Colonial American Travel Narratives - The Journal of Madam Knight Summary & Analysis

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The Journal of Madam Knight Summary and Analysis

The next narrative is that of Sarah Kemble Knight, who made a journey from Boston to New York City and back in 1704. In an introduction to the narrative, the editor explains that Knight was the daughter of a Boston merchant who married a shipmaster and had one daughter. As her husband was often away at sea, she served as head of the household and earned an income from a shop and by teaching. The route to New York was becoming more traveled, the editor explains, but was still dangerous in places. Knight hired guides for each segment of the journey, negotiating their payment and arranging for lodging and food along the way.

Knight leaves her home in Boston in October, 1704, heading on horseback toward New Haven, Connecticut, a journey of about 200 miles. She...

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