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Paine, Thomas, 1737 - 1809]. Hall, John - Author
JOURNAL ACROSS The ATLANTICK. No 1. From June 3rd to July the 30th 1785. A Recopied Journal. [Manuscript Journal]
1785. Unpaginated, though 40 pp. 1st & last leaf blank, with 2 quarters of an unidentified watermark visible. Vertical chain-lines. 6-1/8" x 4" [15.8 cm x 10 cm]. Period marbled paper wrappers, with hand-inked title label to front wrapper. Wrappers neatly rebacked and resewn; occasional neat correction to text or small ink spot. VG+. Item #36163 A manuscript journal written by John Hall, a mechanical engineer from Leicester, England, during his ocean voyage to the U.S. in 1785. Hall emigrated to Philadelphia that year carrying papers for Thomas Paine and escorting the wife of Revolutionary Captain Robert Coltman's wife, Sarah, and their son, William, both of whom appear as passengers in the journal. Hall's journals, of which 63 numbered volumes are known to exist and which span his long friendship and engineering projects with Paine, have long been considered a major primary source for biographical material about Paine. This journal is a copy of the first in that series, and deals only with Hall's journey to Philadelphia. Discussion with the Library Company of Philadelphia, who hold almost all of Hall's numbered journals, including the original of this one, and digital comparison of the two, reveal that the copy offered here is in Hall's hand and has minor textual differences and editing. The journal begins with a full list of passengers and crew aboard the Eagle, sailing from London to Philadelphia under the command of Captain John Ker. The first dated entry is June 3rd, when Hall, Mrs. Coltman, and a Miss Johnson leave London for Gravesend, where Hall and Coltman board th … [Click Below for Full Description]
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