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Peter Testman’s publication was once written in Norwegian and released through 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 again domestic. His booklet used to be one of many earliest written approximately emigrating to the US, released the yr after the well-known “first” by way of Ole Rynning. It additionally was once the 1st adverse document approximately that “wonderful land there west”.
Testman was once an complete tin smith, an invaluable occupation and one that more often than not introduced a great source of revenue. So, he should have had the required money to pay his technique to the US. He and his brothers first traveled to Bremen in Germany the place they receive area on a fast-sailing brig to the USA. In manhattan they occurred to fulfill up with a gaggle of Norwegian immigrants who had simply arrived from Bergen. those had requested the well-known Cleng Peerson to steer 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 some of the time-typical, simple observations from the States, these a newcomer could make. It additionally dwells on his just a little strange studies and voices a slightly skeptical standpoint of lifestyles over there. hence his ebook was once varied from the others at the moment, which frequently incorporated sparkling compliment and particular suggestions no longer inevitably within the emigrant’s top interests.
Peter Testman, along with his brothers William and Hans – in addition to extra individuals in their relations – had at the beginning deliberate to visit the good proven payment in l. a. Salle County, Illinois, within the Fox River valley. in its place, with Cleng Peerson they ended up in Shelby County, Missouri. It was once a brand new and remoted cost 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 commute with him, describing the kingdom of Missouri the place he lived, as an incredibly attractive and pleasant place." He additionally instructed them that it'd be really high priced to deliver their heavy luggage over land from Chicago to Missouri. tips to achieve Shelby County will be to head by means of a canal boat from Cleveland to the Ohio river, then down the Ohio to the Mississippi river, and at last by means of river boat from St. Louis as much as Hannibal, Missouri.
Testman wrote: "To this variation in our touring plans i used to be antagonistic for a very long time, simply because I had realized from revealed debts that just about the entire North-American rivers have a truly low water point in the course of the dry season – during which we chanced on ourselves – and have been as a result tricky to navigate. the end result confirmed that this used to be honestly the case."
In all Peter Testman obtained numerous undesirable ideas. finally they lead him to come 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 adventure.
In our version of Peter Testman’s ebook we have now made a few editorial alterations, particularly in correcting his now superseded spelling of names and in addition to make his publication more straightforward to learn. As you will see, we're providing the textual content in a extra direct style, together with utilizing a piece extra white areas, and we make the most of italics and small capitals to set aside sure elements and names. ultimately, we have now formatted some of his a little bit long-winded sentences into shorter paragraphs.

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Peter Testman’s ebook used to be written in Norwegian and released by way of L. okay. 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 United States and back domestic. His ebook used to be one of many earliest written approximately emigrating to the US, released the yr after the well-known “first” by way of Ole Rynning.

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