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Diary of a Month's Tour in Belgium

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: MS C286


This manuscript "Diary of a Month's Tour in Belgium Sep: 1840" may have been written by Henry Green, whose engraved armorial bookplate present at the front of the volume appears to be 19th-century, as does the binding. The anonymous writer, who mentions his home being within an hour's travel from London Bridge in London, England, recounts a 28-day journey (29 August - 25 September, 1840) made from London to Belgium and back with his companion, Robert S. Hays.


  • Creation: August-September 1840


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1 volume ; 24 cm

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The diary writer is recovering from a long illness, has associated breathing problems, and finds the journey physically taxing. The diary mentions accommodations, meals, modes of travel and local customs but concentrates on visits to art museums, churches and other important buildings and attendance at musical and theatrical performances that filled he and his traveling companion's days and evenings.

The volume is illustrated with 5 maps and 8 pictures, some being prints from various sources and others drawn by hand with considerable skill. An index and a list of travel expenses follow the text. The neatly written manuscript appears to be a fair copy made after the trip by either the author or an amanuensis.

Physical Location

MS C286

Custodial History

Formerly owned by Henry Green, whose armorial bookplate is at the front of the volume.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Alex Fotheringham (bookseller), 8 April 2002

Guide to the Henry Green Travel Diary
Diary of a Month's Tour in Belgium
Finding aid prepared by ksc, 2007. Finding aid encoded by mab, 2007.
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Diary of a Month's Tour in Belgium, MS C286, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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