Letters from abroad

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  • Diary is in the form of letters, chiefly written to the author's sister Lillie [possibly Lillie Arthur?] because she "has no husband or children", although there are letters to Meggie [possibly Margaret Kinney?] (page 70), Eugenia [possibly Eugenia Miller?], Mrs. [Elizabeth?] Edmonds (page 101), and Miss Moss (page 128). Diary begins on October 14, 1869 with the author aboard the S.S. Malta (left New York on October 7, 1869), travelling with M. [Mary?] A. and the Benjamin F. Avery family. They arrive in Liverpool on October 21, 1869 and commence their trip, visiting London, Paris, Avignon, Marseille, Rome, Genoa, Naples, Florence, and Milan. The author describes cathedrals, monuments, landscapes, and other tourist sites. The author comes down with rhumatic fever and is treated by an Italian physician in Bologna (page 237). The last letter is dated April 30, 1870 from Geneva.


  • Diary may possibly be atributed to Grace Arthur (1850-after 1920?) of Utica, New York. The author is known to be a young woman from Utica, New York.
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