Samuel Snow Narrative

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Snow, Samuel
Samuel Snow narrative
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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"The Exile's Return" is a narrative by Samuel Snow which describes his participation in a raid into Canada in 1838, organized by Americans calling themselves "Patriots," who hoped to drive the British out of Canada. The raid accomplished almost nothing, and Snow and several other Patriots were captured. They were tried, found guilty, and transported to Van Dieman's Land, now Tasmania. Snow describes the voyage to Van Dieman's Land and his experiences there, especially the anarchic conditions of life in a country that was part wilderness and part penal colony. Snow received a pardon in 1844 and eventually made his way back to America, traveling part of the way on a whaling ship and spending several months in the Hawaiian Islands, waiting for a ship.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of a tattered copy of "The Exile's Return."

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections May 1965

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  March 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Roscoe R. Havens, 1960-08-16. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Canada
  • Hawaii
  • Tasmania

Personal Name(s)

  • Havens, Roscoe


  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Australia -- Tasmania
  • Whaling

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Collection Inventory


"The Exile's Return" undated