“James Lunan Esq., late Editor of the Jamaica Despatch has been liberated from Gaol by his Excellency Sir Charles Metcalf. Mr. Lunan was imprisoned for an alledged libel on Sir Lionel Smith…”
Canadian Firm Offers Re-Prints Of Old Barbados Newspapers & Books
I was cruising the web last week after having searched “barbados history” and I stumbled upon a Canadian firm that sells reprints of old Barbados newspapers. The reprints are bound into large format books and are quite dear, but they have posted a few pages on the web as examples that can be downloaded.
Last night Shona and I spent some time reading the old Barbados papers and talking about what was what way back then. Never mind who owned what land – we’ve been trying to figure out for years if one of our ancestors might have owned the other.
A small intimate admission from both of us to you: sometimes we imagine being able to talk to great great great great great whoever – master and slave – and showing them our life together. One of us says “What do you think?” while the other one says “Take that, you evil old bastard!”
Reading the February 3, 1840 edition of the “Barbados Globe and Colonial Advocate” put me in the same mood – wondering about the people who placed the adverts, wrote the stories, and sailed on the sugar ships. What would they think of Barbados now? What would they think about Shona and me and our son?
What will our descendants (God willing) think upon reading today’s Nation News or Barbados Advocate 167 years from now?
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Old Barbados newspaper samples can be found here.