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
Note: A typescript copy of the Catherine Greene Hickling
Prescott travel diaries can be found in the Wolcott family papers II (Ms. N-152).
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.