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1Author:  Strahan, William (1715-1785)Requires cookie*
 Title:  William Strahan journals and accounts, 1751-1777     
 Dates:  1751-1777 
 Abstract:  This large and rich collection chronicles the daily activity of William Strahan during his travels through Scotland in 1751, 1759, 1760, 1766, 1768, 1773, 1777. Strahan was one of the largest printers and exporters of printed material in Great Britain. The journal records his daily activities and observations and also lends insight into his business connections and relations. Volumes two and four also contain business records.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.St83.St83x1 
 Extent:  4 volume(s) 
 Topics:  American Revolution | International Travel | Printing and Publishing 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | Diaries | Travel Narratives and Journals 
2Author:  Bache, Benjamin Franklin, 1769-1798Requires cookie*
 Title:  Benjamin Franklin Bache diary, 1782-1785     
 Dates:  1782-1785 
 Abstract:  This is a translation of Benjamin Franklin Bache's diary that he kept while in Europe during the American Revolution. Bache traveled there as a young child when his grandfather, Benjamin Franklin, served as the American envoy to France. Bache spent nine years in Europe and during that time, received schooling in Passy and Switzerland. The journal begins with an account of his time in Switzerland and ends with his time with his grandfather in Passy. There are numerous stories and anecdotes in this journal. Some bear only on Bache's experience as a child and teenager in Europe. In Switzerland, among other things, Bache witnessed an execution by firing squad, saw a seven-foot tall giant, and was attacked by a watchdog at a Chateux. While in Passy, Bache received instructions on printing, witnessed numerous ballooning experiments, visited famous sites in Paris, and recorded some comings and goings of prominent guests. Some of these entries from Passy provide insight into Franklin's time in Paris, including a detailed account of the well-known scientific examination Franklin conducted on animal magnetism (hypnosis). Originally in French, this English translation of his journal along with the Benjamin Franklin Bache Collection (Mss.B.B122) provides a clear account of Bache's time in Europe during the Revolution.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.B122d 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  American Revolution | Americans Abroad | Diplomatic History | Education | International Travel | Printing and Publishing | Travel 
 Genre:  Diaries | Travel Narratives and Journals