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Alexis Ferry Journal: Volume 5
This journal contains a description of Psoriasis, an illustrated plan for disposal (during sugar production process) without the use of a strike pan, and a cholera remedy again on August 10, 1871, indicating that Ferry probably recontracted the disease. Ferry copied a letter from the state of Louisiana, in which their debt is detailed. He shared his beliefs about democracy, writing that he was beginning to believe more and more that "l'éclosion de la démocratie dans les nations est généralement un préclude de leur décadence" (the birth of democracy in nations generally prevents their decline). He wrote more criticism of the church, popes, religious disputes, and pulled information from a piece on Christianity in China. The weather changes and the work he completed during the autumn season of 1871 were recorded. Ferry briefly recounted the misfortunes of 1871 on December 31, 1871, what he called the "last day of a bad year", noting the dry weather spells that affected his harvest, among many unfortunate events that took place thorought the year. In January 1872, letters of correspondence between Ferry and Ean T. Gay indicate that Ferry was ready to give up his property to his creditors. There are more weather records throughout 1872. Ferry took an interest in the history of imports and exports of coffee and potatoes, information on planting juste, and how to conserve the sugar cane plant. He wrote the notes of agriculture of Valcour Aime from 1822 to 1858. Numerous entries in this volume express his continuing fascination with astronomy. He included several sailor songs as well. Also included is the description of hydraphobia (or rabies) and a remedy for croup. Illustrations of ships, and pasted pictures of boats and Santa Claus and his reindeer embellish parts of this volume. Some entries are written in English.
Tulane University Digital Library
13.25x8x1.5, 580b pages
Alexis Ferry journals, Manuscripts Collection 331, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118
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