America: Volume 2

America: Volume 2 : 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 2 follows his travels through Pennsylvania, Delaware, and upstate New York before he heads to Niagara Falls.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 23 b/w illus.
  • 1139058797
  • 9781139058797

Table of contents

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.
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