Thomas J. Barclay journal  1846-1848
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Collection Scope and Content Note

This copy of Daniel Fenning's A New System of Geography (2 volumes, London: 1771) contains tipped-in maps, as well as manuscript notes by Richard Washington, who owned the books in the late 18th century. Additional notes in the first volume indicate that the books were given to F. G. O'Reilly by T. B. Tucker in St. George's, Bermuda, on December 14, 1837. Most of the notes are written directly into the volume, with a few appearing on pages tipped into the volume; some are dated as late as the early 1790s. Washington's notes appear most frequently in sections related to North America, the Pacific Ocean, and Europe. Many provide statistics about geographical locations, including population (often divided by race), imports, and exports. His notes about North America mention Native American tribes and United States independence. Washington also provided additional information about Pacific islands, based on the voyages of James Cook.

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