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Mapping Thoreau’s Surveys – An Index

 

Allan H. Schmidt

May 2010

 

A Chronological and geographic Index of Thoreau’s Surveys in The Concord Free Public Library (CFPL).

 

Thoreau’s Surveys are listed below in the reverse order of their creation. If you wish to follow the order in which Thoreau  created his Journals, Volume 1 of the index begins at http://allanhschmidt1935.spaces.live.com/default.aspx?_c01_BlogPart=blogentry&_c=BlogPart&handle=cns!32C3824B079AE090!558

 

Readers of Thoreau’s Journals may find his corresponding survey sketches helpful to place his journal notes in chronological and geographic context.

 

The index also may help retrace the sequential path of Thoreau’s journeys to work as a surveyor.

 

 Herbert Gleason’s 1906 Map of Concord has been used as a geographic base map reference (including his alphanumeric row and column coordinate labels to locate each Gleason zone).

 

Marcia Moss’ A Catalog of Thoreau’s Surveys in the Concord Free Public Library (Geneseo, N.Y.: Thoreau Society, 1976) also has been an invaluable resource and is quoted frequently.

 

 The outline boundary of each survey has been sketched onto the Gleason map and labeled with the CFPL Survey number and a hyperlink reference allowing for retrieval of the Survey image from the CFPL files provided with approval of the Concord Free Public Library.

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Mapping Thoreau’s Surveys – 14 –Volume 14, Journal XIV: August 1, 1860 – November 3, 1861
CFPL#: 51a, 51b, 91, 113, 23, 128, 114, 93b, 93a
  
51a   Plan of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Estate in Concord Mass. … Aug. 20, 1860
 
 51b   [Draft for 51a; n.d.]
 

 

91  Plan of Geo. Minot’s Land on the Mill Brook … Aug. 30 & 31, 1860

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/91.htm

 113    Plan of the Estate of Daniel Shattuck in Concord Mass. … Sept. 29, 1860

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/113.htm

 

23       Measured Area of Concord, Carlisle, Lincoln, Boxborough, Acton, Littleton, Stow, Bedford for Rhodes …Oct. 1, 1860

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/23.htm

 

128    Plan of Meadow Land in Concord Mass. Belonging to Cyrus Temple … Oct. 3, 1860

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/128.htm

114     Plan of House Lot Concord Mass. Belonging to Daniel Shattuck … Nov. 13, 1860 (Notation on reverse in very faint pencil: "Daniel Shattuck’s Land Monument Street … ")

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/114.htm

93a    Plan of a Piece of Land in Concord Mass. Belonging to William Monroe Jr. … Dec. 4, 1860

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/93a.htm

 

93b    Plan of Land in Concord Mass. Belonging to William Monroe Jr. … Dec. 1, 1860

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/93b.htm

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Mapping Thoreau’s Surveys – 13 – Volume 13, Journal XIII: December 1, 1859 – July 31, 1860
CFPL Survey #: 53, 94c, 36, 94b,  55
  
53  Plan of a Farm in Lincoln Mass. Belonging to Edward S. Hoar … March 1860 (27 & 28) [Notation on reverse: “Snelling Farm, So[uth] Lincoln”]
  
  
  
  
  
94c    Plan of John B. Moore’s Farm … Apr. 1860 [apparently the draft for printed plan 94b]
  
  
  
36 Plan of North Part of R.W.E. Woodlot Burned Last March … Apr. 30, 1860
 
  
94b    [Printed item] Plan of John B. Moore’s Farm in Concord Mass. Surveyed by Henry D. Thoreau. To be Sold at Public Auction on the Premises on Thursday May 10th 1860 at 1 o’clock p.m. N.A.  Thompson & Co. Auctioneers. Office Old State House, Boston.
 

 
 
 

55  Plan of the Boundary Line Between Land of Moses Prichard and Land of Joseph Holbrook on … Main Street in Concord Mass. … May 12, 1860

 http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/55.htm

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Mapping Thoreau’s Surveys – 12 –
Volume 12, Journal XII: March 2, 1859 – November 30, 1859
CFPL #:  17, 95, 7g, 7h, 150a, 150b, 121b, 77,  4, 107b, 38.5, 64
  
17    A Woodlot in Acton (South Part) Belonging to Stedman Buttrick Sold to Sumner Blood of Acton …Apr. 18, [18]59
  
95 Plan of Land in Lincoln Mass. Belonging to Rufus Morse … Aug. 17, [18]59
  
7g     Plan of the Bedford Road at Moore’s Swamp (Between the Fences) … May 3, 1859
  
7h      [Draft of 7g] May 3, 1859
   

150a  Plan of Samuel A. Willis’ House & Woodlot at the Factory Village Concord Mass. Surveyed by Henry D. Thoreau & William D. Tuttle May 6, 1859 & Apr. 25, 1864

150ahttp://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/150a.htm

50b  [Draft of 150a] May 6, [18]59

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/150b.htm

121b  Plan of a Woodlot Near Flint’s Pond, Lincoln Mass. Belonging to Cyrus Stow … May 9, [18]59

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/121b.htm

77  Plan of a Tract of land at the Factory Village in the SW Part of Concord Belonging to Samuel Lees …May 17, [18]5

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/77.htm

  

4  Plan … of a Small Woodlot in … Concord–Belonging to Prescott Barrett … June 10, 1859

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/4.htm

 
 
107b  Statistics of the Bridges Over Concord River, Between Heard’s Bridge and Billerica Dam, Obtained June 22, 23, & 24, 1859
 
 
38.5 Plan of Land on the Bedford Road Belonging to RWE … Sept. 16, [18]59
 
 
 
64  Plan of Woodlot Belonging to John Hosmer … Oct. 29, [18]59
 
 
 
 
 

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Mapping Thoreau’s Surveys – 10 – Volume 10, Journal X: August 8, 1857 – June 29, 1858
CFPL #: 2, 9, 10, 29, 31, 35, 43, 59, 68, 74, 15, 102, 104, 105, 119
 
2a      Plan of A. Bronson Alcott’s Estate; Concord, Mass. … Sept. 22, 1857

 

9     Plan of the [Wyman/Goose Pond] Woodlot (so called) Belonging to Geo[rge] Heywood Concord Mass. …Dec. 25, 1857

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/9.htm

 

10     Plan of a Woodlot in the South Part of Concord Belonging to Abel Brooks … Dec. 29, 1857

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/10.htm

29a Plan of the Lee Farm (so called) Belonging to David Elwell Concord Mass. … Dec. 30-31 & Jan. 1, [18]57. Var Jan. 7 … Jan. 10

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/29a.htm

31a RWE [Ralph Waldo Emerson] Lot by Walden … Dec. 1857

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/31a.htm

31b RWE’s Woodlot by Walden … [n.d.]

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/31b.htm

35a Plan of the Goose Pond & Walden Pond Woodlots (so called) Belonging to the Heirs of John Richardson, Jr Esq …Nov. & Dec. 1857

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/35a.htm


35b [Untitled; Goose Pond/Walden Pond area] Jan. 2, [18]58

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/35b.htm

35c    Heirs of John Richardson R.T.S. [n.d.]

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/35c.htm

35d    Goose Pond Lots R.T.S. [n.d.]

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/35d.htm

102    Plan of Land in Lincoln Mass. Belonging to Wm Rice … Jan. 20, 1858

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/102.htm

43 Plan of Charles Gordon’s Farm Concord Mass. … Mar. 23, 1858

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/43.htm

74  Plan of the Kettell Farm (so called) in Concord Mass. Belonging to Samuel Staples … Apr. 8 & 9, 1858 …

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/74.htm

15    Plan of Woodland in Acton Belonging to Wm. D. Brown The Wood Chiefly White Pine Sold to Warner …Apr. 12, [18]58

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/15.htm

12     Plan of That Part of Thomas Brooks’ Woodland in Lincoln Mass.  Which was Burned Over in the Fall of 1857 …June 5, 1858

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/12.htm

 

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Mapping Thoreau’s Surveys – 9 – Journal IX: August 16, 1856 – August 7, 1857
CFPL #: #: 82, 109,  87
 
82  Plan of the House Lot of David Loring in Concord, Mass. … Sep. 17, 1856
 
109    Plan of the Cottage House Lot on Main Street, and a Lot on Monroe Street Belonging to Daniel Shattuck …Oct. 6, 1856
 
87  Plan of Land on the Lowell Road in "Merrick’s Pasture" formerly so called–Belonging to Daniel Shattuck …Jan. 10, [18]57
 
 

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Mapping Thoreau’s Surveys – 8-

Volume 8, Journal VIII: November 1, 1855- August 15, 1856

CFPL #: 152,143, 144, 145, 63, 96
 
152a  Plan of the Road at the East Quarter School … Nov. 9, 1855

 

152b  [Draft of 152a]

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/152b.htm

152c  [Draft of 152a]

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/152c.htm

143    Plan of the "Davis Piece" (so called) in the S.W. Part of Concord Mass. Belonging to Thomas Wheeler … Apr. 28, 1856

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/143.htm

144    Plan of the "House Lot" of Thomas Wheeler Concord Mass. … Apr. 30, 1856

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/144.htm

145a  Plan of the "Ox Pasture" (so called) Belonging to Thomas Wheeler Concord, Mass. … May 5, [18]56

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/145a.htm

149    Plan of Cemetery Lots for Mrs. Whitman May 24, [18]56

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/149.htm

63a Plans of Wood & Meadow Lots in the Westerly Part of Concord  Belonging to John Moore Enlarged from Plans Made by Cyrus Hubbard with Additions in Blue & Red Ink by H.D. Thoreau June 3 & 4, [18]

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/63a.htm

63b  Plans of Meadow and Wood Lots in the Westerly Part of Concord Belonging to John Hosmer Enlarged from Plans Made by Cyrus Hubbard (With Additions in Blue Ink) by Henry D. Thoreau June 1856

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/63b.htm

63c  Moore & Hosmer Woodlots by Walden [n.d.]

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/63c.htm

96      Copied from Warren Nixon’s Plan Made for Bartlett June 27, [18]56 …

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/96.htm

 

 

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