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"I never knew him. Not really. I thought I had, but it wasn't until I read his journal that I realized I hadn't really known him at all. And it's too late now. Too late to tell him I misjudged him. Too late to tell him I'm sorry."
―Ratonhnhaké:ton after reading his father's journal.[src]
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Haytham writing in his journal

The Journal of Haytham E. Kenway was a detailed, autobiographical account of the life of Haytham Kenway, the first Grand Master of the Colonial Rite of the Templar Order.


The first entry of the journal was written on 6 December 1735, two days after Haytham's tenth birthday, and goes into detail about the death of his Assassin father Edward Kenway and his subsequent tutelage under Reginald Birch, a family friend and secret Grand Master of the British Templars.[1]

Haytham took the journal with him aboard the Providence when traveling to the colonies of British America and continued writing entries about his exploits in the New World. The journal also described his feelings towards his Assassin son Ratonhnhaké:ton and his internal conflicts about the Assassins' and Templars' clandestine war, though it strangely never mentioned Shay Cormac or either man's significant role in helping destroy the Colonial Assassins.[2]

Haytham's last entry in the journal was dated 16 September 1781, the same day that he was killed by his son during the attack on Fort George in New York. Ratonhnhaké:ton found his father's journal after his death, realizing that he had misjudged his father upon reading it, and wrote the final entries of the journal.


The Aerie's director Isaiah kept a copy of the journal in his library along with a book on the Borgias, one about Jacques de Molay, and many others.[3]