Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
George Barrell Journal, 1806

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: George Barrell journal
Creator: Barrell, George Guelphs, 1780-1838
Inclusive dates: 1806
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
The George Barrell journal is a bound account entitled "Journal of a Voyage from Boston to Malaga in the Brig Venus and Return in the Schooner Louisiana by George Barrell." Along with Barrell's prose descriptions of life at sea and detailed depictions of Gibraltar and Malaga, the author drew 32 colored illustrations, primarily of landscapes and people he encountered on his journey.
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
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1985. M-2201.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

George Barrell Journal, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

George Guelphs Barrell was born on November 24, 1780, and lived in Massachusetts. Little is known of his professional career, but he traveled to Spain in 1806 and, in 1817, James Monroe appointed him United States consul to Malaga, Spain. Barrel died in Barcelona on November 12, 1838.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The George Barrell journal is a bound account entitled "Journal of a Voyage from Boston to Malaga in the Brig Venus and Return in the Schooner Louisiana by George Barrell." Along with Barrell's prose descriptions of life at sea and detailed depictions of Gibraltar and Malaga, the author drew 32 colored illustrations, primarily of landscapes and people he encountered on his journey. The account, which commenced on July 13, 1806, first chronicled the travels of the Venus to Gibraltar, Spain, via the Azores. Barrell made daily notations about the weather and often mentioned interesting occurrences; Spanish privateers, whom he detested, boarded the ship on several occasions, though the Venus also encountered friendlier British ships. By mid-August, they had arrived at Gibraltar, which Barrell described in detail on several pages, recording observations about the city and its people, including the weather, the Jewish population, local British officers, and local buildings. Following a quarantine period at Gibraltar, the Venus sailed to Malaga, about which Barrell also noted his observations. On September 28, 1806, he left on the Louisiana for New York City, but rough seas lengthened their journey to several months.

The journal also contains 32 color illustrations created by Barrell during the course of his travels. He often drew ships, landscapes, and various military officers seen along the Spanish shore.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Azores--Description and travel.
    • Gibraltar--Description and travel.
    • Louisiana (Ship)
    • Málaga (Spain)--Description and travel
    • Privateering.
    • Transatlantic voyages.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Azores.
    • Soldiers--Spain.
    Genre Terms:
    • Drawings (visual works)
    • Journals (accounts)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    George Barrell journal,  1806 [series]