Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Hall, B. mss., 1815-1838, consist of 169 sketches made in North America with the Camera Lucida in 1827-1828, by Basil Hall, 1788-1844, naval officer and author, and correspondence, 1815-1838.

The sketches are of scenes, buildings, and persons made in Canada and the United States. The United States sketches depict parts of New York state, including Niagara Falls; parts of Massachusetts; scenes in the Southern states, east of the Mississippi River; and scenes on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Forty of these sketches appear in Hall's Forty Etchings from sketches made with the Camera Lucida in North America in 1827 and 1828. Edinburgh, Cadell & Co., 1829, which also contains a map of Hall's itinerary (Lilly E165 .H15). Nine of the sketches are reproduced in the first volume of Roscoe Carlyle Buley's The Old Northwest: pioneer period, 1815-1840. Indianapolis, Indiana Historical Society, 1950 (Lilly F484.3 .B94 1950).

The eight personal letters by Basil Hall, 1815-1838, and a fragment of a letter by Mrs. Margaret (Hunter) Hall, 1799- 1876, accompanied by typewritten transcripts, are mounted and bound with an engraved portrait and biographical sketch of Basil Hall.

Nine of the sketches appear in Mrs. Margaret (Hunter) Hall's The Aristocratic Journey. London, G.P. Putnam's Son, 1931 (E165 .H188).

Collection size: 178 items

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