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Title:Thomas George Lawson: government interpreter and historical resource
Author:Skinner, David E.ISNI
Periodical:Africana Research Bulletin
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:historical sources
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Abstract:The author dips into the Sierra Leone National Archives (at Fourah Bay College), to come out with an in valuable research guide to materials available in the letterbooks of a formidable nineteenth-century Freetown figure, the Government Interpreter, Thomas Lawson. Thomas George Lawson was the son of a chief of Little Popo on the Dahomey coast. Sent to England for education, he stopped at Freetown in 1825 and began a career as trader, interpreter, and agent for the firm of John MacCormack. From 1852 until 1889 Lawson was a member of the colonial service. He is the most important source for Sierra Leonean history during the 19th century. Notes, appendix.