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Travel Diary of fourteen year old Detroit native Nellie Hogarth Muir for a trip to Ireland, Scotland and England May-August 1873 [W.K. Muir] [Henry Russel]

Various 1873 6.5 x 4", blindstamped green cloth, gilt lettering on cover, published in London it contains information at the front that is important to visitors to London, unpaginated. Covers worn, small bits of staining, inner hinges loose, text block cracked else good. Hellen " Nellie" Muir was the daughter of Detroit area railway executive and Scotland native W.K. Muir. She travelled with her father, step-mother and siblings to stay with her father's, late mother's and step-mother's families in Scotland. They left Detroit on May 12 for Montreal where on May 17 they boarded the S.S. Circassian which was on its maiden voyage. They first visited Dublin (and stayed with a relative) and saw the zoo, the River Dargle and waterfall and the cannons "captured at the Church war". Leaving Dublin for Scotland they boarded the Lord Clyde which proved a slow trip because the ship was filled with cattle. For most of their stay in Scotland they stayed in Ayr but there were trips to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Some of the Scottish sites visited: Burns Cottage, Troon shipbuilding yards, Loch Lomond, Loch Arkely, Duke of Hamilton's castle and mausoleum, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, Falls of Clyde, Wallace's Cave. There were brief forays to London: zoo, Houses of Parliament, Kensington Museum, Covent Garden Opera House, Windsor Castle, to Sydenham to see the Crystal Palace and to Paris: La Madelaine, Pantheon, Louvre and the "Grand Review at The Course and the Shah was there and 100,000 men." Nellie preferred Paris to London. On August 7, they went to Liverpool and boarded the S.S. Polynesian for the return trip. During their time on board both vessels there were sightings of large icebergs, concerts, dances, on the S.S. Circassian there was a "young German conjurer" performing tricks and a special concert and fireworks in honor of the queen. Upon her return Nellie (now fifteen) did not make many more entries, noted that she was attending Miss Skinner's school in Toronto and mentioned her classes. At the back are a few notes on the trip (one page removed) and expenditures. On the free front endpaper she wrote "Nellie H. Muir Dublin Ireland". For the rear free endpaper she sketched a small building that was labelled "Glencairn Fog House" and a garden scene with the word "ditto". In 1880 she married lawyer Henry Russel, son of Dr. George Russel, philanthropist and businessman and one of the most beloved men in Detroit. His son Henry would go on to be a director and president of many banking, railroad, manufacturing and land companies. Nellie had five children and was involved in charitable works as was her husband. She died in 1908 aged 50. COMES WITH: Small creased and torn black and white photo of Nellie and Henry probably not too long before she died and a beautiful framed black and white photo of her possible in her 20s, 7 x 7", highly decorative stamped gold colored metal and satin, engraved on the back "Nellie Russel nee Nellie Muir married Henry Russel A Photo Given To Aunt Mary M. Hendrie, Holmstead. For Elizabeth Edwards 1930". Three items, sold as a lot.

Book Id: 99-4262

Price: $395.00

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