William Lewis Sachtleben Turkey travel diary
- William Lewis Sachtleben Turkey travel diary
- Alternative title
- Notebook No. 10
- Sachtleben, William Lewis
- Date Created
- April 12, 1891-May 9, 1891
- Sachtleben (William) Diaries and Sachtleben (William Lewis) Papers. Collection 1841
- William Lewis Sachtleben was an American long-distance cyclist who rode across Asia from Istanbul to Peking in 1891 to 1892 with Thomas Gaskell Allen Jr. The diary of notebook “No. 10” covers a portion of their journey through the Armenian area of Turkey from April 12 to May 9 (there is a 2-page reading list at the end). During this time they rode from Ankara (Angora in the diary) to Sivas, where they stayed for ten days while Allen had a bout of typhoid fever, and the first half of a ten-day excursion to Merzifon (Mersovan in the diary), taken by Sachtleben to give Allen additional time to recover. The towns Sachtleben stayed in during this period include Ankara, Kayseri (Caesarea), Sivas, Tocat, Amasya and Merzifon. Up to this time, European and Asian travel had been restricted to the wealthy, aided by escorts and translators. This diary documents a new mode of generally unassisted, economical travel into areas of Asia not traversed by Westerners. Sachtleben provides richly detailed descriptions of a variety of aspects of the bicycle journey including the countryside, the villages along the way, the khans (inns), the towns he stayed in, the food that he ate, the various people he encountered and stayed with and the reactions of locals to the spectacle of foreigners on bicycles. Sachtleben comments more than once upon the conversational skills of his acquaintances, and many conversations, and some stories, are recounted at length.
William Lewis Sachtleben’s diary, notebook “No. 10”, covers a portion of their journey through the Armenian area of Turkey from April 12 to May 9 (there is a 2-page reading list at the end). During this time they rode from Ankara (Angora in the diary) to Sivas, to Merzifon (Mersovan in the diary).
Entries in pen and ink
- 1 v. (143 pages)