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Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More: Explorations of Henry Rogers’ 1838 Journal of Travel from Southwestern Ohio to New York City is a non-fiction account shared by Tracy Lawson, Henry’s great-great-great-granddaughter. The book is filled with pictures and observations from a journey that was made years ago. This trip was made by wagon and was a summer vacation for Henry, his wife and in-laws, as well as a working trip as Henry was a miller. They toured many mills along the way in order to improve his own.
This book is the journal of Henry’s explorations of the area between Ohio and New York City. The author has included her own thoughts and commentary alongside Henry’s account; this provides additional information and explains more about the people and areas mentioned in Henry’s journal. This book is divided into two main sections, the first being about the year of 1838 and Henry’s experiences and the second section being Tracy’s research and her experience while researching and writing this book. Henry’s journal is shared in chapters devoted to each area he traveled through and then a chapter about city living during the year 1838.
Tracy Lawson has brought her ancestor’s journal to life. This book really explains the time period and way of life. I love the layout of this book as it is easy to follow and divided by region. The additional commentary is included to go along with the journal accounts. The pictures from then and now are great additions as well. What really drew me to the book in the first place is the cover; it is a beautiful illustration from that time period.