Letter from William H. W. Barnwell to wife Catherine Barnwell describing his trip to Virginia with his son, Robert. While en route to several springs in Virginia, Barnwell mentions visiting Monticello and describes the run-down condition he finds it in. July 26, 1845.
"Includes descriptions of towns including: Baltimore MD, Wilmington DE, Albany N.Y., Washington D.C., Raleigh and Fayetteville, N.C. Information is also given on countryside, roads, buildings, bridges, agriculture, and flora. Attention is given to architectural features throughout. Included are occasional sketches and descriptions of estates, including William Hamilton's The Woodlands and the ""Palace of the President"" [White House] (especially the interior), and the Capitol buildings. Drayton travels part-way with Eli Whitney (1765-1825), creator of the cotton gin."