Sep 24, 2020 - Sale 2546

Sale 2546 - Lot 100

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(IMMIGRATION.) John Borland. Diary transcript of a Scottish immigrant heading up the Mississippi to St. Louis in 1843. 2 albumen photographs laid down. [2], 42 typescript leaves. 4to, original cloth, minor wear; minor wear to contents. Vp, 1843-84 (transcribed in 1935)

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The author was John Borland (1796-1885) of Scotland, who emigrated to America in 1843. His diary and memoirs are here transcribed by his daughter Janet Borland Bone's daughter Chloe Kearns in 1935. Pages 7-23 are diary entries devoted to his 1843 journey to America, followed by his journey up the Mississippi from New Orleans to St. Louis on pages 23-28. He complains that "whoever comes as steerage passengers must lay their account to undergo a very severe patience" and observes along the river "all cotton plantations and all wrought with that most hellish system of slavery" (page 26). The rest of the volume is a summary of Borland's 1883-84 diary (pages 31-35) written in Peoria County, IL, plus some additional poems he wrote in that period.