Did Frederick Law Olmsted Keep A Personal Diary?

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He even looks mischievous later in life, doesn’t he?

I am not aware that Frederick Law Olmsted ever kept a personal diary. Certainly he wrote numerous letters, many of which are preserved in the Library of Congress, as well as several extensive travelogs that formed the basis of several books. Yet, when he wrote the following biographical fragment in one of his letters: ‘I was very active, imaginative, inventive, impulsive, enterprising, trustful, and heedless, which makes for what is generally called a troublesome and mischievous boy,’ I couldn’t help but  have Christopher Middleton, the main character of my young adult adventure series, Central Park Story, discover a secret diary in which Olmsted divulges his private thoughts.

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