Struggles through life, exemplified in the various travels and adventures in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, of Lieut. John Harriott ...[author] (1808) was mentioned in the "true crime" story told in "The Maul and The Pear Tree, by P.D. James and T. A. Critchley.
"My father had served in the navy, and afterwards was a master of a merchant ship; my grandfather was the last of the family that was born at Brigstock, in Northamptonshire, where the family had lived for several centuries; and the end of the town, where they resided as tanners, went by their name. When the estate
was sold to the Duke of M---, part of it being copy-hold, the title-deeds were traced back in the family as far as William Rufus. That is all which I have to boast of concerning ancestry."
...a passage about a voyage To New York...
I took my first bias for travelling, or going to sea, from reading Robinson Crusoe; and, when I was little more than thirteen, sailed as a midshipman on-board a ship of war, bound with a convoy of merchant-vessels for New York, in company with another frigate, bound to the West Indies, with a similar convoy; having orders to keep together until we arrived at a certain latitude, this was early in 1759.