p. 192 ‘as long as we forget about the Eliza…’; Eliza was the name of the ship that took the Tytler family from Belfast to Salem. What little is known about the voyage is contained in the letter that Tytler wrote soon after arrival to Thomas Russell.
‘If anyone owed Jamie’s family anything it was Mcfarquhar…’; james Mcfarquhar was publisher of the Encyclopedia Britannica that Tyt;er edited, for the rate of 16shillings a week. The story of Jean’s visit to him after Tytler had left Edinburgh was told briefly by Anderson in the biography of Tytler he wrote for |Cromek’s book of Burns’ work.
p. 193 ‘Callendar got away…’; James Callender, Edinburgh author of ‘A Political History of Britain’, published in the Edinburgh Magazine during 1792; he left Scotland for Philadelphia before being indicted for seditious writings. His story, a remarkable mirror of Tytler’s, is told in ‘With The Hammer of Truth’ (Michael Durey). He became embroiled in political publishing wars in America and eventually drowned, apparently drunk, in the James River, Richmond, just a few months after Tytler’s death.
‘Muir, who didn’t get away till year later…’; Thomas Muir was arrested on his way to defend Tytler at his trial, accused of distributing seditious wroitings (Paine’s Rights of Man), He was transported to Australia, but was later rescued. The extraordinary story of his life thereafter is told in a number of biographies, summarised HERE.
p. 194 ‘Tommy attempting to play the harp’. “Begin to try the musick, the instrument having been put in order by Bunting yesterday’ (Journals and Memoirs of Thomas Russell, Ed., C. J. Woods; entry for July, 1794)
‘The thought of those dreadful final weeks…’; This passage is derived from the letter Tytler wrote to Russell, in which he describes his state of mind at that time, along with other details of their stay in Belfast.
p.195 ‘the death of that wee boy…’; described in Tytler’s letter to Russell.
‘We’d hardly been in the country a week…’; the events described in the following pages are taken from William Bentley’s diary.
p. 198 ‘Dear old Harriet…’; Harriet Wallach, married Benjamin’s brother Jacob, a naval captain. 21 Chestnut is recorded as their residence in the Salem Directories, and as Benjamin’s place of residence on his death record , November, 1864.
p. 200 ‘wasn’t it all planned and ready?’; the mystery over what actually happened in Belfast regarding the suggested return of tytler to the Highlands to mobilise the people remains unsolved. Most of the information is taken from the records of government spies now in ‘The Rebellion Papers’ in Trinity Colleg, Dublin.
p. 201 ‘The rising of the sun in the west: or The origin and progress of liberty. By J. Tytler–one of the compilers of the Encyclopoedia Britannica in Scotland.–Exiled from that country, on account of his writings in the cause of liberty, Jan. 7th 1793, and lately arrived in America from Belfast in Ireland. Composed during the voyage.’
“‘On poles distress’d let ffreedom flow
When Gallika calls her Legions forth!
Let Servile Scotts, arous’d by thee
and Ireland’s sons, scarce half awake
Resolv’d like Men say We’ll be free’
And on proud England vengeance take.
Let Despots dread thy mighty name
Let Truth to all the world appear
Columbia’s sons, admire thy fame;
Like thee may they no tyrant fear.
Let error form Creation fly!
Let Knowledge thro the world abound;
Let slavery superstition die
And kings and priests no more confound
The prince of Life who once was dead
Bute rose again to die no more,
Our king, our Priest our only head;
Let him be call’d forevermore!”