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Joseph M. Jenkins travel journal

Ms. Coll. 814

Joseph M. Jenkins travel journal

Ms. Coll. 814

Joseph M. Jenkins travel journal

Ms. Coll. 814

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Jenkins, Joseph M., 1783-
Title:
Joseph M. Jenkins travel journal
Date [inclusive]:
1805-1806
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 814
Extent:
0.2 linear foot (2 volumes)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Joseph M. Jenkins was born on September 20, 1783, in Providence, R.I. He left Providence to serve as assistant supercargo aboard the merchant ship Samuel Elam. Jenkins's journal, comprised of two volumes, describes his eleven month journey in 1805 to 1806 from New York to Mauritius to Jakarta.
Cite as:
Joseph M. Jenkins travel journal, 1805-1806, Ms. Coll. 814, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Richard, Cooper
Title:
Richard Cooper journal on the ship Henry Dundas
Date [inclusive]:
1801-1802
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1109
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
A parchment covered volume containing the journal of midshipman Richard Cooper on board the Henry Dundas dating from February 1801 to August 1802.
Cite as:
Richard Cooper journal on the ship Henry Dundas, 1801-1802, Ms. Coll. 1109, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Hadden, William B., active 1850-1870
Title:
William B. Hadden diary
Date:
1865
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1819
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
The journal of William B. Hadden written during his three-month voyage from India to England on board the ship Gosforth spanning from April to July 1865.
Cite as:
William B. Hadden diary, 1865, Ms. Codex 1819, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Joseph M. Jenkins was born on September 20, 1783 in Providence, Rhode Island. He left Providence to serve as assistant supercargo aboard the merchant ship Samuel Elam, owned by New York-based merchant and shipping firm Minturn and Champlin, in 1805.

Biography/History

Hadden was from Benholm, Kincardineshire, Scotland. He held the rank of segeant in a regiment and was stationed in East India for twelve years. Hadden probably served in the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment also known as the Black Watch. In the 1860s the Black Watch was stationed at Dagshai in the Himalayas and Bengal, East India.

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises of two volumes, the journal spans eleven months from February 2, 1805 to January 15, 1806, detailing Jenkins’ sea voyage as assistant supercargo on the merchant sailing vessel the Samuel Elam. The ship, captained by Mr. Champlin, sailed from New York around the Cape of Good Hope through the Indian Ocean, anchoring at the Isle of France (Mauritius) and later Batavia (Jakarta), Java. Jenkins served under Master and First Supercargo Uriah O. Champlin, cousin of the captain. In this journal, Jenkins records the number of crew members and passengers aboard the ship including John J. DePestyer, a passenger and brother-in-law of Uriah O. Champlin. Entries often commence with the weather, sea condition, longitude and latitude, and lunar measurement. Jenkins describes the conditions on board the ship, including cargo and livestock, amusements, books he is reading, and games played. The ship's first port after 130 days at sea was Mauritius, where the  Samuel Elam was anchored from June until August. Jenkins describes the plantations, slaves, spice trees, and landscape of the island. The  Samuel Elam leaves Mauritius and sails to Jakarta, where they stay for 45 days. Jenkins records meetings with different ships, captains and crew, items purchased, trading, Java and its inhabitants. Throughout the journals Jenkins records the condition of passenger John J. DePestyer, whose mental state deteriorated throughout the voyage. Finally, Jenkins relates his care of the captain and crew when they contract an illness at Java, and later Jenkins describes his own ailing from dysentery. The diary ends abruptly with the  Samuel Elam's second departure from Java. The journal includes Jenkins's experiences with trading and purchasing with natives and plantations, lists persons and animals aboard the ship, and a chart of the voyage on the end papers of the volume 2. Also included are Jenkins's drawings of islands from the ship, and descriptions of birds and marine animals.

Scope and Contents

A parchment covered volume containing the journal of midshipman Richard Cooper dating from February 1801 to August 1802. Cooper sailed from England to Bengal, India on board the East India Company ship Henry Dundas. On the verso of the first leaf Cooper listed the Commander, Walter Carruthers, six officers, and seven midshipmen. The pages in the journal are numbered 1 to 172. The first twenty-six pages consist of preparations prior to the voyage and entries while the Henry Dundas was moored at the Isle of Wight, Madeira, Madagascar, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The remainder of the volume consists of leaves with preprinted forms designed for the purpose of recording the daily movements and measurements of the ship by the hour. At the top of each page is printed Ship, from, and towards with spaces to fill in the information. Below the header the page is divided into two days. For each day column headings from left to right are labeled hour (hours are preprinted), knots, fathoms, courses, winds, and remarks. Cooper filled in the hourly statistics. In the remarks section he recorded the weather, the daily operation of the ship, and the activities of the crewmen. Some of the daily tasks Cooper noted are measuring fathoms called "dropping ground," positioning of the sails, and the activities of crewmen. The various functions of the crewmen were noted: carpentry, caulking, cleaning the gun, picking oakum, and repairing sails. Cooper mentioned sightings of and interactions with other ships. In one instance Commander Carruthers provided a compass to the crew of a French ship who lost their's overboard. When the ship was at port Cooper wrote of receiving passenger's baggage and supplies for the ship and crewmen. Sailing from England to Bengal the ship stopped at the Isle of Wight where Cooper met his brother on another East India ship named the Earl Howe and dined at the Crown Tavern. Leaving the Isle of Wight the ship stops at Medeira where two crew steal a cutter and are punished for the crime. In August 1801 the Henry Dundas makes an unscheduled stop in Madagascar because many of the crew and soldiers on board are sick. Letters from Commander Carruthers with East India Company personnel regarding the sick crew were copied into the volume by Cooper disclosing the seriousness of the situation on board. While in Madagascar the ship received water, two bulls, and provisions. The Henry Dundas reached Ceylon (Sri Lanka) on September 10, 1801 staying until October 2 where Cooper noted they chiefly delivered the King's stores and private trade and received coffee. The ship anchored at Bengal on October 19. Curiously, Cooper recorded little information during the four months spent at Bengal and wrote in the preprinted form portion of the journal. He mentioned a visit with his brother, receiving and delivering provisions and merchandise. The ship remained at Bengal until February 14, 1802. On the return journey to England the ship made one stop at St. Helena island on June 1, 1802. The last entry is dated August 7, 1802 and signed by Cooper upon their arrival in England. Cooper wrote a few observations about the sea including a meteor sighting, observing dolphins, and catching sharks. There are imprints of seaweed between several leaves in the beginning of the volume. On the last leaf of the journal Cooper has provided the arrival and departure date for each stop made by the Henry Dundas. At the end of the volume is "An index to the particular path of the journal" that includes the page number for each seaman who died on the voyage.

Scope and Contents

A worn, marbled-paper covered volume comprising the journal of William B. Hadden. The journal was written during Hadden's three-month voyage from India to England on board the ship Gosforth during the month from April 3 to July 31, 1865. Above his first entry on April 3, 1865 Hadden wrote "Passage from India to England." Hadden noted the ship was overcrowded due to the number of soldiers leaving India. Hadden recorded his experiences on board, daily life, and passing time. He was returning to England after a twelve-year absence. In the journal he reminisced of his boyhood in Benholm, Kincardineshire, Scotland. Hadden recorded sailing conditions, passing ships, daily rations, laundry day, and his assignments of guard duty. He provided descriptions of amusements and distractions on board the ship including watching flying fish, porpoises, and whales; playing games of cards and dice; and reading, writing, and sketching. Hadden also wrote of his conversations on board, his dreams, and his writing case. He noted a man who jumped overboard, a widow pursuing his company, and a punishment at sea. Reading the volume from back to front is a fictional story with the heading Adventures amongst the Himalayan Mountains. The tale involves Hadden and a fellow soldier in pursuit of two young Indian women. The account describes altercations with the family of the girls and the consequences of the forbidden romance. Also included in the volume are fifteen drawings in colored pencil of sites including Dagshai, Baghdad, and the Cape of Good Hope. One drawing is labeled "Harvest House. Of all Scotland." There are also a few poems, a table longitude and latitude by place, and a list of words in Urdu with English translation are included in the volume.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2016 November 10

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  November 2015

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  May 2017

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Kelin Baldridge (cataloged by Donna Brandolisio)

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Access Restrictions

This codex is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Custodial History note

Label pasted on inside front cover: William Heather & Co. Chart and Map Sellers at the Navigation Warehouse, London.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Michael Brown Rare Books (Philadelphia, Pa.), 2011.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Ten Pound Island Book Company (Lanesville, Massachusetts), 2015.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Ten Pound Island Book Company (Lanesville, Massachusetts), 2017.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Diaries
  • Drawings (visual works)
Geographic Name(s)
  • Indian Ocean--Description and travel--19th century
  • Jakarta (Indonesia)--Description and travel--19th century
  • Mauritius--Description and travel--19th century
Subject(s)
  • American diaries--19th century--Specimens
  • Sailors--United States--Diaries--19th century
  • Supercargos
  • Voyages and travels

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Blank forms
  • Diaries
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
  • Ships' logs
Geographic Name(s)
  • Atlantic Ocean--Description and travel--19th century
  • Indian Ocean--Description and travel--19th century
Subject(s)
  • English diaries--19th century--Specimens
  • English diaries--Male authors--19th century
  • Sailors--England--Diaries--19th century

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Diaries
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
Geographic Name(s)
  • Atlantic Ocean--Description and travel--19th century
  • Indian Ocean--Description and travel--19th century
Subject(s)
  • English diaries--19th century--Specimens
  • English diaries--Male authors--19th century
  • Gosforth (Ship)--History--Sources

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Journal of a passage from New York to the Isle of France, 1805 February 2-June 26.

1

Journal of a voyage to India, 1805 June 27-1806 January 15.

2

Collection Inventory

Volume

Richard Cooper journal on the ship Henry Dundas, 1801-1802. 1 volume.

1

Collection Inventory

Volume

William B. Hadden diary, 1865.

1

Joseph M. Jenkins travel journal

Ms. Coll. 814

Joseph M. Jenkins travel journal

Ms. Coll. 814

Joseph M. Jenkins travel journal

Ms. Coll. 814

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Jenkins, Joseph M., 1783-
Title:
Joseph M. Jenkins travel journal
Date [inclusive]:
1805-1806
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 814
Extent:
0.2 linear foot (2 volumes)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Joseph M. Jenkins was born on September 20, 1783, in Providence, R.I. He left Providence to serve as assistant supercargo aboard the merchant ship Samuel Elam. Jenkins's journal, comprised of two volumes, describes his eleven month journey in 1805 to 1806 from New York to Mauritius to Jakarta.
Cite as:
Joseph M. Jenkins travel journal, 1805-1806, Ms. Coll. 814, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
PDF Version:

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Richard, Cooper
Title:
Richard Cooper journal on the ship Henry Dundas
Date [inclusive]:
1801-1802
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1109
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
A parchment covered volume containing the journal of midshipman Richard Cooper on board the Henry Dundas dating from February 1801 to August 1802.
Cite as:
Richard Cooper journal on the ship Henry Dundas, 1801-1802, Ms. Coll. 1109, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
PDF Version:

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Hadden, William B., active 1850-1870
Title:
William B. Hadden diary
Date:
1865
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1819
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
The journal of William B. Hadden written during his three-month voyage from India to England on board the ship Gosforth spanning from April to July 1865.
Cite as:
William B. Hadden diary, 1865, Ms. Codex 1819, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
PDF Version:

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Biography/History

Joseph M. Jenkins was born on September 20, 1783 in Providence, Rhode Island. He left Providence to serve as assistant supercargo aboard the merchant ship Samuel Elam, owned by New York-based merchant and shipping firm Minturn and Champlin, in 1805.

Biography/History

Hadden was from Benholm, Kincardineshire, Scotland. He held the rank of segeant in a regiment and was stationed in East India for twelve years. Hadden probably served in the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment also known as the Black Watch. In the 1860s the Black Watch was stationed at Dagshai in the Himalayas and Bengal, East India.

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises of two volumes, the journal spans eleven months from February 2, 1805 to January 15, 1806, detailing Jenkins’ sea voyage as assistant supercargo on the merchant sailing vessel the Samuel Elam. The ship, captained by Mr. Champlin, sailed from New York around the Cape of Good Hope through the Indian Ocean, anchoring at the Isle of France (Mauritius) and later Batavia (Jakarta), Java. Jenkins served under Master and First Supercargo Uriah O. Champlin, cousin of the captain. In this journal, Jenkins records the number of crew members and passengers aboard the ship including John J. DePestyer, a passenger and brother-in-law of Uriah O. Champlin. Entries often commence with the weather, sea condition, longitude and latitude, and lunar measurement. Jenkins describes the conditions on board the ship, including cargo and livestock, amusements, books he is reading, and games played. The ship's first port after 130 days at sea was Mauritius, where the  Samuel Elam was anchored from June until August. Jenkins describes the plantations, slaves, spice trees, and landscape of the island. The  Samuel Elam leaves Mauritius and sails to Jakarta, where they stay for 45 days. Jenkins records meetings with different ships, captains and crew, items purchased, trading, Java and its inhabitants. Throughout the journals Jenkins records the condition of passenger John J. DePestyer, whose mental state deteriorated throughout the voyage. Finally, Jenkins relates his care of the captain and crew when they contract an illness at Java, and later Jenkins describes his own ailing from dysentery. The diary ends abruptly with the  Samuel Elam's second departure from Java. The journal includes Jenkins's experiences with trading and purchasing with natives and plantations, lists persons and animals aboard the ship, and a chart of the voyage on the end papers of the volume 2. Also included are Jenkins's drawings of islands from the ship, and descriptions of birds and marine animals.

Scope and Contents

A parchment covered volume containing the journal of midshipman Richard Cooper dating from February 1801 to August 1802. Cooper sailed from England to Bengal, India on board the East India Company ship Henry Dundas. On the verso of the first leaf Cooper listed the Commander, Walter Carruthers, six officers, and seven midshipmen. The pages in the journal are numbered 1 to 172. The first twenty-six pages consist of preparations prior to the voyage and entries while the Henry Dundas was moored at the Isle of Wight, Madeira, Madagascar, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The remainder of the volume consists of leaves with preprinted forms designed for the purpose of recording the daily movements and measurements of the ship by the hour. At the top of each page is printed Ship, from, and towards with spaces to fill in the information. Below the header the page is divided into two days. For each day column headings from left to right are labeled hour (hours are preprinted), knots, fathoms, courses, winds, and remarks. Cooper filled in the hourly statistics. In the remarks section he recorded the weather, the daily operation of the ship, and the activities of the crewmen. Some of the daily tasks Cooper noted are measuring fathoms called "dropping ground," positioning of the sails, and the activities of crewmen. The various functions of the crewmen were noted: carpentry, caulking, cleaning the gun, picking oakum, and repairing sails. Cooper mentioned sightings of and interactions with other ships. In one instance Commander Carruthers provided a compass to the crew of a French ship who lost their's overboard. When the ship was at port Cooper wrote of receiving passenger's baggage and supplies for the ship and crewmen. Sailing from England to Bengal the ship stopped at the Isle of Wight where Cooper met his brother on another East India ship named the Earl Howe and dined at the Crown Tavern. Leaving the Isle of Wight the ship stops at Medeira where two crew steal a cutter and are punished for the crime. In August 1801 the Henry Dundas makes an unscheduled stop in Madagascar because many of the crew and soldiers on board are sick. Letters from Commander Carruthers with East India Company personnel regarding the sick crew were copied into the volume by Cooper disclosing the seriousness of the situation on board. While in Madagascar the ship received water, two bulls, and provisions. The Henry Dundas reached Ceylon (Sri Lanka) on September 10, 1801 staying until October 2 where Cooper noted they chiefly delivered the King's stores and private trade and received coffee. The ship anchored at Bengal on October 19. Curiously, Cooper recorded little information during the four months spent at Bengal and wrote in the preprinted form portion of the journal. He mentioned a visit with his brother, receiving and delivering provisions and merchandise. The ship remained at Bengal until February 14, 1802. On the return journey to England the ship made one stop at St. Helena island on June 1, 1802. The last entry is dated August 7, 1802 and signed by Cooper upon their arrival in England. Cooper wrote a few observations about the sea including a meteor sighting, observing dolphins, and catching sharks. There are imprints of seaweed between several leaves in the beginning of the volume. On the last leaf of the journal Cooper has provided the arrival and departure date for each stop made by the Henry Dundas. At the end of the volume is "An index to the particular path of the journal" that includes the page number for each seaman who died on the voyage.

Scope and Contents

A worn, marbled-paper covered volume comprising the journal of William B. Hadden. The journal was written during Hadden's three-month voyage from India to England on board the ship Gosforth during the month from April 3 to July 31, 1865. Above his first entry on April 3, 1865 Hadden wrote "Passage from India to England." Hadden noted the ship was overcrowded due to the number of soldiers leaving India. Hadden recorded his experiences on board, daily life, and passing time. He was returning to England after a twelve-year absence. In the journal he reminisced of his boyhood in Benholm, Kincardineshire, Scotland. Hadden recorded sailing conditions, passing ships, daily rations, laundry day, and his assignments of guard duty. He provided descriptions of amusements and distractions on board the ship including watching flying fish, porpoises, and whales; playing games of cards and dice; and reading, writing, and sketching. Hadden also wrote of his conversations on board, his dreams, and his writing case. He noted a man who jumped overboard, a widow pursuing his company, and a punishment at sea. Reading the volume from back to front is a fictional story with the heading Adventures amongst the Himalayan Mountains. The tale involves Hadden and a fellow soldier in pursuit of two young Indian women. The account describes altercations with the family of the girls and the consequences of the forbidden romance. Also included in the volume are fifteen drawings in colored pencil of sites including Dagshai, Baghdad, and the Cape of Good Hope. One drawing is labeled "Harvest House. Of all Scotland." There are also a few poems, a table longitude and latitude by place, and a list of words in Urdu with English translation are included in the volume.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2016 November 10

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  November 2015

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  May 2017

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Kelin Baldridge (cataloged by Donna Brandolisio)

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Access Restrictions

This codex is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Custodial History note

Label pasted on inside front cover: William Heather & Co. Chart and Map Sellers at the Navigation Warehouse, London.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Michael Brown Rare Books (Philadelphia, Pa.), 2011.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Ten Pound Island Book Company (Lanesville, Massachusetts), 2015.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Ten Pound Island Book Company (Lanesville, Massachusetts), 2017.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Diaries
  • Drawings (visual works)
Geographic Name(s)
  • Indian Ocean--Description and travel--19th century
  • Jakarta (Indonesia)--Description and travel--19th century
  • Mauritius--Description and travel--19th century
Subject(s)
  • American diaries--19th century--Specimens
  • Sailors--United States--Diaries--19th century
  • Supercargos
  • Voyages and travels

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Blank forms
  • Diaries
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
  • Ships' logs
Geographic Name(s)
  • Atlantic Ocean--Description and travel--19th century
  • Indian Ocean--Description and travel--19th century
Subject(s)
  • English diaries--19th century--Specimens
  • English diaries--Male authors--19th century
  • Sailors--England--Diaries--19th century

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Diaries
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
Geographic Name(s)
  • Atlantic Ocean--Description and travel--19th century
  • Indian Ocean--Description and travel--19th century
Subject(s)
  • English diaries--19th century--Specimens
  • English diaries--Male authors--19th century
  • Gosforth (Ship)--History--Sources

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Journal of a passage from New York to the Isle of France, 1805 February 2-June 26.

1

Journal of a voyage to India, 1805 June 27-1806 January 15.

2

Collection Inventory

Volume

Richard Cooper journal on the ship Henry Dundas, 1801-1802. 1 volume.

1

Collection Inventory

Volume

William B. Hadden diary, 1865.

1

Joseph M. Jenkins travel journal

Ms. Coll. 814

Joseph M. Jenkins travel journal

Ms. Coll. 814

Joseph M. Jenkins travel journal

Ms. Coll. 814

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Jenkins, Joseph M., 1783-
Title:
Joseph M. Jenkins travel journal
Date [inclusive]:
1805-1806
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 814
Extent:
0.2 linear foot (2 volumes)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Joseph M. Jenkins was born on September 20, 1783, in Providence, R.I. He left Providence to serve as assistant supercargo aboard the merchant ship Samuel Elam. Jenkins's journal, comprised of two volumes, describes his eleven month journey in 1805 to 1806 from New York to Mauritius to Jakarta.
Cite as:
Joseph M. Jenkins travel journal, 1805-1806, Ms. Coll. 814, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
PDF Version:

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Richard, Cooper
Title:
Richard Cooper journal on the ship Henry Dundas
Date [inclusive]:
1801-1802
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1109
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
A parchment covered volume containing the journal of midshipman Richard Cooper on board the Henry Dundas dating from February 1801 to August 1802.
Cite as:
Richard Cooper journal on the ship Henry Dundas, 1801-1802, Ms. Coll. 1109, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
PDF Version:

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Hadden, William B., active 1850-1870
Title:
William B. Hadden diary
Date:
1865
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1819
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
The journal of William B. Hadden written during his three-month voyage from India to England on board the ship Gosforth spanning from April to July 1865.
Cite as:
William B. Hadden diary, 1865, Ms. Codex 1819, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
PDF Version:

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Biography/History

Joseph M. Jenkins was born on September 20, 1783 in Providence, Rhode Island. He left Providence to serve as assistant supercargo aboard the merchant ship Samuel Elam, owned by New York-based merchant and shipping firm Minturn and Champlin, in 1805.

Biography/History

Hadden was from Benholm, Kincardineshire, Scotland. He held the rank of segeant in a regiment and was stationed in East India for twelve years. Hadden probably served in the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment also known as the Black Watch. In the 1860s the Black Watch was stationed at Dagshai in the Himalayas and Bengal, East India.

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises of two volumes, the journal spans eleven months from February 2, 1805 to January 15, 1806, detailing Jenkins’ sea voyage as assistant supercargo on the merchant sailing vessel the Samuel Elam. The ship, captained by Mr. Champlin, sailed from New York around the Cape of Good Hope through the Indian Ocean, anchoring at the Isle of France (Mauritius) and later Batavia (Jakarta), Java. Jenkins served under Master and First Supercargo Uriah O. Champlin, cousin of the captain. In this journal, Jenkins records the number of crew members and passengers aboard the ship including John J. DePestyer, a passenger and brother-in-law of Uriah O. Champlin. Entries often commence with the weather, sea condition, longitude and latitude, and lunar measurement. Jenkins describes the conditions on board the ship, including cargo and livestock, amusements, books he is reading, and games played. The ship's first port after 130 days at sea was Mauritius, where the  Samuel Elam was anchored from June until August. Jenkins describes the plantations, slaves, spice trees, and landscape of the island. The  Samuel Elam leaves Mauritius and sails to Jakarta, where they stay for 45 days. Jenkins records meetings with different ships, captains and crew, items purchased, trading, Java and its inhabitants. Throughout the journals Jenkins records the condition of passenger John J. DePestyer, whose mental state deteriorated throughout the voyage. Finally, Jenkins relates his care of the captain and crew when they contract an illness at Java, and later Jenkins describes his own ailing from dysentery. The diary ends abruptly with the  Samuel Elam's second departure from Java. The journal includes Jenkins's experiences with trading and purchasing with natives and plantations, lists persons and animals aboard the ship, and a chart of the voyage on the end papers of the volume 2. Also included are Jenkins's drawings of islands from the ship, and descriptions of birds and marine animals.

Scope and Contents

A parchment covered volume containing the journal of midshipman Richard Cooper dating from February 1801 to August 1802. Cooper sailed from England to Bengal, India on board the East India Company ship Henry Dundas. On the verso of the first leaf Cooper listed the Commander, Walter Carruthers, six officers, and seven midshipmen. The pages in the journal are numbered 1 to 172. The first twenty-six pages consist of preparations prior to the voyage and entries while the Henry Dundas was moored at the Isle of Wight, Madeira, Madagascar, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The remainder of the volume consists of leaves with preprinted forms designed for the purpose of recording the daily movements and measurements of the ship by the hour. At the top of each page is printed Ship, from, and towards with spaces to fill in the information. Below the header the page is divided into two days. For each day column headings from left to right are labeled hour (hours are preprinted), knots, fathoms, courses, winds, and remarks. Cooper filled in the hourly statistics. In the remarks section he recorded the weather, the daily operation of the ship, and the activities of the crewmen. Some of the daily tasks Cooper noted are measuring fathoms called "dropping ground," positioning of the sails, and the activities of crewmen. The various functions of the crewmen were noted: carpentry, caulking, cleaning the gun, picking oakum, and repairing sails. Cooper mentioned sightings of and interactions with other ships. In one instance Commander Carruthers provided a compass to the crew of a French ship who lost their's overboard. When the ship was at port Cooper wrote of receiving passenger's baggage and supplies for the ship and crewmen. Sailing from England to Bengal the ship stopped at the Isle of Wight where Cooper met his brother on another East India ship named the Earl Howe and dined at the Crown Tavern. Leaving the Isle of Wight the ship stops at Medeira where two crew steal a cutter and are punished for the crime. In August 1801 the Henry Dundas makes an unscheduled stop in Madagascar because many of the crew and soldiers on board are sick. Letters from Commander Carruthers with East India Company personnel regarding the sick crew were copied into the volume by Cooper disclosing the seriousness of the situation on board. While in Madagascar the ship received water, two bulls, and provisions. The Henry Dundas reached Ceylon (Sri Lanka) on September 10, 1801 staying until October 2 where Cooper noted they chiefly delivered the King's stores and private trade and received coffee. The ship anchored at Bengal on October 19. Curiously, Cooper recorded little information during the four months spent at Bengal and wrote in the preprinted form portion of the journal. He mentioned a visit with his brother, receiving and delivering provisions and merchandise. The ship remained at Bengal until February 14, 1802. On the return journey to England the ship made one stop at St. Helena island on June 1, 1802. The last entry is dated August 7, 1802 and signed by Cooper upon their arrival in England. Cooper wrote a few observations about the sea including a meteor sighting, observing dolphins, and catching sharks. There are imprints of seaweed between several leaves in the beginning of the volume. On the last leaf of the journal Cooper has provided the arrival and departure date for each stop made by the Henry Dundas. At the end of the volume is "An index to the particular path of the journal" that includes the page number for each seaman who died on the voyage.

Scope and Contents

A worn, marbled-paper covered volume comprising the journal of William B. Hadden. The journal was written during Hadden's three-month voyage from India to England on board the ship Gosforth during the month from April 3 to July 31, 1865. Above his first entry on April 3, 1865 Hadden wrote "Passage from India to England." Hadden noted the ship was overcrowded due to the number of soldiers leaving India. Hadden recorded his experiences on board, daily life, and passing time. He was returning to England after a twelve-year absence. In the journal he reminisced of his boyhood in Benholm, Kincardineshire, Scotland. Hadden recorded sailing conditions, passing ships, daily rations, laundry day, and his assignments of guard duty. He provided descriptions of amusements and distractions on board the ship including watching flying fish, porpoises, and whales; playing games of cards and dice; and reading, writing, and sketching. Hadden also wrote of his conversations on board, his dreams, and his writing case. He noted a man who jumped overboard, a widow pursuing his company, and a punishment at sea. Reading the volume from back to front is a fictional story with the heading Adventures amongst the Himalayan Mountains. The tale involves Hadden and a fellow soldier in pursuit of two young Indian women. The account describes altercations with the family of the girls and the consequences of the forbidden romance. Also included in the volume are fifteen drawings in colored pencil of sites including Dagshai, Baghdad, and the Cape of Good Hope. One drawing is labeled "Harvest House. Of all Scotland." There are also a few poems, a table longitude and latitude by place, and a list of words in Urdu with English translation are included in the volume.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2016 November 10

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  November 2015

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  May 2017

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Kelin Baldridge (cataloged by Donna Brandolisio)

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

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Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Custodial History note

Label pasted on inside front cover: William Heather & Co. Chart and Map Sellers at the Navigation Warehouse, London.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Michael Brown Rare Books (Philadelphia, Pa.), 2011.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Ten Pound Island Book Company (Lanesville, Massachusetts), 2015.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Ten Pound Island Book Company (Lanesville, Massachusetts), 2017.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Diaries
  • Drawings (visual works)
Geographic Name(s)
  • Indian Ocean--Description and travel--19th century
  • Jakarta (Indonesia)--Description and travel--19th century
  • Mauritius--Description and travel--19th century
Subject(s)
  • American diaries--19th century--Specimens
  • Sailors--United States--Diaries--19th century
  • Supercargos
  • Voyages and travels

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Blank forms
  • Diaries
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
  • Ships' logs
Geographic Name(s)
  • Atlantic Ocean--Description and travel--19th century
  • Indian Ocean--Description and travel--19th century
Subject(s)
  • English diaries--19th century--Specimens
  • English diaries--Male authors--19th century
  • Sailors--England--Diaries--19th century

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  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Diaries
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
Geographic Name(s)
  • Atlantic Ocean--Description and travel--19th century
  • Indian Ocean--Description and travel--19th century
Subject(s)
  • English diaries--19th century--Specimens
  • English diaries--Male authors--19th century
  • Gosforth (Ship)--History--Sources

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Journal of a passage from New York to the Isle of France, 1805 February 2-June 26.

1

Journal of a voyage to India, 1805 June 27-1806 January 15.

2

Collection Inventory

Volume

Richard Cooper journal on the ship Henry Dundas, 1801-1802. 1 volume.

1

Collection Inventory

Volume

William B. Hadden diary, 1865.

1