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Abstract log of the E. I. Ship Clarence, 1864-1891.

Abstract log of the E. I. Ship Clarence, 1864-1891.

UPenn Ms. Coll. 832 An abstract log of Captain Joseph Watson, commander of the East India Ship Clarence. The Clarence sailed from London to Madras and Calcutta, India, departing Calcutta for St. Helena and Demerara (British Guiana) before returning to London. The eleven-month voyage...

174 pages: 37% transcribed, 63% needs review
Diary by a young American woman living in the Philippines, 1905

Diary by a young American woman living in the Philippines, 1905

UPenn Ms. Coll. 795 Bound volume from 21 March to 19 September 1905 of observations and social activities of a young woman living with her uncle Henry Clay Ide and her cousins Annie and Marjorie Ide in Manila in the Philippines. The diary begins "Off to China" detailing her journey with...

129 pages: 99% transcribed
Diary of a trip on the Nile River, 1874-1875.

Diary of a trip on the Nile River, 1874-1875.

UPenn Ms. Coll. 851 This red leather-bound volume, beginning in August 1874 and ending in February 1875, is the anonymous diary of a woman from New York City. Most entries in this vividly detailed journal begin with the date, followed by the time and the temperature and/or weather. The...

201 pages: 98% transcribed
Journal of Dr. John Morgan of the city of Philadelphia, from the city of Rome to the city of London, 1764.

Journal of Dr. John Morgan of the city of Philadelphia, from the city of Rome to the city of London, 1764.

UPenn Ms. Codex 1637 Record of a trip with fellow Philadelphian Samuel Powel, from Rome northward through Bologna, Padua, Venice, Milan, and Turin, over the Alps to Geneva, and through Lyons and Paris to Calais, by boat to Dover, and from there to London. The entries include many details on...

265 pages: 38% transcribed, 25% needs review
Mathew Carey diary, 1822-1826

Mathew Carey diary, 1822-1826

UPenn Ms. Coll. 229 Personal diary of Mathew Carey with handwritten entries dating from November 13, 1822 to June 16, 1826 with many gaps. First entry for November 13th starts on last page of diary, continues in the front. (Dates on front cover are incorrect.) It appears that two pages have...

187 pages: 2% transcribed, 61% needs review
Mrs. Daw's travel diaries, 1838.  Volume 1

Mrs. Daw's travel diaries, 1838. Volume 1

UPenn Ms. Coll. 850 Volume 1 This two-volume diary traces the nine-month journey (April to December 1838) of Mr. and Mrs. W. Daw as they travel from London, England to Moscow, Russia, and their return trip home. Mrs. Daw writes almost daily about their experiences and observations, which...

284 pages: 30% transcribed, 23% needs review
Mrs. Daw's travel diaries, 1838.  Volume 2

Mrs. Daw's travel diaries, 1838. Volume 2

UPenn Ms. Coll. 850 Volume 2 This two-volume diary traces the nine-month journey (April to December 1838) of Mr. and Mrs. W. Daw as they travel from London, England to Moscow, Russia, and their return trip home. Mrs. Daw writes almost daily about their experiences and observations, which...

199 pages: 35% transcribed
Robert Suggate journal and commonplace book, 1874-1878.

Robert Suggate journal and commonplace book, 1874-1878.

UPenn Ms. Coll. 831 This leather-bound, paginated memoir and commonplace book, which the author calls "My rough log very roughly kept," was written by Robert Suggate between 1874 and 1878. It is reconstructed from his memory and from a deteriorated journal that he kept on his voyage to...

281 pages: 81% transcribed, 5% needs review
Ship's Log of the General Goddard, between England and India, 1789-1790

Ship's Log of the General Goddard, between England and India, 1789-1790

UPenn Ms. Codex 939 A 755-ton Indiaman which made six trips between England and India. After the second trip, in 1789-1790, it was purchased by Robert Wigram, owner and builder of many Blackwall frigates. Documentation of a voyage between England, Calcutta, and Madras in 1789-1790,...

175 pages: 3% transcribed, 3% needs review
Ship's log of the Hawke, between England and India, 1795-1799

Ship's log of the Hawke, between England and India, 1795-1799

UPenn Oversize Ms. Codex 938 The first volume documents a voyage under Captain R. Edwards from England to Calcutta and Madras between 1795 and 1797; the second volume lists the crew with their stations and wages at the beginning of the volume and documents another voyage, this time under...

563 pages: 2% transcribed, 2% needs review
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