England in 1815: A Critical Edition of The Journal of Joseph by Alan Rauch (eds.)

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This room also contains a great many suits of very ancient armor preserved in the highest perfection. The attendant generally gabbles through the history of these curiosities in a dull monotonous tone, and should you unfortunately ask him a question in the middle of his story, you must have the patience to hear it all over again, as they never can tell where they stopped. One of the effigies of a king whose armor had been taken off to be repaired had a dirty old bed blanket thrown over his head and shoulders.

It is interesting to conjecture whether at twenty-six years of age, when this journal was written, he would have acquired a greater ability to express his thoughts; a more considerable knowledge of social, political, and economic conditions; and a keener power of observation if he had had the advantage of modern educational methods. JOSEPH BALLARD CROCKER. December, 1912. THE JOURNAL OF JOSEPH BALLARD 27 Jour nal of Joseph Ball ard March 12–November 9, 1815 On Sunday the twelfth day of March One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifteen,6 I sailed from Boston on board the Ship Liverpool Packet, Samuel Nickels commander, bound for Liverpool, England.

Still, given that Ballard’s visit occurs at the midpoint of the Regency, it is worth appreciating how extreme the behavior of the younger George, then Regent, (and his brothers) could be. As a young prince of only twenty-one years of age, George had disgraced the crown by marrying in 1785—without permission58—the much older Mrs. Fitzherbert who had at least three strikes against her. First, she was Catholic, which was unthinkable for a future king who would also serve as the head of the Anglican Church.

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