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Fowler, Henry, 1809-1895
Henry Fowler (1809-1895)
0.25 linear feet (1 box, 1 flat file)
The Henry Fowler papers contain
materials about his time on the ship Glide and with the natives of the Fiji
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.
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
Fowler married Sally H. Putnam on April 17, 1838. He died in 1895.
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