Travel journal and diary of Henry Theophilus Clements, 19 June 1833-13 August 1837 Public Deposited

Travel journal and diary of Henry Theophilus Clements, 19 June 1833-13 August 1837

Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 7273
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  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Copyright status
Date Created
  • start 19-06-1833
  • end 13-08-1837
  • Paperback notebook, IE TCD MS 7273. Manuscript note on inside front cover reads ‘H. J. Clements June 19 1833 Toulouse’. The title given to the journal by the author is as follows ‘Journal of a journey from Toulouse to Paris passing by Lyons’. Journal runs inconsistently from 19 June 1833- 13 August 1837; 70 pages (not all used). Clements was 13 years of age when he began writing in the journal. He and his family were travelling back to Ashfield, Co. Cavan, Ireland, after nearly five years away. The journal entries are very brief and mainly consisting of names of towns passed, the weather and minor personal details. Their journey takes them from Toulouse to the south coast of France, Narbonne, Montpellier and then eastwards. While in Nîmes, Clements visited a natural history museum and ‘saw a stuffed cameleopard [sic]’ (a giraffe). The family reached Paris in July 1833 and visited places such as Franconi’s Cirque, the Louvre and ‘Paire la Chaise [sic]’ (Père Lachaise cemetery). Next they travelled to London, attending Astley’s theatre and hearing Maria Malibran (1808-1836) sing. The journal entries end on 12 September 1833 in Exeter and begin again on 20 December 1836 with the family back living in Ashfield, Co. Cavan, Ireland. Page 1: 19 June 1833 France: Toulouse, Villefranche, Canal du Midi, Villepinte, Alzone, Carcassonne. Page 2: France: Maux, Narbonne, Bèziers, Pèzenas, Maje. Page 3: France: Gigean, Montpellier. Page 4: France: Colombiers, Lunel, Nîmes. Page 6: France: Saint Gervasy, Foux, Vallguières, Connaux. Page 7: France: Saint Esprit, Montèlimar, Lasalle, Vienne. Page 8: 1 July 1833 France: Saint Fons, Lyons. Page 9: France: Anse, Saint Georges, Mâcon, Dijon. Page 10: France: Pont-de-Pany, Vitteaux, Avallon, Vermenton, Auxerre. Page 11: France: Pont sur Yonne, Fontainbleau, Paris. Page 14: France: Versailles. Page 18: 5 August 1833 France: Abbeville England: Dover. Page 19: England: London. Page 21: 12 September 1833 England: Exeter. Page 23: 20 December 1836 Ireland: Co. Cavan. Page 30: July 1837 Ireland: Counties Derry and Tyrone. Pages 34-68 were not digitised because they are blank and contain no information. Page 69, 70: Sketches of human faces.
Collection title
  • Clements family papers
  • Purchased by Trinity College Dublin Library in May 1976.
Resource type
  • ink
  • marbled paper
  • Irish
Digital Object Id
  • MS7273_01
  • 0026875


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