Julia Warren Smith travel dairy and accompanying letters and photographs

Smith, Julia, (Julia Warren), 1836-1913, creator

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  • Diary seems to begin on February 9, 1884. The family (Elisha, Julia, "Warren" and Martha) left Buffalo, New York on January 20, arriving in Liverpool on Saturday, February 9. They took the train to London and staid until February 21, when they took a train from Victoria Station to Dover and took a steamer to Calais, from there to Paris by train. The family stayed in Paris 10 days before travelling to Lyon, Marsailles and Nice where they stayed three days, then travelled on to Monte Carlo and Genoa (stayed 4 days), took a train to Pisa and then Rome (stayed 2 weeks), followed by Naples (saw Vesuvias, Pompei, Sorrento and a few other places), Florence, Bologna, Venice, Milan, Lake Como, took a steamer to Bellagio, a small boat to Menaggio, then Porlezza. They took a steamer to Lugano, then Ponte Tresa, Luino, and Baveno before travelling to Geneva, Lausanne, Berne, Thun, Interlaken, Brienze, and Lucerne. From there they travelled to Arth, Zurich, Konstanz, Lindau, Munich, Dresden, Berlin, Potsdam, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Baden, Strasbourg, Mainz, Koblenz, Cologne, Amsterdam, the Hague, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Brussels, Paris, Versailles, and Fountainbleu before taking the train back to London. They visited Windsor, Richmond, Kew, Brighton, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Kenilworth, Coventry, Litchfield, Derby, Chatsworth, York, Durham, Melrose, Abbotsford, and Edinburgh. From there, they travelled to Roslin, Stirling, Callander, Loch Katrine/Trossachs, Inversnaid, Loch Lomand, Balloch, Glascow, Ayr, Carlisle, Windemere, Bowness, Ambleside, Coniston, Grasmere, Keswick, and Liverpool where they boarded a ship on September 6, 1884, reached New York on September 14, and home to Buffalo on September 16, 1884.


  • Title devised by cataloger.
  • Julia Warren was born on May 23, 1836 to Orsamus Warren (1800-1876) and Nancy [Sheldon or Joslyn] Warren (1800-1843) of Clarence, Erie County, New York. She married Elisha T. Smith (1834-1891) on April 29, 1856 and they had 4 children, only one of whom survived to adulthood (William Warren (1872-1951)). Julia died on March 5, 1913.
  • Diary has "E.T. Smith, Buffalo N.Y." in gold lettering on the cover. Includes three portraits (1 tintype) in the back pocket of the diary: 1 of a man (John Douglas?, "S.B. Taylor photographer, Waukegan, Illinois"), 1 of three women ("Letts, Photographer, Dundee, N.Y."), and the third of a single woman seated with a white hat.
  • First part of diary describes travels through Europe (February 9-September 16, about 18 pages), followed by a more detailed description of the journey (January 20-September 5, approximately 224 pages).
  • Includes 3 handwritten letters (2 written by Warren to "Aunt Didd" (1 dated June 1894, 1 undated), 1 by Warren to "Uncle Abel" dated March 23, 1884).
  • Includes 9 loose portrait photographs.
  • Includes 17 photo album sheets with mounted photographs and wedding invitations (Blanch Bingham/Edwin Jaquett Sellers (June 6, 1894) and Minnie Sellers/George Howard Stirling (June 3, 1895)). Most include handwritten captions. Photographs date from 1893-1898 and feature the Stirling, Cohen, Coxe, and Sellers families. The relation of the photographs to the diary are unknown, but were sold together as a lot.
  • Probable people in the accompanying photographs include: Mary (Minnie) S. Sellers (1862-) was the daughter of David Wampole Sellers (1833-1901), a prominent lawyer of Philadelphia, and his wife Anna Frances Jaquett Sellers. Other children were: Anna Frances (1859-), Elizabeth Louisa (1861-), Florence (1864-), Edwin Jaquett (1865-) a lawyer, Charles Jacquett (1867-), Sydney Jacquett (1868-), Agnes (1873-). Edwin Jaquett Sellers (1865-1946) married Blanche Bingham Ehret on 6 June 1894 in Philadelphia. Their daughter was Ellen Jaquette Sellers (1895-) of Philadelphia. Florence married Marcellus Coxe (1857-) (son of Ferdinand and Fanny Travis Cochran) of Philadelphia, and their son was Francis Travis Coxe (1889-). George Howard Stirling (1860 Baltimore-1922 Baltimore) married Mary Sellers in Philadelphia on 3 June 1895. Probably Eleanor Septima Cohen (1858-1937), the daughter of Israel (Baltimore Stock Exchange) and Celia Levy Cohen of Baltimore. Probably Hugh Francis Fox, born in England in 1863 and died in Virginia in 1932. His wife was Virginia Herrick Fox (1863-1961).
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