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|Title||Journal and memoir [manuscript]: 1832-1850|
|Author||Rich, Virtulon (b.1809)|
|Date||View date in the chronology|
|Document Type||Travel Journal; Manuscript; Newspaper; Art|
|Description||From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Journal of Virtulon Rich’s trip from Vermont to Carmi, Ill., and return to Zanesville, Ohio, Apr. 5 - July 6, 1832; and memoir written by Rich soon after Sarah Rich’s 1850 death. Travel journal describes residents, homes, cultural, educational and governmental institutions, factories and shops, etc., encountered in the cities and towns along his route (Albany, New York City, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Wheeling, Zanesville, Columbus, Cincinnati, Lexington, Frankfort, Louisville). Also noted are the primitive living conditions in Indiana and Illinois, the effects of slavery on the white populations of Maryland and Kentucky, attendance at the Young Men’s National Convention in Washington, D.C., and a meeting with Andrew Jackson. Memoir chronicles the couple’s courtship, life in McConnelsville and visits with Vermont family, as well as Sarah’s illnesses and death. Also copies of a local obituary and the funeral sermon.|
|Names||Rich, Sarah C. (d.1850)|
|Places||Albany, New York, New York, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wheeling, Zanesville, Columbus, Cincinnati, McConnelsville, Ohio, Lexington, Frankfort, Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, United States|
|Keywords||lawyer, travel, travelogue, city, town, culture, social life, family life, education, school, government, shop, slavery, President of the United States, journey, account, memoir|
|Theme||American Indians and the US Government|
|Culture Area||Northeast, Great Plains, Southeast|
Ohio and Michigan lawyer. Born in Shoreham, Vt., in 1809 and educated at the U.S. Military Academy and the University of Vermont, Virtulon Rich embarked on a tour of the West in the spring of 1832, both to recover his health and find a location to practice law and settle with his future wife (Shoreham native Sarah C. Bush). Abandoning his goal of reaching St. Louis, Rich travelled by rail, stage, and horse south to Washington, D.C., and west (frequently on the National Road) through Pittsburgh, central Ohio, central Kentucky, and Indiana, before turning back at Carmi, Ill. He settled in Zanesville, married in 1835, and relocated to nearby McConnelsville, Ohio. Following his wife’s death from tuberculosis in 1850, Rich remarried and moved to Michigan in 1857.
Journal formerly known as Ayer MS 756.7. Memoir formerly known as Ayer MS 756.8.
Journal, entitled "A sketch of a journey to the West in the spring & summer of 1832," published as: Western life in the stirrups. Chicago : Caxton Club, 1965.
|Library||The Newberry Library|
|Copyright||The Newberry Library|
|Collection||The Edward E. Ayer Collection|
|Reference||VAULT Ayer MS 3156|
|Catalogue Link||The Newberry Library Catalogue|