The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson (1895)
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It is not a complete account, covering the first third, by ship from Europe to New York City. The middle leg of the trip is documented in Across the Plains with the final part covered in The Silverado Squatters The Amateur Emigrant was written in and was not published in full until , one year after his death. In July , Robert Louis Stevenson received word that his future American wife's Fanny Vandegrift divorce was almost complete and she was ready to remarry, but that she was seriously ill. He left Scotland right away to meet her in her native California. Leaving by ship from Glasgow, Scotland , he determined to travel in steerage class to see how the working classes fared. At the last minute he was convinced by friends to purchase a ticket one grade above the lowest, which he was later thankful for after seeing the conditions at the bow of the boat, but he still lived among the lower classes.
The Amateur Emigrant
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