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Diary of Smith: 4to, orig. sheep, 97 pages, 1828 April 14-1833 August

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He kept it more or less faithfully from April 14, 1828, to August 1833; between then and July 1835, when it commences anew, a leaf has been excised. Then follow scattered entries from 1835 through January 23, 1844. His first entry: "April 14, 1828. This day appeared the first number of the Aurora and Pennsylvania Gazette, a diurnal formed by the junction of the papers, and on which occasion I withdrew from the editorial corps, which I joined in November 1822. The Aurora having been prostituted to all parties, is at length entirely shorn of his beam and become a mere vehicle for advertising cotton, codfish and the state of the markets." "April 15, 1830. Collected more materials for my essay on the progress of literature in Pennsylvania, wrote a sketch of my father, and something relating to Peter Markoe gathered from Mathew Carey. Enquired of David Paul Brown concerning my lost story Retribution. Took tea at Mrs. Britton's." One of the significant passages: "July 19, 1836. I have finished Col. Crockett's Adventure in Texas. The plates have already been steriotyped, and several formats have been worked off." The Dictionary of American Biography says, "To him also has been ascribed..." Now we know.

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This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002.

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Diary of Smith: 4to, orig. sheep, 97 pages; Richard Penn Smith Collection, TC046, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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