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Typescript of a journal volume of Arthur John Empson, [1839-1840]

Identifier: empa00001

Scope and Contents

Typescript made in 1951 from the original of a journal written by Arthur John Empson. England to Canton, China, kept during Empson's 20th year, and Australia and New Zealand 1840. Also contains an errata note and letters from Mrs Judith Williams regarding the transcription, and letters from family to Dr. R. Stout tipped in. Pagination indicates two volumes have been bound together.


  • Creation: [1839-1840]

Access & use

This material is freely accessible within the J.C.Beaglehole Room for research and private study. Enquiries for any use beyond this should be directed to the J.C.Beaglehole Room ( in the first instance.

Date information

The date as typed indicates these journals began in 1837. However, a handwritten note to Dr Stout from "Andrew S." states that Empson's travels in the Bay of Islands were in 1840, which places the beginning of the volume in 1839.


From the Fonds: 2.5 linear_centimeters

Language of Materials



The typescript was sent to Dr Robert Stout in 1951 by Empson's grand-daughter, Judith Williams, who transcribed the originals, describing the handwriting as "rather difficult".

Container Summary

168, 142 leaves, plus letters and errata slip tipped in

Genre / Form

Repository Details

Part of the Tapuaka Heritage & Archive Collections - JC Beaglehole Reading Room, Victoria University of Wellington Library Repository

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