The Englishwoman in America by Isabella L Bird

By Isabella L Bird

In 1856, Isabella chicken released The Englishwoman in the United States, the 1st of what will be many books of her travels world wide. Adopting a tone of aloof bemusement, she describes intimately the hardships and annoyances of her travels by way of sea from England to Halifax, and at the street to Boston, Cincinnati, and Chicago. The book's 20 chapters are packed with keenly saw and entertainingly advised tales of pickpockets and baggage thieves, greasy resorts, and american citizens who're very well mannered, yet have the unlucky behavior of spitting at the ground. poultry admits to sharing the unfortunately prejudiced view the English have of the United States, yet however unearths a lot to love and appreciate during this new state bustling with ethnically varied immigrants jam-packed with power and bravery. The Englishwoman in the US is a superb travelogue that provides a full of life and private glimpse into mid-nineteenth-century the United States.

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I may particularise Dr. Jenkins, for many years chief minister of Charlotte Town, whose piety, learning, and Christian spirit would render him an ornament to the Church of England in any locality. Even among the clergy, some things might seem rather peculiar to a person fresh from England. A clergyman coming to a pause in his sermon, one of his auditors from the floor called up " Propitiation;" the preacher thanked him, took the word, and went on with his discourse. The difficulty of procuring servants, which is felt from the Government House downwards, is one of the great objections to this colony.

On our way we came upon an Indian in a bark canoe, and spent much of our strength in an ineffectual race with him, succeeding in nothing but in getting aground. We had very great difficulty in landing, 48 VISIT TO THE INDIANS. CHAP. III. and two pretty squaws indulged in hearty laughter at our numerous failures. After scrambling through a wood, we came upon an Indian village, consisting of fifteen wigwams. These are made of poles, tied together at the upper end, and are thatched with large pieces of birch-bark.

A fearful catastrophe happened to the Fairy Queen, a small mail steamer plying between these ports, not long ago. By some carelessness, she-sprang a leak and sank; the captain and crew escaping to Pictou in the ship's boats, which were large enough to have saved all the passengers. Here they arrived, and related the story of the wreck, in the hope that no human voice would ever tell of their barbarity and cowardice. Several perished with the ill-fated vessel, among whom were Dr. Mackenzie, a promising young officer, and two young ladies, one of whom was coming to England to be married.

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