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Title Journal and memoir [manuscript]: 1832-1850
Author Rich, Virtulon (b.1809)
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
Additional Information

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