America: Volume 1

America: Volume 1 : Historical, Statistic, and Descriptive

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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. Volume 1 focuses on his time in New York, Washington, DC, and more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 21 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 1139058789
  • 9781139058780

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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 more