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Travel Diary 1850, Orra White Hitchcock

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In 1850, Edward and Orra White Hitchcock went to Europe on a trip that mixed business with pleasure—at first, mostly business, as they were not eager to go, but were resigned to please the Amherst College trustees, who thought it would be a good break for their exhausted president. This page from Orra's diary is about settling into their room on the ship and watching her homeland fade into the rainy distance. For more entries from her diary go to the story A Geological Pilgrimage.

Orra White Hitchcock
Courtesy of:
Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers, Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library