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Benjamin Moseley, a British surgeon, lived in Jamaica from 1768, and was present in 1780 and 1781, when accounts of the ‘daring freebooter Three Fingered Jack’ appeared regularly in the Jamaican newspaper The Royal Gazette. In 1799 he published the account of Jack’s story that would form the basis of almost every future retelling. It formed part of an appendix to a longer work entitled A Treatise on Sugar. Moseley’s account of Jack was republished several times. Many later versions of Jack’s story incorporated part or all Moseley’s brief account, often without attribution.
Moseley, Benjamin 1799. A Treatise on Sugar. London: G. G. and J. Robinson. 195 pages. The discussion of Three-Fingered Jack is on pages 173-180. Available at: British Library; Institute for Commonwealth Studies Library, University of London; University of London Library (Senate House); Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
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