Bostwick, Alanson. Journal, 1839-1841 | Illinois History and Lincoln Collections
This journal of schoolteacher Alanson Bostwick gives an account of his journey to and from Chicago during the summer of 1839, from his home in Winchester, Ill. There is also an account of a trip, Oct. 19-Dec. 6, 1841, from New York to Springfield, Ill. In addition to topographical descriptions, the author comments on cities, people, and weather he encountered on his trip.
Bostwick's granddaughter, Caroline J. Tucker, of Minneapolis, Minn., donated the 20-page typescript of the journal to the Illinois Historical Survey in 1918.