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Title:Forgotten expedition into Guinea, West Africa, 1815-17: an editor's comments
Author:Mouser, Bruce L.ISNI
Periodical:History in Africa (ISSN 1558-2744)
Geographic term:Guinea
historical sources
About persons:John Peddie
Thomas Campbell
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/history_in_africa/v035/35.mouser.pdf
Abstract:In 1815, planners in the British Colonial Office proposed the raising of two expeditionary forces, one of which was to advance inland from some point on Africa's western coast and focus on the course of the Niger River. Arriving at Saint-Louis in November 1815, Major John Peddie (temporarily assigned to the British Royal African Corps) landed with instructions about what to attempt, but with significant authority to consider options and to make decisions and choices after due consideration and consultation on the coast. Peddie's adjutant and second in command was Captain Thomas Campbell, an engineer attached to the Royal Staff Corps, Quarter-Master-General's Department at Whitehall. Until recently, the remarkably detailed record of this - basically failed - expedition in Guinea remained locked in a single unpublished and unedited handwritten volume of the Colonial Office, CO2/5, Public Record Office. The present author describes his attempts to edit and find a publisher for this record. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]