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Too Young to Travel Abroad
Journal of a Year of European Travel in 1856-7

by Agnes Woolsey
Edited by Louise Heermance Tallman


Too Young to Travel Abroad When eighteen-year-old Agnes Woolsey was invited to accompany her uncle, Edward E. Salisbury, his wife, and daughter, on a lengthy trip to Europe, her father, Yale president Theodore Woolsey, said she was "too young to travel abroad... You cannot yet judge works of art, you know little of the modern history and little of the institutions of the countries you would see, and your mind needs the improvement of further discipline and study before you can see more than the outside of things."

Agnes apparently thought otherwise and perhaps prepared this journal of her journey to prove to her father that she was, indeed, old enough to appreciate the historical and cultural wonders of England and the Continent.

On a classic grand tour of the era, Agnes Woolsey with her relatives sailed for London arriving in October 1856 to begin a year of travel through Great Britain, France, Belgium, Holland, Prussia, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy.

This text offers a fresh look at travel mid-century, written by a young woman who was certainly not "too young to travel abroad."

296 pages, clothbound, ISBN 0-914339-53-2...$25.00

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