Source:King, Duane H. Memoirs of Lt. Henry Timberlake

Source The Memoirs of Lt. Henry Timberlake
The Story of a Soldier, Adventurer, and Emissary to the Cherokees, 1756-1765
Author King, Duane H. (Editor)
Year range 1700 - 1850
Surname Timberlake
Subject Ethnic/Cultural
Ethnicity / Culture Native American
Publication information
Type Book
Publisher Museum of Cherokee Indian Press, Inc.
Date issued June 2007
Place issued Cherokee, North Carolina
King, Duane H. (Editor). The Memoirs of Lt. Henry Timberlake: The Story of a Soldier, Adventurer, and Emissary to the Cherokees, 1756-1765. (Cherokee, North Carolina: Museum of Cherokee Indian Press, Inc., June 2007).
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Bibliographic Citation

Timberlake, Henry, and Duane H. King. 2007. The memoirs of Lt. Henry Timberlake the story of a soldier, adventurer, and emissary to the Cherokees, 1756-1765. Cherokee, N.C.: Museum of the Cherokee Indian Press. Reprint of the work originally published in 1765, Edited by King.

Temberlake, Henry, 1765. The memoirs of Lieut. Henry Timberlake: (who accompanied the three Cherokee Indians to England in the year 1762[1]); containing whatever he observed remarkable, or worthy of public notice, during his travels to and from that nation ; wherein the country, government, genius, and customs of the inhabitants, are authentically described; also the principal occurences during their residence in London; illustrated with an accurate map of their Over-hill settlement, and a curious secret journal, taken by the Indians out of the pocket of a Frenchman they had killed.


"This is the first modern scholarly edition of what is considered the most detailed ethnographic account of Cherokee life in the late 18th century. Timberlake's memoirs describe the months he spent living with the Cherokees then escorting a delegation to London to meet King George III. He provides details of daily life, including ceremonies, games, the role of women, the preparation of food, and the creation of weapons, baskets, and pottery. This edition pairs the original text with extensive footnotes and annotiations, a new introduction, index, and more than 100 illustrations, including artifacts, maps, period artwork, and contemporary artwork."[2]


  • ISBN-13: 9780807858271
  • ISBN-10: 0807858277
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
  • Date: June 2007
  • Page Count: 176

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Footnotes & References

  1. Dictionary of National Biography. The following is an extract on Henry Timberlake (vol 56, page 401-402): "Henry Timberlake (A. 1765), born in Virginia, and holding commissions in the old regiment of that province from 1756, was engaged in 1761 in subduing the Cherokee Indians (cf. Bancroft, Hist, of the U. S. iii. 279 seq.) At the request of their king, he accompanied the Indians to their country as an evidence of the good feeling of England, and in May 1762 he escorted three of the chiefs to London, where they were received by the king at St. James's. Timberlake remained in England, hoping to be reimbursed for his outlay in their equipment, and at length received an order to wait on Sir Jeffrey (afterwards Baron) Amherst[q.v.], governor-general of Canada, in New York, to receive a commission as lieutenant in the 42nd highland regiment. This apparently he never obtained. Timberlake made a second journey to England as escort to Cherokees desirous of complaining about encroachments on their hunting-ground, and was in London in March 17(55, in which year he published 'The Memoirs of Lieut. Henry Timberlake,' &c., London, 1765, 8vo, containing an account of his adventures, with information on the habits, dress, arms, and songs of the Cherokees. It was used by Southey in his poem of 'Madoc.' A German translation appeared in Kohler's 'Collection of Travels,' 1767." Accessed by BobC on 25 June 2009.
  2. editorial review.; as accessed by BobC on 24 June 2009

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