The Aristocratic Journey. Being the outspoken Letters of Mrs. Basil Hall Written during a Fourteen Months’ Sojourn in America 1827-1828.
A most complete pictures of Southern Life
Clark: “Mrs. Hall’s itinerary in the South was the same as that of her husband, whom she accompanied on his Travels in North America—Richmond, Norfolk, Fayetteville, Columbia, Charleston, Savannah, Darien, Macon, Columbus, Montgomery, Mobile, New Orleans, and up the Mississippi and Ohio to Louisville ... Like her husband, she was on principle opposed to the spirit of equality and fraternity that she found in the New World, and was completely out of her bearings in a society unmapped by class distinctions. The South was little better than a wilderness to her prejudiced mind… With all her diffidence, however, she possessed an instinct for minute observation and description, by which she was able to give one of the most complete pictures of men, manners, hostelries, means of travel, and other phases of Southern life to be found in the writing of any tourist of her period.”
Description: The Aristocratic Journey. Being the outspoken Letters of Mrs. Basil Hall Written during a Fourteen Months’ Sojourn in America 1827-1828.
New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1931. 308pp. First Edition. Illustrated with plates. Publisher’s cloth; paper spine label evenly darkened. Very good in a dust jacket which has overall general soiling, else in like condition.
Clark III: 50. Richmond II: 2201: “During June 1827 Mrs. Hall attended a Shaker meeting at Mt. Lebanon, N.Y., [visited] at Watervliet, and made a casual visit to the Tyringhiun, Mass., community.”