Henry Marchant diary, 1771-1772


Date: 1771-1772 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 volume, 202 p., typed carbon


This diary is an account of a voyage from Newport (R.I.) to London, with descriptions of Boston, Dover, Edinburgh, and London. There are also many references to Benjamin Franklin in the diary.

Background note

Henry Marchant was a Rhode Island jurist and delegate to the Continental Congress.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 202 p., typed carbon.


Presented by James Bennett Nolan, 1900.

Related material

Associated materials: Rhode Island Historical Society,

General note

Table of contents (3 p.) of references to Benjamin Franklin in Marchant's diary available in the repository.


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Early American History Note

This is a typescript copy of Henry Marchant's journal that he kept on his trip to England in 1771-1772. The journal begins with his voyage from Newport to England and continues throughout his travels in England. The journal is detailed and well-written and contains many anecdotes and observations, including numerous references to Benjamin Franklin, who was then himself in London. Marchant's social gatherings are particularly noteworthy. He recounts a discussion of republican principles with Catherine Macauley, dinners with Franklin and David Hume, and an audience with the Queen and Prince of Wales.

Indexing Terms


  • Diaries.
  • Manuscript Essays
  • Travel Narratives and Journals

Geographic Name(s)

  • Boston (Mass.) -- Description and travel.
  • London (England) -- Description and travel.
  • Scotland -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800.

Personal Name(s)

  • Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
  • Marchant, Henry, 1741-1796


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  • Americans Abroad
  • Beyond Early America
  • International Travel
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