The Journals of Benjamin Henry Latrobe 1799-1820 (Series 1)

Volume 3 1-3, From Philadelphia to New Orleans

Benjamin Henry Latrobe; Edited by , John C. Van Horne, and Lee W. Formwalt

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Benjamin Henry Latrobe was best known as the architect of the United States Capitol. His career as surveyor, architect, engineer took him to many places in the US, and in close contact with Thomas Jefferson. Also known for designing the Richmond Penitentiary, the Bank of Pennsylvania and the Baltimore Cathedral, as well as the historical study and annotation of the Susquehanna River Survey Map. Latrobe played a major role in the creation of the American technological community, publishing many scientific papers, technical reports, newspaper and journal articles and essays. Latrobe moved from Richmond to Philadelphia in late 1798 to execute his first great commission, the Bank of Pennsylvania. He sporadically wrote in the journals printed in this volume while in such cities as Philadelphia, New Castle, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., where he served as architect of the U.S. Capitol. He kept journals more regularly while in New Orleans during the last year of his life - he died in 1820. In addition to recording daily events, Latrobe made observations on a wide variety of topics, from the origins of yellow fever to slavery and black music in New Orleans. His pen-and-ink drawings and watercolors compliment the text.

"The journal pages are enlivened with perceptive and amusing observations of unusual "characters" and with the recital of lively anecdotes. The publication of the Virginia Journals provides general access to an important source of materials relating to many aspects of life in the South in the early republic."—American Historical Review

"No library of American history, however modest, should be without the Guide and Index to the Latrobe papers; and every student of the period must hereafter consult the Latrobe papers—which, a century and a half after their author's death, are yet another contribution by him to the cultural life of the nation."—William & Mary Quarterly

"Carter and all the other editors deserve great praise for a beautiful and fascinating book."—Frank M. Sommer, Winterthur Portfolio

ISBN: 9780300023831
Publication Date: September 10, 1981
Publishing Partner: Published for The Maryland Historical Society
388 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
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