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Henry Fowler (1809-1895) Papers

Henry Fowler (1809-1895) Papers

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HENRY FOWLER (1809-1895) PAPERS, 1831-1846





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Fowler, Henry, 1809-1895
Title:Henry Fowler (1809-1895) Papers
Dates:1831/1846
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box, 1 flat file)
Abstract:The Henry Fowler papers contain materials about his time on the ship Glide and with the natives of the Fiji Islands.
Collection Number:MH 102

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Scope and Content Note

The Henry Fowler papers contain materials about his time on the ship Glide and with the natives of the Fiji Islands. There is one letter to his parents; the other letters could either be journal entries or long letters with the cover page and other pages missing. There is a journal with some loose pages. The last half of this journal appears to have sustained water damage, and is extremely fragile. Included in this collection are two issues of the Danvers Courier, one with an article about James Oliver's book, and the other with an article written by Fowler about his experience witnessing the cannibalism of the Fiji natives.


Biographical Sketch

Henry Fowler was born on September 15, 1809 to Samuel and Clarissa (Page) Fowler, in Danvers, Massachusetts. In 1829, Fowler sailed with William Endicott and Leonard Poole from Salem, Massachusetts, on the ship Glide to the Fiji Islands; the men were after a cargo of beche-de-mer (a sort of sea-slugs found on the reefs), tortoise-shells, and sandal-wood. The ship was wrecked on some rocks during a strong gale, but was patched up and the men managed to reach the islands, however, the islands were inhabited by cannibals. Fowler lived in friendly relations with the natives for four years and by his own account, was honored and respected by them.


Fowler wrote of his experience witnessing cannibalism among the Fiji natives to the Danvers Courier on August 16, 1845. Another survivor of the ill-fated trip of the Glide, James Oliver, wrote about some of his time on the islands in a volume entitled The Wreck of the Glide, which was published posthumously in 1848.


Fowler married Sally H. Putnam on April 17, 1838. He died in 1895.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Glide (Ship)
Cannibalism
Shipwrecks
Fiji

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Henry Fowler (1809-1895) Papers, MH 102, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was found in the collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, May 2015.


Related Material


Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.


Tapley, Harriet Silvester. Chronicles of Danvers (Old Salem Village) Massachusetts, 1632-1923. 1923. Reprint. London: Forgotten Books, 2013. 116-7. Print.


Logbook, Ship Glide, 1829-1832. Ship. Mss. 78.


Glide (Ship) Logbook, 1829-1831. Log 1570.


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