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Travel notebook of Philippe Falle detailing a visit to London which took place between the 20th of July 1840 and the 14th of August 1840. He describes his trip on a boat named the Cape which docked at London Bridge, he mentions that he walked over the Blackfriars Bridge. He talks of services he attended and that he saw the Queen [Victoria] with the Archbishop of Canterbury [William Howley] by her side, later he describes a walk to Buckingham Palace where he saw the Queen again, in her carriage and that she appeared to be pretty and good natured. He takes a trip to Regent's Park Zoological Gardens and describes his first sight of a Kanagaroo and Joey, a Boa Constrictor and an Orangutan, as well as a trip to Madame Tussaud's wax-work exhibition in Baker Street. He describes the figures of famous people of the day but concludes that the figure of the Queen appears rather mean. He writes that by some mechanism the head of Mr Cobbett is made to move. His visit continutes with an excursion to the vaults at the docks to taste port from the cask and that when they emerged they saw the Queen and Prince Albert taking their daily drive. He writes of a trip to Camberwell and of an omnibus ride her took on the way home. He writes of hearing the preacher speak on his views with regard to enslaved people. Towards the end of his visit he makes a trip by train and describes it as most pleasing. He describes a walk across Blackheath and of watching cricket and ladies practicing archery. Falle also mentions the art of photography and describes how images are made. He writes of a stop in Winchester and that he heard that Archdeacon Wilberforce [Samuel Wilberforce, son of the abolitionist William Wilberforce, and known by the nickname Soapy Sam] was newly installed at the Cathedral that very day. In the back pages of this volume Philippe Falle provides an index to each page.


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