Monthly Archives: February 2015

John VI

I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. The following story is about John VI of Portugal (1767 – 1826), who is a monarch I know next to nothing about. Please let me know if you have any stories … Continue reading

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Little Badass

I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. "John Clem was only 10 years old when he ran away to win the Civil War. ('It was necessary that the Union should be preserved,' he later wrote, 'and my help … Continue reading

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Bitchy Victorian Writers

It is a well-known fact that writers are sometimes total bitches to each other, especially when egos get involved. The below are a few examples: William Makepeace Thackeray, on Charles Dickens 'Dickens doesn't like me; he knows that my books … Continue reading

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Coincidence

I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. "In April 1819 the French slave ship Rodeur set sail for Guadeloupe from the Bight of Biafra with a crew of 22 men and 162 slaves. After 15 days, a disease … Continue reading

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Charley Parkhurst

I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. "Excerpt from an obituary for stagecoach driver Charley Parkhurst, published in the San Francisco Morning Call, Dec. 28, 1879: 'He was in his day one of the most dexterous and celebrated … Continue reading

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Aurora Borealis of 1859

Just a quick one today. This is another one of those stories that floats around Victorianist circles. I don't recall the first place I heard it. In 1859, there was a geomagnetic storm so enormous that it produced auroras (on … Continue reading

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Easy Peasy

I found the below story in Judith Schneid Lewis's In the Family Way: Childbearing in the British Aristocracy, 1760-1860. In my last post, I talked about the STUPIDEST depiction of childbirth I've ever read (written by a doctor who clearly … Continue reading

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