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North, William (1755-1836) [Journal of trip to Albany, New York]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02542.06 Author/Creator: North, William (1755-1836) Place Written: Various places Type: Manuscript Date: 22 June 1774-25 July 1774 Pagination: 37 p. ; 14.5 x 10 cm.

Summary of Content: Leather bound journal of North, who was working in a merchant's office in Boston. He worked there until the British closed the port at Boston in Fall 1774. Journal describes his journey from New York to Albany. Travelled by ship from Boston to the Hudson River. Mentions meeting Philip Schuyler and Philip Livingston, among other noteable New Yorkers. Tells of his business and social interactions with prominent people in Albany. In last entry says he leaves Albany. End of journal has a separate list of his travel expenses.

Background Information: North was a Senator from New York, May -August 1798. Made Brigadier General in Provisional Army under Alexander Hamilton, 1798-1800.

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: TravelMerchants and TradeTransportationFinanceLand TransactionAmerican StatesmenEntertaining and HospitalityCommerce

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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