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Historical, Statistic, and Descriptive
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - North American History

  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108032544

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  • James Silk Buckingham (1786–1855) was a writer who travelled extensively throughout the world and published accounts of his adventures in places such as India, Persia, Egypt, and Palestine. In addition, he was a supporter of political reform and served as the first MP for Sheffield, from 1832 to 1837. On retiring from Parliament, he left for North America, where he spent nearly four years, saying, 'I had a strong desire to add to the knowledge … acquired of the Old World, by examining for myself the most favoured portion of the New'. He recounts part of his time in America – during which he visited every state in the Union except Florida and Arkansas, as well as some of the provinces of Canada – in this three-volume work, published in 1841.

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    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108032544
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 101 mm
    • weight: 2.24kg
    • contains: 73 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Dedication
    1. Motives for visiting the United States
    2. Departure from England
    3. History of New York from 1609 to 1838
    4. Population of New York
    5. Deep-rooted prejudices on the subject of slavery
    6. Mr. Catlin's Museum of Indian costumes, weapons, and paintings
    7. Personal visit to some Indian chiefs at New York
    8. Benevolent institutions of the Americans
    9. Misery and crime among the poorer classes
    10. The Courts of Law held in the City Hall
    11. State of literature and the arts in the city
    12. Peculiarities in the manners and customs of New York
    13. Climate, weather, snows, severe cold
    14. Voyage from New York to Amboy, by steam-boat
    15. Stay at Washington
    16. History of the City of Washington
    17. Diversity of character in the population
    18. Private friends in Washington
    19. Environs of Washington, scenery and views
    20. Stay at Baltimore, and agreeable intercourse there
    21. Topographical situation of Baltimore
    22. Population of Baltimore
    23. Classification of the varied population of the city. Volume 2:
    1. Origin of the settlement of Pennsylvania
    2. Favourable site or position chosen for the city
    3. Prisons of reformation in Philadelphia
    4. Manufactures, trade, and commerce of Philadelphia
    5. Anti-abolition riot at Philadelphia
    6. Benevolent institutions of Philadelphia
    7. History and description of the Pennsylvania Hospital
    8. The seaman's friend society
    9. Visit to the Eastern penitentiary of Philadelphia
    10. Environs of Philadelphia, and excursions
    11. Traits of national manners in America
    12. Departure from Philadelphia
    13. Departure for Albany
    14. Early history of the settlement of Albany
    15. Government of the State, legislative and executive
    16. Religious establishments in Albany
    17. Population of Albany
    18. Excursion to the Shaker village of Niskyuna
    19. Origin of the sect of Shakers in Germany and France
    20. Leading peculiarities of the sect of Shakers
    21. Peculiar opinions as to the original sin of Adam and Eve
    22. Journey from Albany to Schenectady
    23. Arrival and stay at Saratoga springs
    24. Sensitiveness of Americans to foreign censure
    25. Leave Ballston for the Falls of Niagara
    26. Beautiful position and appearance of Geneva
    27. First sight of the rapids above the falls
    28. Excursion to the Tuscorara settlement
    29. Leave Niagara for the village of Chippewa. Volume 3:
    1. Stay in the city of Buffalo
    2. Visit to the settlement of the Seneca Indians
    3. First settlement of Rochester
    4. Geological peculiarities of Rochester
    5. Journey from Rochester to Canandaigua
    6. Journey from Canandaigua to Auburn
    7. Journey to Syracuse
    8. Journey from Syracuse to Utica
    9. Visit to Glen's Falls
    10. Description of the White Mountains
    11. Stay at Boston
    12. Influence of institutions on character
    13. Provision made for education
    14. Description of the State of Massachusetts
    15. Description of the city
    16. Public schools
    17. Periodical literature of Boston
    18. Proportions of churches to each sect
    19. Benevolent societies
    20. The municipal government of the city of Boston
    21. Commerce and manufactures
    22. Environs of Boston
    23. Visit to the Massachusetts State prison
    24. State elections
    25. Population of Boston and its suburbs
    26. Last Sunday passed in Boston
    27. Journey from Boston to Providence
    28. Description of the city of Providence
    29. Municipal government
    30. Last visits made in Providence
    31. Departure from Providence
    32. Plan and appearance of the town
    33. Anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims
    34. History of the foundation of Plymouth colony
    35. Disadvantageous position of the town

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