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Elizabeth Parsons travel diaries, 1844, 1853-1854

Two manuscript travel diaries kept from May 16th to November 1st, 1844 and from July 25th, 1853 to December 31st, 1854 by anti-slavery Quaker, Elizabeth Parsons of Flushing, NY. In the diaries, Parsons details her travels in England (often by railroad, once with a life insurance ticket), socializing with English Quakers (including Quaker preacher Anna Braithwaite and husband Isaac Braithwaite), as well as Society of Friends meetings and discussions (including anti-slavery). Parsons also documents short trips taken to Scotland and France. Parson includes her own spiritual reflections in her diaries, and also makes a number of botanical observations, which illustrate the depth of her knowledge of the science, likely stemming from her brothers' famous nursery in Flushing.


  • 1844, 1853-1854


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Open for research without restrictions


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Carmen Valentino by Special Collections and Archives curator, Andrew Wentink in 2007.

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
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Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States