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Fonds MS092 - Ralph Sheldon fonds

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Ralph Sheldon fonds

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MS092

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  • 1779 (Creation)
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    Sheldon, Ralph

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Sheldon, Ralph

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Ralph Sheldon was probably an Englishman temporarily living in Nancy, France. He undertook a tour of Switzerland in the late eighteenth century.

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The fonds consists of a bound manuscript, 48 pages in length, titled "A tour through part of Switzerland and the glaciers of Savoy & Berne in a letter to Richard Cox Esq." The manuscript is not dated, but can be deduced from references in the text. The trip took place after the death of Voltaire in 1778 but before the climbing of Mont Blanc which occurred in 1786. The mention of a Dr. Michael Schüppach, age 72, suggests the year 1779, which is confirmed by the indication that October 5th is a Tuesday. The manuscript is signed by Ralph Sheldon.

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