Massachusetts Militia orderly book  1805-1811
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Collection Scope and Content Note

This diary (approximately 180 pages) records the experiences and political thoughts of a German immigrant who lived in Middleport, New York, in the late 1840s. This volume, the fifth in a series, begins on May 30, 1847, and the author sent the previous diaries to his family in Lüchow, Germany. He wrote fairly regularly between May 1847 and May 1848, and less frequently between June 1848 and August 26, 1849, describing his life and recording observations about European and American politics. He shared his thoughts about Fourth of July celebrations in 1847 and 1848 and commented favorably on the various European revolutions taking place in the summer of 1848, particularly those in France and Germany. Other entries reveal his opinions on economic issues, such as the effects of hunger on poor Germans, and his religious views. On April 19, 1852, the author stated his intention to leave Middleport. A birth and baptismal certificate for Georg Philipp Weber, written in German and dated July 1, 1847, is enclosed in a flap in the volume's front cover. The diary is also accompanied by a carte-de-visite portrait of a man standing beside a chair and hanging drapery, top hat in hand. The photograph was taken by J. B. Smith in Utica, New York.

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