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Title Extracts from letters written, on a journey to the western parts of the United States [manuscript]: and during a residence in the Illinois Territory / by an English farmer
Author Fordham, Elias Pym
Document Type Correspondence; Travel Journal
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Volume containing extracts of seventeen letters, May 18, 1817-Oct. 30, 1818, and a journal, Dec. 7, 1817-Feb. 26, 1818, sent by Pym to unnamed English correspondents, regarding his journey from Richmond, Va., to southeastern Illinois, via Pittsburgh and Cincinnati; the settlement of the Birkbeck colony at English Prairie; and travels in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. In addition to full descriptions of the Illinois colony, there are observations on the land and people of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois; the cities of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, travel down the Ohio by flat-boat; the Rappite settlement at New Harmony, Indiana; frontier social classes; prices, wages, and labor in the west; and the outlook for English emigrants to the frontier. Also mounted maps of Pittsburgh, English Prairie, and Cincinnati; and a mounted sketch of a flatboat and keelboat.
Names Birkbeck, Morris (1764-1825)
Places Chesapeake Bay, Petersburg, Richmond, Virginia, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Birkbeck colony, English Prairie, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio River, United States
Keywords frontier, pioneer, travel, migrant, religion, Christianity, class, farming, transportation, overland trail
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area Northeast, Southeast
Additional Information English civil engineer who at age twenty-nine (1817) emigrated to the new Birbeck colony at English Prairie in Edwards County, Illinois. A nephew by marriage to George Flower, a co-founder with Morris Birkbeck of the agricultural settlement, Fordham surveyed colony lands and assisted in the construction of dwellings, mills, etc. He later returned to England and engaged in a successful career as a civil engineer.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 289
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue