The book Juvenile Travellers contains thirty letters written between the children characters. An earlier book An Introduction to Botany (1796) consisted of letters between two sisters but in Juvenile Travellers the letter writing reaches new heights. When the tour begins Theo, on one of his side trips with his father, writes descriptions to his sister Laura. But early in the book Priscilla introduces the character of Sophia Conyers who is a similar age to Laura and also travelling in Europe with her family. A friendship develops between Laura and Sophia who travels on to Petersberg with her family. The three children agree to write to each other and this is the basis of the letters in the book. Laura is the most prolific writing seventeen letters to Sophia. Theo writes to both girls but a lesser number.  In the following travel books Priscilla does not repeat this complexity of multiple letter writing characters nor do we hear the central voice of a female character.

In the travel books the inclusion of letters describing different places, along with the maps and itineraries added an interesting dimension to the books. Sometimes they  are interspersed in the text as in Juvenile Travellers in other books letters make up the entire book.

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