Monthly Archives: May 2015

Journals 2.1 – Journal of Travels by G.E. Winants (Part 1)

Garrett E. Winants was one of the richest men in America. Throughout his life he amassed a fortune of around six million dollars, money that he made in shipbuilding and property investments. He chose to spend his money travelling the … Continue reading

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From rags to riches in one night (Snippets 5)

Between 1808 and 1810, Lawyer William Hickey wrote detailed and fascinating memoirs of his life, which were finally published by Hurst & Blackett (London) in the early 20th Century.  The following amusing anecdote from the first volume describes how Hickey’s … Continue reading

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Journals 1.4 – England in 1815 by Joseph Ballard (Part 4)

The following is the concluding part of my essay on Ballard’s journal.  See the earlier entries from 14th May 2015 for the first part, 18th May 2015 for the second part, and 22nd May 2015 for the third part. Leaving … Continue reading

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Americanisms and Briticisms (Snippets 4)

In 1892 James Brander Matthews was appointed a professor of literature at Columbia University.  The same year, with six books already under his belt, he wrote Americanisms and Briticisms (Harper and Brothers, New York).  Although some of his books had … Continue reading

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Journals 1.3 – England in 1815 by Joseph Ballard (Part 3)

The following is a continuation of my essay on Ballard’s journal.  See the earlier entry from 14th May 2015 for the first part, and 18th May 2015 for the second part. Predictably, the highlight of Ballard’s travels in Britain was … Continue reading

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Too Much Debt… in 1864 (Snippets 3)

In 1864 the magnificently named Amos W. Stetson wrote Is our Prosperity a Delusion?  Our National Debt and Currency (published by A. Williams & Co, Boston).  He argued that the debt being accumulated by the Civil War (1861-1865) was unsustainable.  For … Continue reading

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Journals 1.2 – England in 1815 by Joseph Ballard (Part 2)

The following is a continuation of my essay on Ballard’s journal.  See the earlier entry from 14th May 2015 for the first part.  Ballard’s tour of the North of England continued with a visit to Manchester. Although he admired the … Continue reading

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