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Henry Quitman Traveling Abroad Part II

May 7 2015 | News

This posting is the second part of the letter Henry Quitman sent to his father in 1853 detailing parts of his travels in Liverpool and his intentions of traveling in Ireland and Scotland.  Sometimes we forget to appreciate various things about where we live - and in this letter Henry mentions how much he appreciates the sunny climate we have in Natchez.  Today is just such another one of those beautiful days - with lovely temps to accompany it.  Maybe we'll see you for a visit soon, but until then - happy travels!


Part II of June 8, 1853 letter


Tomorrow we intend to make further explorations, to visit the zoological & botanical gardens, too.  I was struck with the compactness & regularity of the buildings in this city so different from the ragged appearance of our cities but the streets seem to be laid out without design or plan, being as crooked as sheep paths & often three or four intersecting each other at the same place.  Everything leaves the aspect of age partly from being really old & partly from the effect of coal smoke which hangs continually over the city like a pall.  Suffocating & choking everything that has animal life and blackening with its dirt every object.

I am rather pleased than otherwise with Liverpool its location is beautiful on the River Mersey, with an undulating site.  It realizes my idea of the vast commercial metropolis of England.  Jordan & myself have concluded to make a tour through England, Ireland & Scotland in the first place.  We expect to go to Dublin tomorrow evening by way of Holyhead in Wales.  We wish to spend not more than three weeks in Ireland visiting such places as are most worthy of interest to an intelligent American traveler for remains of antiquities & for curiosities in Nature.  We both wish to make every portion of our tour conducive to our instruction as well as amusement.  It is our intention to keep a journal of everything worthy of note that we may see as well as of such thoughts & impressions caused by what may come under our observation.

I have often heard of the damp, dismal, dripping climate of England and we had a fine experience today; it does not seem to rain but merely to drip lazily from the misty clouds of coal smoke.  What a climate to live in; no sun, no fine bright glorious weather such as we have at home; nothing but mist, clouds & rain.

I receive your letter to the care of W. corning after my return from Albany, and within too short a time of my sailing to answer it.  I am very glad that Mr. Robb thought of forwarding us duplicates of any letters of credit as it will save us from the possibility of annoyance or inconvenience.  I will write from Dublin & advise you of my designs & I wish in your next you would enclose me any views or suggestions that you may think would be of service to us in  our tour.


Your very affectionate son,

          F. Henry Quitman