Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak
Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak

McDOUGALL, Mrs Harriette. Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak.

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McDOUGALL, Mrs Harriette. Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, n.d. [1882].

Small 8vo. Original grey-brown cloth, gilt, image of armed warriors killing shipwrecked sailors to upper cover; pp. 250, [6, ads.]; 4 wood-engraved plates, one colour map; some minor marks to cloth, offsetting from front endpapers to frontispice, light spotting to plates, otherwise rather good.
First edition. Mrs McDougall's second book on Sarawak relates episodes of her and her husband's life there, in particular the Chinese uprising of 1857. McDougall (1818-1886) was the wife of Francis McDougall, the first Anglican missionary to Sarawak. The couple reached Borneo in 1848, and were supported financially by Sir James Brooke, rajah of Sarawak. They travelled back to Britain for two years in the 1850s, returning to Sarawak in 1854, and in 1855 Francis became first bishop of Labuan. Where they experienced a local insurrection. They returned to Britain in 1866, not before relations with Sir James Brooke had become strained. McDougall’s first book - Letters from Sarawak - appeared in 1854, and thirty years later she expanded this in the
present work to encompass her later experiences of Borneo.
Theakstone p. 279.