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Four of Henry Hale G. Sharpless's diaries are travel diaries that describe his travels throughout the eastern United States, Europe, and the Middle East. The remaining three diaries describe Sharpless's daily life at home in Pennsylvania, and on his farm outside Philadelphia.
The pocket-sized account books of Henry Hale G. Sharpless track Sharpless’s purchases, money owed to various individuals, and amounts paid during his travels, such as for stays at inns and hotels, train tickets, and boat fare.
Hanry Hale G. Sharpless's letterbooks contain both business and personal correspondence. The majority of the correspondence is personal, addressed to friends and family during Sharpless's travels. The letters include topics such as descriptions of the cities and towns he visits, as well as discussion of landmarks, cultural differences, food, and styles of dress.
The Henry Hale Graham Sharpless commonplace book was created during Sharpless' time at Haverford College. Sharpless graduated class of 1840, but the book notes many written records and excerpts during 1839 in his junior year. The book contains carving prints from various artists paired with excerpts hand written by Sharpless himself.
- Names: Sharpless, Henry Hale G. X