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10th Royal Hussars

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Excerpts from the Book:  The Memoirs of the Tenth Royal Hussars

Collected and arranged by Colonel R S Liddell – 1891

Almost a month had gone by so its time for another posting.  This posting choice was picked purely because of the many colour photographs, always more eye catching than black and white.  I’ve selected an excerpt from the Preface and Chapter One of the book to illustrate with words what the 10th Royal Hussars is all about.  Enjoy.

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Field Marshall HRH Albert Edward Prince of Wales was Colonel of the 10th Royal Hussars from 1863 – he later became Edward the VII – King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

From the Preface

Field Marshall HRH Albert Edward Prince of Wales-1863

Much of the history of the 10th is bound up with the history of the country.  Much of its social life is connected to names well known to the public.  Its campaigns, and the changes which have taken place from time to time in its organisation, dress and accoutrements, are identical with those of other regiments.    These memoirs contain various episodes and anecdotes illustrative of the daily life of the regiment.

Chapter One

The 10th Regiment of Dragoons, now bearing the distinguished title of “The Prince of Wales’s own Royal Hussars,” is one of the regiments of cavalry which were raised at the close of the first year of the reign of King George I.

Since that period it has seen much and varied service; and although it has inscribed on its insignia only the historical names of “Peninsula,” “Waterloo,” “Sebastopol,”  “Ali Musjid,”  “Afghanistan 1878-79,” and “Egypt 1884,” other famous victories and military operations in which it took part might justly be added to the list of those the regiment thus officially bears, as will appear in the course of the following memoirs.

At Culloden and Minden, at Warbourg, Campen, Kirch-Denkern, during the retreat on Corunna, at Sahagum, Mayorga, and Benevente, at Morales and Vittoria, in the Pyrenees at Orthez and Toulouse, the Tenth was afforded the opportunity of upholding its reputation, took an active share, and not unfrequently bore a distinguished part in the various operations which rendered these names famous in military history.  The causes which led to the first embodiment of the regiment will be best understood by a brief reference to the history of the time.

Though the political aspirations of the Jacobite party in England had received a check in the death of James The Light Troop – from 1756-1763II.  at St. Germain’s in 1701, the hope of eventually restoring the Stuart dynasty to the throne was by no means extinguished.  The late King’s son – James Francis Edward – was looked upon by the adherents of the dethroned family as the future monarch, and at his residence at Bar-le-Duc, on the borders of Lorraine, where he held his Court, he received kingly honours, having his royal palace and Guards.  In 1716 he married the Princess Maria Clementina Sobieska, granddaughter of the famous John Sobieski, King of Poland, and her dowry, which amounted to over one million sterling, placed him amongst the wealthiest persons of the time in Europe.  Ample means were, therefore, not wanting to enable him to prosecute an attempt to recover the English throne, and in England itself the large number of dissatisfied Roman Catholics, who were naturally disposed to the cause of the Stuarts and ready to afford it material aid, gave additional encouragement to his hopes of restoring the dynasty of his family.  Many of the reigning families of Europe, moreover, recognised his claim to the throne and warmly espoused his cause.

10th Light Dragoons – from 1783-1803Louis XIV., who had always maintained close relations with the exiled Stuarts, was prepared to give tangible proofs of his goodwill by sending troops to assist the partisans of the family in their attempt to place the Pretender—as the son of James II. was designated by the Protestants—on the throne, to the exclusion of the House of Hanover.

The Napoleon Dynasty …more

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The Origin of the Bonaparte Family
Taken from the Introduction from the book The Napoleon Dynasty by Charles Edwards, published in 1852.

Charles BonaparteIt should not be forgotten that the Bonaparte Family sprang from Italian soil.  That wonderful peninsula has been the fruitful source of genius, and Empire, for nearly thirty centuries.  Whatever light the world has had, sprang from the Hebrews, the Greeks, or the Italians.  The last represent them all.  And thus we owe to them not our NEW WORLD only but all we arc and all we hope to be.  Italy no longer governs the world by arms, but she still asserts her dominion of ideas.  The intellect and the institutions of modern times have been moulded by the genius of Italy.

The object of the book is to furnish in a single volume, authentic biographies of the principal members of the Bonaparte Family.  To gather and arrange from many volumes into one, valuable, rare and interesting materials now floating on the turbid ocean of Modern History – beyond the reach of all but the adventurous, the curious, or the learned.

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The Napoleon Dynasty


The Napoleon Dynasty, 1852
The Napoleon Dynasty, 1852

Here is an introductory extract taken from the book The Napoleon Dynasty by Charles Edwards, published in 1852.  More will follow.


The Napoleon Dynasty or the History of the Bonaparte Family


The Lives of Carlo, Letitia and Cardinal Fesch

A BONAPARTE again rules France. The results of the late Revolution, have invested the character and history of Napoleon with a new and deeper interest.

Twice the Bourbons have gone down, and left a Republic in France,—and twice that Republic has given way to the Napoleon Dynasty. The struggle may not yet be over, but there are more Bonapartes than Bourbons living to maintain it.

Something greater than stars watched over the birth of Napoleon, and a power higher than fortune guides the destinies of the Bonaparte Family. No one’s history has been written by so many different hands, no one’s history read by so many eyes, as the Corsican Soldier’s. Not a generation has passed away since he died, and his name and his history, are familiarly known to more men to-day, than Alexander’s or Caesar’s.

No man has ever put forth such influence on human fortunes.  Men and nations bent before him, as willows bend when the storm sweeps by.  It exhausted and impoverished all Europe to crush him.  They chained the Eagle to the bald cliff of a volcanic rock of the ocean, among the clouds—and six years England kept a fleet to watch him, and see him chafe and die; and then they opened his body and took out his vitals, and were sure he was dead—and then they excavated a grave in the rock, and welded his coffin in by strong bars of iron, and then they watched the place for twenty years.

And when at last Europe was no longer afraid of the dead Eagle’s ashes, she let France take them back to the banks of the Seine.

They had stolen the young Eagle from the parent nest, and carried him away among strangers, where he pined, sickened, and died.  Europe then thought she could breathe free again.


Images from the 19th Century


Tradesmen’s Tokens

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The Tradesmen’s Token series of images caught my eye when looking through todays Flickr set Images from the 19th Century.  There’s a humourous story surrounding them as written about in this excerpt from The Gentlemen’s Magazine – Volume 31 – March 1849 page 248:




FEW of your antiquarian readers are unacquainted with the small “Tradesmen’s Tokens” current in the seventeenth century. During the period of the Protectorate and the Restoration they abounded, and the necessities of the time gave them an extensive local circulation. The earliest known date is 1648; in 1672 they were suppressed by royal ordinance; and, if we may judge from dates, the largest numbers appear to have been issued in 1665 and 1666, the period of the “greate fyre” and the plague. Pinkerton has spoken of these pieces with the utmost scorn, disdaining them as utterly unworthy of notice; but we are not of those who yield to the dictum of that learned pedant. Many of them are of very neat workmanship, and interesting as illustrative of costume and heraldry; others are of a political or satirical character, while some describe trades and occupations, a few of which are now obsolete; to say nothing of them as records of old localities, and the orthographical designation of towns, buildings, and streets, now swept away by the ruthless hand of time, the great fire, and the no less devastating march of modern improvement. As illustrative of old London, they abound in interest.

The Token delineated above, which we have selected for illustration, was issued by the master of a tavern or public-house at Hockley in the Hole, in the county of Bedford.

The “sign” is one that dates from the period of the Reformation. Not only were learning and argument then employed in exposing the fallacies of the Popish system; but, in the fierce contentions of the time, scurrility and buffoonery were resorted to, as auxiliaries well adapted for prejudicing the common people. The conclave of cardinals was irreverently designated as a ‘set of old women’, and hence “Old Mother Red Cap” became a popular sign with the vulgar and the profane.

George Hall may have been a Puritan, and probably intended the device on his token to convey a sly sarcasm on the orders of the Popish priesthood. There is considerable ingenuity in the pictorial management of the device. If Popery were in the ascendant, the publican might aver that his token represented merely a tapster with the symbols of his occupation in his hands. On the other hand, the sign might be regarded, as it was obviously intended to be, as a caricature of a cardinal bearing the elements of the Eucharist. Transubstantiation was one of the points most fiercely contested.

Yours, &c. B. N.

* Mr. J. Y. Akerman has now in the press a work on the “Tradesmen’s and Tavern-Tokens of London in the Seventeenth Century,” which promises to be of considerable antiquarian and historical interest.


There are more in this series, so keep a watchful eye out for follow up postings.

The Chautauquan



The Chautauquan

We’ve got 652 images from 10 early volumes of the Chautauquan, they’re grouped together on Contact Sheets and published to our Flickr Photostream and also as a Flickr set.  The Contact Sheets contain a random selection of images from these several volumes.

The Chautauquan, first published in 1880,  was a monthly magazine devoted to the promotion of true culture – Organ of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle.

These images are from Volumes 5 (1885), Volume 8 (1888), Volume 9 (1889), Volume 10 (1890), Volume 11 (1890), Volume 14 (1892), Volume 15 (1892), Volume 16 (1893), Volume 19 (1894), Volume 57 (1909).


Images and Contact Sheets



A History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States

by William Dunlap c.1918

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Of the millions of images and graphics within our library a small percentage are online.  Its quite a big job to identify, tag and categorise them, so we thought we’d use Contact Sheets to publish them initially.  Although the individual images aren’t yet tagged and a full size image isn’t yet available, the contact sheet is useful as a stepping stone and a teaser of whats to come.

We’re publishing Contact Sheet sets to our Flickr photostream, each contact sheet set is labelled with the publication or book title and contains a random selection of images, illustrations, plates, photographs, hand drawings and graphics – collectively called ‘images’.

Our first Contact Sheet contains images from A History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States, by William Dunlap.  First published in 1884 it served as a primary source of information for the student of early American art of the time.  Dunlap’s opportunity for gathering facts regarding the artists who had preceded him was limited, and his own judgment in many instances was biased by the professional opinions and personal envy of others.


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A History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States

by William Dunlap c1918

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