Josiah Pierce reflection on year in Russia, 1856

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


In November 1856, Josiah Pierce wrote to his mother in Gorham about the one year anniversary of being in Russia as the secretary to the American Legation in St. Petersburg.

He reflected, "Perhaps the year has been of more pleasure than profit -- more of amusement than instruction -- but certainly I would not give up its experience and even unfruitful occupations."

His letters carry two dates, reflecting the Western Gregorian calendar and the Russian use of the Julian calendar.

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  • Title: Josiah Pierce reflection on year in Russia, 1856
  • Creator: Josiah Pierce
  • Creation Date: 1856-11-28
  • Subject Date: 1856
  • Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. 4210
  • Collection: Pierce family collection
  • Object Type: Text

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