Praise for A Company Man

“A terrific historic document in its own right, A Company Man is a testament to the weird eternal pull of the Crescent City, and contains enough seafaring adventure, festive revelry, and bloodshed to satisfy readers of all stripes.”

—Derick Dupre, writing on NOLA Defender

“A wonderful, careful, informed, and loving job of editing. The translation is well written and sensitive to nuances. I learned a lot, especially the determined merriment in the face of horrors which remains characteristic of New Orleans.”

—Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, author of Africans in Colonial Louisiana: The Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth Century

“What a remarkable find, this mislaid memoir by a skirt-chasing clerk in John Law’s Company of the Indies. Marc-Antoine Caillot’s mishaps on land and water as he travels from Paris to New Orleans by way of Saint Domingue seesaw between harrowing and hilarious. It’s a fine translation, too, whose annotation and introduction alone are worth the price of the book. A Company Man will delight general readers and specialists for years to come.”

—Lawrence N. Powell, author of The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans

“One of the most important finds on colonial Louisiana in many decades. Its uniqueness lies in the personable context this company clerk provides for his journey to America. Expertly translated and annotated with wonderful illustrations, this is a book that readers will return to again and again.”

—Alan Gallay, author of The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670−1717

“A remarkable achievement . . . In this journal historians of colonial Louisiana receive a gift of surprises and opportunities that will influence many interpretations to come. With language oftentimes lusty and witty, Caillot vividly captures everyday life as well as dramatic events during his two years in New Orleans. The introduction and notes add immeasurably to the value of this rare document, situating this clerk’s career—and the manuscript itself—firmly within the context of French colonial experience and history.”

—Daniel H. Usner Jr., author of Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in a Frontier Exchange Economy: The Lower Mississippi Valley before 1783

“Caillot’s narrative is more than a refreshing and provocative departure from the well-known formal memoirs of his contemporaries. It is a richly informative window onto colonial consciousness and behavior that draws readers in and plunges them into the raucous and terrifying eighteenth-century Atlantic World. Greenwald’s thoughtful and informed introduction and notes are a revelation of the mundane bureaucratic and human sinews that defined a French colonial project, a welcome and informative portrait for scholars and general readers alike.”

—Emily Clark, author of Masterless Mistresses: The New Orleans Ursulines and the Development of a New World Society, 1727−1834