Journal of Dr. John Morgan of the city of Philadelphia, from the city of Rome to the city of London, 1764.

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  • UPenn Ms. Codex 1637
  • Record of a trip with fellow Philadelphian Samuel Powel, from Rome northward through Bologna, Padua, Venice, Milan, and Turin, over the Alps to Geneva, and through Lyons and Paris to Calais, by boat to Dover, and from there to London. The entries include many details on landscape, architecture, art, and inscriptions. Morgan also describes meetings with prominent individuals such as Giambattista Morgagni, professor of anatomy at the Università di Padova, and the philosopher Voltaire. On leaves at the end of the volume (f. 138v-140r) are lists of books, natural and artificial curiosities, plates (prints) and drawings, and paintings shipped home to Philadelphia by Morgan. The books include works of Morgagni published in Venice, "novels" of Boccaccio in Italian published in Amsterdam, Voltaire's Tancrède published in Geneva, and Benjamin Franklin on electricity in 3 parts published in London. There are additional notes by Morgan about expenses at the beginning (under the flap, inside upper cover) and miscellaneous notes at the end (f. 141v; inside lower cover).

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    [Gift of] [[Mrs. Julia Morgan Harris]] & [[George Morris Morgan]]

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    Il pretzo due Paoli e Metzo

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    Journal of Dr. [[John Morgan]] of the city of [[Philadelphia]], from the City of [[Rome]] to the City of [[London]] in 1864 [1764]

    This appears to be one of a series of Journals written by [[Dr Morgan]] during a three years tour through [[Europe]] = but is the only one of them that ever came into my hands = I have had this for thirty years = it has evidently been kept merely as a memorandum of a tour of a private gentleman = without any intention of publishing

    [[James B Morgan]]

    [[Pittsburgh]] 1847

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