By Claude August Crommelin
No longer lengthy after the top of the yankee Civil conflict, a filthy rich younger Dutchman via the identify of Claude August Crommelin launched into a travel of the younger kingdom, vacationing New England, the center Atlantic States, the higher Mississippi Valley, and the war-ravaged South. His relations connections allowed him to satisfy 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 prepared eye for element and a genial writing variety. on hand in English for the 1st time, Crommelin’s booklet presents an illuminating outsider's account of the U.S. at a pivotal aspect in its historical past.
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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. These elevators are enormous structures equipped with all kinds of machinery to get the grain from the railroad cars up to the several floors, where it is weighed and then stored in immense bins 50 feet deep, to be subsequently loaded into ships by means of other pipes.
Stockyards (cattle market) enormous, clean, and well-Â�equipped, but dirt and dung everywhere on the streets. (Trollope) Visited with Mrs. McLane née Scharff in the afternoon; she was out but came home later after some waiting. She received us most friendly and we had tea with her. 1 Wednesday 30 May 1866 Spent the morning with packing, shopping, and writing letters, and at 3 pm we were only just ready to begin our trip over the Illinois Central. At the depot we found a special train, which we boarded together with Osborn, Douglas, the present president, Hughitt, general superintendent, Joseph F.
Stephen’s Chapel has been restored magnificently. Dinner at Simpson’s, Hyde Park. To Her Majesty’s, £1—1 sh. for an orchestra stall. Fidelio performed by Â�Titien and Gardoni. The first named I liked much but didn’t think she is a real great star of the first rank. The second still had a very lovely voice and is clearly a most experienced singer, but without any power left; in one word he is old. Her Majesty’s is built with boxes all around, in places six stories over each other, and provided with yellow curtains.