.

A. Rees, ‘George Cadogan Morgan at Oxford’, Enlightenment and Dissent, 1 (1982), 89. The eldest child and only daughter, Sarah Price Morgan, was born in 1783 or 1784; her brothers were George Cadogan, William Ashburner, Richard Price, Luke Ashburner, Edmund Cobb, John Sextus, Septimus and Henry, who was born after his father’s death. See the Fig. 3, p. 122, and Richard Price Morgan’s account below. For details of Nancy’s family, see Thomas Hurry-Houghton, Memorials of the Family of Hurry of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and of America, Australia, and South Africa (Liverpool, 1926).

I have removed most of the capitalization, presented underline as italic, replaced some of the many dashes with commas and full stops, standardized the representation of direct and reported speech, and occasionally broken long passages with a paragraph. Original spellings and misspellings (‘currious’, ‘dissapointed’, ‘cheif’) are retained throughout, and have not been signalled further with sic. g. ‘Maçon’ for ‘Mâcon’, ‘Le Mer du Glace’ for ‘La Mer de Glace’). For those concerned with issues of punctuation and textual presentation in this period, we are hoping to produce a digital ‘raw’ text of the letters, along with those of Edward Rigby and Samuel Boddington, in due course.

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