Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Struggles Through Life, Per Lieutenant John Harriott

Struggles through life, exemplified in the various travels and adventures in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, of Lieut. John Harriott ...[author] (1808) was mentioned in the "true crime" story told in "The Maul and The Pear Tree, by P.D. James and T. A. Critchley.

"My father had served in the navy, and afterwards was a  master of a merchant ship; my grandfather was the last of the family that was born at Brigstock, in Northamptonshire, where the family had lived for several centuries; and the end of the town, where they resided as tanners, went by their name. When the estate
was sold to the Duke of M---, part of it being copy-hold, the title-deeds were traced back in the family as far as William Rufus. That is all which I have to boast of concerning ancestry." 

...a passage about a voyage To New York...

I took my first bias for travelling, or going to sea, from reading Robinson Crusoe; and, when I was little more than thirteen, sailed as a midshipman on-board a ship of war, bound with a convoy of merchant-vessels for New York, in company with another frigate, bound to the West Indies, with a similar convoy; having orders to keep together until we arrived at a certain latitude, this was early in 1759.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Jalna And Its Author

Jalna, by Mazo de la Roche, is, according to Wikipedia, "the first of a 16-novel family saga about the Whiteoak family. John Cromwell directed a 1935 film adaptation, Jalna. In 1972, it was filmed for television as The Whiteoaks of Jalna." [link added]

Jalna Revisited, from exhibitions of the Museums of Mississauga, included the following information:

"The first three years of ‘Masie’ Roche’s life were spent in Newmarket at her grandparent’s and were followed by as many as seventeen moves."

"Another contributing factor in forming Mazo’s early life was the constant poor health of her mother. Mazo’s autobiography is filled with many examples of sacrifice in order to please her mother...".

"Caroline Clement was Mazo’s cousin but also her best friend and life-long companion [link added]. In Mazo’s autobiography, Ringing the Changes, she starts the book saying “Although I did not realize it at the time, or for many years afterward, that January day in my maternal grandfather’s house, was the most important day of my life”. It was the day Caroline came to live with her family." 

A review of by Dorothy Livesay of Ronald Hambleton's Mazo de la Roche of Jalna, here.

Per the Mazo de la Roche Society:

 "The creation of the Jalna books is the most single feat of literary invention in the brief history of Canada's literature."

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Long's Expedition Stopped At Fort Osage

Photo Taken At Fort Osage

James's Account of S. H. Long's expedition, 1819-1820, Volume 17 By Stephen Harriman Long, Thomas Say:

On the voyage up the Missouri, a party was detached from the steam-boat at Fort Osage, with instructions to proceed across the country by land, to the Konzas village, and thence to the villages of the Pawnees, on the river Platte, and to return on board again at the Council Bluffs.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ups And Downs

Ups and Downs was set in Detroit (one of Edward Evertt Hale's "poorer" volumes):

The review:


Saturday, January 10, 2015

James Power's Colony In Texas

Jim's Photo - Texas (Not The Colony)

Lots of Land mentioned the following:

JAMES POWER, a native of Ireland, and James Hewetson, a resident of Monclova, contracted on June 11, 1828, with the legislature of Coahuila-Texas for the introduction of two hundred families, half Irish and half Mexican. The central government gave its permission for the colony to be located within the ten-league coastal area.

From this source:

The upper boundary of the Power and Hewetson colony extended well into the present county of Goliad... .