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William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
William Sargeant Manuscript Collectanea: Voyages and Travels, vol. 54 , [c. 1800-1810?]

Finding aid created by
Richard C. Bates and Cheney J. Schopieray, February 2008

Summary Information
Title: William Sargeant manuscript
Creator: Sargeant, William
Inclusive dates: Undated [c. 1800-1810?]
Extent: 407 pages (1 volume)
Volume 54 of William Sargeant's Collectanea consists of manuscript transcriptions of travel accounts and geographical and historical data about a number of foreign countries. These transcriptions are extracts of published materials from the 1780s and 1790s.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:


Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

William Sargeant manuscript, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan.


William Sargeant, whose biographical information is unknown, apparently transcribed and/or authored at least 56 volumes, apparently under the title Collectanea. They were likely written sometime around the turn of the 19th century. He had an interest in travel accounts and descriptions of foreign and local, physical and social geography.

Collection Scope and Content Note

William Sargeant's Collectanea: Voyages and Travels, vol. 54 is a paper-bound notebook of 400 pages with a 7-page index of locations and sources. The volume is a commonplace book of Sargeant's manuscript transcriptions of passages from a number of published travel accounts and historical and geographical works, dated from the 1780s to the 1790s. The original authors of Sargeant’s transcriptions include men of renown, such as George Vancouver, Jean François Galaup de la Pérouse, and Thomas Pennant (see Controlled Access Terms for a detailed list of locations represented and the names of the authors from whom he copied).

Approximately a third of the notebook is a copy of parts of the "Voyages of La Pérouse." Jean François de Galaup, Comte de la Pérouse (1741-1788) led expeditions of scientists and geographers to locate the Northwest Passage from the Pacific. These three expeditions were described in the four volumes in French of "Voyages...", which was translated into English and published in 1788.

The volume does not include any indication of why Sargeant transcribed some passages versus others, or why he wrote them in this particular order. The passages discuss a variety of topics: vegetation, geological features, natural resources, climate, sea travel, and overland travel. He also transcribed material on the inhabitants' physical features, clothing, culture, agriculture, industry, and home construction.

A few of Sargeant’s transcriptions describe North America and North American people. Among them are details about the people of Port Mulgrave and "Port des Francais," Alaska (from Dixon and La Pérouse, respectively) and Monterey Bay, California (also from La Pérouse).

Subject Terms

    • Bay de Castries--Description and travel.
    • Calcutta (India)--Description and travel.
    • Ceylon--Description and travel.
    • China--Description and travel.
    • Concepcion Bay (Biobio, Chile)--Description and travel.
    • Easter Island--Description and travel.
    • Education--France.
    • French Polynesia--Description and travel.
    • Herculaneum (Extinct city)
    • Hungary--Description and travel.
    • India--Description and travel.
    • Jammu and Kashmir (India)--Description and travel.
    • Japan--Description and travel.
    • Kythera Island (Greece)--Description and travel.
    • Lituya Bay (Alaska)--Description and travel.
    • Maui (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
    • Melbourne (England)--Description and travel.
    • Monterey Bay (Calif.)--Description and travel.
    • New South Wales--Description and travel.
    • Port Mulgrave (Alaska)--Description and travel.
    • Portugal.
    • Russia--Description and travel.
    • Sakhalin, Gulf of (Russia)--Description and travel.
    • San Marino (Calif.)
    • Sweden--Description and travel.
    • Taranto (Italy)
    • Vienna--Description and travel.
    • Collins, David.
    • Cruttwell, Clement, 1743-1808.
    • Dixon, George.
    • Gudin de la Brenellerie, Paul Philippe.
    • Hutchinson, William.
    • La Pérouse, Jean François Galaup de, 1741-c. 1788.
    • McLean, Hector .
    • Mitford, William.
    • Murphy, James Cavanah, 1760-1814.
    • Nichols, John, 1745-1826.
    • Pennant, Thomas, 1726-1798.
    • Plescheef, Sergey.
    • Seward, William, 1747-1799.
    • Staunton, Sir George Leonard, 1737-1801.
    • Stolberg, Friedrich Leopold Graf zu, 1750-1819.
    • Southey, Robert, 1774-1843.
    • Thunberg, Carl Peter, 1743-1828.
    • Townson, Robert.
    • Vancouver, George, 1757-1798.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    William Sargeant manuscript Collectanea: Voyages and Travels, vol. 54 [series]:
    Page   1-2  
    Ceylon [in the Indian Ocean]
    Page   3-29  
    Bay de Castries on the East Coast of Tartary
    Page   30-40  
    Cape Crillon, Sakhalin
    Page   41-43  
    Port Mulgrave, Alaska
    Page   44-52  
    "Easter Island and Mowee" [Maui]
    Page   53-61  
    Sandwich Islands [Hawaii]
    Page   62-66  
    Oparo [Rapa], French Polynesia
    Page   67-99  
    Port des Francais, Alaska
    Page   100-124  
    Bay de Langle, Isle of Tchoka, Sakhalin
    Page   125-130  
    Bay d'Estaing, Isle of Tchoka, Sakhalin
    Page   131-137  
    "Cashmere" [Kashmir, India]
    Page   138-147  
    "Overland Route to India"
    Page   148-161  
    Concepcion and Concepcion Bay, Chile
    Page   162-163  
    Ceylon [in the Indian Ocean]
    Page   164-171  
    Melbourne, Leicestershire, England
    Page   172-178  
    Page   179-194  
    Page   195-197  
    "Cerigo"/"Cythera" [Kythira, Greece]
    Page   198-203  
    Herculaneum, Pompeii, and Italia
    Page   203-204  
    Pompeii, Italy
    Page   205-220  
    "Republic of St. Marino" [San Marino, Italy]
    Page   220-221  
    "Cardinal Alberoni"
    Page   221  
    "Imperial Gardens at Schoenbrun" [Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria]
    Page   222-224  
    Vienna, Austria
    Page   225  
    Taranto, Italy
    Page   226-231  
    Page   232-234  
    "Xenophon's Retirement at Scillus"
    Page   235-236  
    "Anecdote of Petrarca & a Blind man"
    Page   237-242  
    "Persecution of the Jews in Portugal"
    Page   243-258  
    "Account of the City of Hieres & the Circumjacent Country" [Hyeres, France]
    Page   259-263  
    "Chinese Dwarf Vegetation"
    Page   264  
    "Threshing of Corn"
    Page   265  
    "Chinese Misionary"
    Page   266-269  
    "Of the State of the Arts and Sciences Among the Japanese"
    Page   270-272  
    "Dimensions of China"
    Page   273  
    Page   274  
    "Swallows" [regarding the birds, in Sweden]
    Page   275-295  
    New South Wales [Sydney, Australia and Norfolk Island]
    Page   296-315  
    Batavia [Jakarta, Indonesia]
    Page   316-322  
    Monterey Bay
    Page   323-327  
    Bermuda Islands
    Page   328-330  
    "The Baths of Caldas da Rainha," Portugal
    Page   331-334  
    "St. Domingo" [Port au Prince, Saint Domingue]
    Page   335-338  
    Monterey Bay
    Page   339-344  
    "Lazaroni of Naples"
    Page   345-351  
    "Wurtemburg" [Württemberg, Germany]
    Page   352  
    Whitehaven, Cumberland
    Page   352  
    Canary Isles
    Page   353-354  
    "State of France at the commencement of the Revolution"
    Page   355-378  
    "Account of the present System of Public Instruction and of the National Scientific Establishment in the French Republic"
    Page   379-381  
    "Present State of Portugese Literature"
    Page   382-386  
    "State of Literature in Italy"
    Page   387-388  
    "The Seven Pagodas of Sadras," [India]
    Page   389-391  
    Calcutta, India
    Page   392-394  
    "Napaul" [Nepal]
    Page   395-397  
    "The Bound Hedge Fortification of Hindoostan
    Page   398-400  
    "Mysore Country," [India]
    Page   [401-405]  
    Index of Subjects
    Page   [406-407]  
    Index of Sources
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    Sargeant, William Collectanea : voyages and travels, North America v. 56 (manuscript at the State Library of Pennsylvania, call number 091 Sa73)