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Samuel Snow narrative

Identifier: c-00181

Scope and Contents

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


  • undated

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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


"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.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 1 folder)

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Custodial History

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

Legal Status

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

Samuel Snow Narrative
4 Published And Cataloged
May 1965
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US