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Journey from Wilmington to Baltimore, 1818  

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Manuscript account of a journey from Wilmington to Baltimore, and a brief sate in Baltimore


Baltimore & Wilmington


May 12 & May 14, 1818

20 pp. in ink on plain paper, stitched. 10x8. Account of a journey from Wilmington to Baltimore and back, with brief a brief description of the former city, and a more lengthy discussion of the latter. The writer, who signs himself "Rustic," traveled from Wilmington to Elkton by stage, then by steamboat to Baltimore. The writing is vivid and expressive, offering personal observation of the journey and the places visited. A few excerpts, Including “a general view of the city. The streets of which on the new, or hill parts are regularly laid out in rectangular squares having in general elegant buildings; but the old part with the exception of a few streets is not regular, being narrow and crooked & in many places not at all prepossessing.” “I took a survey of the market, which is strikingly inferior to that of Philadelphia… but in price far superior – butter of an indifferent quality fifty cents & upwards; vegetables, meat & other things in proportion; the fish market is tolerable, being more abundantly supplied and it is situated very advantageously near Jones’ Falls a fine stream running through the heart of the town, very much resembling a canal…” “Baltimore is justly celebrated for its attention & hospitality to strangers. Its inhabitants take a lively interesting in being thought friendly to foreigners… The women in general are not handsome, though extremely polite & agreeable, possessing good mental and literary arguents, but too gay in dress…” Provenance: A private California collection.

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Mild darkening to paper, dampstain to fore edges most severe to first and last leaves but writing still legible; very good.

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