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@ElizaBTweetin: March 14, 1873: Armchair Traveling

Posted on February 22, 2014

During Mrs. Wheaton’s marriage, she and Laban Morey Wheaton traveled frequently, both locally, around the States, and abroad. After her husband’s death, she only ventured as far as summer vacations to New England’s seashore and mountains.

Image from Browne's "Along the Elbe" in Harper's New Monthly Magazine (Mar. 1873)

Image from Browne's "Along the Elbe"
in Harper's New Monthly Magazine
(Mar. 1873)

Eliza continued to indulge her interest in travel, however, through reading. On this date, Eliza Beane’s daughter Nell read aloud from the newest issue of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (March 1873). Junius Henri Browne’s illustrated article “Along the Elbe”[1] must have reminded Eliza of the journey up the Rhine she had undertaken as part of her truncated Grand Tour of 1862, revealing what she had been unable to see for herself in the eastern area of Germany. Browne, who had become famous as a Civil War correspondent for the New York Tribune, later wrote about his travels in Europe. This article was part of Browne’s series “Sights and Sensations in Europe”, which had been published in book form in 1871.



[1] Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (March 1873), pp. 495-508.

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