The Edward L. Buttrick journal is a lively, often witty, account of a young easterner's encounter with rural Kentucky in the 1840s. With an ability to be critical and funny at the same time, Buttrick continually reflects his northern home in writing of his new southern experiences, soaking up the local language, customs, and scenery with equal relish.
In keeping with its humorous content, Buttrick included an elaborate, hand drawn "title page" with his journal, declaring:
Random Sketches of a Sojourn in the State of Kentucky
by the author of the "unknow[n] admirer of his own genius" &c. &c.
Vol. II. Tenth American Edition. Revised & corrected
(New York: E. L. Buttrick; London: Peter Knockimstiff, 1843)
Buttrick kept his diary daily from September 10 through December 23, 1843, when there is an eight day gap. After January 4, 1844, the journal was kept only sporadically. Buttrick was generally careful in keeping his journal, but there are two page 30s, the lower half of p. 36-7 is ripped out, and pages 124-125 have been removed. The sporadic nature of Buttrick's entries at this period makes it difficult to determine whether there was any loss of text when the page was removed.