George Ticknor Papers, 1773 - 1870Manuscript MS-983

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Series 3, Diaries - Second European Journey, 1835-1837

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Box: 3, Dates: 1835-1837

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Volume I, June 1835 - September 1835

    Ticknor returns to England. He reports on Oxford University, and discusses the Nineteenth-Century world with politicians, artists, writers, as well as men of medicine and commerce. Next, Ticknor travels to Wales, and then the countryside of Ireland. Among those he speaks with are William Wordsworth, Robert Southey, Maria Edgeworth, and Lady Byron.

  • Folder: 2, Volume II, September 7 - October 25, 1835

    Much of this journal is devoted to manor-house life of Nineteenth-Century England. The Ticknor family moves south toward London, visiting manufacturing establishments, viewing ancient ruins, and churches. This journal makes lengthy reference to English and Irish politics and society.

  • Folder: 3, Volume III, October 26, 1835 - May 4, 1836

    The Ticknors arrive in Brussels and press on toward Dresden, where Ticknor begins a daily round of visits to museums and libraries. In early February the firing of a cannon marks the breakup of ice in the Elbe, and by May 4, the Ticknors head southwards.

  • Folder: 4, Volume IV, May 7 - July 1, 1836

    With the coming of spring, the Ticknors take leave of Dresden. By late May they are in Berlin, but retrace their steps to Dresden before moving on to Prague and Venice. Ticknor arrives in Vienna by mid-June, and devotes a great portion of this journal to visits with Klemens von Metternich and lengthy analyses of the prince and his remarks.

  • Folder: 5, Volume V, July 2 - December 5, 1836

    By early December, the Ticknors arrive in Rome after a carriage trip from Vienna. At the Italian-Swiss border, Ticknor is quarantined for 12 days after a smallpox scare. He eventually rides through the Apennines for a stay in Florence, and then finally enters Rome.

  • Folder: 6, Volume VI, December 5 - April 28, 1837

    This volume contains commentary on the Ticknor's winter in Rome. It chronicles the Ticknor's social life, their attendance at lectures and artists' studios, and their visits to favorite points of interest around the city. Ticknor is skeptical of Catholic rituals, institutions, and church officials. He also comments on the problems of family life in high Roman society.

  • Folder: 7, Volume VII, April 28 - September 11, 1837

    The Ticknors leave Rome, spend three weeks in Florence, where Ticknor renews his friendship with the Bonaparte family and then takes a summer journey to Paris by way of Pisa, Milan, Venice, Munich, Heidelberg, and Bonn. He sees his friend William Wordsworth at Como and later at Venice. Ticknor then takes a trip through the Alps and visits various resorts and watering places, few of which he fully approves.

  • Folder: 8, Volume VIII, September 11, 1837 - March 19 1838

    This volume is devoted to the Ticknor's six-month stay in Paris. Ticknor talks with his old friends the Duke and Duchess de Broglie, as well as such people as François Guizot, Thierry, and Alphonse de Lamartine. He dines with Colonel Thorne and General Cass, and is welcomed at gatherings of political men of opposite sides. Ticknor provides a running commentary on the Bonaparte family, the volatile political situation, and French theater. The Ticknors leave Paris on March 15, 1838.

  • Folder: 9, Volume IX, March 19, 1838 - July 18, 1838

    After two and a half years on the continent, the Ticknors return to London, England for three weeks. Ticknor comments on British aristocrats, political figures, men-of-letters, and reports on British attitudes toward America. In this volume he criticizes British institutions and expresses caustic opinions frequently. In mid-April, the Ticknors go to Cambridge and from there they travel rapidly northward to Edinburgh and Glasgow. They return to England, stopping at Keswick to visit Robert Southey and William Wordsworth, spending a few days at Oxford and at Lord Spencer's seat at Althorp. Finally, they visit Stonehenge and Winchester before embarking for Boston at Portsmouth.

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