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Vincent, Frank (02 April 1848–19 June 1916), world traveler, author, and collector, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Frank Vincent, a wealthy dry goods merchant, and Harriet Barns. Vincent grew up on the family estate at Tarrytown-on-the-Hudson and attended Peekskill Military Academy. In 1866 he entered Yale College and completed two terms before having to leave because of health problems. He returned the following year, but ill health again forced him to discontinue his studies. While at Yale, he vowed to see the world and to write about its more obscure regions. He subsequently spent more than forty years fulfilling that vow....

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Waln, Robert, Jr. (20 October 1794–04 July 1825), author and traveler, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Robert Waln, a prosperous merchant, and Phebe Lewis. Presumably he attended one of the local Quaker schools and received private tutoring but did not attend a university. His “liberal education,” mentioned by Henry Simpson in ...