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Title Octavo Volume 1: Diary of Daniel Helm, 29 December 1840 - 5 September 1841
Reference Daniel Helm Papers, volume 1, Octavo vols "H"
Collection Helm, Daniel G. Papers, 1840-1854
Library American Antiquarian Society
Date 1840-1841
Description Volume 1 of the diaries of Daniel Helm covers the dates between the 29th December 1840 to the 5th of September 1841. Helm describes his fascinating travels through the Mid-Atlantic States as a book agent and teacher. He tells of the places he stayed, the excursions he experienced, the people he met and the amount of goods bought and sold.
Document Type Manuscript, Diary
Primary Commodity Miscellaneous
Sub-commodity Timber, Wheat
Theme Exploration and Discovery; Trade and Commerce
Keywords manners and customs, coal, climate, commerce, flora and fauna, retail, market, shops and shopping, fish
Region North America
Places USA, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Portsmouth, St Louis, Iowa, New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin
Additional Information Daniel G. Helm was born on 22 July 1815 in Wurtsboro, Sullivan County, New York. He was a book agent, farm labourer, itinerant peddler, teacher, and land owner. This collection contains two diaries and eleven letters that span the period from 29 December 1840 to 20 June 1854. The diaries detail his fascinating travels around the Mid-Atlantic States as a book agent and teacher. They also include details of the types of items bought and sold (pins, cap lace, needles, combs, buttons, German silver teas, fine gold jewellery such as finger rings, earrings, breast pins, fine cap border laces and Mantilla trimmings. The letters, some of which coincide with his diary entries, were sent to relatives from home.
Copyright American Antiquarian Society