Hardcover. Quarto. Quarter calf and marbled paper covered boards with blank leaves. Professional paper repair to the front joint, pages modestly toned, a few page corners dogearred, but good or better. Ownership signature of "Edmund Jones, Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Journal. Nov. 1st, 1847 On board the Brig Hyder Ali. Geo. W. Wetherill, Master." Jones has used all 124 of the blank leaves to meticulously record the events of a journey carrying lumber from New York to Montevideo, in a reasonably legible hand. He notes his efforts to gain a berth, and then reports the weather, sailing information, and location, as well as the fishing. The Hyder Ali was caught up in a conflict between Argentina and Uruguay, and are for a while kept from their destination by a blockade, and in their turn are boarded by U.S., French, and British warships. Additionally they are fired upon and hit by cannon from Argentine shore batteries. Caught in Montevideo for a time, he provides a good description of the inhabitants, the city, and the docks. At the conclusion of the journal Jones notes the entire crew's roster, noting that one crew member was struck by a boom, knocked over board, and drowned.
Our research indicates that Edmund Jones (1824-1900) never married, he was a seaman or mate on "several ocean going vessels," he lived for several years in the silver mining district of Montana, returned to New York, and died of pneumonia at Cold Spring Harbor. Apparently, he left his journal behind when he went west, and another owner's name, "Frank Long" appears, along with a note appended on the last leaf that Long has been contracted to build a blacksmith shop in Oyster Bay. A lively, better than usual, sailor's journal.