Mrs. Adams
Diary, 1834-1835

Mss: 698

Historical Note:

At an unknown date, Mrs. Adams and three children left Providence, RI to board a boat sailing for New York. From there, she and the children traveled to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. During 1834, Mr. and Mrs. Adams and three children made a tour from Providence, to New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Returning east, they took a different route and stopped at Columbus and Cleveland. They continued their travels on the Erie Canal through Buffalo, Rochester, Utica and Schenectady before arriving in New York City where they stayed at the American Hotel before returning to Providence.

Scope and Content:

Collection consists of a diary, written in pencil and ink in a variety of handwritings, detailing expenses of a trip taken by Mrs. Adams and her three children from Providence to New York City at an unknown date. Also included in the same volume are figures "for 300 lots", list of clothing, books and toys, costs for two calves, one bull and one heifer, prices for items purchased in shopping excursions while traveling and "expenses for the tour". In addition, the writer of this volume [possibly Mr. Adams] writes his remarks for a trip accompanying his wife and "her" children to New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cleveland, Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Rochester. This twenty-six page section devoted to remarks on a Spring 1834 trip "to the west" and back discusses travel accommodations, modes of transportation used, comments on sights seen and his fellow passengers, itineraries as well as other personal observations. Much of the 1834 trip took place via canal. Included are detailed travel expenses for different modes of transportation-stage, packet boat, canal boat-as well as food and accommodations.

Provenance : Gift of Charles H. Taylor

Amount: 1 volume

See Also: Adams, Seth Jr.: Records 1823-1865