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Diary of Arad Joy (1812-1813) discusses events during his service in the War of 1812 including punishment of deserters, living conditions, a visit to Niagra Falls, a skirmish, and duties as paymaster. The travel journals of Henry Joy (1844) relate details of his trip through the Midwest, including accommodations, a meeting with a former senator from Ohio, Mr. Spaulding, and a sermon by Harriet Beecher Stowe's husband, Dr. Calvin Stowe, discussion of the Pennsylvania Dutch and their farming methods, description of an iron works, a glass works and a nail factory, drawings of historical sites, descriptions of various towns including Chicago, Milwaukee, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, Michigan, and descriptions of Indians he saw canoeing on the upper Mississippi.

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