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|Title||Diary [manuscript]: 1810 June 30 - July 16|
|Author||Eddy, John Hartshorne (1782-1817)|
|Date||View date in the chronology|
|Document Type||Diary; Travel Journal|
|Description||From the Newberry Library Catalogue: John Hartshorne Eddy’s ms. diary, June 30 - July 16, 1810, kept while accompanying his father and other New York state commissioners on their exploration of a canal route to Lake Erie via Lake Ontario. After noting the appointment and mission of the commissioners, the diary begins with the June 30 cruise up the Hudson from New York City to Albany. It continues on the Mohawk River from Schenectady via small boat to Utica, across Lake Oneida, and then by the Oswego River to Lake Ontario. Noted are commissioners’ meetings; towns, industries, and landmarks passed; terrain and vegetation; navigational difficulties; existing canals and locks; the Oneida Indian reservation; and the meals, accomodations, and recreations of the party.|
|Places||New York, New York, Erie Canal, Oswego River, Oneida Lake, Mohawk River, Albany, New York, United States|
|Keywords||canal, exploration, expedition, government, transportation, travel, travelogue, vegetation, geographical survey, river, reservation|
|Theme||Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters; American Indians and the US Government|
|Tribe / Nation||Go to Tribes and Nations page|
Geographer and botanist. The son of Thomas Eddy, a New York state prison reformer and canal promoter, John Hartshorne Eddy lost his hearing at age 12, but still was able to pursue intensive scientific studies at Columbia. In 1810 he joined his father, DeWitt Clinton, and several other commissioners apppointed by New York state on their examination of the Lake Ontario route for a canal to Lake Erie. Before his 1817 death, Eddy published several maps of the New York region which have been attributed to John Henry Eddy.
Erroneously attributed to Thomas Eddy by Ruth Lapham Butler.
Title supplied from another ms. copy of diary, possibly a later version, at the New York Public Library.
|Library||The Newberry Library|
|Copyright||The Newberry Library|
|Collection||The Edward E. Ayer Collection|
|Reference||VAULT Ayer MS 267|
|Catalogue Link||The Newberry Library Catalogue|