Experience the early United States through the eyes of a diplomat's wife who was a spirited observer of life in the new country.
A new National Library of Scotland website provides access to Henrietta Liston's handwritten North America journals.
Just 13 years after America fought Great Britain to win its independence, Henrietta arrived in the U.S. with her Scottish husband, Robert, who was British Minister to the United States.
Over the course of the five years between 1796 and 1801, the couple helped to restore good relations between the two countries. They became friends with the first President, George Washington, and other Founding Fathers.
Henrietta records the developing relationship in the nine journals that are available on the website, 'The North American journeys of a diplomat's wife'.
Full of fascinating insights, the journals tell of life at the heart of the new nation and of the Listons' travels across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. An interactive map offers a way of searching by places Henrietta and Robert visited on their tours.
See also our Henrietta Liston media release
8 March 2017