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Private journal: manuscript, 1841-1886.

Author: W R HarrisonDavid H BurrLizzie G LesherAnne E HarrisonWolcott R HarrisonAll authors
Edition/Format:   Book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Journal kept from Oct. 14, 1841 to Feb. 20, 1844 by W.R. Harrison. Entries from 1841-April 1842 describe events and social pastimes in Philadelphia, including his visits to the Navy Yard and Water Works; several trips to Blockley Hospital--one to view Dr. Pancoast operate on a patient with cancer of the jaw; services, sermons, and lectures at a number of churches (Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish) and halls; and
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Genre/Form: Accounts
Correspondence
Diaries
Engravings
Journals
Maps
Manuscripts
Songs
Named Person: Apollos W Harrison; Joseph Pancoast; Tom Thumb; Apollos W Harrison; Joseph Pancoast; Tom Thumb
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: W R Harrison; David H Burr; Lizzie G Lesher; Anne E Harrison; Wolcott R Harrison; Thomas Morrison; Sisters of St. Joseph (Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pa.)
OCLC Number: 122477962
Notes: Title and attribution from front cover. Front flyleaf and first 3 leaves of journal have been cut out. Bookplate of Wolcott R. Harrison glued inside back cover.
Three engraved colored maps tipped in: "Plan of Baltimore," unsigned; "City of New York" by David H. Burr; and "Morrison's North River Traveller's Companion" of the Hudson River Valley by Thomas Morrison of Philadelphia.
Description: 1 v. (158 leaves + 10 items, 12 leaves) : col. maps.
Other Titles: Ole Dan Tucker.
Jock o'Hazeldean.
Lass o'Gowrie.
My heart's in the highlands.
Morrison's north river traveller's companion.

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Journal kept from Oct. 14, 1841 to Feb. 20, 1844 by W.R. Harrison. Entries from 1841-April 1842 describe events and social pastimes in Philadelphia, including his visits to the Navy Yard and Water Works; several trips to Blockley Hospital--one to view Dr. Pancoast operate on a patient with cancer of the jaw; services, sermons, and lectures at a number of churches (Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish) and halls; and plays and operas at Philadelphia theatres.

Beginning on April 23, 1842, Harrison travels to Utica, New York, on business, he keeps accounts of his sales and orders, specifying the maps and books he is promoting. He describes business travel and excursions to Boston, New Bedford, and Nantucket, Mass.; Rhode Island; New Haven, Ct.; New York City; Baltimore, Md.; Richmond, Roanoke and other locations in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina by horse, train, steamship and sailing ships. He spends periods of time in Philadelphia, where he worked closely with Apollos W. Harrison and worked for Mr. Thomas and Mr. Cowperthwait of Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.

Detailed observations of militia drills; firemen's parades; holiday celebrations; Tom Thumb's visit to Philadelphia on 24 Feb. 1843; architecture; mining; travel; occasional descriptions of African Americans in the North and the South, including the August 1, 1842 black celebration of "Emancipation Day" on freeing the slaves in Jamaica, which culminated in a two-day riot in Philadelphia; and a record of the words to the song "Ole Dan Tucker," as sung by slaves in the South.

Items laid in the journal include lyrics to "Jock o' Hazeldean," "The Lass o' Gowrie," and "My heart's in the highlands;" 5 receipts for payment of Miss Hamilton's tuition and board at Mount Saint Joseph, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, 1862-1863; and a letter from Lizzie G. Lesher of Lansing, Mich. to her aunt Anne E. Harrison in Philadelphia, 14 Dec. 1886.

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