A letter from Sir Richard Whitbourne?

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Richard Whitbourne in St. John’s Harbour, 1618

Recently a letter was discovered in the Library of Christ Church, Oxford concerning early 17th Century Newfoundland.   The letter was in the collected papers of an aristocratic family from North Wales, but was unsigned.   The content and tone of the letter suggest that it is the work of the English writer, mariner and colonist Sir Richard Whitbourne (1579-1628).  Whitbourne was the author of A Discourse and Discovery of Newfoundland, published in 1620.  The letter pre-dates the book by about 4 years.

Please join us on March 28th, from 5-6, in the Map Room of the QEII Library to find out more about Whitbourne, the letter, and its significance to the history of Early Modern Newfoundland.  Tor Fosnaes and Ryan Lewis will present on their findings so far.

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