An American Journal, 1839-40

An American Journal, 1839-40

An American Journal, 1839-40

An American Journal, 1839-40

Synopsis

Richard Champion Rawlins, a twenty-year-old Liverpool cotton broker, sailed to the United States in 1839 to collect his family's share of the estate of his grandfather. Rawlins lived in America for over a year, spending three months in New Orleans wher he bought cotton to ship to England, and three months in Cincinnati as the guest of his cousin, a leading lawyer. There he met prominent figures in politics, religion, and education, who introduced him to others in Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, where he was received by President Van Buren. This book is a meticulous, entertaining record of thes meetings and of 10,000 miles travelled by stage, omnibus, steamboat, barge, and railroad, from the East Coast to the frontiers of the then twenty-six states and from New Orleans to Quebec.
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