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Collection Details


Collection Name: Letters Written During a South American Cruise
Repository Name: University of Delaware. Library. Special Collections Department [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Newark, Delaware, United States
URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/findaids/cruise.htm
Dates Spanned: 1826-1832
Description: This collection consists of one letterbook containing ten long letters from an anonymous Philadelphian to his friend, Ned, written between 1826-1827. The author, a crew member on the frigate Brandywine, vividly and poetically describes life on board the ship and ashore in South America. He includes excerpts from his journal, as well as quotes from poets and other authors, essentially turning this letterbook into a rich and eloquent travel narrative. The leather-bound volume includes 178 pages of autograph writing, as well as two watercolor illustrations. The title page of the volume reads, “Letters Written during a Cruise in the Pacific In the years 1826-7-8 and 9,” but this somewhat misleading – the author spends much of his cruise on the Atlantic coast of South America, and the letters do not date past September of 1827. The volume also contains marginalia written in 1832.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 10
Broad Subjects: Geography; Entertainment and recreation
ASP Subjects: Letters; South America; South America--Description and travel
Collection Code: OHC0004835