SUSAN BREWER THOMAS #100travelHERS
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Birth: 1793; Wilbraham, Massachusetts
Occupation: Teacher and administrator at several schools in Alabama and Mississippi
Notable journeys: In 1857, Thomas went alone to England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Greece, and Austria. Her solo journey is significant because she was over the age of 60.
Notable work: Travels in Europe, Egypt, and Palestine 1860
Quote: “I quite agree with Miss Martineau, that one of the greatest nuisances in travelling is keeping a journal. One is far more disposed to lie down and rest, after a fatiguing ride of eight or nine hours on a camel, beneath a burning sun; then — having made a hasty toilette — to take out one’s writing’s materials. I persevered, however, and rejoice that I did so.”