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Collection Level Description: Journal by Cyril Punch

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.1913
Title: Journal by Cyril Punch
Dates of Creation: 1785-1788, 1889, 1906
Extent: 1 volume, 1 file (104 ff., 48 ff.)
Name of Creator: Cyril Punch

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Cyril Punch, trader in West Africa.

Scope and Content

"A visit to the King of Benin": a journal by Punch, then a trader in West Africa, 1889 (manuscript and separate transcript); with extracts from the diary of Antera Duke, an Efik slave-trading Chief in Calabar, 1785-1788, and a report on the native law of Egbaland, 1906 (typescript).

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Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Listed as no. 1389 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

Punch | Cyril | fl 1889 | trader in West Africa

Duke | Antera | fl 1785-1788 | Efik slave-trading Chief in Calabar

Merchants | Africa, West

Slave traders | Nigeria | Calabar

Law | Nigeria | Akwa-Ibom

Benin (Nigeria) | Kings and rulers


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