John Francis diary: Log Brig Mercury
This volume was created by John Francis, a well-educated British citizen, in 1791. In it, he documents two voyages: one from New York to the West Indies on the Brig Mercury under Captain Thomas Fry (May 1-June 13, 1791), and the other from St. Eustatia back to North America on the Ship Ruby , under Captain John Ritchie (June 14-July 4, 1791). Both were British ships; the Mercury , which was part of the British merchant navy, was built in 1780, and the Ruby was built in 1775. The journal mentions a wife and children and a brother Tom, but does not record any specific personal information.