Category: Adventurers & Explorers

A Woman’s Life-Work

A title by Laura Smith Haviland, who was born in Kitley Township, Ontario. At age 16, Laura met Charles Haviland, Jr. (1800-1845), then 24 and a devout Quaker, and whose father and mother were both acknowledged ministers in the Society of Friends. Charles and Laura were married November 11, 1825. Laura’s family, along with others, […]

With Rimington

Rimington’s Guides (also known as Rimington’s Tigers or Rimington’s Corps of Guides) were a unit of light horse active in the Second Boer War. They were led by Major Rimington, later Colonel Rimington. He also led a column in the later stages of the war. The Rimington’s Guides also had the name Rimington’s Tigers due […]

Wilmot and Tilley

James Hannay (1842-1910) was a Canadian author and journalist. He studied law in New Brunswick. His works include: The Captivity of John Gyles (1875), The History of Acadia (1879), History of the Queen’s Rangers (1883), Our Country (with W. P. Dole and H. L. Spencer) (1889), The Story of Acadia (1895), Life and Times of […]

Western Worthies: A Gallery of Biographical and Critical Sketches of West of Scotland Celebrities

1872 work. Includes chapters on The Duke of Argyll, The Right Hon. H. A. Bruce, Sheriff H. G. Bell, Mr. Robert Dalglish, M.P., Mr. William Graham, M.P., Mr. George Anderson, M.P., Sir James Campbell, Mr. James Young, Mr. George Burns, Mr. James Baird, Sir William Thomson, Principal Barclay, Professor Rankine, Professor Allen Thomson, Professor John […]

Wau-bun: The Early Day in the Northwest

Wau-bun: The Early Day in the Northwest (1873), recounts the author’s experiences of life at Fort Winnebago, Wisconsin, in the early 1830s. She describes her journeys back and forth to the early settlement of Chicago and her complex cultural encounters with a diverse frontier society. The book also describes in detail the lives of Native […]

Washington Irving

Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900) was an American essayist and novelist. He worked with a surveying party in Missouri; studied law at the University of Pennsylvania; practiced in Chicago; was assistant editor (1860) and editor (1861-1867) of The Hartford Press, and after The Press was merged into The Hartford Courant, was co-editor with Joseph R Hawley; […]

Thomas Henry Huxley: A Character Sketch

Thomas Henry Huxley PC FRS (4 May 1825 – 29 June 1895) was an English biologist, known as ‘Darwin’s Bulldog’ for his advocacy of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Huxley’s famous 1860 debate with Samuel Wilberforce was a key moment in the wider acceptance of evolution, and in his own career. Wilberforce was coached by […]

Thomas Jefferson

Edward Sylvester Ellis was a major American author during the era of inexpensive fiction of the nineteenth century (dime novels). Because he wrote under dozens of pseudonyms, as well as under his own name, it is virtually impossible to know exactly how many books he wrote, but it is believed to be in the hundreds. […]

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (1858-1919), also known as T. R., and to the public (but never to friends and intimates) as Teddy, was the twenty-sixth President of the United States, and a leader of the Republican Party and of the Progressive Movement. He became the youngest President in United States history at the age of 42. […]

Stephen Arnold Douglas

Stephen Arnold Douglas (1813-1861) was an American politician from the western state of Illinois, and was the Democratic Party nominee for President in 1860. He lost to the Republican Party’s candidate, Abraham Lincoln, whom he had defeated two years earlier in a Senate contest following a famed series of debates. He was nicknamed the ‘Little […]

Souvenirs D’un Sexagenaire, Tome I

Antoine Vincent Arnault (1766-1834), né a Paris, est un homme politique, poète et auteur dramatique français, deux fois élu a l’Académie française. Ayant entrepris des études de droit, il se passionne pour la poésie. Puis il entame une carrière dramatique avec deux succès, Marius a Minturnes et Lucrèce en 1791 et 1792. Émigré en Angleterre […]

Souvenirs D’un Sexagenaire, Tome II

Antoine Vincent Arnault (1766-1834), né a Paris, est un homme politique, poète et auteur dramatique français, deux fois élu a l’Académie française. Ayant entrepris des études de droit, il se passionne pour la poésie. Puis il entame une carrière dramatique avec deux succès, Marius a Minturnes et Lucrèce en 1791 et 1792. Émigré en Angleterre […]

Souvenirs D’un Sexagenaire, Tome III

Antoine Vincent Arnault (1766-1834), né a Paris, est un homme politique, poète et auteur dramatique français, deux fois élu a l’Académie française. Ayant entrepris des études de droit, il se passionne pour la poésie. Puis il entame une carrière dramatique avec deux succès, Marius a Minturnes et Lucrèce en 1791 et 1792. Émigré en Angleterre […]

Souvenirs D’un Sexagenaire, Tome IV

Antoine Vincent Arnault (1766-1834), né a Paris, est un homme politique, poète et auteur dramatique français, deux fois élu a l’Académie française. Ayant entrepris des études de droit, il se passionne pour la poésie. Puis il entame une carrière dramatique avec deux succès, Marius a Minturnes et Lucrèce en 1791 et 1792. Émigré en Angleterre […]

South African Memories: Social, Warlike and Sporting

Lady Sarah Isabella Augusta Wilson, nee Churchill (1865-1929), was the youngest daughter of John Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough and aunt of Winston Spencer Churchill. The Daily Mail newspaper recruited Lady Sarah after one of its correspondents, Ralph Hellawell, was arrested by the Boers as he tried to get out of the besieged town of […]

Some Reminiscences of Old Victoria

Some Reminiscences of Old Victoria (1912) was written by Edgar Fawcett (1847-1923). Born in Sydney, his family emigrated to the United States in 1849 ‘father, mother, my brother Rowland and myself, in the ship Victoria’ and settled in San Francisco in 1850. They later travelled up the coast, to Vancouver Island, after the discovery of […]

A Slaveholder’s Daughter

Belle Kearney (1863-1939) was a Mississippi temperance reformer, suffragist, teacher, and legislator. Kearney was interested in education and she began teaching in the newly established public school system despite her father’s protest. Her interest in education and women’s roles in the New South made her accept being a superintendent in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union […]

Sketches from Concord and Appledore

To one looking westward from Boston State House there appears a line ofrugged, precipitous hills extending across the country from southwest tonortheast. Having ascended these heights, we perceive beyond them anirregular line of pale blue mountains, of which Wachusett is the mostsoutherly peak, and which is in fact a portion of the White Mountainrange extending […]

Samuel Johnson

Sir Leslie Stephen, KCB (1832-1904) was an English author, critic and mountaineer, and the father of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. While at Cambridge, Stephen became an Anglican clergyman. In 1865, having renounced his religious beliefs, and after a visit to the United States two years earlier, he settled in London and became a journalist, […]

The Royal Pawn of Venice: A Romance of Cyprus

Francese Hubbard Litchfield (Mrs. Lawrence) Turnbull (c1845-1927) was an American author. She was the wife of Lawrence Turnbull (1821-1900), an American publisher. Her works include: The Golden Book of Venice (1900) and The Royal Pawn of Venice (1911). ‘Among the day-dreams of the Rulers of Venice the island of Cyprus had long loomed large and […]

The Resurrectionist, and the Spectre-Smitten

My gentle reader-start not at learning that I have been, in my time, a resurrectionist! Let not this appalling word, this humiliating confession, conjure up in your fancy a throng of vampire-like images and associatiors, or earn your ‘Physician’s’ dismissal from your hearts and hearths. It is your own groundless fears, my fair trembler! -your […]

The Reminiscences of an Astronomer

Simon Newcomb (1835-1909) was an astronomer and mathematician. Born in the town of Wallace, Nova Scotia, Newcomb appears to have enjoyed no formal education beyond his short apprenticeship to a charlatan herbalist in 1851. Son of Emily Prince and itinerant school teacher John Burton Newcomb, Newcomb studied mathematics and physics privately and supported himself with […]

Rembrandt

Illustrated Biography of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) who is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period that historians call the Dutch Golden Age (roughly coinciding with the seventeenth century), in which Dutch world […]

Recollections of a Long Life

Reverend Theodore Ledyard Cuyler (1822-1909) was an American clergyman and author. He graduated from Princeton in 1841, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1846. After preaching at Market street church, New York, he was installed the first pastor of the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian church, Brooklyn, in 1860. During his ministry he was also a prolific […]

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