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Domestic Manners of the Americans

Although British Dame Frances Trollope did not have much good to say about her travels in America in the nineteenth century, and her adventures might be a caution to anyone thinking about relocating to Cincinnati – she did praise one of my favorite places…

“…Maryland (1830) was delightful…Strawberries of the richest flavor sprung beneath our feet; and when these past away, every grove, every lane, every field looked like a cherry orchard, offering an inexhaustible profusion of fruit to all who would take the trouble to gather it…It was the flowers, and the flowering shrubs that, beyond all else, rendered this region the most beautiful I had ever seen. No description can give an idea of the variety, the profusion, the luxuriance of them…I have gathered a branch less than a foot long, and counted twelve full bunches of flowers on it…The dogwood is another of the splendid white blossoms…”

It must have been Spring.

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2 thoughts on “Domestic Manners of the Americans

  1. Good for Maryland. Thank you for reminding me of this book, one which I enjoyed. Frances Trollope did have a hard time in Cincinnati, as did Harriet Beecher Stowe, who came to town about the same time Trollope was leaving it. Stowe lost several children to a cholera epidemic in Cincinnati.

    I grew up in Cincinnati in the 1930s and 1940s and by then it had become a cultural center with a university, art museum, symphony orchestra, summer opera. I enjoyed all these things — and the hogs were gone. Just Proctor & Gamble, making soap.

    • Thanks for the inspiration to find the book and for the update on Cincinnati – certainly has changed since Trollope’s time. I have not been there – only seen its website – and, of course, have heard of its infamous baseball player, Pete Rose.

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