Monthly Archives: January 2016

Pride and Ignorance (Snippets 52)

Americanisms and Briticisms by James Brander Matthews is an entertaining study of the differences in spoken and written language between the two nations.  It is a useful snapshot, not just of the words themselves, but of concerns at the time … Continue reading

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Journals 10.4 – Loiterings in Europe by John Corson (Part 4)

This is the fourth part of my article on Corson’s journal.  For the previous parts please see the entries posted on 4th, 11th and 18th January 2016. Corson was lucky enough to be in Rome for the inauguration of a … Continue reading

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Grand Old Winters (Snippets 51)

In Snippets 38 we looked at A Country Book: for the field, the forest, and the fireside by William Howitt, published in 1859.  This charming book contains one chapter per month, each focussing on country life at the relevant time … Continue reading

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Journals 10.3 – Loiterings in Europe by John Corson (Part 3)

This is the third part of my article on Corson’s journal.  For the previous parts please see the entries posted on 4th and 11th January 2016. Crossing back over to Europe, Corson visited the unfinished Cologne Cathedral. Work had halted … Continue reading

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A Forest of Signs (Snippets 50)

For the 50th “snippet”, we turn our attention to Fifty Years’ Recollections of an Old Bookseller by William West, published in 1835.  There is much of interest in this autobiography, including the author’s early life, first experiences of London and the … Continue reading

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Journals 10.2 – Loiterings in Europe by John Corson (Part 2)

This is the second part of my article on Corson’s journal.  For the first part please see the entry posted on 4th January 2016. Travelling around France involved the use of a ‘diligence’, a sturdy design of stagecoach, designed to … Continue reading

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Bug attack! (Snippets 49)

John Franklin was an Arctic explorer and Royal Navy officer, whose last expedition in 1845 ended in tragedy when his ship became trapped in ice and the entire crew died.  This was a sad end for a man who had … Continue reading

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