These diaries include entries made by Catherine Greene Hickling (later
Prescott) during travels to see her father Thomas Hickling, a Boston merchant
and consul on the island of St. Michael's in the Azores, 21 Jan. 1786-24 Jan.
1788, and later on a visit with friends in Clapham and London, England, 28 Jan.
1788-30 Sep. 1789. St. Michael's entries include descriptions of her voyage
from Boston, accompanied by her brother William Prescott on the ship
Pilgrim; time spent at her father's homes in Ponta
del Garde and Villa Franca, among other places; politics, customs, and
religious activities on the island; time spent with American, English, and
Portuguese friends; visits to convents and monasteries; her grief when her good
friend Coutinho was murdered in Feb. 1787; and sadness about leaving her father
and friends. England entries include descriptions of the voyage from St.
Michael's to London on the ship Little Dick; time
spent with her brother and American and English friends; short trips to Oxford,
Woodstock, and Shelswell, among other places; plays, operas, balls, and
masquerades attended; her sadness about leaving her friends; and the voyage
back to Boston on the ship Neptune.
Note: A typescript copy of the Catherine Greene
Hickling Prescott travel diaries can be found in the Wolcott family papers II
Note: The Catherine Greene Hickling Prescott
travel diaries are published in Gavea-Brown: A Bilingual
Journal of Portuguese American Letters and Studies, Jan. 1994-Dec.
1995, vol. 15/16, pp. 117-257.