Journeyman’s Guide to France, with Reasons for Not Staying

George Crawford:

This is a really awesome little read. As always, Chris Schwartz finds the great stuff. Without this sort of literature we would not be able to connect with our ancestors of two centuries ago.

Originally posted on Lost Art Press:


We earnestly recommend to the attention of our readers a small pamphlet, price 6d., which has just made its appearance, entitled, “Advice to Journeymen Mechanics and others going to France.” To which is added, “A Brief Account of Paris, the Price of Provisions, Rent, Clothing, Rate of Wages to Mechanics, &c. &c. By C. Best.”

The work is the result of the author’s own personal experience, and has therefore peculiar claims to the attention of his fellow tradesmen. His advice is, that our mechanics should by all means stay at home; but he gives, at the same time, such directions as may enable any of them who may choose to make the experiment of crossing the channel,—either for pleasure, or with a view to settling in France,—to make the trip in the cheapest and most expeditious way, to obtain an asylum among their own countrymen when they arrive…

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Hardship and Destiny


The Wanderer, by James Nathan.

The Wanderer, by James Nathan.

“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.”

— C.S. Lewis

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Emerson says:

Originally posted on The Muscleheaded Blog:


“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

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Seek Solutide

Eugene_delacroix“Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul… Seek solitude.”

“I must work alone. I think that going into society from time to time, or just going out and seeing people, does not do much harm to one’s work and spiritual progress, in spite of what many so-called artists say to the contrary. Associating with people of that kind is far more dangerous; their conversation is always commonplace. I must go back to being alone. Moreover, I must try to live austerely, as Plato did. How can one keep one’s enthusiasm concentrated on a subject when one is always at the mercy of other people and in constant need of their society? … The things we experience for ourselves when we are alone are much stronger and much fresher. However pleasant it may be to communicate one’s emotions to a friend there are too many fine shades of feeling to be explained, and although each probably perceives them, he does so in his own way and thus the impression is weakened for both.”

Eugène Delacroix – 1798–1863.

Pop over to Maria Popova‘s blog “Brain Pickings” and read more about Delacroix and his thoughts on solitude.  While you are there, check out the many other fine and philosophical musings of her’s.

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A Spot of Art

The Cavalier - Eduard Charlemont.

The Cavalier – Eduard Charlemont.

I like everything about this painting.  Eduard Charlemont is an easy one to spot.  Generally, his subjects are flamboyantly dressed, generally holding a drink, and often have a musical instrument; even if it’s just a drum.  I think I’m ready to be this guy.  And note the excellent little tusk-tenon bench.

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