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Title Elise Charlotte Otté Diary
Author/Creator Otté, Elise Charlotte (1818-1904)
Date 13-27 July 1843
Document type Travel Journal
Description Two diaries of traveller and private tutor Elise Charlotte Otté. Entries describe Otte’s travels with John Quincy Adams and the Joseph Grinnell family of New Bedford, Massachusetts, through northern New York and Quebec en route to Niagara Falls. Along the journey Otté comments extensively on the history and geography of the regions toured, in particular their connections to events of the French and Indian War. Regions visited in addition to Niagara Falls include Saratoga, Lake George, Quebec, and Montreal. Also included with the diary are two letters written by Otté addressed to Charles Francis Adams, asking him if he would be interested in adding her travel journals to Adams’s collection of family papers. Also, a newspaper clipping taken from the London Athenaeum noting Otte’s death, as well as a letter to the editors in response to factual errors in the piece.
Theme(s) Historical, Cultural or Religious Tourism  Women and Tourism  
Regions United States of America  North America  
Country/State Massachusetts  New York  Canada  
Ships Caldwell; Whitehall
Keywords French and Indian War, Niagara Falls, stagecoach, children, soldier, President John Quincy Adams, public house, waterfall, lake, hotel, steamboat, Ticonderoga, shipping, geology, church, hospital, Catholicism, racism, American Indian, immigration
Reference Adams Family, M/Non-Adams/11
Library Massachusetts Historical Society
Language English
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