Voyage en Angleterre, 1785 April 3-May 27


Date: 1785 April 3 - 1785 May 27 | Size: 1 Volumes, 1 volume, 220 p.


This diary records the individuals and sights that he saw while in England. There are many observations of life in London, e.g. parks, buildings, paintings, food. Outside of London he visited many towns, including Manchester and its cotton mills as well as the steel mills of Birmingham. He relates his visit to Drury Lane and the dramatic performance of Sarah Siddons. Some of the people he met included Sir Joseph Banks, Sir Charles Blagden, Matthew Boulton, Joseph Priestley, William Pitt the Younger, and Benjamin Vaughan. He also visited and described the gardens at Kew. The diary includes several sketches, including the plan of Blenheim Palace, and also a table of distances traveled.

Background note

Malesherbes was a French judge, horticulturist, and philanthropist.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 220 p.


Purchased from Offenbacher ($1250.00) and acccessioned, 12/23/1969 (1969 1819ms).

Location of originals:

Location of original unknown.

Early American History Note

This manuscript collection falls outside the geographic scope of the Early American guide (British North America and the United States before 1840). It may be of interest to scholars interested in global history, international relations, imperialism, or the U.S. in the world.

General note

This item is written in the hand of Jean-Francois Wiart, date unknown.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • Blenheim Palace (England)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


  • Sketches.

Geographic Name(s)

  • England -- Description and travel.
  • England -- Industries.

Personal Name(s)

  • Banks, Joseph, 1743-1820
  • Blagden, Charles, Sir, 1748-1820
  • Boulton, Matthew, 1728-1809
  • Malesherbes, Chrétien Guillaume de Lamoignon de, 1721-1794
  • Pitt, William, 1759-1806
  • Priestley, Joseph, 1733-1804
  • Siddons, Sarah, 1755-1831
  • Vaughan, Benjamin, 1751-1835
  • Wiart, Jean Francois


  • Beyond Early America
  • Gardens -- England.
  • Palaces -- England.

Detailed Inventory

Voyage en Angleterre
17851 volume(s)220 pagesvolume 1
Blenheim Palace grounds
1785 April 301 map, 24.8 x 18.4 cmpage 108