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A Boston Brahmin Abroad: George Ticknor, Hispanism, and Dartmouth

George Ticknor's Passport



George Ticknor's Passport


Ticknor’s passport used on his last European trip, issued April 22, 1856. We learn from his passport that Ticknor stood 5’8” and had hazel eyes. Having already spent seven years of his life in Europe, he was less enthusiastic about this trip. “As I travel about in places more or less familiar to me … I feel a good deal as a professor emeritus does, who keeps the title, but does none of the work of his place. I call myself a traveler, but fulfill little of a traveler’s duty.”

Date Created

April 22, 1856


Public domain

Bibliographic Citation

George Ticknor's Passport, April 22, 1856, MS 002116, Rauner Special Collections Library.



Case Number

Case 3

Item Number

Item 3