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This document is an extract from Alexander Selkirk's deposition to the examiner's office, dated 1712.

(Catalogue reference: C 24/1321)

It is believed that Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe was based on the life and experiences of the Scottish seaman, Alexander Selkirk. This extract gives an account of when Selkirk was marooned on the island of Juan Fernandez. This report is one of the surviving depositions in cases on the equity side of Chancery, which were taken by examiners of the court in and around London.

Please note:

  • The document is written in a cursive mixed hand.


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