Hamilton's "Itinerarium"; was "Greetings & salutations"
- Hello, all:
As Mr. Bell wrote, the "Itinerarium" is really fascinating, since the author
took the time to describe not only things like road conditions and weather,
but also the details of society he encountered, including details of town's
fortifications, town halls, number and type of churches, etc. As Mr. Bell
correctly stated, Hamilton's wit and sarcasm also make the book worth
reading. (My favorite phrase he uses is "pseudosophia", used to describe
some of the pompous self-proclaimed konw-it-alls he meets in his travels.)
I also found it interesting to note the descriptions of tavern-talk; it
seeme that just about every time Hamillton sat down to slake his thirst at a
tavern, debate on religion (especially "New Light men"), science (especially
physics) followed. Not to lose every reader, he does relate that many
times, the discussions start off scholarly, then turn to bawdy jokes and
It doesn't sound that different from some of our campfire experiences at
Pulaski's Independent Legion
>>>Message: 5Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2001 15:24:17 -0000
Subject: Re: More info on greetings & salutations
This is one of my favorite accounts of 18th-century America. Dr.
Hamilton was a keen observer, and he got to see several towns in the
middle and northern colonies. He could be caustically witty about the
people he met, but was also willing to note his own foibles.
J. L. Bell JnoLBell@...