Category Archives: Travel

The Struggling Actor

Snippets 144.  Joseph Shepherd Munden was a well-known actor during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, known principally for his comedy performances.  His son Thomas wrote his very entertaining biography, Memoirs of Joseph Shepherd Munden.  The following anecdotes concern … Continue reading

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A Magical Sleigh Ride

Christmas History 27.  The following quote is taken from Sketches of New England, or Memories of the Country (1842) by Nathaniel Shatswell.  He describes taking a sleigh ride to visit a neighbour, some festivities, and then a moonlit sleigh ride that turns … Continue reading

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The Mischievous Physician

Christmas History 26.  It’s that time of year again!  The following quote is taken from An Historical and Descriptive Account of the Royal Hospital, published in 1805, and is an anecdote about one of the physicians of the hospital at … Continue reading

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Terrors of the Desert Trail

Snippets 141 / Guest Post 12.  Even today, the great American deserts can be dangerous places. In 1899 when the quote below was written they were even more dangerous with wild animals and often even wilder men to be encountered. … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, 1833

Snippets 140.  I am not particularly qualified to write about Thanksgiving, as it is really not a thing in Britain at all, but I did find the following quote in The Western Monthly Magazine, 1833, written by a Mrs Hentz.  … Continue reading

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The Rumour-monger

Snippets 139.  In 1854 the American Rev. George Foxcroft Haskins went on a tour of Europe and one of the highlights of his trip was an extended stay in Rome.  Although he had a wonderful time there, he was disappointed … Continue reading

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A Victorian Hotel on Thunder Bay

Snippets 138 / Guest Post 11.  At the time the following story took place, the author was eighteen years of age. He had been working as an assistant to a surveyor on the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. As … Continue reading

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