A work never before available in English, this should provide scholars and students of early America with source material of inestimable value. Actually, for the general reading public, it will have curiosity value chiefly, certainly not literary value. Moreau de St. Mery was continually brought to Kenneth Roberts' attention during his background work for Lydia Bailey. He was a French native of San Domingo, called himself a ""creole"". He spent many of his adult years in France, was one of the prominent revolutionaries before the Terror, escaped just in time to America. This book is a translation of the diary kept during the five years spent here, of which he left a very detailed and critical record, and where he found much to criticize. Keenly observant, inquiring, his own personal experiences will be of less interest than his view of life in the last decade of the 18th century in Norfolk, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York.