This introductory chapter describes the account of James Morrison in the story of the Bounty. Morrison had entered the British Navy in 1779, aged eighteen, and signed on as boatswain's mate of the ship, Bounty, on September 9, 1787. The story of Morrison is not only an eyewitness story of the events of the mutiny and life on Tahiti; it is also regarded as having played a direct role in the outcome of the court martial as it took the form of a “Paper Writing to the Court.” The story was written in 1792, as its author awaited trial and then as he recuperated after receiving the king's pardon.
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