This 25-page journal is a record of James Fulton's trip to the West and South, 1854-55. He journeyed through Kansas, Nebraska, Mississippi, and Texas, observing topographical features, types of plants, especially edible ones, and local habits. He also described land prices, Mormons, Native Americans, cotton picking, slavery, and slave sales and markets. At the end of the diary, Fulton listed the towns which he visited and included a detailed sheet of expenses incurred during his travels.
The Survey's copy of the diary was copied from the original by Cecil C. Fulton, Jr., of Dover, Del., and microfilmed by the Delaware State Archives in 1960.