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Forrest, John Henry, 1816–1901

Diary of John Henry Forrest.

1841 October 10-1842 June 11.
Physical Description:
1 volume (209 pages) ; 30 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
D919.F67 J68 1841+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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John Henry Forrest (1816-1901) was a member of the 11th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons, later 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own). He progressed through the ranks from cornet in 1833 to captain in 1839, retiring in 1847.
Written in pen and black ink.
Bound in contemporary maroon half morocco and maroon cloth; rebacked.
Manuscript diary of Captain John Henry Forrest, October 10, 1841 to June 11, 1842. Forrest documents travels with his wife through the Low Countries, Prussia, Switzerland, the south of France, Genoa, Naples, and Rome. The volume ends with a two-page itinerary listing every town visited, with distances, type of transport, time taken, names and quality of the hotels.
The diary records Forrest's thoughts on military matters, with details of foreign regiments, barracks, fortifications, uniforms, weaponry, and cavalry. Forrest's connections grant him access to a royal levee of the King of Naples, and a ball at the British embassy in Paris. Forrest's entries also describe horse racing in Paris, a descent into the smouldering crater of Vesuvius, and the Palais des Papes in Avignon.
Subject Terms:
Belgium -- Description and travel.
Forrest, John Henry, 1816-1901 -- Diaries.
France -- Description and travel.
Grand tours (Education)
Great Britain. Army -- Officers -- Diaries.
Italy -- Description and travel.
Switzerland -- Description and travel.
Travel writing.

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