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Children and Youth in a New Nation$
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James Marten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757420

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757420.001.0001

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A Teenager Goes Visiting

A Teenager Goes Visiting

The Diaries of Louisa Jane Trumbull (1835, 1837)

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Children and Youth in a New Nation

Holly V. Izard

Caroline Fuller Sloat

NYU Press

This chapter presents excerpts from the second and fourth volumes of the diaries kept by Louisa Jane (Jenny) Trumbull of Worcester, Massachusetts, which record several sleep-away visits that she made on her own in the summer of 1835, four months before her thirteenth birthday, and again in the summer of 1837, when she was approaching fifteen. These diary entries, written over a few years when Jenny Trumbull moved into young womanhood while living amid gentlemen and ladies of extraordinary wealth and cultivation, open an entrancing adolescent world. Interspersed with selections from Jenny's diaries are extracts or summaries taken from her mother's (Louisa Clap Trumbull's) diaries, which overlap or give insight into passages from Jenny's.

Keywords:   Louisa Jane Trumbull, Jenny Trumbull, Louisa Clap Trumbull, diaries, adolescence, young womanhood

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