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The Fortunes of Francis BarberThe True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson's Heir$
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Michael Bundock

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300207101

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300207101.001.0001

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“The Dunghill of the Universe”

“The Dunghill of the Universe”

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The Fortunes of Francis Barber

Michael Bundock

Yale University Press

This chapter speculates on the life of Francis Barber based on the biography written by James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson. According to Boswell, Barber was born in Jamaica and came to England with Colonel Richard Bathurst in 1750 when he was seven or eight years old. Barber must have became Bathurst’s property through either one of two ways: either he was purchased by Bathurst or he was the child of a woman slave whom Bathurst owned. It seems that Barber was at first called “Quashey” and that his origins were in slavery. Barber’s first known home was Bathurst’s estate, a sugar plantation. Following the collapse of his business, Bathurst decided to leave Jamaica for good and make his home in England, bringing the young Quashey with him.

Keywords:   biography, Francis Barber, James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, Samuel Johnson, Jamaica, England, Richard Bathurst, slavery, sugar plantation

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