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Title A Young Doctor's Struggles in Texas. Diary of James Shepperd
Author Shepperd, James
Date c.1875
Document Type Personal Account
Reference 3K1
Library / Archive Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Description The diary details the journey from Liverpool to Texas via steamboat. He describes journey length, the diversity of fellow passengers and states that he is most interested in the "invalids journeying to a Southern Clime in search of health". He also makes various amorous comments about women met whilst travelling and gives detailed descriptions of Galveston and the cityscape there. Further descriptions of general living conditions for migrants in Texas follow, with Shepperd remarking on histories, languages, average wages, cost of living, food, fashion, and health conditions in Texan cities. The diary entries end with a mention of Shepperd having worked for one of the "Scotch land & cattle companies" for five years, but notes that his future looks uncertain as their shares have fallen rapidly.
Theme(s) Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences; Motives for Emigration
Places London, England; Galveston, San Antonio, Austin, Texas, New York, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States; Galway, Ireland
Ports Liverpool, England
Nationality American; African American; Cuban; Mexican; Spanish; French; British; Irish; European
Keywords emigration, travel, journey conditions, steamboat, passenger, demographics, plantation, labour, women, tobacco, trade, alcohol, health and sickness, employment, pull factors, sugar, sexuality, finance, cityscape, camp, housing, disease, yellow fever, wages, food, commerce, economics, settlement, weather, climate, earthquake, flood, history, languages, religion, market, children, livestock, clothing, injury, overland migration, construction, railroad, industry, infrastructure, debt, newspaper, farming, agriculture
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin catalogue.
Language English
Copyright Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin