By George Cadogan Morgan, Richard Price Morgan

In July 1789 George Cadogan Morgan, born in Bridgend, Wales, and the nephew of the distinguished radical dissenter Richard cost (1723-91), discovered himself stuck up within the commencing occasions of the French Revolution and its effects. In 1808, his kin left Britain for the US the place his son, Richard rate Morgan, travelled largely, made a descent of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers by means of raft and helped construct a number of the early American railroads. The adventures of either males are comparable the following through letters George despatched domestic to his kin from France and during the autobiography written via his son in the USA.

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However, the Commander rode up to us, expressed his concern for our embarrassment with great polite­ness, and beg’d that we would pardon the little excesses of a people who had just thrown off their fetters. We found that the armed force which had stop’d us belonged to a small town which had followed the example of hundreds more; and with swords and bayonets were determined to teach the Priests, the Noblesse and the King that they were human beings as well as themselves. indd 20 10/10/2012 1:39:00 PM 21 travels in revolutionary france Once again, Morgan appears extremely sanguine in the face of real potential danger.

George Cadogan Morgan’s letters are indeed a vivid slice through one historical moment, but they resonate well beyond the summer of 1789. History is full of such echoes and premonitions. In 1794, shortly before Tooke and Hardy were tried for treason at the Old Bailey, the young author Amelia Alderson wrote from the Morgan household in Southgate to a close friend in Norwich. In her letter she sounds out of sorts, apprehensive – ‘for the state of the times and other things press upon my mind continually’.

3, p. 122, and Richard Price Morgan’s account below. For details of Nancy’s family, see Thomas Hurry-Houghton, Memorials of the Family of Hurry of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and of America, Australia, and South Africa (Liverpool, 1926). George Cadogan Morgan,‘Observations on the Light of Bodies in a State of Combustion’, Philosophical Transactions, 75 (1785), 190–212. This is the paper referred to in the incident at Chantilly, p. 10. ), Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society (London, 2010), pp.

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