karl August 25th, 2019

Caroline and I were writing a book together. It was to be a family biography covering three generations of Hodgsons, eighteenth-century British colonials who resided upon the Mosquito Shore in modern Caribbean Honduras and Nicaragua, but who were also residents of Bristol, Bath, and London. Once we acquired a set of over 300 documents relating to the family that no scholar had ever seen, Caroline became very close, almost spiritually, to several of the female authors within the document collection, characters absent from much of our previous scholarship concerning the Mosquito Shore. With these documents to hand, she brought a gendered concern to our work that was critical to the story that needed to be told. She did this not because she was a woman but because she was an insightful and shrewd scholar who cared deeply about her work. She also knew how to make the documents reveal questions I had not even thought to ask. What I will remember most about Caroline is how she kept stressing our responsibility to tell the Hodgson story, to bring the lives and times of the Hodgsons to life. Her commitment to scholarly research, her attention to detail, and her method for putting notes into a concise narrative were wonderful to behold and a revelation to me. May she rest in peace. Karl Offen, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA Aug. 24, 2019