MEDICAL STUDENT'S JOURNAL, 1857.
Autograph Journal of John M. Farrington, 116 pp recto and verso, 4to, at sea traveling from New York to England and back, July 11 to October 17, 1857. Bound in full calf. Final signature of text detached but present, spine loose, wear at edges, head and tail of spine.
A detailed journal kept by Farrington, a young medical student who traveled from New York to Europe for two months study. Farrington left in the summer of 1857 on the steam ship North Star, reaching England in 11 days. He gives a clear and interesting narrative of his travels and the people he meets, along with detailed reports of the medical instruction and hospital duty he receives. Interestingly, the first and last pages of the journal include later marginalia from Farrington noting that the author re-read his journal in 1890, 1902, 1908, and 1914 "probably for the last time." Farrington served as a surgeon during the Civil War and kept a journal of his Gettysburg experiences, which was published as a chapter in 137th Regiment Infantry (New York: 1902).