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Title Journal d’un voyage fait avec mon fils en 1793 en Allemagne, en Hollande, en Angleterre [manuscript]: suivi d’un autre journal de notre navigation d’Angleterre a Halifax en Nouvelle Écosse: plus de celui de notre voyage de Halifax au Canada et a New York aux Etats Unis, 1793 March 27-Oct. 26
Author Saint-Mesmin, Benigne Charles Fevret de (d.1802)
Date
Document Type Manuscript; Travel Journal
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Account by Fevret de Saint-Mesmin of travels with his son through parts of Europe, England, Canada, and New York between March 27 and October 26, 1793. The journal begins with Cahier 1, when the travelers depart from Fribourg, Switzerland on March 27, 1793. They tour the German cities of Frankfort, Heidelburg, Darmstadt, Koblenz, Cologne, and Dusseldorf, before travelling on to Holland on April 17, as described in Cahier 2. On May 7, Fevret and his son sail to London on the ship "Prince of Wales," and Cahiers 3-4 are devoted to descriptions of English sights, including St. James Palace, Whitehall, Kensington Garden, Greenwich, and the paintings seen in various exhibitions and galleries. Fevret adds historical notes as well, throughout the text. After touring other English areas such as Oxford, Bristol, and Cornwall, they set sail from the port of Falmouth on June 12, 1793 for Halifax, Nova Scotia, where they stay from June 16 to Sept. 14. The route from Halifax to New York which they follow between Sept. 14 and Oct. 19, takes them through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec, Montreal, Lake Champlain, Albany, the Hudson River, and Niagara Falls, Ticonderoga, and Saratoga, and they include descriptions of the Huron Indians and other native peoples along the way. The journal ends abruptly as Fevret and his son finally arrive in New York City on Oct. 26, 1793.
Places Fribourg, Switzerland; Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Darmstadt, Koblenz, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Germany; London, Bristol, Oxford, Cornwall, United Kingdom; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; New York, United States
Keywords travel, travelogue, personal account, cultural contact, exploration
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Language French
Additional Information This journal is spread out over 10 notebooks, each continuing where the last notebook finished. As a result of this, many notebooks start mid-sentence. The sections below correlate to the different notebooks of the journal.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 281
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue