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Title Trip to the far west [manuscript]: diary, 1856 Jan. 11-May 7
Author Sumner, Joseph (fl.1832-1856)
Document Type Diary; Travel Journal
Description Bound diary documenting Joseph Sumner's travels by rail and steamboat around Northeastern US, beginning and ending in Boston and visiting Detroit, Chicago, Burlington (IO), St. Louis, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and New York from 11 Jan 1856 - 07 May 1856. Details train timings and miles travelled as well as information on the landscape (prairies, rock formations, timber) and weather conditions. Settling for the longest in Burlington, Sumner records lectures he attended by C [Charles] Ben Darwin and Fowler, Temperance lectures and details of bookkeeping studies. Contains information on various music stores visited, local musicians and private performances.
Names Darwin, C. Ben; Adams, Mr; Fowler; Morse, Howard
Places Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Michigan, Rock Island, Mississippi River, Davenport, Dubuque, Burlington, Montrose, Quincy, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Phildelphia, New York, United States
Keywords railroad, train, transportation, Ohio and Mississippi Railroad, travel, travelogue, observation, address, alcohol, church, music
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Sumner was a South Dedham, Mass., resident who travelled to Iowa and Illinois during the winter and spring of 1856. Sumner journeyed apparently with the intention of judging whether he would like to emigrate to the region.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 869
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue