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Title:The English Background of Samuel Eusebius Hudson: The Central Enigma in His Life and the Key to His Mentality
Authors:Hudson, Edward
Hudson, Raymond
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Geographic terms:South Africa
The Cape
Subjects:historical sources
social history
biographies (form)
History and Exploration
Urbanization and Migration
About person:Samuel Eusebius Hudson
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02582470509464863
Abstract:For some years, the writings of Samuel Eusebius Hudson (1764-1828) - on social issues ranging from slavery to marriage, adultery, women, the family and the aristocracy - have been recognized as a prime source for the history of society and mentalities in South Africa's Cape Town in the early 19th century. The multiple ambiguities and contradictions in the attitudes of this strangest of paradoxes, an Evangelical slave owner, probably sprang from Hudson's (modest) origins and background. Yet his career in England before his departure for the Cape in 1797 - in the service of Andrew Barnard and his wife, Lady Anne Barnard - has largely eluded his biographers. On the basis of recent documentary discoveries in the United Kingdom, of certain autobiographical material in Hudson's literary works and of a new reading of the journals that both Hudson and Lady Anne kept during and after their voyage, this paper explains some of Hudson's ambiguities. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]