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Auction archive: Lot number 271

Holograph Journal of the ocean voyage of Dr. John Plimpton Green from New York to Hong Kong, his arrival in China, and his early experiences as a physician in China

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US$2,000 - US$3,000
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Auction archive: Lot number 271

Holograph Journal of the ocean voyage of Dr. John Plimpton Green from New York to Hong Kong, his arrival in China, and his early experiences as a physician in China

Estimate
US$2,000 - US$3,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Beschreibung:

Title: Holograph Journal of the ocean voyage of Dr. John Plimpton Green from New York to Hong Kong, his arrival in China, and his early experiences as a physician in China Author: Green, Dr. John Plimpton Place: At Sea & in China Publisher: Date: 1843 Description: 35¼ pages, on both sides of 18 leaves, disbound. There are a few ink sketches of places visited. 30x18 cm. (11¾x7”). Rare ink manuscript journal of a voyage aboard the “Barque Ronaldson Bound from New York to Hong Kong China owned by Mess. Gordon & Talbot…” The entries begin daily, then as the voyage progresses more sporadically, but the record is rich in detail and well written, very legible, the product of an educated New Englander from a prominent family. The final seven pages detail landing in Hong Kong, being introduced to the local expatriates, and on to Canton and Whampoa, where he was to set up practice as a physician. John Plimpton Green (1819-1892), was born and died in Worcester, Massachusetts, but in between he spent many years practicing medicine abroad, first in Whampoa, China and then Copaipo, Chile where he lived for most of his life. He had several prominent brothers, including Andrew Haswell Green, also known as the “Father of Greater New York” for his contributions as commissioner of Central Park and his work toward the annexation of Morrisania, West Farms and Kingsbridge in New York City; Samuel Fisk Green, who was a famous doctor and missionary in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka); and Oliver Bourne Green, who was a renowned engineer for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, as well as a contractor for the parks system of Chicago. A few excerpts from the journal follow: Tuesday, April 25 th – “…The crew consists of Capt. , first and second mates, carpenter and sail maker, cook and stewards, six sailors and four boys. Passengers Mrs. Gutzlaff and two servants, and myself.” July 4th, 1843 – “Not a very pleasant way of celebrating our day of independence, on the contrary we are quite dependent at the present time, short of water, unfavorable winds, grumbling, growling, and quite an improper spirit abroad. A blunderbuss discharged twice was the strongest association that we had with the celebration of the day at home…” August 5 th – “…we are now getting our guns &c. in order before we enter the Straits of Sunda natives often attacking vessels heretofore and slaying as usual without mercy, of late there is less danger in consequence of Dutch and English vessels cruising in those parts, I am ready to act either as surgeon or with a musket in hand as a marine.” 9 th – “Came to anchor this morning at Anjer off the Island of Java which island is in possession of the Dutch where they evidently prove themselves to be the tyrants they are generally represented in whatsoever sphere they move. Went ashore with the Capt. where we had a fine time we went to the master attendant… looked around his garden which of its kind was very fine…” [here is a detailed sketch of the garden and buildings, etc.] September 2 nd – “Came to anchor last night near Green Island… Presented my letter to Rev. Mr. Bridgman also one to the Rev. Mr. Schuck the latter of whom took letters to Dr. MacGowan…” 8 th – “On this date we arrive at Whampoa where the shipping lays quite a number of merchant vessels as also several men of war in addition to these there was one French man of war getting under way.” 11th – “Called on several gentlemen this morning with Dr. Parker found some quite agreeable was at the hospital a large no. of patients some much afflicted. I abominate the servile state in which the Chinese are held.” Some additional entries: Thursday, May 18th – “…toward evening there were quite a number of porpoises playing around the bows of the vessel the Capt. struck one and he was raised from the water where it was retained for some minutes but owing to the stupidity of the men (as I thought) it was lost…” 27th – “…A pig (so called) was killed I thin

Auction archive: Lot number 271
Auction:
Datum:
29 Jan 2015
Auction house:
PBA Galleries
1233 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States
[email protected]
+1 (0)415 9892665
+1 (0)415 9891664
Beschreibung:

Title: Holograph Journal of the ocean voyage of Dr. John Plimpton Green from New York to Hong Kong, his arrival in China, and his early experiences as a physician in China Author: Green, Dr. John Plimpton Place: At Sea & in China Publisher: Date: 1843 Description: 35¼ pages, on both sides of 18 leaves, disbound. There are a few ink sketches of places visited. 30x18 cm. (11¾x7”). Rare ink manuscript journal of a voyage aboard the “Barque Ronaldson Bound from New York to Hong Kong China owned by Mess. Gordon & Talbot…” The entries begin daily, then as the voyage progresses more sporadically, but the record is rich in detail and well written, very legible, the product of an educated New Englander from a prominent family. The final seven pages detail landing in Hong Kong, being introduced to the local expatriates, and on to Canton and Whampoa, where he was to set up practice as a physician. John Plimpton Green (1819-1892), was born and died in Worcester, Massachusetts, but in between he spent many years practicing medicine abroad, first in Whampoa, China and then Copaipo, Chile where he lived for most of his life. He had several prominent brothers, including Andrew Haswell Green, also known as the “Father of Greater New York” for his contributions as commissioner of Central Park and his work toward the annexation of Morrisania, West Farms and Kingsbridge in New York City; Samuel Fisk Green, who was a famous doctor and missionary in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka); and Oliver Bourne Green, who was a renowned engineer for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, as well as a contractor for the parks system of Chicago. A few excerpts from the journal follow: Tuesday, April 25 th – “…The crew consists of Capt. , first and second mates, carpenter and sail maker, cook and stewards, six sailors and four boys. Passengers Mrs. Gutzlaff and two servants, and myself.” July 4th, 1843 – “Not a very pleasant way of celebrating our day of independence, on the contrary we are quite dependent at the present time, short of water, unfavorable winds, grumbling, growling, and quite an improper spirit abroad. A blunderbuss discharged twice was the strongest association that we had with the celebration of the day at home…” August 5 th – “…we are now getting our guns &c. in order before we enter the Straits of Sunda natives often attacking vessels heretofore and slaying as usual without mercy, of late there is less danger in consequence of Dutch and English vessels cruising in those parts, I am ready to act either as surgeon or with a musket in hand as a marine.” 9 th – “Came to anchor this morning at Anjer off the Island of Java which island is in possession of the Dutch where they evidently prove themselves to be the tyrants they are generally represented in whatsoever sphere they move. Went ashore with the Capt. where we had a fine time we went to the master attendant… looked around his garden which of its kind was very fine…” [here is a detailed sketch of the garden and buildings, etc.] September 2 nd – “Came to anchor last night near Green Island… Presented my letter to Rev. Mr. Bridgman also one to the Rev. Mr. Schuck the latter of whom took letters to Dr. MacGowan…” 8 th – “On this date we arrive at Whampoa where the shipping lays quite a number of merchant vessels as also several men of war in addition to these there was one French man of war getting under way.” 11th – “Called on several gentlemen this morning with Dr. Parker found some quite agreeable was at the hospital a large no. of patients some much afflicted. I abominate the servile state in which the Chinese are held.” Some additional entries: Thursday, May 18th – “…toward evening there were quite a number of porpoises playing around the bows of the vessel the Capt. struck one and he was raised from the water where it was retained for some minutes but owing to the stupidity of the men (as I thought) it was lost…” 27th – “…A pig (so called) was killed I thin

Auction archive: Lot number 271
Auction:
Datum:
29 Jan 2015
Auction house:
PBA Galleries
1233 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States
[email protected]
+1 (0)415 9892665
+1 (0)415 9891664
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