Robert Marsham-Townshend papers
Scope and Contents
Many of the letters are written to him, though there is a group of 22 letters written by him to a relative identified only as Harriet, dated 1856-1864. Correspondents include Henry Alabaster, interpreter to the King in Siam; scientists W. S. Atkinson and Robert Stirling; George Ferguson Bowen, first governor of Queensland, Australia; in addition to numerous family members and other acquaintances. Stirling writes at length from the Sandwich Islands describing earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, a particular interest of Marsham-Townshend's. There are also fifteen letters from Youhannah El Karey, a missionary from Nablous, near Jaffa, Palestine.
The 18 diaries span the dates 1853-1876, and carry descriptions of travel to Brazil, Egypt, Hong Kong, the Philippines, China, Japan, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, California, Australia, Indonesia, Siam (Thailand), India, Persia (Iran), the Mideast, South Africa, Russia, and Europe. There is a great deal of geographic and volcanic observation, as well as descriptions of cities, cultures, and peoples encountered.
The papers are accompanied by a bound notebook with notes on volcanoes throughout the world, two passports for Marsham-Townshend to use in Persia, and three contracts and receipts for hiring mules and drivers in Persia.
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1.67 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Language of Materials
ROBERT MARSHAM-TOWNSHEND (1834-1914)
- Alabaster, Henry, -1884
- Asia -- Description and travel
- Atkinson, W. S. (William Stephen), 1820-1876
- Australia -- Description and travel
- Bowen, George Ferguson, 1821-1899
- Central America -- Description and travel
- Earthquakes -- Hawaii
- El Karey, Youhannah
- Europe -- Description and travel
- Marsham-Townshend, Robert
- Middle East -- Description and travel
- South Africa -- Description and travel
- South America -- Description and travel
- Stirling, Robert
- Voyages and travels
- Guide to the Robert Marsham- Townshend Papers
- Under Revision
- by Diana Smith
- March 2001
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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