Notes on the West Indies written during the expedition under the command of the late General Sir Ralph Abercromby: including observations on the Islands of Barbados, and the settlements captured by the British troops

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Author: George Pinckard (1768-1835)

Year: 1806

Publisher: Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme

Place: London


3 volumes. xxiv+448 pages; xx+472 pages; xix+[errata]+456 pages. Octavos (8 1/2" x 5 1/4") bound in leather. First editions.

George Pinckard was an English physician, known as an author, an abolitionist, and in the field of insurance. On 30 September 1794 Pinckard was admitted a licentiate of the College of Physicians of London. In October 1795 he was appointed a physician to the forces, and accompanied Sir Ralph Abercromby's expedition to the West Indies. He was on the Santo Domingo staff, and had numerous delays before starting, during which he made the acquaintance of James Lind, then in charge of Haslar Hospital. He reached Barbados in February 1796. In his Notes on the West Indies (3 vols. 1806; 2nd ed. 2 vols. 1816), Pinckard described his experiences in the West Indies and Guiana, particularly of slavery. Passages from this work were reprinted by abolitionists in 1807. In 1808 he published Dr. Pinckard's Case of Hydrophobia, from Chipping Barnet in Hertfordshire. He subsequently published in the London Medical Journal two other cases of hydrophobia, and reprinted all three, with another, in a pamphlet entitled Cases of Hydrophobia (1819), dedicated to John Latham. In April 1835 he published Suggestions for restoring the Moral Character and the Industrious Habits of the Poor; also for establishing District Work-farms in place of Parish Workhouses, and for reducing the Poor-rates. He recommended farms laid out for the purpose by the spade-labor of paupers.


Front end paper's clipped. Bound in leather with detached boards.