Catalogue description Folio 1: 19 June 1822: Received a warrant of appointment as Surgeon and superintendent...

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Folio 1: 19 June 1822: Received a warrant of appointment as Surgeon and superintendent to The Eliza, male convict ship, on the same day proceeded to Deptford and joined the ship. Found the Guard, only, had embarked. 30 June 1822, the ship sailed for Sheerness, after which I remained constantly on board.

Folio 1: 2 July 1822: This afternoon embarked 50 convicts from the Ganymede.

Folio 1: 3 July 1822: This forenoon embarked 55 convicts from the Bellerophon and the same number from the Retribution hulks at Sheerness. Selected 16 boys for the prison allotted to them and appointed John white and Jeremy Garfield to superintend them.

Folio 2: 4 July 1822: Appointed Joseph Morbee and James Edrop to be captains of the prison deck, and Labian white and John Matthewson to attend the sick and wait in the hospital. Four men complained today.

Folio 2: 5 July 1822: Sick on the list-five.

Folio 2: 6 July 1822: Sick on the list-five. Some petty acts of theft have been committed during the night.

Folio 2: 7 July 1822: Sick as yesterday. Convicts visited by their friends and relatives, therefore did not perform divine service on account of the numerous boats going to and fro.

Folio 2: 8 July 1822: Daily sick five.

Folio 2: 9 July 1822: Sick five, chiefly venereal complaints amongst the Guard, excepting one case of epilepsy. All complaints amongst the prisoners appear very trivial.

Folio 2: 11 July 1822: Going on as usual. All hands upon deck during the day when they are frequently visited by their friends and relations. As the most of them only embarked with the clothes they stood in, therefore, ordered them to be supplied with one shirt and pair of trousers each in order that they may always have a clear suit to shift themselves. Sick, five. 160 shirts and 160 pairs of trousers [issued?].

Folio 3: 12 July 1822: Sick same as yesterday.

Folio 3: 13 July 1822: Sick, five.

Folio 3: 14 July 1822: Sent a return of the sick to the Navy Board.

Folio 3: 15 July 1822: Convicts all upon deck and this morning notwithstanding the many faults and transgressions which had been looked over, two of them, Michael Garain and Edward Gardiner commenced a regular pugilistic match upon deck as it wee in open defiance of all authority, being determined to check every growing evil in its bud, therefore, punished the offenders with one dozen of lashes each. Wherefore they expressed sincere contrition tho previously they were not willing to acknowledge themselves guilty of any offence. Sick five.

Folio 3: 16 July 1822: This morning Joseph Bates was accused by Richard Childs of Having stolen from him during the night six pounds of sugar and a quantity of pipe clay. Made search for said articles and found the sugar in Bate's bed and part of the pipe clay in his pockets. As this crime is likely to be such a cause of evil and disturbance during the voyage, therefore, punished the offender with one dozen and a half lashes and held him out as an example to others if found guilty of a similar offence. Received a packet and bag of despatches for the Governor of New South Wales to inform the master of the ship thereof in order that she might proceed on her voyage. Sick, five.

Folio 3: 17-18 July 1822: Sick, five.

Folio 3: 19 July 1822: Convicts all upon deck and many of them taking a last farewell of their friends and relations. Some few seem to feel much but the majority appear to be callous and behave with that stoicism and indifference which can only be found, upon such [?] and painful occasions, amongst men inured to villainy and hardened with vice.

Folio 3: 20 July 1822: This morning weighed anchor and sailed for the Downs. Several of the convicts and passengers sea sick. At dusk anchored in the Downs.

Folio 4: 21 July 1822: The majority of the convicts and passengers sea sick. Sent a return of six sick to the Navy Board.

Folio 4: 22 July 1822: Sick, five. Ordered for the use of the sick, one tea kettle, two saucepans, three drinking mugs, three knives and forks and eight pounds of soap.

Folio 4: 23 July 1822: A few bowel complaints amongst the troops probably induced by sleeping upon deck in variable weather.

Folio 4: 24-25 July 1822: Sick, eight.

Folio 4: 26 July 1822: Distributed bibles, testaments, prayer books and psalters and manuals of devotion amongst them. A few days ago I also served out a few books which were furnished to me privately amongst the boys at the same time furnished them with materials for writing and I am happy to observe that they are already making considerable improvement under their teachers. Sick, nine.

Folio 4: 27 July 1822: Sick, four. Sent a return to the Navy Board.

Folio 4: 28 July 1822: Last night strong gales with rain from the SW ship pitching [?] and the majority of the prisoners and passengers sick and unable to come upon deck. Found ourselves [?] ground, therefore, have [?] anchored in Dungeness.

Folio 4: 29 July 1822: Sick, four. Some slight sores and other trivial complaints besides those actually on the list.

Folios 4-5: 30 July 1822: Last night considerable noise in the afterpart of the prison and the centinel called out that they were breaking open boxes. Opened the prison and found a box belonging to Richard Naylor forced open; but fortunately the intended thief had not time to remove anything from it as the captains of the deck sprung from their bed upon the alarm being given and prevented any one from passing forward until a light was procured when George Marshall was found in that part of the Prison dressed and the only person out of bed. Strong suspicion, therefore, attached itself to him and the noise in the after Berths left no doubt that he had accomplices in the intended robbing. This morning called the parties upon deck informed them of the suspicion attached to them. That their conduct would be narrowly observed in future and that but for the want of sufficient proof on this occasion they would have been punished in the most exemplary manner. Sick, four.

Folio 5: 31 July-2 August 1822: Sick, four.

Folio 5: 4 August 1822: Sick, four.

Folio 5: 5 August 1822: Sick, five. Struck the irons off from 20 of them holding trustworthy situations.

Folio 5: 6-7 August 1822: Sick, five. Many complain of the want of scrubbing brushes and pipe clay without which they find great difficulty to make their clothes appear at all decent.

Folio 6: 8 August 1822: Sick, five.

Folio 6: 9-12 August 1822: Sick, six.

Folio 6: 15 August 1822: Confined John Connor on bread and water until the evening for being insolent to the Captain on deck. Sick, eight.

Folio 7: 16 August 1822: Confined J P Lawsor on bread and water until the evening for being insolent to one of the officers. Sick, nine.

Folio 7: 20-21 August 1822: Sick, seven.

Folio 7: 23 August 1822: Confined John Carr on bread and water until the evening for insolence and bad language to one of his comrades. Sick, seven.

Folio 8: 24 August 1822: Having now been some time on salted provisions ordered the prisoners and troops to be supplied with harness casks to soak their salted meat, and as the weather is now becoming warm tubs of the purpose of bathing and washing. Sick, six.

Date: 1822
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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