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Mary Cosby Shelby journal and commonplace book
University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506
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[Identification of item], Mary Cosby Shelby journal and commonplace book, 1845, 1VF62W1, AAN8712LM, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.
2 volumes (258 leaves)
Thomas Hart Shelby, Mary's father, was the son of Governor Isaac Shelby. He owned a plantation called "Grasslands" near Lexington, Ky.
The volumes consist of a journal and a commonplace book kept by Mary Cosby Shelby. The journal details a trip Mary made with her father to the Eastern states. They traveled through Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Their stay in New York City is described extensively. She mentions visiting Trinity Church, the Battery, Blackwell's Island, and the Academy of Design., as well as attending performances of THE BOHEMIAN GIRL and BARBER OF SEVILLE.
After leaving New York, the Shelbys spent a few days in New Haven, Connecticut with Professor Benjamin Silliman of Yale University. From there, they proceeded to Hartford and then to Massachusetts, where they visited Boston, Harvard University, the cotton mills at Lowell, the shoe factories at Lynn, and the paper mills at Springfield. After visiting several towns in New York, including Albany and Buffalo, and then briefly, Montreal and Quebec, they returned to Kentucky by way of Saratoga, West Point, New York City, and Philadelphia. A handbill from Syracuse, N.Y., dated 1845 and a journal fragment accompany the journal (1VF62W1). The commonplace book (1VF62W1), compiled in 1855, contains various poems, and religious essays.