Writing the Inner/Outer Journey of the Self (1750-1900)
'Lines can only be written from personal knowledge, which is growing less every day.'
Anna Eliza Bray
Between 694-96 Delariviere Manley travels through the Westcountry in a stagecoach: her letters about this experience are printed in 1725 as A Stage Coach Journey to Exeter.
Elizabeth Simcoe, born circa 1766, becomes wife of the Governor of Upper Canada: she sketches and makes notes and maps in her frontier Diary, then continues keeping journals of her life with her six daughters at Wolford, near Dunkeswell.
Lady Acland composes a journal in 1776.
Sophie Dixon writes Journals of her travels over Dartmoor, in the 1830's.
Anna Eliza Bray lives in Tavistock for many years: her Borders of the Tamar and Tavy is full of fascinating information about Dartmoor; she relates stories of the Druid remains on the moor; and imparts historical, geographical, botanical and other more whimsical information.
Charlotte Chanter, Charles Kingsley's sister, writes about a journey over Devon and across over Dartmoor in 1856, in search of ferns; the book is published as Ferney Combes - A Ramble After Ferns in the Glens and Valleys of Devonshire, 1856.