Appendix D. Errata - Recollections of An Old Soldier - the Life of Captain David Perry (1741-1826)

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Appendix D.
to the Alden & Polyanthos Editions
compiled by Denise G. Jones through a meticulous comparison of the 1822 & the Alden* and Polyanthos* editions.
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N.B.  This is a selection. The word (or words) in brackets are present in the original 1822 edition, but missing in the Alden (and therefore Polyanthos) edition* unless otherwise indicated. Changes of less importance are not noted.  Page numbers given refer to the Polyanthos edition.  (All parentheses are mine.)  

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p. 6, bottom �In consequence of this event, my father broke up housekeeping, [and put out his children].  
    (It was common practice for a suddenly widowed parent to, in effect, put his or her children up for adoption�by relatives or close friends where possible. David Perry does not state with whom his brother Sylvanus went to live.)

p. 7, top �I was placed with Mr. David Walker, in Dighton, Mass.[, to learn the trade of tanner and shoe-maker].
    (This is the only place he mentions learning the tanner's trade as an apprentice, as well as the shoemaker's, and explains the references to tanning on p. 58.)

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p. 16, top ...I returned to [my master, and went to work at my trade.]  
    (Text in brackets is from the 1822 edition and has been replaced in the 1912 & 1971 editions by "Mr. David Walker's in Dighton, Mass.")

p. 21, bottom �but their little children scampered into the brush, and could not be got sight of again, any more than so many [young] partridges.

p. 32, top �cannon balls stove holes through the buildings in many places, [and a great number drove the stones part way out,] and remained in the walls.

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p. 34 top �[much] resistance�  
    (Much has been replaced by must in the 1912 & 1971 editions.)

p. 36, bottom �the French and Indians were quite [peaceable]�  
    (Peaceable has been replaced by peaceful in the 1912 & 1971 editions; however, peaceable is the more correct term.)

p. 38, top �fifty of us shipped aboard a large British [Snow]�  
    (Scow replaces Snow in this edition; either a misprint or intended correction; each is a type of ship. However, snow is undoubtedly the ship meant, since snows were in the region in 1760, whereas scows did not exist as such until 1775.)

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p. 41, top �he would ever and anon apply to their [noses, and finding, by the pain it gave] them, that some signs of life remained�

p. 43, middle � we lay behind the rocks, [so that they could do us no harm. It was a fair day. I walked out alone from behind the rocks,] and saw the men in the fort about firing a cannon in the direction in which I stood.

p. 58, bottom �proposed to take me into partnership with him, so that [we] could carry on the business on a large scale.  
    (We has been replaced in the 1912 & 1971 editions by he. There would be no understandable reason for a partnership unless both were to partake of its anticipated advantages.)

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p. 60 bottom �some [small] skirmishes�  
    (Small has been replaced by little in the 1912 & 1971 editions.)

p. 61, bottom �Gen. Washington expected their next object would be New- York, and marched all his [troops immediately for that city. He] went by land, and arrived there before the enemy did by water�

p. 64, top �As there is history [extant] giving account of the principal events�  
    (Extant has been replaced by extent in the 1912 & 1971 editions; however, extant is the correct term.)


Errata = Lat., plural of erratum, an "error" (e.g., in printing or writing); hence, errata, a list of errors.  

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