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  1. Harrow, Alexander, 1755-1811.
    [Journal] 1791-1800 / Alexander Harrow.
    Born in Scotland, Harrow emigrated to Canada after the death of his first wife, and worked as an officer in the British Navy. In 1779 he was commissioned Lieutenant and Commander in the Naval Armament of the Lakes and was given command of the sloop Wellcome overseeing the shipping of government supplies and the movements of civilian passengers between Detriot and Mackinac the route of the lucrative fur trade. In his journal, Harrow keeps copies of his correspondence as well as his orders of barrels of salt, rum, and pork. A portion of the journal was kept on board the Chippewa a ship he remained on until 1796. He writes about land possession (019, 029, 071), ordering the latest London atlas (020), conflicts with the indigenous population (023), military service (033, 055, 082), events during the "late war in America" (065), and the sale of slaves (068). At the end of the journal are some drawings and a pious verse along with the signature of John Harrow (094); as well, George Harrow had taken possession of the book by 1825 as evidenced by his statement on 096.
  2. Hathaway, Obed.
    [Logbook] [1789?] November [16?] / Obed Hathaway.
    Within this ship's log, Obed Hathaway records data regarding the art of navigation, notes on his voyages, useful information on weights and measures, as well as several manuscripts for poems and songs. His creative outpourings seem to have occurred in late fall 1793 through the spring of 1794. He then returned to the log to record two voyages in 1796. The first few pages indicate that Hathaway may have still been learning navigation; there are problems posed about latitude and longitude, with long answers and calculations answering them, and the tops of these pages are sequentially marked "Exm 4th" and so on. Next, Hathaway's proper log begins, on which he plots the specifics about "A Journal of a Voyage from Dominica to Port Caville" November 11, 1793 (04 verso); his next voyage is "from Crooked Island to Charlestown" on board the ship Bedford on January 10, 1796 (06 verso); the final voyage recorded here is from Charlestown to Amsterdam on the Bedford commanded by Cornealus Grinnell on April 12, 1796 (10 verso). Of this last voyage, Hathaway notes that they struck a reef in a "gail" and there was "a man over Bord throde over... it was not possible of Geting him" (17 recto). Despite the formality of the log, it is interspersed with personal references, such as Hathaway's mention of the "sweat lovely Jinny" (02 verso), his repeated writing of a platitude (04 recto), his IOU's with Benjamin Goodspeed (24 verso and 33 recto), a genealogy of his family (22 verso) and his numerous poetic songs and revisions. These verses focus on the call to lead a sea-faring life (21 verso), facing enemies like the "Spanish inveleads" (22 recto), narratives of the voyage of a "yanky heero... manly by name" who exchanges broadsides with British "Tirants" in a battle at sea (22-23), meeting a young damsel alone on a May morning (24 recto), and the involved "A Song of a Sheffield Prentice" who runs away from his master to accompany a rich young woman to Holland. She offers him gold and jewels to be hers, but he refuses as "I have allredy promised and mad a solom vow/ To wed with Saly your hansom Chamber made" (25 recto); thus scorned, she accuses him of theft, and he is left awaiting the hangman. The name "Sally" also appears in a song written on February 10, 1794 (26 verso) in which the speaker is again an apprentice who shirks his work and Sunday sermons to "slink away with Sally" (27 recto). Another song of the sea appears from April 18, 1794 (28 verso), followed by a pastoral ode "A Song of Yore" (29 verso), then a series of pages dealing with more prosaic weights and measures for cloth, wool, wine, beer, oil, land, and time (30). On 32 recto there's a November 1, 1793 letter to Hathaways's sister in which he asks to be remembered to a young lady and regrets that he has not visited sooner. The next song refers to a 7-month voyage during which the crew drinks to sweethearts and wives on Saturday nights (32 verso). The final page includes an inventory of the possessions in Hathaway's sea chest as he came on board the ship on October 13, 1793 including clothing, knives, "fore books one testament," a scale, and a "pound of money" (33 verso).
  3. Hofmann, August Wilhelm von, 1818-1892.
    [Letter] 1866 August 14, Edinburgh [to] Dr. Henry / A.W. Hofmann.
    Hofmann states, "I was engaged in a trial which came off in Edinburgh last week," and he could not resist the temptation to visit their old friend Sir James [Clare?] at Tilly near Aberdeen; he reports that Sir James is "remarkably well." Hofmann discusses his wishes to visit, especially for "an opportunity of showing my wife what English life in the country really is." Hofmann was a chemist remembered for his report on the chemical laboratories at the Universities of Bonn and Berlin (1866), prepared for the Queen's Privy Council on Education.
  4. Holland, Henry, Sir, 1788-1873.
    [Letter] [1810] April 26 [to] Thomas Allan, Edinburgh / Henry Holland.
    Holland states that after a week's detention, the Elbe has arrived, "a large and excellent vessel gifted with every accomodation the heart of man could desire." The Captain is agreeable and they have a "noble wind" to carry them to Reikaviik [sic] in six or seven days. Holland mentions the other passengers and requests that Allan come over on the vessel's second voyage in a few weeks. He reassures Allan that they have been industriously occupied during their time at Stromness[?]. Holland, a well-traveled physician who received a baronetcy in 1853, began his medical studies at Edinburgh. This letter was written at the time he departed for Iceland in 1810 to study the diseases of the Icelanders, research for his doctoral thesis which he earned in 1811. He became physician-extraordinary in 1837 upon Victoria's accession to the throne, publishing Medical Notes and Reflections (1839); shortly thereafter, he became physician-in-ordinary to Victoria's husband Albert. He received a baronetcy in 1853 and became president of the Royal Institution, supporting the research of Faraday and Tyndall (also represented in the collection). Thomas Allan, who developed one of the finest collections of minerals in England, published an Alphabetical list of the names of minerals at present most familiar in the English, French, and German languages (1808), and discovered the mineral Allanite which was named for him.
  5. Irving, Washington, 1783-1859.
    [Letter] September 8 [to] Hamilton / Washington Irving.
    Irving reports that he arrived in such good order that he plans to accompany the "worthy courier to Bordeaux." He states that he has already felt the effects of "green landscapes and soft genial airs." In a postscript he mentions "Dr. Martin" which may be a reference to Don Martin Fernandez de Navarrete whose work on Columbus Irving translated and published in 1828. The youngest of 11 children, Irving grew up by the woods on the Hudson River, leaving his early career in law to write, travel, and fill diplomatic posts in Europe. He published a New York magazine Salmagundi (1807-1808) focusing on literature, drama, and politics, and then wrote the comic satire A History of New York (1809). While in Europe his The Sketch Book was published in New York in installments, including the popular tales of "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." He was attached to the US embassy in Madrid in 1826 and London in 1829; in 1832 he returned to New York to write about the western frontier, and accepted a diplomatic post in Spain in 1842, returning to New York in 1846. By 1859 he finished the fifth volume of his biography of Washington. Recipient could possibly be Alexander Hamilton (1816-1889) the grandson of Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804), Secretary of Treasury. Hamilton (1816-1889) served as the Secretary of Legation at Madrid while Washington Irving was serving as minister to Spain.
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