By Claude August Crommelin
Now not lengthy after the tip of the yank Civil battle, a prosperous younger Dutchman through the identify of Claude August Crommelin launched into a travel of the younger nation, traveling New England, the center Atlantic States, the higher Mississippi Valley, and the war-ravaged South. His kin connections allowed him to fulfill very important humans, and his pursuits in undefined, politics, and public associations led him to watch what others would possibly not have spotted. His meticulously stored magazine unearths an inquisitive traveller with a willing eye for element and a genial writing kind. to be had in English for the 1st time, Crommelin’s booklet offers an illuminating outsider's account of the U.S. at a pivotal aspect in its background.
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26 Wednesday 2 May 1866 Walked around a bit, but the downpour made that definitely unpleasant. In the afternoon to Rochdale to see the Cooperative Spinning Mill. I had obtained an introduction for Mr. Gord, whom I found at the station. He drove me to the mill and was my guide all through that enormous factory, one of the biggest and most profitable of the whole kingdom. To what extent the cooperative principle is being applied here was not quite clear to me. The work was definitely not being executed along those lines, and what would remain is an ordinary limited company of which the shares may be in the hands of the workers.
Dr. Pusey is one of the deans of Christchurch. Everything was being sung by a choir; even the parts read were set to the tune of psalms and chanted with vigor, with the result that I couldn’t understand a single word. Continuous kneeling and standing up, much more so than I remembered from earlier services I attended. With the Credo the congregation turned to the right making all to face the altar, bowing deep at some stages in the prayer. 21 Cold and in a bad mood I arrived in Warwick, but was consoled by my stay in a typical old English inn.
Usually they can pay off the debt in four or five years, have been able to live there, and have developed their farm and equipped it with machinery. Messrs. Kinnard, Schot, Pickering, and Roberts are farmers of Osborn. 4 Had dinner with Frank Osborn at Chatsworth. Chief drawbacks here are the bad roads and lack of timber; roads are difficult to improve. 40 A Young Dutchman Views Post–Civ il War America Tuesday 5 June 1866 In Chicago. I was sick between 12 and 6, Oyens between 8 and 12 pm. Wednesday 6 June 1866 After some walking around and sampling the view over the city from the lighthouse, we went to one of the elevators where grain is being shipped.