"Memorandum Made in Europe 1840" Journal book personally kept by N.P. Ames during his well-known European trip of 1840 penned in an extremely neat, small, easily read hand [ink]. The front 8 pages are a lengthy account of his May 7 to June 1 of ocean voyage... New York to London. With rough passage; uncomfortable nights; many fine observations of ship and sea life... "spent an uncomfortable night, slept on a sofa to get rid of cargo noise caused by bales & boxes rubbing when ship rolled". "Had hoped to get the famed "Great Western" but unable & took a smaller packet boat".
IMPORTANT: 18 pages at back titled, "Memorandum Made in Europe 1840" with lengthy highly detailed notes on "limitations of brass & iron ordinance for British service". Also, much about "mortars, howitzers; details of their mfr. Proof casting, flaws". Information regarding "preserving iron ordnance from rust & corrosion/ingredients for casting... shell dimensions for British service; windage variances; fine details on new percussion small arms of British service (with dimensions, wt., powder charges, etc.) & "pistol & musket for sea service details. Details of materials used on gun carriages; also, "New Pattern Howitzer & Machine Used For Getting Form Of Bore" with very fine pen and ink drawing; lengthy discussion and fine drawing of a special press/ram for forging parts. There are 6 extremely interesting pen/ink drawings of edged weapons in French Army Museum. Ames lists on 6 pages at center of journal expenses of trip; very revealing! Purchases of swords, instruments, castings, military manuals, and CUTLERY FROM FAMED ROGERS & SON, Sheffield. Especially intriguing are his very costly expenses for dental work in London and 2 extremely high doctor's bills. It was that dental work in London that was the start of his physical and medical decline resulting in his death. This is a unique account with so much more information than mentioned above. We have sold many Ames manuscripts, documents, and letters over-the-years... this MS is not "just another" ... it is special. Ex. Norm Flayderman
Measurement: 7.5" by 9"
Material: Marble board quarter leather covers, MS, Ink
Condition: Scuffed, worn but very sound
Reference: See The Ames Sword Company by John Hamilton, page 131.