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The Journal of Madam Knight

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A diary kept in 1704 by Sarah Kemble Knight on her hazardous round-trip journey from Boston to New York. Filled with witty comments on the manner of the people Madam Knight encountered, the lack of suitable accommodations, and the geography of early New England.
Paperback, 72 pages
Published February 1st 1992 by Applewood Books (first published 1825)
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Myles
In the fall of 1704, Sarah Kemble Knight, a widow who had managed accounts for her husband and worked as a legal scrivener, set out to New Haven, CT from Boston, MA on horseback alone to settle the estate of her cousin. She would ride with other travelers from time to time, or engage a guide to take her from town to town, but being an inexperienced horsewoman was often left to herself for miles at a time.

As an independent woman, striking out into the wilderness that terrified Mary Rowlandson, h
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Matt
Jun 10, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it
With a book like this, where it's not entirely clear how the writer intended it to be published, you kind of have to take the book you have and not ask for the one you don't-- so the writings on Connecticut and NY in contrast with Knight's homestate are rich detailed essays, and a lot of her observations are witty and sharp. She comes through as a real force of nature, too. But the resolution, especially, feels very rushed-- it's like Knight never quite decided how much to tell us about the laws ...more
Chrissy
Dec 06, 2010 Chrissy rated it it was amazing

This book was a real treat to read. :) Sarah Knight was a woman who lived in Boston and traveled mostly by herself on horseback from Boston to New York City and back. Luckily for us, she kept a journal. She wrote candidly and with a sense of humor about the trials she faced on the journey as well as the people she encountered. Historical fiction is wonderful but a genuine diary is even more revealing. I'd recommend this little book to anyone interested in our colonial history.
Samantha Maloney
Feb 08, 2015 Samantha Maloney rated it liked it
It's an insanely quick read and at times rather funny, but there doesn't exist here the same historical wealth or literary significance that has been found in other travel journals during this time period.
Kathleen Welsh
Aug 09, 2016 Kathleen Welsh rated it really liked it
This is a very short original manuscript of a colonial woman's travel from mBoston to NY. The spelling is a bit of a hassle and it is a dry account but it really gives a glimpse of what it was like for anyone to travel in colonial, times-especially a woman alone. It was worth a quick read.
Margo Brooks
May 01, 2016 Margo Brooks rated it liked it
Interesting account of a trip from Boston to New York through Connecticut and back. The notes about the people and accommodations on the trip make it a rare candid look at southern New England during the early 18th century.
Jessica
Aug 24, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
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Okay, so the journal itself may read a little dull, BUT content wise, it was an interesting read. It was interesting to see how women during that time period lived.
Robby Bailey
Aug 30, 2010 Robby Bailey rated it really liked it
On of the best accounts of Early American Literature I have ever read
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Dec 01, 2009 Emily Miranda rated it liked it
Not exactly a page turning thriller, but very interesting and enjoyable.
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