Although virtually unknown in literary studies today, Martha Wilmot's The Russian Journals remains an important text on the material circulation of things in an increasingly global eighteenth-century world.The Russian Journals describes her stay in Russia from 1803 to 1808 with family friend and powerful political figure Princess Dashkova. In particular, the souvenirs that she exchanges with Princess Dashkova shed light on how cultural and political connections were formed between Russia and Britain as well as how national identity was redefined on a more global scale.
Buck, Pamela. "From Russia with Love: Souvenirs and Political Alliance in Martha Wilmot’s The Russian Journals." Eighteenth-Century Thing Theory in a Global Context: From Consumerism to Celebrity Culture. Eds. Ileana Baird and Christina Ionescu. Farnham, Surrey, UK; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013.