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Travels in North America, in the Years 1827 and 1828

Travels in North America, in the Years 1827 and 1828
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - North American History

  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108032865

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  • Captain Basil Hall (1788–1844) was a Scottish seaman and travel writer. After attending the Royal High School in Edinburgh he joined the Navy in 1802, and was appointed captain in 1814. He served on many diplomatic and scientific naval missions, and on his retirement from the Navy began to publish accounts of his experiences, based on his journals. These volumes, first published in 1829, contain his detailed and controversial account of his journey across America and Canada between 1827 and 1828. Hall provides a fascinating and engaging description of social conditions, political structures and political tensions in Canada and America in the period, while also illustrating contemporary English prejudices concerning American society. He was an observant man, commentating on a range of aspects of American life, including slavery and the status of women, from the sophisticated city of Boston to cotton farms and prisons.

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    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108032865
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 78 mm
    • weight: 1.7kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. New York
    2. Hudson River
    3. West Point
    4. Schenectady
    5. Village of Rochester
    6. Falls of Rochester
    7. Falls of Niagara
    8. The Welland and other canals in Canada
    9. Expedition to the Grand River
    10. Burlington Bay
    11. Visit to the emigrants sent out by government in 1825
    12. Details of the progress of new settlements in Canada
    13. Last view of Niagara
    14. Montreal
    15. Advantages of the British North American colonies to England, and of England to those colonies. Volume 2:
    1. Lake George
    2. Albany
    3. Court of Errors at Albany
    4. Stockbridge
    5. Northampton
    6. Boston
    7. Boston
    8. Salem
    9. Schools at Boston
    10. Boston
    11. Sketches of the rise and progress of the American Constitution
    12. Law of elections
    13. Theory and practice of democracy
    14. Congress and state legislatures
    15. Philosophical Society at New York
    16. Publication of books in America
    17. Journey from Philadelphia to Baltimore
    18. Baltimore
    19. On the American judicial system. Volume 3:
    1. Washington
    2. Sale of a slave
    3. Debate in Congress on a picture
    4. The Potomac
    5. On the theory and practice of military punishments
    6. The dismal swamp
    7. Charleston
    8. Journey from Charleston
    9. American Veturino
    10. Commencement of the journey through the state of Georgia
    11. Passage of the Yam Grandy
    12. Distress of the Creek Indians
    13. Montgomery on the Alabama
    14. Trip to the mouths of the Mississippi
    15. Wooding stations on the Mississippi
    16. Louisville in Kentucky
    17. Conversation with an American respecting the points of comparison between his country and England.

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    Basil Hall

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