European Journal of Charles K. Landis
Founder of Vineland
August 3, 1874.
Returned from Seneaton at 9.30 o'clock. Went to Leadenhall St., and got a letter from home, from Mr. Burk. This is the London Bank Holiday. Took French lesson at 12.30. Took another at 5. Invited the teacher to the Criterion to dinner. He has been an artist, a singer. Went to his lodging and met the German musical composer, Ch. Luders. The Professor sang several of his pieces. He is a great admirer of Bryant. This was pleasant to me, as I know Bryant. Left at 12 o'clock and walked all the way home.
August 4, 1874.
Went to the office in Leadenhall St. Received two newspapers from Vineland. "The Advertiser" has been enlarged. Returned to room and read French lessons. Went out to go to the Consul's office and met P. T. Quinn, of Newark, N. J. Was glad to see him. He will be here a very short time. He invited me to lunch. Afterwards he introduced me to Mr. Robinson, editor of "The Garden." Also to Mr. Bowie's news room, where I spent several hours. After this took my French lesson. I invited Quinn to dine with me at the Langham Hotel. We dined at half past sb Invited him to the theatre to see "The School for Scandal." It was well put upon the stage. Rode home in a hansom, where I arrived at 12 o'clock.
August 5, 1874.
Went to Leadenhall St. Nothing doing. Took French lesson. In the evening saw the Grand Duchess at the Lyceum Theatre. Only tolerable.
August 6, 1874.
Went to office. One letter from Ireland. Saw Grohman and made ar angements for our trip to France and the Tyrol. Took my French lesson. In the afternoon called upon Mr. Pearce at the office of the Temperance Alliance, 52 Parliament St. I went with him to visit Shaftsbury Park, a place where a building company is building houses for working men, clerks and others. The tract consisted of forty acres and was nearly all built up with beautiful little houses. Streets well made, planted to shade trees. Houses with a patch of garden in front of them. They are rented at a moderate sum, or sold payable by easy instalments. The company has been very successfully paying dividends of seven per cent, and now owning several estates. It is the grandest and most beneficent enterprise that I have seen in England. Il was conceived, started and executed in fact by a plain man of the name of William Twindlehurst. He got a lot of nobility into it to give it character, but it also gives them character. Lord Shaftsbury is president of the company, Twindlehurst (dreadful name) the manager.
Called upon Cook, the great travelling agent, with Mr. Pearce. Made an appointment with him for tomorrow to talk over my Vineland business. He may give me valuable hints. Bought my ticket of him for Paris. Went to Timpson's and met Quinn. Went with him to the Strand Theatre and saw "Paul Pry" played. Was very much amused. Got home about twelve.
August 7, 1874.
Rose not feeling well. Went to the office. Grellier not there. Strange way of attending to business. Got a letter from my sister. Called on Mr. Cook of Cook's Tours. He recommended that an emigration agency be formed through the medium of the Temperance Alliance, and stated that he would join in it but could not give it attention until November. He is of great administrative genius and it is an object to have his influence. Must consider what I shall do. Bought another French book. Remained in the house all evening and packed my trunk.
August 8, 1874.
Anniversary of the Founding of Vineland. What are they doing at home today? Left at 7.35 A. M., Victoria Station for Paris via Newhaven and Dieppe. Had a rough passage and was very sick. At Dieppe had an adventure. A lady had left her seat and left her things upon it, when a big Irishman or Englishman came in and insisted upon taking possession of it. I ordered him out, he refused, and I collared him. He said he would put me in prison. This was a more forcible argument than blows, so I called the guard and he put him out. Stopped at the Hotel L'Etranger, No. 3 Rue Vivian at the recommendation of a passenger I met. A young Englishman also came there who intended to go elsewhere. He is full of prejudice. Took supper, a short walk, and went to bed.
Paris, August 9, 1874.
Had cafe au lait. Visited the Louvre Hotel and looked at the rooms. Did not like them so well as where I am staying. Walter P. Ryland, Birmingham, living at the Redlands, Erdington, met me at 11.30 o'clock, and we visited the Invalides together, and mass in the chapel. It was an impressive sight to see the old soldiers.
Walked back and breakfasted. Then started for the cemetery Pere le Chaise by omnibus, but before we got there rain came on and we turned back. In the evening visited a French ball, but returned in an hour or two, fatigued with walking about. Also visited the Madelaine in the afternoon and heard Mass. Dined in the Palais Royal.
Paris, August 10, 1874.
Called on H. Genestal and Delzons, to whom I had a letter of introduction from Mr. Colchester, passenger agent of the White Star Line. I explained to M. Delzons that I wanted to establish an agency in France for the sale of my lands. He was willing to take hold of the matter, and appeared a very excellent person. Made arrangements with him at once. Wrote the advertisement to try in the papers. Breakfasted with Ryland. In the afternoon called on Delzons again. At five o'clock dined in the five franc dining place upstairs. Had a very good dinner. Went to the theatre opposite to see a play called "Life in Paris." The play was amusing, but the house was badly ventilated and stifling hot. Toward the end of the play it made me very sick. Had to drive home in a cab. Called today also upon Drexel Harjes and Co. Registered my name and address.