Innocent on the Bounty The Court-Martial and Pardon of Midshipman Peter Heywood, in Letters Peter Heywood and Nessy Heywood
This is the first complete publication of a rare collection of letters and poems written from 1790 to 1792—many of which have never appeared in print—telling the true story of Peter Heywood from the Isle of Man, a young Royal Navy midshipman on H.M.S. Bounty wrongly accused of mutiny, and his devoted sister, Nessy, who worked tirelessly to save him from being condemned and executed for this crime.
This edition is a faithful transcription of a manuscript held at the Newberry Library in Chicago—one of only five surviving manuscripts.
About the Authors
Public relations professional Donald A. Maxton is the director of communications for a major hospital network in New York City. He lives in Manhattan.
Pacific historian Rolf E. Du Rietz, former director of the Center for Bibliographical Studies, Uppsala, Sweden, is the author of several books and articles about Captain Bligh and the Bounty. He lives in Uppsala, Sweden.
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