England in 1815: A Critical Edition of The Journal of Joseph by A. Rauch

By A. Rauch

An annotated version of an American's enticing account of tradition and politics in England in the course of an important interval in British background. This new version gains an intensive creation, various primary-source appendices, and different severe gear.

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He bears a most excellent character, and is much esteemed. Left Sheffield for London; passed through many fine towns. The country was throughout the whole route highly cultivated. There were three buxom damsels in the coach. After having travelled through the night one of these pulled out a small bottle of rum from her “indispensable” and most kindly asked me to partake with her THE JOURNAL OF JOSEPH BALLARD 37 and her companions. At Woburn passed the seat of the Duke of Bedford. The park wall continued about two miles along the road until it terminated by an elegant gateway,—the entrance to the Abbey (as the house is called).

Liverpool relied on fellow Tories such as Castlereagh, who led the House of Commons, and later Canning, who eventually succeeded Liverpool as Prime Minister. Nevertheless, Liverpool’s government was consistently nothing if not controversial. Canning and Castlereagh, who opposed each other over military strategies, already fought a duel in 1809 (wounding Canning in the leg), and so when Liverpool formed his government with Castlereagh as the new Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, Canning refused to join.

This was sharply resented by the colonel, and there is no telling where the dispute might have ended had not the conversation turned upon American affairs. ” It required all my gravity to make an acknowledging bow for this compliment! I frequently found that the bravery displayed by the Americans in the last war was accounted for from this source. Leeds is a town of considerable consequence. It is not as gloomy and dull in appearance as most of the manufacturing places. The bricks of which the houses are built are of a lighter color, and more resembling ours.

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