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Peter Testman’s e-book was once written in Norwegian and released by means of L. ok. Kielland in Stavanger in 1839. This was once almost immediately after Peter Testman had accomplished his two-year lengthy trip to Missouri in North the US and back domestic. His publication used to be one of many earliest written approximately emigrating to the USA, released the yr after the well-known “first” via Ole Rynning. It additionally was once the 1st adverse document approximately that “wonderful land there west”.
Testman used to be an finished tin smith, an invaluable career and one that more often than not introduced a superb source of revenue. So, he should have had the required cash to pay his approach to the United States. He and his brothers first traveled to Bremen in Germany the place they receive area on a fast-sailing brig to the USA. In ny they occurred to satisfy up with a gaggle of Norwegian immigrants who had simply arrived from Bergen. those had requested the well-known Cleng Peerson to lead them to an appropriate payment within the Mid-West. He had provided to take them to Shelby County, Missouri, a such a lot unlucky vacation spot, either for Testman and the others within the group.
Testman’s tale has a number of the time-typical, simple observations from the States, these a newcomer might make. It additionally dwells on his slightly strange studies and voices a slightly skeptical standpoint of lifestyles over there. hence his ebook used to be varied from the others at the moment, which frequently integrated gleaming compliment and particular options no longer inevitably within the emigrant’s top interests.
Peter Testman, with his brothers William and Hans – in addition to extra participants in their kin – had before everything deliberate to visit the good demonstrated payment in los angeles Salle County, Illinois, within the Fox River valley. in its place, with Cleng Peerson they ended up in Shelby County, Missouri. It used to be a brand new and remoted payment a few twenty-five miles west of Palmyra, the closest small city in Missouri.
Peter Testman wrote approximately assembly Cleng Peerson: "He inspired us to trip with him, describing the country of Missouri the place he lived, as an incredibly appealing and pleasant place." He additionally informed them that it might be rather high priced to deliver their heavy luggage over land from Chicago to Missouri. tips to achieve Shelby County will be to move via a canal boat from Cleveland to the Ohio river, then down the Ohio to the Mississippi river, and at last by way of river boat from St. Louis as much as Hannibal, Missouri.
Testman wrote: "To this modification in our touring plans i used to be adversarial for a very long time, simply because I had realized from published bills that just about the entire North-American rivers have a truly low water point in the course of the dry season – within which we chanced on ourselves – and have been for that reason tough to navigate. the end result confirmed that this was once truthfully the case."
In all Peter Testman obtained a number of undesirable suggestions. in any case they lead him to come back to Norway. With so much of his funds long past he felt he had faired worse than anticipated. in the summertime of 1838 he used to be again in Stavanger, poorer in capital, yet richer in event.
In our variation of Peter Testman’s ebook we've made a few editorial adjustments, particularly in correcting his now outmoded spelling of names and likewise to make his e-book more uncomplicated to learn. As you will note, we're providing the textual content in a extra direct model, together with utilizing a section extra white areas, and we make the most of italics and small capitals to set aside definite elements and names. eventually, we've formatted some of his a bit long-winded sentences into shorter paragraphs.

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