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A narrative of the captivity of Mrs. Johnson: containing an account of her sufferings, during four years, with the Indians and French : together with an appendix, containing the sermons, preached at her funeral and that of her mother with sundry other i

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Title: A narrative of the captivity of Mrs. Johnson: containing an account of her sufferings, during four years with the Indians and French ...Author: Mrs JohnsonPublisher: Gale, Sabin Americana Description: Based on Joseph Sabin's famed bibliography, Bibliotheca Americana, Sabin Americana, 1500--1926 contains a collection of books, pamphlets, serials and other works about ...more
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Published by Thomas M. Pomroy (first published 1796)
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Sarah Brazytis
Jun 01, 2015 Sarah Brazytis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is such an excellent autobiography/memoir! If you want a real glimpse of the French and Indian War through the eyes of a civilian, this is it.

Besides the priceless historical information, Mrs. Johnson (Susannah) is an unusually witty writer for her time. She begins Chapter 4 in this amusing fashion:
I will only detain the reader a few moments longer in this place, while I eat the leg of a woodchuck, and then request him to take a night's sailing in the canoe with me across the Lake.

Susannah
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Melinda Ross
How do you review a memoir that was published 200 years ago. I found it interesting. I picked it up because I had recently reread a novel (the Calico Captive) that is based on this narrative.
Jamie Dacyczyn
2017 Reading Challenge: A book involving travel

I can't believe the reading challenge doesn't have a category for something like "a book written more than 200 years ago" or something like that. This would qualify!

Anyway, the book "Calico Captive" is one of my childhood favorites, and this is the real life account of that tale. Despite being written in the late 1700s, I found it quite readable, and even had a surprised laugh at one point because of something witty/snarky that she wrote. Interestin
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Susan
May 13, 2013 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting account of a family abducted by Indians during the French & Indian war-time. It was easy to understand and see how devastating this event was for the woman who wrote it, especially since she had just given birth and saw her family split up amongst numerous people, wondering if they would ever be reunited again.

I think reading this memoir was a good way to really see what happened during that period in history and all the dangers associated with living out in the 'wild' in New Ha
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Bridget
Jun 28, 2014 Bridget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the true story behind Calico Captive, one of my favorite books from childhood.

http://myadventuresintucson.blogspot....
Danielle
A very different focus than Calico Captive. Would make a queer but interesting movie (trilogy... miniseries? By the BBC? Yes, please) if one could manage to get across the unique attitude towards certain things that are simply unknown today.
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