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John Page Nile River Travel Journal

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3693

This collection contains the diary of John Page, a member of a Nile expedition headed by Lord Abercromby. Dated October 23, 1857 to February 16, 1858, the journal is 41 pages long, with approximately 10,000 words and titled, Nile Journal 1857-58. The diary covers the expedition from Alexandria to Cairo and, eventually, up the Nile. It is a narrative of place, people, ancient culture, as well as contemporary customs, daily events, and occurrences during the trip. There are no private thoughts or tangents recorded, weather reports or any other information not directly connected to the expedition. Recorded are encounters with monuments and ruins observed by Page, as well as encounters with crocodiles, female slaves taken on board, and native conflict. The diary closes with, "Illness prevented me continuing my journal." J.P.

It is possible that the Lord Abercromby, head of the expedition, mentioned in the diary, is the grandson of Sir Ralph Abercromby, a hero of the campaign that drove the French out of Egypt and cost him his life.

Dates

  • 1857-1858

Language

The language of the materials is English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains the diary of John Page, a member of a Nile expedition with Lord Abercromby. Dated October 23, 1857 to February 16, 1858, the diary covers the expedition from Alexandria to Cairo and eventually up the Nile. It is a narrative of place, people, ancient culture, and contemporary customs, events, and occurrences during the trip.

Biographical/Historical Note

No biographical information found on John Page.

It is possible that the Lord Abercromby, head of the expedition, mentioned in the diary, is the grandson of Sir Ralph Abercromby, a hero of the campaign that drove the French out of Egypt and cost him his life.

Acquisition Note

This item was purchased by Special Collections in 2013.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480