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Tea Leaves Being a Collection of Letters and Documents relating to the shipment of Tea   By: (1828-1885)

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Tea Leaves: A Fascinating Window into the World of Tea Shipment

Francis S. Drake's book, Tea Leaves: Being a Collection of Letters and Documents relating to the shipment of Tea, offers a captivating peek into the intricate world of tea transportation, revealing the hidden stories and challenges behind the industry's success. With a keen eye for detail and a wealth of primary sources, Drake presents a meticulously researched account that will enthrall history enthusiasts and tea connoisseurs alike.

Divided into five sections, the book delves into various aspects of tea shipment, ranging from the origin and cultivation of tea in distinct regions to the methods employed to protect and transport this precious cargo. Drake introduces us to key individuals and companies involved in the tea trade, offering insightful portraits that humanize this vast and intricate network of global commerce.

The strength of Tea Leaves lies in its use of primary sources, including letters, journals, and official documents. These firsthand accounts not only bring authenticity to the narrative but also add a layer of personal insight, making the story of tea shipment come alive. As we read through the correspondence of tea merchants, captains of cargo ships, and even tea plantation owners, we gain a deeper appreciation for the myriad challenges they faced, such as changing market demands, weather conditions, and the navigational perils of the open seas.

Drake's extensive research is evident throughout the book, as he incorporates a wealth of historical records and secondary sources to support his arguments and provide context. The author takes care to explain the social, political, and economic factors that shaped the tea trade, painting a vivid picture of the interconnected web that united tea-producing countries with eager consumers across continents. This attention to detail is not only informative but also highlights the author's passion for the subject matter.

While Tea Leaves is undeniably a scholarly work, Drake manages to maintain a narrative flow that keeps the reader engaged. The book strikes a balance between technical explanations, such as the intricacies of tea cultivation and the ergonomics of cargo ship design, and the stories of the individuals involved. This mixture of technicality and humanity creates a multidimensional reading experience that appeals to a wide range of readers.

One minor drawback of Tea Leaves is its occasionally dense prose, which may pose a challenge for those without a particular interest in the subject matter. However, Drake's enthusiasm for his research remains evident, and his passion for the topic shines through, making the book a compelling read for anyone with an interest in history, trade, or simply the fascinating world of tea.

Tea Leaves: Being a Collection of Letters and Documents relating to the shipment of Tea is an enthralling exploration of the people, places, and events that shaped the global trade in tea. Francis S. Drake's dedication to research and his ability to breathe life into historical documents make this book an essential addition to the library of anyone curious about the origins and complexities of the beloved beverage.

First Page:

TEA LEAVES:

BEING A COLLECTION OF LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS

RELATING TO THE SHIPMENT OF

TEA

TO THE AMERICAN COLONIES IN THE YEAR 1773, BY THE

East India Tea Company

NOW FIRST PRINTED FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION, NOTES, AND BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES OF THE BOSTON TEA PARTY,

BY

FRANCIS S. DRAKE.

BOSTON:

A.O. CRANE. 1884.

COPYRIGHTED.

Entered according to Act of Congress, at Washington, DC., 1884, By A.O. CRANE, Boston, Mass.

Smith & Porter, Printers, Boston.

PREFATORY NOTE.

The collection of letters and documents which has occasioned the preparation of the present volume, though it has been so long buried in obscurity, appears to have been originally made with a view to publication. It was for many years, and until his decease, in the possession of Mr. Abel Bowen, a well known engraver and publisher, of Boston, sixty years ago, and was obtained by him from a person who procured it in Halifax, N.S., whither many valuable papers, both public and private, relating to New England, were carried, when in March, 1776, the British and Tories evacuated Boston. It contains interesting information relative to the tea troubles that preceded the American Revolution, much of it new to students of that eventful period... Continue reading book >>




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