European Journal of Charles K. Landis
Founder of Vineland
July 29, 1874.
Went to office, 1 Leadenhall St. Attended to business. Stephens of the firm of Stephens and Grellier made a demand of £140 per an. as a surety in attending to the business of Vineland. This is a change of the contract when they have shown no ability. All has been done by myself. At 6 o'clock went down to Grohman's place. I fear he found me poor company. Retired at 10 o'clock. Slept coldly and had a poor night.
July 30, 1874.
Came up with Grohman. Have almost decided to change my agency. Fear that I have got among unsuccessful people. Went to office and attended to business. Felt ill all day and came to my room in the afternoon and had a nap which refreshed me. Got letters from Belfast, returned. Heard from my sister and from Mr. Burk. Went to the Langham Hotel in the evening and sipped a lemonade. Remained there until 9 o'clock and then returned to my room to bed, to toss and dream all night.
July 31, 1874.
Went to office in Leadenhall St. Correspondence dull. Went to see Stair, who at one time applied to me for an agency. Lunched with Grohman. Think I have sadly missed it with my agents. No go in them. Dined at the Criterion Grill room. Went to the Langham Hotel for an hour or two. Afterwards I went to a Music Hall and saw some good performers. Before this called upon M. Dulcide R. de Fontanier, 16 Brook St., and arranged to take some French lessons. He charged four guineas for twelve lessons. Commence tomorrow. I can at least try to learn French.
Was informed by Stair that T. M. Mackey, to whom Mason recommended me, and who got me into this agency, was a sympathizer with the Secessionists during our Civil War and wrote articles against the North in the London Times. I wish I had known this before.
August 1, 1874.
Went to Leadenhall St. A German in the Isle of Jersey wrote about purchasing 500 acres, but wants twelve years' time. Went to see about maps that I am getting out. Took my first French lesson. Think that if I had had about a dozen lessons when a boy, would now by this time have understood French. One sees the way to learn. As it is, I am making rapid progress. Invited my teacher to lunch at the Cafe Royal. Spent a pleasant hour with him. He is an intelligent Frenchman and very gentlemanly, but looks sadly poor.
In the evening attended the Cogers Club. They were speaking of the labor strike and speaking of the agricultural laborer as a man who might migrate. I could not help making a little speech, in which I spoke of his rights in the country that his labor supported. First, the extravagant lord; second, the gentleman farmer who took most everything. That the laborer had a right to a fair share of the production, and that if some of the lords should migrate, there might be some chance for the laborer to live. Not very well received. Retired at 12 o'clock. Looked at the French Hotel d'Europe in Leicester Square during the day. Think I may go there tomorrow.
August 2, 1874.
Concluded not to change hotels for the short time I will stay. Went at 12.30 and took French lesson. In the afternoon went to Seneaton ( ?) to Grohman's house. He came for me. Spent a pleasant evening in conversation. Retired at 12 o'clock.