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Benjamin Pickman Diaries

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 0850-sc

Scope and Content Note

Typescripts of three diaries which were copied from papers and Bible in possession of Mary Pickman Loring. The first was kept from April 11, 1779 to Sept. 20, 1880 while in Bristol, England. At beginning of diary: This book is the gift of Mr. William Routh, printer in Bristol, 1779. The second was kept from Jan. 1, 1783 to Dec. 31, 1784 while in England. The third was kept from Jan. 1, 1814 to June 25, 1815 while in Massachusetts. Towns of Beverly, Andover, and Boston are mentioned. Also mentioned are Gayton and Dudley Pickman, Sally and Isaac Osgood, and Parson Loring. The diaries relate to political events in America and in Europe, daily activities, and dining companions.

Dates

  • 1779-1815

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical Note

The diaries appear to have been kept by Benjamin Pickman (1740-1819) during his 10 year exile in England. Massachusetts banned him in 1778 for being a loyalist during the American Revolution. The Pickman family was involved in the shipping business in Salem, Massachusetts.

Extent

1 folder (4, 20, 5 leaves : 27 cm.)

Abstract

Typescripts of three diaries which were copied from papers and Bible in possession of Mary Pickman Loring. The first was kept from April 11, 1779 to Sept. 20, 1880 while in Bristol, England. At beginning of diary: This book is the gift of Mr. William Routh, printer in Bristol, 1779. The second was kept from Jan. 1, 1783 to Dec. 31, 1784 while in England. The third was kept from Jan. 1, 1814 to June 25, 1815 while in Massachusetts. Towns of Beverly, Andover, and Boston are mentioned. Also mentioned are Gayton and Dudley Pickman, Sally and Isaac Osgood, and Parson Loring. The diaries relate to political events in America and in Europe, daily activities, and dining companions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of W. E. Endicott.

General

Written on first page: Copied from papers and bible in possession of Mary Pickman Loring, dau. Thomas Pickman [?] ; given by W. E. Endicott; [?] of Sally Dwight, dau. of Mary Loring.

Title
Guide to the Benjamin Pickman Diaries
Status
No Additional Box Or Folder List For This Small Collection
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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