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[Anon. and Aldham, John]
[Diary kept by an American Quaker Merchant during a Journey to Great Britain from January 1st, 1812 to August 29th, 1812, just before and at the beginning of War of 1812; includes an interesting Poem on Strong Drink and Tobacco]
1812. Liverpool, Sheffield, London, Castle Donington, other locations, Great Britain; New York City, NY: January 1, 1812-August 29, 1812. Approx. [64] manuscript pages. 7 x 4½ inches. Blankbook, homemade; 18 bifoliums, sewn as single signature; later linen tie; corners bumped with some losses to a few words, not affecting sense. Sewn into modern plain wrappers. Clearly legible; very good. On New Years' Day, 1812, the diarist arrives in Liverpool after a thirty-one day sail from New York City on the sloop Orbit. Upon arriving, he called on Abraham Binns, a leather merchant, with whom he walks to the home of his son, Thomas Binns in Mile End, about a mile and a half away. There our diarist was received by Thomas' wife, Hannah Salthouse, a member of the Religious Society of Friends or Quakers; and all are later joined by George Binns, brother of Thomas. The Binns were active in the Anti-Slavery Society in Liverpool. Thus begins an 8-month sojourn, which is spent in the company of Quakers, many of them merchants. Although a merchant preoccupied with purchases and the prompt settlement of his accounts, our diarist was also interested in the political affairs of the country. He "...went to the House [of] Commons...Sir F[rancis] Burdett rose to make a motion respecting millitary flogging spoke near 1½ hours. Mr. Manners Sutton replied then a Mr. Abercromby then [various others including Secretary at War Lord Palmerston]...the house decided there was for the FB motion 6 against 79." (March 13) On March 17, he breakfasted with Henry Thorton MP, whom he endeavored to convince that " … [Click Below for Full Description]
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