George Merrifield papers  1812-1882 (bulk 1812-1819)
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This log book chronicles the journey of the Lord Eldon from England to Calcutta, India, and back between June 15, 1802, and January 17, 1804. The Lord Eldon carried cargo and military regiments. The log is signed by J. W. Young.

The Lord Eldon 's log is made up of daily entries covering most of its voyage, with a gap between December 11, 1803, and January 5, 1804. The ship's journey consisted of 6 legs: England to St. Helena (June 1802-August 1802); St. Helena to the Cape of Good Hope (September 1802-October 1802); the Cape of Good Hope to Calcutta, India (November 1802-January 1803); Calcutta to St. Helena (March 1803-August 1803); St. Helena to Cork, Ireland (September 1803-December 1803); and Cork to Deptford, England (December 1803-January 1804). While in port, the Lord Eldon loaded provisions and took on and disposed of cargo. At the Cape of Good Hope, members of the 22nd Regiment of Foot and 8th Light Dragoons boarded the ship bound for India, accompanied by women and children. On its return to England, the Lord Eldon sailed in a convoy of around 10 vessels.

Most log entries consist of notes about the weather, the ship's sails, and the ship's location. Young also recorded incidents related to the ship's crew, including punishments for mutinous behavior, physical altercations, theft, and drunkenness. At least one crewman died during the voyage and was buried at sea.

The log entries are composed on pre-printed pages, and the volume has been re-bound.

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