W1256 TO DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN from his friend J.H. Whittemore
Sep 29 1872 1
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten,
From: London, [England]
My dear Mac--
I am delighted to learn that you have for once remembered my address and thru' [sic] fear that you may again forget it will add it here. Barring Bros. & Co., London until Nov. 7th, after that date I imagine it will be somewhere in America. I am glad that the pipe pleased, and hope it will color splendidly, be a little careful in smoking it for a time & do not heat it. I have one smaller, that is doing nicely. Parson I imagine will enlarge upon many things about me while I am away but I cannot deny that I was overcome in Vienna. P. & I have enjoyed much during our travels and I believe it will ever be a pleasure to look back on them as we jog along in life.
I presume that you discovered in the short time he was with you that he was enthusiastic on the [Eye?], at times he would almost get out of patience because I did not take as much interest in it as, he but as I do not intend that as a specialite [sic] I did not feel like taking the time for it, while there were as many other things in general medicine demanding my attention. I do think Grimes one of the best places to see diease & become familiar with it, and London the best to learn treatment. As Moody has told you the Dr.'s here are very kind and attentive, and express themselves honored [sic] to have us go with them. Since Moody left I have varied life by trips into the country and had for company two pretty and very agreeable American Ladies & you may rest assured that we had a fine time. I hope this week to take a tour into West of England & shall be gone about one week, that I think will finish my travels. I want very much to remain out another winter, but find that my means will not allow of it, unless I can find some person who wants a Dr. to travel with them & will pay me well. I fear such is not in store for me. Where shall I settle on my return is the great question now. Can you tell me?
Speaking of treatment I do not believe that we are far behind the age in our methods in America. Did Moody say anything about settling in Buffalo? I think he would find more there agreeable than in Titusville and besides, he would be away from the scene of his great afflictions, which still have a strong hold upon him. I do think he ought to be married again as soon as proper for I never knew a man who need [sic] a wife's care so much as he. I shall be very happy to see you on my return and imagine I may be in N.Y. at an early day, when we will talk over all we have enjoyed. I have kept a brief memoranda of every day since I left N.Y. I am very much pleased with the English people, and find that personal contact with them removes many of the unpleasant feelings they & I had. The travelled English are like our own people & scold at the selfish & ignorant ideas of those who always remain on the little island. Most of them acquiesce quietly in the Statemen's decisions, while some of the most ignorant [scold?] & bluster. They find it hard to say that they have done wrong. I rec'd the Tribune containing the article about Bloomingdale. I do not think they will make much of it, and I feel that the reporter was [armed?] just right, if anything is wrong it must be reported, and I believe Dr. Brown will be as anxious to have it done as anyone. The reporters or [journals?] in many respects are quite [lame?] and of no importance to one familiar with the [insane?] & the requisites of asylums. I do not mean to say that any of the hospitals are perfect: neither do I believe they are places where torture & abuse are permitted. One of the most difficult things to find with the ways most can pay, is to find suitable attendants.
Have you got [cooled?] off in N.Y.? We had quite warm weather here until the 19th since it has been much cooler and I have had a fire a part of the time in my room. I hope you will have a pleasant time at home & find all your family well. Are you a [Greeley?] man?2
Ever yours sincerely
[P.S.] I'll bring the pen knife.
[P.S.] of the English French Italian & German [jigs?] I prefer German, although the roast beef here is good.
1 No year is indicated in this letter, but in a letter from Vienna, W1354, Whittemore expresses his wish to be in London by August 1st 1872. Dr. Whittemore and his friend Dr. Moody went on an extended travel and study tour of Europe in 1871-1872.
2 Horace Greeley 1811-1872
In 1869, Harper's Weekly called Horace Greeley "the most perfect Yankee the country has ever produced." Editor, politician, and founder of the New York Tribune, Greeley began his career as a Whig and in 1856 helped establish the new Republican Party. Greeley advocated reform in every sphere, supporting temperance, Transcendentalism, labor unions, and scores of other, less significant causes. His ability to express his idealistic, moral positions in clear, memorable prose won loyal readers for the Tribune. In the 1840s, he urged a generation to "Go West, young man." Under Greeley's leadership, the Tribune became the first national newspaper, circulating by rail and steamboat lines, to unite the country around his moderate, antislavery position. Greeley served on the jury for the exhibition in the Crystal Palace in London.
He was an unsuccessful candidate for President of the United States in 1872, running on both the Democratic and Liberal Republican tickets, advocating non-punitive treatment of the South, but was defeated soundly by President Ulysses S. Grant. Not long after the election Greeley's wife died and Greeley lost control of the New York Tribune. He descended into madness and died before the electoral votes could be cast. He was an agrarian and supported liberal policies towards settlers.