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.
Jane Parminter lives in Exmouth in the C18; she writes about her travels in Travel Notes in France.
Mariana Stark, also in Exmouth, prepares early Travel Guides as well as letters and sonnets.
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.
Miss Green, from Brixham, keeps journals of her journey to Kent, in 1840-41.
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.
Maria Gibbons, living in East Budleigh, writes her We Donkeys in Devon, 1887.
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.
Emily Shore keeps a Journal of a trip to Exeter.