By Barbara Belyea
Anthony Henday, a tender Hudson’s Bay corporation worker, set out from York manufacturing facility in June 1754 to iciness with “trading Indians” alongside the Saskatchewan River. He tailored willingly and simply to their lifestyle; he additionally stored a magazine during which he defined the plains zone and took notice of rival French investors’ luck at their inland posts. a replica of Henday’s magazine used to be instantly despatched to the corporate administrators in London. They rewarded Henday handsomely even if they have been doubtful the place he had travelled, what teams he had met at the plains, and what good fortune he had in opposing rival French investors. given that then, uncertainty approximately Henday’s 12 months inland has elevated. the unique magazine disappeared; in simple terms 4 copies, relationship from 1755 to approximately 1782, are extant. each one textual content differs from the opposite 3; the variations diversity from version spellings to be aware option to contradictory statements on very important questions. All 4 copies are the paintings of an organization clerk, later issue, named Andrew Graham, who used them to aid his personal perspectives on HBC buying and selling guidelines. Twentieth-century students have dependent their claims for Henday’s value as an explorer, dealer and observer of local cultures on a poorly edited transcript of the 1782 textual content. they've been unaware or careless of the journal’s textual ambiguity. A yr Inland offers all 4 copies for the 1st time, including contextual notes and a statement that reassesses the journal’s details on plains geography, humans and exchange.
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Thomas Tanselle accused . . ’ . . [Since the early 1980s] the new generation of editors has acquitted itself well. Professionalization of editing has served the scholarly community in ways it is only slowly coming to appreciate’’ (339). Cf. Kline, 17-19, 137-38, 192, 194. Kline, 18. See Teute; Gottesman and Bennett; Dunlap and Shelley; Bowers; Voigt and Jones; McElrath; Small; Philip Cohen. For recognition of practical limits to ‘‘contextual’’ annotation, see Gilman. Shultz, 340; Cullen, 73. Moulton, 2: 8-54.
Instead, Graham’s editing isolates an incident, and the 1791 narrative treats Hearne’s From Manuscript to Print 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 33 journey retrospectively, by emphasizing certain events and summarizing others. 11/114, Isham, instructions to Henday, 19 Februar y 1754; Isham, instructions to Henday, 26 June 1754; Isham, letter to Henday, 4 September 1754. Williams, ‘‘The Puzzle of Anthony Henday’s Journal,’’ 53, 56. Williams, ‘‘The Puzzle of Anthony Henday’s Journal,’’ 52-56; cf. ’’ Stephen’s own discussion, 69-87, 93, uses the same kind of evidence.
Dr. Tanselle has no patience with the readability defence’’ (4, original emphasis). Graff and Reagor chart historians’ reactions. Schultz sees Tanselle’s essay as a turning point: ‘‘in a powerful indictment of then current historical practices, G. Thomas Tanselle accused . . ’ . . [Since the early 1980s] the new generation of editors has acquitted itself well. Professionalization of editing has served the scholarly community in ways it is only slowly coming to appreciate’’ (339). Cf. Kline, 17-19, 137-38, 192, 194.