Archive of Letters and Correspondence to and from Henry A. Colgate of The Colgate Family [Henry Auchincloss]: Salt Lake City, San Bernadine, Long Beach California, Yellowstone, Bombay India, Burma, Siam, Singapore, Shanghai China, Tokyo Japan.
[China]: No Publisher, 1914.
Leather bound ring binder 10.5 x 9 inches. Gilt lettering on spine with initials H.A.C. Letters 1912-1914. An extensive collection (hundreds of pages) of the personal correspondence of Henry A. Colgate of the Colgate family. A monogramed leather ring binder holds letters from Colgate to his parents as he travels throughout the world, primarily in India, China and Japan but also Europe. Young Henry Colgate begins his trek by visiting the American West in 1913. From New York by rail, Colgate chronicles his visits to Yellowstone; Butte, Montana; Salt Lake City; San Bernadine, Redlands, and Long Beach, CA; (deep sea fishing, scenic descriptions; big horned sheep hunting). In October of 1913, Colgate boards a German ship to England to begin his months-long journey to Asia and the Far East. By ship across the Mediterranean to Egypt; through the Suez Canal; By Rail through South India (December 1913) – Bangalore; Bombay [by rail and by car overland] to Calcutta (detailed maps and itineraries included); then on to Jaipur, Delhi; Burma, Siam; Rangoon; Mandalay; Singapore; Shanghai; Foochow; Canton; Peking; and many places in between. In June of 1914, Colgate has made it to Japan, his destinations include: Kyoto, Fuji, Tokyo, and Yokohama, as well as other lesser known cities; by mid-July 1914, he is set to sail on the RMS Empress of Russia returning to the U.S. (although a cable announces he has been delayed but no mention of another ship). At another point in his correspondence Henry mentions his intention to book passage on the Lusitania. Other items include maps of India, China and other Asian countries with hand-drawn routes traced, which H. A. Colgate included in his letters to his parents along with telegrams, passenger lists, and other ephemera: Cablegrams from many locations; stationary from Pullman cars, ships, and hotels worldwide. Stories of missionaries in India and China; many mentions of other Americans and Europeans he meets in his travels. The letters described missionary work (including references to past missionary massacres in China), sightseeing, travel conditions, itineraries, addresses, and descriptions of the people and culture of pre-World War One Asia through the lens of a young man wealthy enough to travel the world supported by his parents before settling down and joining the family business. The Letters are extensive, long and very detailed; one opens: Dear Parents: Here begins the Jungle Story as it runs from the beginning to the end … written from India. A later letter begins: January 1st Dindigul India: Dear Parents: I am writing in the light of 1914 while you are still sleeping in the darkness of 1913. And a different letter states: The jungle is inhabited … a strange little race of people, diggers of roots and climbers of trees – Polyians, they are called. From Canton China, he records: The crowds hurry and bustle – there are no lazy Chinese – women shuffle along in trousers, or are supported when small footed, in their 'tottering Lily-Gait'. Long […] and skirted men throng the bazars, chattering, laughing or hurrying to and fro. Greys and blues predominate in costume colors. Many letters sent in reply to Henry from his parents included. It is very fascinating, ceaselessly interesting this Bazar Life!