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Henry Ellis: Naval journal on 'HMS Styx' during the Xhosa [Cape Frontier] and Burmese Wars

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9420

Scope and Contents

1 volume, 210 pp. of journal text covering the period1852-53. With loose sheets inserted, including page from Illustrated London News, 5 Feb. 1853, with illustration and note on 'Kaffir prisoners at the Cape' [historic title]; notes on Ascension Island, n.d.; 'On passage from Ascension to South Coast', n.d.; 'Notes on South Coast,' n.d. Bookplate: given to Michael Rome Bouquet by Mrs. Dunn (Ellis' niece), Apr. 1935. Note that the contents of the journal contain racist and outdated descriptions of the local inhabitants in South Africa and Myanmar.


  • Creation: 1852-1853

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Biographical / Historical

Henry Thomas Ellis was junior officer on 'HMS Styx', later a Royal Navy commander and author of 'Hong Kong to Manila' (London, 1859). Styx sailed off South Africa in 1852 during the eighth Xhosa War [or Cape Frontier War]; and in 1853 sailed for Burma [Myanmar]. During the siege of Rangoon, Styx carried wounded to hospital at Amherst [Kyaikkhami], Gulf of Martaban, and went to Madras [Chennai] and Trincomalee.


1 volume(s)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased 1996

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Revision Statements

  • 22 June 2022: This catalogue was revised by Sally Kent to address offensive, inappropriate and inaccurate language used in the original catalogue description. The title and collection level description were revised. A previous version of the catalogue is available on request.

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