W. Kinsey diary, 1817.

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  • UPenn Ms. Coll. 919
  • Diary of an Englishman, possibly W. Kinsey of Bognor Regis, England. The first nine pages of the diary are written in pencil with the remainder in ink. The journal begins on 4 July 1817 as Kinsey embarks on his trip from London, England on his way to France. In the first few pages Kinsey mentions he is traveling with a companion named Henry. Kinsey includes detailed descriptions of all his destinations. He describes the streets in large cities and small villages, activities he observes, the people, and relevant historical events or anecdotal stories. Kinsey observes the evening ritual in Paris, as people pour out of their homes crowding every street, some being entertained by jugglers. He visits major museums, cathedrals, large cities, and small villages. Highlights of his travels in France include Rouen, St. Cloud, and Lyon. At the beginning of August, Kinsey enters Switzerland, where he spends a large portion of his journey. Kinsey takes a three-day guided tour from Geneva to Marigny. After this tour Kinsey gives the reader travel advice on guided tours. He describes the valleys, the mountains, lakes, and landscape of Switzerland. In the journal Kinsey has sewn in small cut out engravings of some of the mountain areas in Switzerland. Also sewn in the journal is a folded paper strip of hand drawn, colored coats of arms representing twenty-two cities in Switzerland. By 10 September 1817 Kinsey is touring Germany and talks of the Danube and the Rhine Rivers. He visits Manheim, Cologne, and Münster, among other cities. Throughout his travels Kinsey records the hotels and inns where he stayed and the prices. He writes of the bookshops he goes to and the books and maps he buys on the journey. Kinsey also records when he posts and receives mail. By early October 1817 Kinsey returns to England. The last four leaves of the volume contain a catalog of books he has purchased and the city. A plan for a trip to Holland follows the list. On the second-to-last leaf of the volume is a colored engraving with the words "S. Vulnera Jesu," Kinsey writes: "Given by the Capuchin monk at Staatz."

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    to Lausanne } the walk - Cathedral - prospect - Lake &c - the little chapel at Morat Murten?, wh: [which] contained the bones of the of the Duke of Bur -gundy's defeated army, destroyed by the French in 1798 - Cross hence into the road to Bulle, for

    Fribourg - } Church of St. [Saint] Nicholas Gothic its spire - celebrated her- mitage one league from the village - 90 ft long - by 20 ft bdth -

    to Berne Bern } public walks - that near the Cathedral - distant chain of Alps - Cathedral - Arsenal - Hotel de Ville - hospital & College are handsome - 1650 ft [feet] above the level of the sea -

    to Soleure Solothurn } Front of the Cathedral - on the river Aar Aare - romantic road by [Balital?], Langenbruh Langendorf? or Langenbruch? - Waldenburg - Liental - to

    Basle Basel? }

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    Tour in Holland.

    By Colchester Coach to the 3. [Cops? Cross? Cups? Auss? Crowns?] at Colchester, & by chaise hence to Harwich - 3. Cops -.

    Hence by packet to Helvoetsluys Hellevoetsluis - & Brile Brielle - Rotterdam - (Bath Hotel) - Delft - The Hague - ([Marcha Turenne?]) [Schevelyn?] - the house in the wood -

    Leyden Leiden - & Haarlem - } (Lion D'or) Chateau D'Anvers Antwerp?

    Amsterdam - (Doolen Doel? N.)

    across to

    Broam & Laardam Leerdam? - & back by water to Utrecht - [Of Dilgence?] to Sevehum Sevenum? - Breda - Antwerp - Brussels (New theatre building Royal Theatre of La Monnaie?) - to Namur by water to Liege Liège - & by Rheim to Paris.

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    Catalogue of Books Dut: Academie 2.v: Danse Des Morts 1.v: Tableau Revol.ns [Revolutions?] 4.v: Continuation - 7 v: Historie de [Malbro?] 3. v: French Synonyms. 2.v } [Illegible?] [2nd?] on Italy 2.v:

    1. Map of France - Ebel's Manuel - 4.v: Voltaire's Louis 14th - [45th?] 3.v: La [Haipe's?] Works - 16v: 1. Roll of pictures. }

    L'Homme des Champs. 1.v: Itineraire Genevè Geneva. - 1.v: Do [Ditto] - de Susse [Suisse?]. - 1.v: & Almanack - 1 - v: Historie d'[Emielden?] - Do. [Ditto] des Salines 1.v: }

    Corneilles = 5.v: Racine - 4.v: Boileau - 1 - v: Genève Geneva in care 1:v. - Berne - Volumes de Toched [de la Roché?] 3. - }

    Pamphlets { Les Provencaux - 1.v: Waterloo - 1.v: Les deux Anglais - 1.v: Maison Funebre -1.v: Voltaire's Zaire - 1.v: Journal d'un [baggeur?] 1.v: }

    Detatched. Itineraire de Lyon - 1.v. Guide to the [Lovure?] 1.v: Picture of Paris - 1.v: Itinerarie du [Rigri?] 1.v: 1. Map of [Scupe?] 1. [Fr.?] Grammar - Itineraire de France. 1.v: [Ma'ne Genlis?] 1.v: & vocabulary - Voyage on the Rhine - 1.v: Gardens of [Sro'n?] - life of R. Marshals - L Duclos - 3. small volumes - Map of Rouen Rouen- 1-v. }

    [Text in pencil:] 25 225

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    - - - "Audi"

    "Bulla unquam de Monte hominis [cumtatio long at?]"

    [Costume in black trunk?]

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    Capt N. Barnes. - at Mess'rs Grelle & 60. n:y Rue d' [Eigher?] & - Prossonaire [Poissonnière?]

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    [Spicer 9-Beof?]

    October 1st. Bile at Hotel du Prince Regent - Rue St. Hyacinthe 10 Honore - St. 0 - 10. hence par [Ch:?]: de la Fontaine - 9.F } Sot: 3 F. Porte 1.F: } En Entrant par la rue du Marche des Jacobin Autre le P.R. et la Place Vendome &c }

    The carriage of Books from Strasbourg 16.Fr 19.s - Cabriolet 5 F. Dr. to B. Place 14.s Histoire abrig - &c - 42. F. Corneille - 7. - Racine - 7 - Siecle Louis XIX. & XV - 7. Borleau 1 - 5 s.

    At Mr Freres- Quay des augustin's 64 F - 5 s - 64 - 5.

    fr. m'dme [Le Brements?] at 6-pm for Rouen - 2'd - Rouen 6- a-m - 12 - to Dieppe - D [Ditto?] - 7 - a - m - Hotel de [Londres?] 3'd - Dieppe - 2 - p-m - by the Nautilus Packet for Brighton - 4th - 3 - a-m - Brighton

    England!!! Thank God - !

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