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Home Thoughts from London by Ann Lucas, (November 1994), E332.2 .A5 1994N

Identifier: id3985

Scope and Contents

Diary entries from Ellen Randolph Coolidge’s travels in Great Britain in 1838-39 serve as a record of the political, social, and artistic life of London, ranging from the national loyalty to young Queen Victoria, to the tasteless nature of superfluous columns in architecture. Her adventures in London, the English countryside (Cowes), and Edinburgh evoke memories of life in Virginia. She recalls tales of Europe told by Martha Randolph (educated at the convent in Paris) and Thomas Jefferson (educated in Edinburgh and resident and guest of many nations) and praises the character and service of both relatives. She ends with a list of what she will miss of London: the order, privacy of a big city, the abundance of conversational stimuli, the great art. But she (always politically astute) acknowledges the blessings of life in America, which possesses "natural and political advantages ... where every man may rise to the level of his talents and his merits."


  • E332.2 .A5 1994N


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From the Collection: English

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