Travels through the Middle Settlements in North-America in the Years 1759 and 1760: With Observations upon the State of the Colonies (Paperback)Andrew Burnaby (author)
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An unflagging traveler and diarist, the Reverend Andrew Burnaby embarked on a two-year tour of the American colonies in 1759. Originally published in England in 1775, his account of his travels includes commentaries about people, politics, taxes, trade, and the state of the arts and sciences; detailed descriptions of the natural surroundings; amusing anecdotes; and predictions about the future of the colonies. It remains a vivid and valuable primary source on life in the American colonies before the Revolution. Also included in this volume is Burnaby's "Diary of the Weather," kept between January 1760 and December 1762.
Andrew Burnaby's Itinerary: Virginia (Williamburg, King William, Fredericksburg, Colchester, Mount Vernon, Winchester) Maryland (Annapolis, Fredericktown) Delaware (New Castle) Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) New Jersey (Trenton, Princeton, Perth-Amboy) New York (New York City, Long Island) Rhode Island (Newport, Providence) Massachusetts (Boston) New Hampshire (Portsmouth)
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 13 mm
Edition: 2nd edition
"Long before Dickens there were sharply observant English travelers who had an itch to get the quality of the American experience down on paper. The Cornell University Press has exhumed the work of one such voyager, the Reverend Andrew Burnaby, vicar of Greenwich and author of a chronicle called Travels through the Middle Settlements in North-America in the Years 1759 and 1760. Apparently this particular book, which is a distinct find, went through three editions in the late eighteenth century and then disappeared from view. . . . Burnaby has set down innumerable precise observations about everyday life. . . . He had a keen eye for business circumstances everywhere, jotting down information about the coarseness of colonial wool, the excellence of locally-made beaver hats, the merchants' habit of trading with the French in the West Indies in the midst of the Seven Years' War. He was scholar enough to spot the deplorable lack of good books in the college libraries. And . . . he remarked upon the curious courting customs of supposedly Puritan Massachusetts, where engaged couples were permitted to 'tarry,' an institution that sounds very much like modern trial marriage."-Wall Street Journal
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