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JOURNAL OF JAMES PERCY BROWN
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Box: 1 Fold: 1 April 15, 1834
4/15/1834

DESCRIPTION: 1 AJE dated 4/15/1834 containing James Percy Brown's signature and excerpts of numerous poems, including one by William Shakespeare. Pages 1-4

Page 5 is blank.

Box: 1 Fold: 2 June 10, 1834
6/10/1834

DESCRIPTION: 1 AJE dated 6/10/1834 containing instructions on where to go and what places to see while traveling in Switzerland, which were given to JPB by a friend who had previously traveled the same route. Pages 6-8

Page 9 is blank.

Box: 1 Fold: 3 June 21, 1834
6/21/1834

DESCRIPTION: 1 AJE dated 6/21/1834 which contains more instructions and advice on what to do while traveling in Europe. Descriptions and comments on the behavior of different European nationals are also included. It appears that these instructions were given by the same friend who told him what route to take for his tour of Switzerland. Pages 10-14

Page 15 is blank.

Box: 1 Fold: 4 June 25, 1834 - June 28, 1834
6/25/1834 - 6/28/1834

DESCRIPTION: 3 AJE dated 6/25/1834 - 6/28/1834 describing JPB's initial arrival and experiences in Switzerland, including an incident when he encounters a group of Englishmen who jest about him being an American. In addition, he includes his observations on the different characteristics of French and Englishmen. Pages 16-22



Box: 1 Fold: 5 June 29, 1834 - July 5, 1834
6/29/1834-7/5/1834

DESCRIPTION: 7 AJE dated 6/28/1834 to 7/5/1834 describing JPB's travels by foot through Switzerland including detailed descriptions of the scenery surrounding Lake Zurich, Rigi Mountain and various Swiss villages. He also recounts a conversation he overhears between English and Irishmen in which they criticize American culture. Pages 22-34



Box: 1 Fold: 6 July 6, 1834 - July 12, 1834
7/6/1834-7/12/1834

DESCRIPTION: 7 AJE dated 7/6/1834-7/12/1834 relating JPB's experiences on the next leg of his tour through Switzerland, including his observations of a party in a Swiss village and his description of a young girl with symptoms of secondary syphilis. During his travels, JPB reads various gazettes and comments on current events such as the loss of political power of Don Carlos, the first Carlist pretender. The last two entries also contain touching reminices of JPB's childhood with his loving father Samuel Brown, and his relationship with Mrs. Harrison Gray Otis. At this point in his trip, JPB receives letters from his sister, Susan Ingersoll, and Thomas G. Percy, who are also mentioned in his entries. Pages 34-42

Box: 1 Fold: 7 July 13, 1834 - July 19, 1834
7/13/1834 - 7/19/1834

DESCRIPTION: 7 AJE dated 7/13/1834-7/19/1834 describing the remainder of JPB's travels through Switzerland, particularly his arrival in Savoy where a Polish uprising had been attempted the previous winter. Also included in these entries are more of JPB's comments on current European political affairs as he refers to England as the victim of anarchy and mentions that Don

Carlos managed to elude French police during a trip from France to Spain. Pages 42-45

Box: 1 Fold: 8 July 20, 1834 - July 22, 1834
7/20/1834-7/22/1834

DESCRIPTION: 2 AJE dated 7/20/1834 to 7/22/1834 describing the last leg of JPB's travels through Switzerland before he moving on to Prussian provinces andBelgium. Included are interesting descriptions of the cities of Schaffhausen, Baden Baden, and Cologne. Along the way he purchases and reads "Paroles d'un Croyant", by the Abbe de Lamennais, which he describes as, "a shocking marriage of Jacobinism and Christianity". He also writes that Europeans hold the works of James Fenimore Cooper in very high esteem and refers to him as the "Walter Scott of America." Pages 46-59

Box: 1 Fold: 9 July 29, 1834 - August 2, 1834
7/29/1834-8/2/1834

DESCRIPTION: 5 AJE dated 7/29/1834-8/2/1834 containing detailed descriptions of JPB's visits to the Waterloo Battlefield and Antwerp. Because his European tour is coming to an end, this particular section of the journal is filled with JPB's melancholy reflections on his life and future. He also reads and comments on the "Acts of the Apostles" right before arriving in Paris at which point he visits with friends and searches for lodging. Pages 53-63

Box: 1 Fold: 10 August 5, 1834 - August 9, 1834
8/5/1834-8/9/1834

DESCRIPTION: 5 AJE dated 8/5/1834-8/9/1834 describing JPB's activities during his first few days back in Paris and including a complete recap of his European tour. He also comments on the success and fortune of Thomas Barton, Secretary of Legation and son-in-law to Edward Livingston. JPB blames himself for his own failure to achieve prominence and compares himself to Ahasverus, the Wandering Jew. Pages 63-72

Box: 1 Fold: 11 August 10, 1834 - August 16, 1834
8/10/1834-8/16/1834

DESCRIPTION: 7 AJE dated 8/10/1834-8/16/1834 containing references to the Abolition Riots in New York during which Arthur Tappan's home was attacked. JPB expresses his negative attitude towards Arthur Tappan and abolition, despite the fact that public sentiment in Paris seems to be in favor of it. Also included is a description of the Eglise St Madelaine along with JPB's perusals of Miguel Cervantes' "Don Quixote" and Silvio Pellicio's "Le mie prigioni". Pages 73-86

Box: 1 Fold: 12 July 17, 1834 - July 23, 1834
7/17/1834-7/23/1834

DESCRIPTION: 7 AJE dated 7/17/1834-7/23/1834 containing a detailed account of a sham air show attended by thousands of Paris residents, that took place on the Champ de Mars. JPB wrote down a description of the contraption that was supposed to navigate the air from Paris to London in four hours. Also included in these entries are JPB's final thoughts on Silvio Pellico's Le Mie Prigioni, an analysis of the July Revolution and his own politcial stance, discussion of the difference in number of children between English and French families, and a description of his excursion to the town of Montmorency and visit to the former home of J.J. Rousseau. Pages 87-100

Box: 1 Fold: 13 August 24, 1834 - August 30, 1834
8/24/1834-8/30/1834

DESCRIPTION: 6 AJE dated 8/24/1834-8/30/1834 containing JPB's personal thoughts on religion and the existence of God, along with a lengthy description of a theatrical play he attended centered around the legend of The Wandering Jew, which he found extremely extraordinary. It seems that JPB reviewed this entry almost a year later on 7/14/1835 and added more notes to it in pencil. Pages 101-115

Box: 1 Fold: 14 August 31, 1834 - September 20, 1834
8/31/1834-9/20/1834

DESCRIPTION: 5 AJE dated 8/31/1834-9/20/1834 containing JPB's account of his adventures with friends at a festival in Paris and expressing his affectionate thoughts of a young woman named Catharine Roche. He also writes down his analysis of a painting he sees on his visit to the Louvre entitled, "The Water Doctor". Pages 115-151

Pages 120-141 are torn out.



Box: 1 Fold: 15 September 23, 1834 - September 27,1834
9/23/1834-9/27/1834

DESCRIPTION: 2 AJE dated 9/23/1834-9/27/1834 which contain JPB's thoughts on the literature he was currently reading including the Biblical Books of Esther, Job, and Isaiah, and Miguel Cervantes' Don Quixote, which he calls, "the best satire ever written". Pages 146-155

Pages 146-151 and 154-155 are torn out.



Box: 1 Fold: 16 September 28, 1834 - October 4, 1834
9/28/1834-10/4/1834

DESCRIPTION: 5 AJE dated 9/28/1834-10/4/1834 which contain JPB's melancholy reflections on life and his idea of Heaven. Also included are his reviews of the operas Fra Diavolo and Le Pre Aux Clercs, both of which he has recently seen. Pages 156-162

Pages 160-161 are torn out.

Box: 1 Fold: 17 October 5, 1834 - October 11, 1834
10/5/1834-10/11/1834

DESCRIPTION: 4 AJE dated 10/5/1834-10/11/1834 in which JPB describes a incident when two prostitutes visited his home and interrupted his philosophical soliloquy on women and immorality. He also recounts a soiree he attended at what seems to be a burlesque house, and comments on the work of Jeremy Bentham. Pages 162-173

Pages 166-169 are torn out.

Box: 1 Fold: 18 October 12, 1834 - October 18, 1834
10/12/1834-10/18/1834

DESCRIPTION: 7 AJE dated 10/12/1834-10/18/1834 containing JPB's criticisms of an opera entitled, "La Dame Blanche", and on the French's lack of creative imagination. Despite his dislike of this opera, he does express approval for Germaine De Stael's Delphine and the work of Denis Diderot. Several evenings spent with acquaintances such as Joseph White, John Mason, and Daniel Sheldon are also described. There is also a brief glimpse into JPB unhappiness with his present position in society (p.175). "Oh how I hate this borrowed light, shall I ever shine in any other"? He laments the fact that it is only because of the fame of his uncle, James Brown, that anyone recognizes him as a member of high society. Pages 174-189



Box: 1 Fold: 19 October 19, 1834 - October 25, 1834
10/19/1834-10/25/1834

DESCRIPTION: 7 AJE dated 10/19/1834 to 10/25/1834 in which JPB recounts discussions he has with different men regarding the theories of evolution and creation. He also mentions his meeting with a notary regarding the sale of his property in Alabama, the suicide-murder case of the Marquis of Pontalba, and his opinions of the novel Robinson Crusoe. Of most interest is his account of the tense dinner he has with his old enemies, the Livingstons (p.193) and of an incident involving the disgrace of Thomas P. Barton. Pages 190-201

Box: 1 Fold: 20 October 26, 1834 - November 1, 1834
10/26/1834 - 11/1/1834

DESCRIPTION: 7 AJE dated 10/26/1834-11/1/1834 containing many poetically phrased thoughts and fears of JPB, particurlarly those relating to his Uncle James' chronic illness (p.208). These entries also provide a view into JPB's social life as he relates his evening activities which vary from soirees to calling on his many acquaintances, the most notable being the Livingstons, against whom he harbors a great deal of animosity (p.210). Among other things included are discussions of Robinson Crusoe, Faust, Lord Chesterfield's letters, and the on-going trial of a man impersonating Louis XVII. Pages 201-220

Box: 1 Fold: 21 November 2, 1834 - November 8, 1834
11/2/1834-11/8/1834

DESCRIPTION: 7 AJE dated 11/2/1834-11/8/1834 containing a detailed description of JPB's sojourn to the Pere LaChaise on All Souls Day, during which he visits the graves of many famous people, including that of Abelard and Heloise, Maximillian Foy, and Andre Massena. He also recounts another visit to the Livingstons in which he comments on Mrs. Livingston's character, making it clear that he is not very fond of any of the family members. His latest literary interest is Francis Trollope's "The domestic manners of the Americans". Pages 221-243

Pages 230-231 and 234-235 are torn out.



Box: 1 Fold: 22 November 9, 1834 - November 15, 1834
11/9/1834-11/15/1834

DESCRIPTION: 6 AJE dated 11/9/1834-11/15/1834 containing JPB's account of the trial of a man who was accused of poaching, which he and Henry Sheldon witnessed (p.261). He expresses his contempt for the French legal system because of its lack of habeas corpus and disorganization. Also mentioned these entries are more of JPB's social activities, including a night at the opera with the Livingstons, his current literary conquest, The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer Lytton, and reflections on the nature of good versus evil. Pages 244-264

Pages 244-245 are torn out.

Box: 1 Fold: 23 November 16, 1834 - November 22, 1834
11/16/1834-11/22/1834

DESCRIPTION: 4 AJE dated 11/16/1834 to 11/22/1834 containing an interesting account of how JPB obtained the attacheship at the United States Legation in Paris. He describes how he, under the advice of Levitt Harris, confronted Edward Livingston who had been putting off granting him the position (p.268). Additional descriptions of conversations between Levitt Harris and JPB regarding legation affairs and of their visits to foreign diplomats are also included in these entries. Pages 264-275

Pages 266-267, 270-271, and 274-275 are torn out.

Box: 1 Fold: 24 November 23, 1834 - November 29, 1834
11/23/1834-11/29/1834

DESCRIPTION: 7 AJE dated 11/23/1834-11/29/1834 containing JPB's accounts of his visit to the Livingston household during which Edward Livingston grants him the position of attache to the United States Legation (p.278). In addition, JPB describes the reception he attended, along with Levitt Harris at the home of Lord Granville, English ambassador to Paris (p.285). While there JPB is able to socialize with important diplomats and politicians such as, Count Orsini, Edward Livingston, the Duke of Orleans, and Lord Brougham. Pages 276-290

Pages 276-277 are torn out.

Box: 1 Fold: 25 November 30, 1834 - December 5, 1834
11/30/1834-12/5/1834

DESCRIPTION: 6 AJE dated 11/30/1834-12/5/1834 describing JPB's peculiar encounter with a poor beggar woman in the streets and and his mortification at having missed a visit from Levitt Harris. However, Mr. Harris returned and proceeded to take JPB to see the ambassadors of Russia, Prussia, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, and the Duke of Castries. He also quotes from Lord Chesterfield's letters, which he believes to contain good advice and makes a rough calculation of his expenses and current finances. Pages 291-302

Page 302 is torn out.

Box: 1 Fold: 26 December 8, 1834 - December 13, 1834
12/8/1834-12/13/1834

DESCRIPTION: 6 AJE dated 12/8/1834-12/13/1834 containing a list JPB created of his flaws and fears, along with their possible solutions (p.309). The rest of the entries are devoted to describing his various social activities and current literary interests. Pages 304-314

Pages 304-305 are torn out.

Box: 1 Fold: 27 December 14, 1834 - December 20, 1834
12/14/1834-12/20/1834

DESCRIPTION: 7 AJE dated 12/14/1834-12/20/1834 describing JPB's experiences and duties as an attache working under Thomas P. Barton at the United States Legation. He also recounts the day he accompanied Edward Livingston on his visit to the home of Admiral De Rigny, France's Minister of Foreign Affairs, where he once again encountered important political figures such as,the Duke of Orleans, Carlo Andrea Pozzo di Borgo, Count D'Apponyi, and Lord Granville (p.318). Pages 314-323



Box: 1 Fold: 28 December 21, 1834 - December 27, 1834
12/21/1834-12/27/1834

DESCRIPTION: 7 AJE dated 12/21/1834-12/27/1834 filled with detailed accounts of JPB's experiences working at the Legation and his attendance at diplomatic events, such as another of Count De Rigny's reception and his presentation at the court of Louis Phillipe (p.338). Also of interest is JPB's description of the activities occurring on the Parisian streets on Christmas Day. Pages 324-341

Pages 325-326 are blank.



Box: 1 Fold: 29 December 28, 1834 - December 30, 1834
12/28/1834-12/30/1834

DESCRIPTION: 3 AJE dated 12/28/1834-12/30/1834 describing JPB's social activities including soirees, dinners, visits to many of his acquaintances and a discussion with Englishmen on the justice of English law. Pages 341-345

Box: 1 Fold: 30 December 31, 1834 - February 24, 1835
12/31/1834-2/24/1835

DESCRIPTION: Pages 345-401 contain lengthy journal entries made by JPB from 12/31/1834-2/24/1835, all which are almost entirely written in French. JPB continues discussing his thoughts and daily activities in these passages. Some of the highlights include his New Year's celebration (p.346), the presentation of the diplomatic corps to the ambassadors from Russia, Greece and Austria (p.348), discussion of Edward Livingston's diplomatic affairs (p.349,351), references to Andrew Jackson's message of December 1834 (p.360,365,376), Levitt Harris (p.354,361,374), and Pozzo di Borgo (p.348,384). It also appears that JPB's son, George Campbell Brown, went back and read his father's journal, as his signature and comments appear in pencil on page 392.

Box: 1 Fold: 31 February 25, 1835 - March 3, 1835
2/25/1835-3/3/1835

DESCRIPTION: 5 AJE made by JPB containing his account of the Mardi Gras celebration in Paris and detailed descriptions of the friends and acquaintances he has spent the last two years with. JPB also makes a list of all the plays he has seen, as well of all the books he has read during his stay in Paris. Pages 402-415

Box: 1 Fold: 32 May 31,1835, June 11, 1835
5/31/1835, 6/11/1835

DESCRIPTION: Pages 417-419 contain the final journal entry made by JPB. At this point

it appears he had left Paris and traveled to Vienna. It can be

assumed that after he left Vienna, he traveled to London as an address for

a boarding house in London is written down, as well as the domicile of a

person named Heiss Taylor. James Percy Brown's signature once again appears at

the top of page 417.

Box: 1 Fold: 33 November 6, 1842
11/6/1842

DESCRIPTION: A copy of the will of James Percy Brown written in Nashville, Tennessee and dated November 6, 1842, two years before his death in 1844.

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