The Travel Journals of Henrietta Marchant Liston: North America and Lower Canada, 1796-1800
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Louise V. North is the author of Selected Letters of John Jay and Sarah Livingston Jay and In the Words of Women: The Revolutionary War and the Birth of the Nation, 1765-1799.
Brava, Louise North, for recognizing once again the value and appeal of an overlooked primary source. North’s introductions to each chapter are elegantly written and her enthusiasm for this Scottish journalist is justified by every engrossing page. (Carol Berkin, Baruch College and The Graduate Center, CUNY)Henrietta Marchant Liston’s journals vividly document the people and the landscape of the early American republic. Louise V. North’s able editing ensures that bumping down America’s back roads with the wife of the British ambassador is an adventure and an education. These journ
Margaret Troupin said A Great Read. Louise V. North, a marvelous writer, editor, and researcher, has brought us another time travel adventure through American History. (See also her "In the Words of Women" and "Selected Letters of John Jay and Sarah Livingston Jay.")Henrietta Marchant Liston was not content to just live the life of a British ambassador’s wife (1796-1800) in Philadelphia, the then capital of the United Stat
Washington is clear-eyed as well as deeply appreciative, bringing those historical figures to life. She is an intelligent and discerning guide to the eastern part of North America at a time of territorial expansion, of dispossession of Indian Nations from their territories by settlers, and of international upheavals. Liston’s narrative in historical context. To experience this middle-aged woman’s adventurous spirit as she and her husband travel as far south as Charleston, South Carolina and as far north as Quebec, Canada—long before the transportation conveniences and superhighways of modern-day travel—can only be termed amazing. Liston was genuinely curious about the New World: she wanted to learn about the different regions, to interact with the people who lived there, and to visit its natural wonders. Liston kept while she and her husband Robert Liston, the minister from Great Britain (1796-1800), resided in Philadelphia, at that time the capital of the United States. Full of zest, her writing abounds with “you-are-there” moments. Liston wrote her journals (which, with one exception, have never been published) for her personal use as an aide-memoire to share with family and friends. Mrs. Mrs. She and Robert Liston, a seasoned diplomat, obser