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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
Title: William Sargeant manuscript, Collectanea: Voyages and Travels, vol. 54
Creator: Sargeant, William Inclusive dates: Undated [c. 1800-1810?] Extent: 407 pages (1 volume) Abstract:
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
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William Sargeant Manuscript, Collectanea: Voyages and Travels, vol. 54 , 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).
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.
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.
Russia--Description and travel.
Sakhalin, Gulf of (Russia)--Description and travel.
San Marino (Calif.)
Sweden--Description and travel.
Vienna--Description and travel.
Cruttwell, Clement, 1743-1808.
Gudin de la Brenellerie, Paul Philippe.
La Pérouse, Jean François Galaup de, 1741-c. 1788.
McLean, Hector .
Murphy, James Cavanah, 1760-1814.
Nichols, John, 1745-1826.
Pennant, Thomas, 1726-1798.
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.
Vancouver, George, 1757-1798.
Container / Location
William Sargeant manuscript, Collectanea: Voyages and Travels, vol. 54 [series]
Ceylon [in the Indian Ocean]
Bay de Castries on the East Coast of Tartary
Cape Crillon, Sakhalin
Port Mulgrave, Alaska
"Easter Island and Mowee" [Maui]
Sandwich Islands [Hawaii]
Oparo [Rapa], French Polynesia
Port des Francais, Alaska
Bay de Langle, Isle of Tchoka, Sakhalin
Bay d'Estaing, Isle of Tchoka, Sakhalin
"Cashmere" [Kashmir, India]
"Overland Route to India"
Concepcion and Concepcion Bay, Chile
Ceylon [in the Indian Ocean]
Melbourne, Leicestershire, England
"Cerigo"/"Cythera" [Kythira, Greece]
Herculaneum, Pompeii, and Italia
"Republic of St. Marino" [San Marino, Italy]
"Imperial Gardens at Schoenbrun" [Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria]
"Xenophon's Retirement at Scillus"
"Anecdote of Petrarca & a Blind man"
"Persecution of the Jews in Portugal"
"Account of the City of Hieres & the Circumjacent Country" [Hyeres, France]
"Chinese Dwarf Vegetation"
"Threshing of Corn"
"Of the State of the Arts and Sciences Among the Japanese"
"Dimensions of China"
"Swallows" [regarding the birds, in Sweden]
New South Wales [Sydney, Australia and Norfolk Island]
Batavia [Jakarta, Indonesia]
"The Baths of Caldas da Rainha," Portugal
"St. Domingo" [Port au Prince, Saint Domingue]
"Lazaroni of Naples"
"Wurtemburg" [Württemberg, Germany]
"State of France at the commencement of the Revolution"
"Account of the present System of Public Instruction and of the National Scientific Establishment in the French Republic"
"Present State of Portugese Literature"
"State of Literature in Italy"
"The Seven Pagodas of Sadras," [India]
"The Bound Hedge Fortification of Hindoostan
"Mysore Country," [India]
Index of Subjects
Index of Sources
Additional Descriptive Data
Sargeant, William Collectanea : voyages and travels, North America v. 56 (manuscript at the State Library of Pennsylvania, call number 091 Sa73)