An Englishman's Journey along America's Eastern Waterways

An Englishman's Journey along America's Eastern Waterways

The 1831 Illustrated Journal of Herbert Holtham's Travels

Edited by Seymour I. Schwartz


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University of Rochester Press



The journal of a Unitarian minister from Brighton, England who visited many of the major Northeastern cities in the United States and Canada, and traveled along the six-year-old Erie Canal. Contains 30 original pencil and ink drawings.
Herbert Holtham, a Unitarian minister from Brighton, England,came to the United States in the spring of 1831, and spent several months traveling in the northeast. His travels took him from New York, where his ship landed, to Philadelphia, eastern Pennsylvania, then back to New York, up the Hudson River to Albany, across the entire state on the six-year-old Erie Canal. He stopped in Utica, Rochester, and Buffalo, noting the rapid growth of these cities, especially Rochester, that had occurred in the few years the canal had been open. From Buffalo he crossed into Canada, traveling east along Lake Ontario, past Toronto [then called York] to Ottawa and Montreal; he returned through Lake Champlain to Albany and New York, and continued south to Baltimore and Washington, returning to Philadelphia once again in order to set sail for England. Holtham recorded his impressions of both urban and rural scenes, the people and their opinions, family life, church life and activities, and reports of many conversations he had while traveling. The journal of his travels provides a superior set of impressions of America at the time from a man who brought his skills of perception to the transcription.

Beyond the words, the journal contains thirty marvelous pencil and ink drawings of what he saw; scenes of Niagara Falls and downtown Rochester accompany paintings of the Capitol in Washington, a carriage operated by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Seymour I. Schwartz, MD, is Distinguished Alumni Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical School. Schwartz is an expert on historical maps, especially of America. His avid interest in American history is evidenced by his published books, The Mapping of America and The French and Indian Wars. He is a member of the boards of the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution and the Philip Lee Phillips Society of the Library of Congress.


August 2000
30 black and white, 1 line illustrations
224 pages
9x6 in
ISBN: 9781580460798
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC HIS037030, HIS036000, HIS052000
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Table of Contents

List of Haltham's Drawings
Preface and Acknowledgments
Editor's Introduction
Holtham's Drawings

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