Voyage to California (13) – John Jackson Lewis – January to March, 1851


These accounts of travel in 1851 must surely put present day complaints about transport problems into perspective.

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(1) John Jackson Lewis, (2) Edith May (Lewis) Rider, (3) Marian Faith (Rider) Irwin, (4) Marian Dunlop (Irwin) Guion, (5) Judith Anne Guion.

The following are transcriptions of John Jackson Lewis’s diary and journal of his voyage to California in 1851. He was travelling  from New York to visit his older brother William in San Jose.

Diary

Spent most of the day in writing. A number of persons, bound for San Francisco, combined to-day for the purpose of trying to get a passage at a reduced price, and in the evening 22 tickets for the New Orleans were contracted for at $75, each to be taken out tomorrow morning. Tickets have been selling at auction today in the streets, for $52-$76. A number of miners returning from Cal. passed through Panama on to-day. They do not give very encouraging reports, but they generally look healthy though rather rugged.

Journal

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New Research Suggests Child Abuse Leaves Imprint On Victims’ DNA


A fascinating if formidable prospect; nevertheless, it is progress, and may clarify much that now confounds us.

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A new study from Harvard University and the University of British Columbia suggests that people who experience abuse as children may carry imprints of that trauma inside their cells, leaving ‘molecular scars’ on its victims.

The study, which is entitled “Exposure to childhood abuse is associated with human sperm DNA methylation”, was published today in Translational Psychiatry. The research team assessed the DNA of 34 men, and found significant differences in methylation between victims and non victims.

Methylation is a biochemical process which acts in part like a dimmer switch on genes, affecting the extent to which a particular gene is activated or not. Epigenetics, or the turning on and off of genes, is a growing area of interest for scientists, who believe the process is influenced by external forces, such as a person’s environment or their life experiences.

The researchers decided to look for methylation in sperm cells…

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Peabodys and Duryees – Don Stanley Writes to Ced – September 16, 1946


This is truly how history is made – families interacting with each other and recording those interactions. This is all the more amazing when it involved pen on paper and the process of mail being carried across country, countries and oceans.

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September 16, 1946

Dear Ced –

Trust you are contentedly plucking icicles from your beard whilst counting the revolutions of one prop and another. Do not forget to reverse your parka come next grass.

Heard about the Great Flight, and your short visit here at 10 Perry. Was sorry that I was unable to be here at that time, but due to an unavoidable condition of water and distance, had to miss you. Guess you have already heard of our Christmas visit at the now fully domesticated Guion Home in Trumbull. Had a good time there, and was glad to have been able to see those of your family that were present. Haven’t been back up that way again, but expect to sometime in the near future. Very near.

(In this space consider the usual questions pertaining to your health and general condition, etc., fully and adequately entered.)

But now…

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Police Scotland’s own hate crime


I was always brought up to respect law and order, but now in my later years as an octogenarian, I have learned with some sadness to treat the police and the law with more than a little scepticism after witnessing the appalling miscarriages of justice enacted upon old friends, now also in their eighties.

They have suffered so much because of the corruption that is endemic among those who are supposed to uphold and enforce the law and laws meant to protect the society in which we live.

Doubtless the internet, with its immediate access to so many homes and individuals, has raised public awareness about problems that have always been there, but about which we have been totally ignorant.

Communication has never been easier or quicker.; allowing us to access more than our forebears could ever have believed possible. This must present quite a problem to those who want to keep us in ignorance – especially when it lets the cat-out-of-the-bag on their shenanigans.

I don’t doubt there are many uncomfortable seats and red faces among those doing their damnedest to keep the lid on their misdeeds, but I also believe the truth will out in the end no matter how much the schemers plot to keep it under wraps. Let’s raise our glasses to the liberation of truth.

JohnAllman.UK

Following the Reverend David Robertson’s excellent example, along with at least one other person so far, I have reported to Police Scotland a hate crime committed by Police Scotland itself.  I used the online form that is here.   I encourage you all to do the same, even if you don’t live in Scotland.  (Read on to find out why you don’t have to live in Scotland to report the crime.)

The hate crime concerned is the printing and display of the poster depicted.  The victims of the hate crime are the people of faith against whom this intimidating, threatening, offensive, stereotyping, alarming and distressing hate-speech poster incites the reader to religious hatred.

I actually reported the poster twice, because the online form’s design compelled this: once in my capacity as a witness of the crime, and a second time in my capacity as a victim of the…

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Police Scotland’s own hate crime


I was always brought up to respect law and order, but now in my later years as an octogenarian, I have learned with some sadness to treat the police and the law with more than a little scepticism having witnessed the appalling miscarriages of justice enacted upon old friends, now also in their eighties.

They have suffered so much because of the corruption that is endemic among those who are supposed to uphold and enforce the law, and the laws that are meant to protect the society in which we live.

Perhaps the internet, with its immediate access to so many homes and individuals,  has raised public awareness about problems that have always been there, but about which we have been totally ignorant.

Communication has never been easier, or quicker in allowing us to access more than our forebears could ever have envisaged possible. This must present quite a problem for those who want to keep us in ignorance – especially when it lets the cat-out-of-the-bag on their shenanigans.

I don’t doubt that there are many uncomfortable seats and red faces among those who are doing their damnedest to keep the lid on their misdeeds, but I also believe the truth will out in the end no matter how much the schemers plot to keep it under wraps. Let’s raise our glasses to the liberation of truth.

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