Source note for Deacon letter

William Deacon, an employee of the South Australian Company, began this letter on the final leg of the Africaine’s journey, 840 miles east of the Cape. He continued writing when the ship reached Kangaroo Island, and it includes some detail of life at the infant settlement of Kingscote.

The original letter is held in Angas Papers in the State Library of South Australia (PRG 174/1).  The transcript used here is from Penelope Hope’s 1968 publication The Voyage of the Africaine: a collection of journals, letters and extracts from contemporary publications, published by River House.

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