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Although relatively short, Rogers’ diary is a treasure. Although most people forget that Ohio used be part of “the west,” the diary explains in ways Rogers never realized just how “western” his everyday life was. From bad roads, constant tolls, the seemingly constant remarks about feeling ill, to staying at inns and stopping periodically to feed and rest their horses, Rogers’ world is one that is very far removed from our own. His reporting on early Columbus (including a wonderful quick tale of a street fight and trial) to his traveling into western Virginia, which would be West Virginia in a generation, to visiting an arsenal and entering New York City via a bridge designed for both railcars and wagons reveals a world unfamiliar to today’s readers. For that reason alone, it is well worth the read. Along the way, Rogers records his daily activity, including names of people long lost to history. The names included would make for any engaging research to try to learn more about them and their lives. Finally, the second half of the book provides a travelogue, of sorts, of the locations and buildings mentioned in Rogers’ diary. It is fascinating to see how much the world has changed from Henry’s days.