Journal kept by William W. Dwier, acting carpenter, aboard the Steam Sloop Wyoming during the United States Civil War. The ship was sent to the Pacific to search for the CSS Alabama. Dwier describes day-to-day life on board the ship in the Pacific, maintenance, and repairs required after hitting rocks or coral reefs. The ship traveled through the Straits of Bernadino to the Phillippines, to China, and to Japan. In China, the ship made port in Macao, Shanghai, Ningpo (where the ship was sent to protect American inhabitants in case of battle), Amoy. A description of the Wyoming’s participation in the battle of Shimonoseki with the Japanese on July 16, 1863. In the journal, Dwier frequently mentions ships that they pass, the scenery, the weather, illness (particularly cholera), supplies brought on board (especially coal), and purchases he made in ports. He only occasionally mentions military events taking place in the North and South of the United States of America.(Note: Beginning at page 164 of the page turner, the pages are inverted. Researchers may want to download the entire manuscript and rotate the affected pages for easier viewing.)
Logbook of the merchant ship United States recording a voyage from Havana to Gibraltar, including list of cargo received in port at Havana, Nov. 17, 1829 – Feb. 18, 1830; also log of voyage from Cadiz to Trieste, April 16, 1830 – May 23, 1830.
Log book and journal kept by William W. Dwier, acting carpenter, aboard the Steam Sloop Wyoming during the United States Civil War. The ship was sent to the Pacific to search for the CSS Alabama. The first part of this volume contains a log and documents the date, the days steaming, latitude, longitude, distance run, and remarks for most days from 1861 to 1864. On page 48, Dwier continues his journal (from volume 1) with the first entry describing the battle of Shimonoseki on July 16, 1863. The next entry is for September 17, 1863 and runs until July 23, 1864 when the voyage ended in Philadelphia. As in Dwier’s journal contained in Volume 1, these journal entries describe the weather and sailing conditions, port cities, and passing ships as the ship and crew traveled from Japan to Malaysia to South Africa to Saint Helena to Saint Thomas to Philadelphia.
Journal kept by Philadelphia merchant Benjamin Etting on voyages to Canton, China, 1822-25; 1831, 1835, and 1837. Entries remarking on weather, landmarks seen, length of passage. Volume also includes lengthy memorandum entitled, “Custom & manner of doing business in Canton,” which offers practical advice to American merchants dealing with Chinese pilots, manufacturers, government officials, et al.
(Note: the lengthy memorandum begins at the back of the volume and is inverted in relation to the journal. Researchers may wish to download all images and rotate for easier reading.)
Photocopy of 95 page typescript, in binder, with illustrations, including photo of Silge. The binder has a sticker on the front reading: Mein Tagebuch / by Arno Silge. The story of a German immigrant who makes an ‘illegal’ & difficult trek into the U. S. A. via Mexico in 1922. Written in German. There is also a title page, reading: Mein Tagebuch, St. Louis, Mo., September 1922. The beginning of the diary is dated 17 July 1921; and there is a postscript dated 6 June 1984 (p. 69). In 1921, Silge traveled to Mexico, via Amsterdam and Spain, in the hope of gaining entrance to the United States to see his brother: “Mein Plan war, nach Amerika zum Bruder zu gehen. Da es nicht möglich war, eine Einreiseerlaubnis vom Amerikanischen Konsul zu erhalten, so wollte ich über Mexico mich einschmuggeln oder versuchen, dort die Erlaubnis zu erhalten” (p. 4). The narrative begins in Saale. Except for the photo of Silge, the illustrations pertain to Mexico. The diary apparently ends when he was jailed in El Paso. The postscript says that he spent three weeks in prison in El Paso; wrote to his brother Walter, in Chicago, and his father, in Jacksonville, who in turn wrote to their senators, and to President Harding; and then he was released when a report arrived saying that he was an American citizen and should be released.
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A series of bound letters from Joseph Sansom, describing a trip he took with several other members of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to the Oneida Reservation in New York State in 1796.
Authors: Sansom,Joseph, 1765 or 6-1826
Call number: MC 1008, Box 23, Folder 4 (Haverford, Special Collections, Haverford College)
Publisher: Special Collections, Haverford College
Language: Primary language: English.
Place: New York (State)
Names: Sansom, Joseph, 1765 or 6-1826; Rowland, Isiah; Cooper, James; Pierce, John
Subjects topical: Society of Friends — Indian affairs, Indians of North America — History, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends–Indian Committee, Five Nations, Oneida Indians
Subjects geographic: New York (State)
Genres: letter books