WNC History Timeline

www.childers-shepherd.org, 19 Aug 2010
A copy of this book belonged to John Wesley Shepherd, and has been handed down in the Shepherd family.

The Preface page includes this inscription in longhand, green ink, at the top : "Purchased by -- John Wesley

Another inscription follows at the end of the Preface, this in pencil longhand: "Mr. Riddle . . . Be a good boy and
always study your lessons and help Shep to learn Physology. PLC Dec 91".

The book is still available by digital reprint at the University of Michigan and Amazon.com.

Some of it is still very timely:

"Mankind is a great brotherhood, differing slightly in form, feature, and color, but essentially the same in having like feelings,
affections, duties, and desires. We are not taught in the Moral Law to love our friends, our family, our race, and our color alone; we
commanded to love all men". Page 29.

"Differences in worship.--There is a marked difference in the forms of worship in the synagogue, the cathedral, the church, and the
meeting-house, and if the Jews, the Catholics, the Episcopalians, or the Friends will open their doors, that we may witness their
ceremonies, the least that we can do in accepting their invitation is to behave in a becoming manner. No more serious offense can
be committed than to show disrespect to any person's religious faith, especially in the house dedicated to the worship of God. As
our attendance there is an entirely voluntary matter, we shall be inexcusable if we injure the feelings of any by an apparent disregard
of the sanctities of the place." Pages 211-212.

And some if it is fascinating for the glimpses of times and ways gone by:

"The cup and saucer.--It was the custom, formerly, to place a little dish at the side of the plate, for the purpose of receiving the cup
when the tea or coffee was poured into the saucer. The liquid was poured out to facilitate its cooling, and was drank from the saucer.
The cup-plate was a convenience to prevent the soiling of the table-cloth. Now, however, the cup-plates have gone out of use, and
people are expected to drink from the cup, after removing the spoon to the saucer. It is considered very impolite to pour out the coffee
or tea, and place the cup on the table cloth. When we drink, we should not gaze around the table.' Page 233.

Jewelry.--A profusion of rings, chains, pins, charms, and gilt gewgaws is not in good taste among well-bred people . . . .
A party of some sixty Americans were traveling for pleasure in Europe. When in the vicinity of Odessa, a city of Russia, on the Black
Sea, it was suggested that they should make a visit of courtesy to the Emperor, who, with his brother and their families, were
spending some time at their beautiful residences near a watering place called Yalta. The Emperor invited them, with the assurance
that the visit would be agreeable to him and his family. As the party was too large to enter the house, the reception was made in the
open air, under the shade of trees. 'The royal family came out,' writes one of the party, 'bowing and smiling, and stood in our midst.
With every bow, his majesty said a word of welcome. He said he was very much pleased to see us, especially as such friendly
relations existed between Russia and the United States.

'The Empress said the Americans were favorites in Russia, and she hoped the Russians were similarly regarded in America. She
talked sociably with various ladies around the circle. The dukes and princes, admirals and maids of honor dropped into
free-and-easy chat, first with one and then with another of our party, and whoever chose, stepped forward and spoke with the
modest little Grand Duchess Marie, the Czar's daughter. All talked English.

'The Emperor wore a cap, frock coat, and pantaloons, all of some kind of plain white drilling, cotton or linen, and sported no jewelry
or insignia of any kind. No costume could be less ostentatious. The Empress and the little Grand Duchess wore simple suits of
foulard silk, with a small blue spot on it. The dresses were trimmed with blue. Both ladies wore broad blue sashes about their
waists; linen collars and clerical ties of muslin; low crowned straw hats, trimmed with blue velvet; parasols and flesh-colored
gloves.The Grand Duchess had no heels upon her shoes. I do not know this of my own knowledge. I was not looking at her shoes,
but one of our ladies told me so. I was glad to observe that she wore her own hair, plaited in thick braids against the back of her
head.' " Pages 190-191.

Lacing.--If all the women insane on this subject were in the asylums, the accommodations would have to be largely increased. The
habit is a general one, and very injurious. . . . If prolonged, there is no knowing to what malady tight lacing may lead. Its most
apparent effect is an injured digestion, and consequent loss of appetite. . . . A small waist is rather a deformity than a beauty. To see
the shoulders cramped and squeezed together is anything but agreeable. The figure should be easy, well developed, supple. If
nature has not made the waist small, compression can not mend her work." Pages 183-184.

oys and men lacing.--But it must not be supposed that the female sex alone is guilty of this folly. There are a great many young
men and boys who seem desirous of emulating their sisters in this absurdity. All that has been written above will apply with equal or
greater force to those who neglect to wear suspenders. The shoulders of both sexes should perform the office of supporting the
clothing, and any other method is unwise and injurious." Page 184.
Good Morals and Gentle Manners
by Alex Murdoch Gow
Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co., (Wilson, Hinkle & Co.)
Cincinatti, Ohio and New York, New York