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8 Letters with transcripts from J.H. Faucher to his family, 1866 June-December

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of thirteen letters by Faucher to his parents while he was a seaman aboard the USS Augusta on its official trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1866-1867. The Augusta was under the command of Assistant Secretary of the Navy Gustavus V. Fox, and the purpose of its trip was to present Czar Alexander II of Russia with the congratulations of President Andrew Jackson and the U.S. government on his escape from an assassination attempt by Dmitry Karakozov. This is explained in Faucher's first letter, dated June 17, 1866, from Queenstown, Ireland. The ship stopped at many ports including London, Portsmouth, Copenhagen, Kronstadt, Moscow, and St. Petersburg (Russia), Stockholm, Hamburg (Germany), Cherbourg (France), Lisbon (Portugal), Gibraltar, Malaga and Barcelona (Spain), Genoa, Florence and Naples (Italy), and Barbados. Faucher wrote to his family about all the sightseeing, the lavish dinners and entertainment, and the important personalities whom he met during the course of his cruise. In a letter dated April 1, 1867, he writes that "This is the greatest cruise ever made by an American Man of War."

Also included in the collection are transcripts of all the letters.

Collection History

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Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

8 Letters with transcripts from J.H. Faucher to his family; J. H. Faucher Letters to His Family, C1332, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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