THESE open - air concerts showed that there was a natural taste for music in the
English character , and when we look at the composers who then flourished , and
at the singers who expounded their works , we must own that the dawn of the ...
Author: John Ashton
Category: Clothing and dress
"Steam was in its very babyhood; locomotives, and steamships, were only just beginning to be heard of; Gas was a novelty, and regarded more as an experiment, than the useful agent we have since found it; whilst Electricity was but a scientific toy. Commerce was but just developing, being hampered by a long and cruel war, which was borne with exemplary patience and fortitude by the nation. The Manners, Dress, and Food, were all so different to those of our day, that to read of them, especially when the description is taken from undoubtedly contemporary sources, is not only amusing, but instructive. The Newspapers of the day are veritable mines of information. Rich sources, too, to furnish illustrations, are open, and I have availed myself largely of the privilege; and I have endeavoured, as far as in my power lay, to give a faithful record of the Dawn of the Nineteenth Century in England, taken absolutely from original, and authentic, sources." --Preface.