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Walter Courtenay Pepys travel journal

Identifier: MSS 0097-Item 0120

Scope and Content Note

The journal of Englishman Walter Courtenay Pepys chronicles trips to Italy, France, Monaco, and Algeria in 1867. Entries describe travel conditions, landmarks visited, hotels, meals, and social engagements.

Pepys’s journal contains short, daily entries written in an embossed cloth-covered book entitled Agenda du Commerce de l’industrie et des Besoin journaliers 1867, a commercially published, French language notebook intended for the documentation of business transactions. Despite its original purpose, Pepys used the notebook as his personal journal.

At the top of the first page, Pepys wrote "Walter Courtenay Pepys / Paris – 31 December 1866." The majority of the entries chronicle two trips made by Pepys in 1867. The first is a tour of Italy. After spending the beginning of January in Paris, Pepys traveled through Hyéres, Nice, and Monaco. He then arrived in Italy and visited Genoa, La Spezia, Pisa, Rome, Naples, Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, Salerno, Castellammare di Stabia, Sorrento, Capri, Foligno, Assisia, Perugia, Florence, and Turin. Pepys wrote about sightseeing including museums, plays, operas, meals, hotels, weather, and the people he met. On May 6, Pepys left Italy to return to London through France.

During his time at home in England, Pepys’s entries were shorter and less frequent. He noted only occasional social engagements and short excursions such as a trip from May 22 to 25 to see the derby in Epsom, England.

On October 10, Pepys’s began a trip to Algiers via Paris, Lyon, and Arles, France. He arrived in Algiers on November 30 and spent the rest of the year traveling in Algeria. Other cities he visited include Phillippeville and Constantine. In addition to sightseeing, Pepys also went hunting or "shooting."

The "Notes" section at the back of the volume contains entries for the beginning of January 1868 describing additional travel in Algeria. There is a list of cities in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany headed "Proposed Trip for 1867." The names of months and days of the week are printed in French on the front endpaper. At the end of the book, there is a section listing the titles and names of various ministers in the French government (in 1867). The names of three senators are crossed out by hand and noted as "mort" or dead. Following this section is a list of the streets of Paris, featuring districts each street is located in as well as their starting and ending points.


  • Creation: 1866 December 31-1868 January 13


Language of Materials

Materials in English and French.

Restrictions on Access

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Biographical Note

Walter Courtenay Pepys was born on November 27, 1840, in London, England. He was one of fifteen children and the sixth son of Charles Christopher Pepys, the 1st Earl of Cottenham. His mother was Caroline Elizabeth Wingfield Baker, daughter of William Wingfield, a Member of Parliament. Walter Courtenay Pepys served as a Lieutenant in the 60th Royal Rifles. He then became Barrister at Law at Lincoln’s Inn in London.

On August 4, 1874, he married Ann Harriet. They had five children: Helen Emily, Amy Theresa, Dorothy Caroline, Walter Evelyn, and Charles Courtenay, who did not survive infancy. In 1887, Courtenay complied and published Genealogy of the Pepys Family 1273–1887. He died on November 4, 1914.

Pepys, Walter Courtenay. Genealogy of the Pepys Family 1273–1887 (New York: Barnes & Noble, 1970).Burke’s Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 105th ed., 2nd impression (London: Burke’s Peerage Limited, 1975)."Walter Courtenay Pepys." Library Edition. Provo, UT: Operations, Inc., 2004. (accessed May 22, 2014).


1 volume (118 pages) ; 22 cm


The journal of Englishman Walter Courtenay Pepys chronicles trips to Italy, France, Monaco, and Algeria in 1867. Entries describe travel conditions, landmarks visited, hotels, meals, and social engagements.


Gift of the Moyerman Family.

Related Materials in This Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0097 Diaries, Journals, and Ships' Logs collection.

Publication Note

University of Delaware. Library. Self works : diaries, scrapbooks, and other autobiographical efforts : catalog of an exhibition, August 19, 1997-December 18, 1997 : guide to selected sources. Newark, Del. : Special Collections, Hugh M. Morris Library, University of Delaware Library, 1997.

Shelving Summary

  1. Item 0120: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097


Processed by Kate Hand, October 2007. Encoded by E. Evan Echols, May 2014.

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