This view of the Manship House side porch prior to foundation repair, shows how seriously out of level the structure had become. Over the years, the unstable Yazoo clay caused the foundation to shift over thirteen inches out of level. Now that the foundation repair has been completed, the house has been successfully stabilized and is level once again.
The installation of the new cedar roof is now underway at the Manship House Museum. Last March, a powerful hailstorm hit Jackson, causing extensive damage throughout the area. Windows in the Manship House and Visitors Center were broken, paint chipped off exterior surfaces, and cedar shingles on the nearly completed roof were split and broken. The roof sustained substantial damage and required replacement.
The old shingles are removed in sections, as the new cedar shingles are installed. New copper flashing replaces the hail damaged flashing around chimneys and in gutters. The roof will look much like it would have when the house was constructed in 1857.
Travelers in the nineteenth century often took food along on their journeys. As the Manships prepared to depart for their trip abroad, family friend Mrs. Mary Barrows sent a cake for them to eat on their long voyage to Scotland. On the reverse side of the recipe for silver cake, Mrs. Barrows wrote the following note to Mrs. Manship:
Mrs. C. H. Manship
As you seemed to like my cake the other evening, I send you one made by the same recipe, for your lunch; hoping it will be acceptable.
With many good wishes for a pleasant voyage, I am
Mary M. Barrows
May 19th 1874
Charles Henry and Adaline Manship arrived in St. Paul, Minnesota on August 31st, 1874, just days after the birth of a new granddaughter. They spent the next two weeks enjoying the company of their oldest son and family, and visiting some of the local attractions. Early in the morning on September 15th, they boarded the train for home, and arrived in Jackson late in the evening September 17th, weary, but happy to see their own family after a long journey abroad. Charles Henry Manship continued writing daily journal entries until they reached home.
Monday, Aug 31st 1874
…Arrived at St Paul at 5 20 oclock P.M. where taking cab were soon in company with our son Charly & drove to his home where we found his wife in bed with a Daughter 4 days old. Each of them being as proud of it as young parents usually get to be on such occasions. After a good wash had tea & early to bed for a good nights rest something we had been strangers to for quite a time.
Monday Sept 14th 1874
Was occupied in making our preparations for our early start next day for our home having calls to make & to receive ocupying most of the day. Lizzie & Mrs. F coming up in the evening with Luncheon for our travels which was very nice…
Wednesday Morning Sept 16th 1874
Found us at 7 oclock at the beautiful city of Chicago beautiful in her Ruins and Mortgages. Mortgages covering in all probability every cents-worth of property in her great limits. Still Chicago is the Queen City of the Earth, the Style & Grandeur of her buildings almost defies competition. Our transit through the city carried us directly thro the old Burnt district and reminded me of the sad appearance of our own doomed little city of Jackson after our Northern brethren had paid us their friendly visits during the late unpleasantness, So called…
Thursday Morning Sept. 17th 1874
Found us on the south side of the line in Kentucky, on the Mississippi Central RR all along which road to Jackson the blighted and terabil drouth had done its work, most effectually leaving the husbandman scarcely any fruits of his toil, it was indeed sickening…
…at 10 oclock & 40 minutes brought us to anchor at our Station at Jackson where our Girls & some few friends were in waiting & after a hearty embrace started for home, awoke the children and had a kiss around a cup of tea & at 1/2 past 12 went to bed & had a good nights rest
End of journal entries.
The Manships traveled aboard the Utopia, reaching New York City after a twelve day journey at sea from Glasgow, Scotland. After spending one night in New York, they traveled by rail to Niagara Falls and continued on to Chicago, where they admired the new buildings constructed after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Charles Henry and Adaline sent Kate home on the train, and continued on toward St. Paul, Minnesota to visit their son and new grandchild. Charles Henry described their travels in his journal:
Thursday Aug 27th 1874
Found us at quarenteens at the port of New York all well. We put at the Pacific Hotel where we stopped on our outward bound trip. Got good airy front rooms. Went up to Glewarts in the afternoon & made some purchases was at home to tea & early to bed having lost much rest the later days of the voyage. Had a good nights rest & was much refreshed thereby.
Friday Aug 28th 1874
Went up & bought my tickets and after attending to some little business returned to our room & completed packing up preparatory to a start at 7 oclock P.M. by Erie Rail Road through by way of Niagara Falls & Canada taking RR Coach at Jersey City at Seven oclock PM
Saturday Aug 29th 1874
After a hard nights run and abortive efforts to sleep, reached Niagara Falls & crossed Suspension Bridge in full view of all the falls but at such a distance as to listen very greatly the grandeur of the Scene. Changing Coach for Detroit again under way & the P.M. reaching Detroit at 10 P.M. without change of car for Chicago where we arrived at 8 oclock next morning all well.
Sunday Aug 30th 1874
Went to Hotel & at 8 1/2 oclock took breakfast went to our room washed up a little and made an effort to rest. Not very successful however. I took a strole for an hour through what is called the old burnt district, now generally replaced by for the most part Magnificent buildings I have seen in Europe or America indeed Chicago is unsurpassed as far as splendor & quantity of fine buildings all considered. In the afternoon my wife Kate & myself had another strole around the city for over an hour and were amazed at the truly grand display in architecture on every hand. Returned to our hotel, had Tea and at 8 oclock PM seated Kate on train for Home. Wife and Self taking 10 oclock train for St Paul.
The Manships departed from Glasgow Saturday, August 15, 1874, aboard the ship Utopia, bound for New York. Their journey began with waves “running to mountainous proportions,” for the first few days, as Charles Henry Manship described in his journal. The rough sea caused many to become seasick, including Adaline and Kate Manship. They passed the time playing games and discussing issues of the day, and often ended the evenings with music and singing around the piano. Manship described the journey in his journal:
Monday Aug 24th 1874
Off the Banks of Newfoundland. Smooth sea but long heavy swell wind from S.E. light & balmy. Sun refused to arise clear this morning at 9 1/2 oclock. Commenced raining all have a locked up some playing checkers some chess & others writing up their travels. Kate better this morning & out to breakfast but tooth still aching. A child of one of the steerage passengers died today and berried soon after sunset, we were out at the funeral in the rain a short prayer by Rev. Mr Scott and the poor little child was let down into the great ocean. We are within 48 hours run now of N. York of course all anxious for the end of the voyage. The voyagers with very few exceptions are quite agreeable & the time has been passed rather pleasantly.
Tuesday Aug 25th 1874
Sun arose bright and beautiful this morning with light wind from N.W. all sail spread & a light sea. Everybody cheerful and anxious to see the shore. Kate still quite bad with the tooth ache. Not out to breakfast up to lunch and feeling better passed up to 4 p.m. 5 ships. Mother Careys chickens [storm petrels] in quantities are following our ship today all the passengers out the day being bright and pleasant this the first day the birds have followed us. At 3 1/2 oclock a little sparrow came on board & is flying about the rigging, much to the amusement of the little children & indeed every body seems happy except Kate who is still tormented to some extent with her tooth.
After nearly three months abroad, Charles Henry, Adaline, and Kate Manship bid farewell to their friends in Glasgow, and boarded the ship Utopia, bound for New York. Charles Henry recorded their departure in his journal:
Saturday Aug 15th 1874
Being the day fixed for our departure, we were early astir packing & getting ready to leave. At 12 oclock were on board our good ship all the friends down to see us off, the parting was painful to us all in the extreme, all feeling so imposed that we would scarcely meet again Especially the older ones of us. At 2 oclock p.m. our mooring were cast loose and we were afloat for our far distant Home amid tears and the waving of handkerchiefs. Slowly but steadily we lost sight of those dear friends who by their multiple acts of kindness had so entwined themselves around our hearts. Reaching Greenock at about 4 oclock found a lighter with a large freight which consumed nearly 5 hours in getting aboard at 9 oclock we were again under way at 10 1/2 went to bed all being quite well, but still sad parting.
Sunday morning Aug 16th, at 6 oclock reached Morell where were detained about 3 hours awaiting steamer from Londonderry. Got underway about 9 oclock with about 60 persons in the cabin and maybe 200 in the steerage. The day bright & beautiful but fresh breese ahead the wind gradually arise to quite a heavy blow and towards night the sea was running very high indeed higher than we had seen on our trip out at any time the sea running to mountainous proportions. Every body almost sea sick, Kate very sick and much alarmed. Mrs. M sick but not aparantly much, I came up to the present I had no sickness gut occasionally quamish – went to bed but the roughness of the sea allowed of little sleep almost every body sick only 4 at my table.
Charles Henry Manship celebrated his 62nd birthday July 31, 1874, in Scotland. He described the day in his journal:
Glasgow July 31st 1874
Went to the Clyde & examined the Steamer Utopia which had arrived the previous day. She is a beautiful steamer about the same tonage of the Bolivia. We expect to sail in her for America on 18th August. Returned to the house at 1/2 past 2 oclock, had dinner and at 3 oclock started for Edinborough where we arrived at 6 in the evening – Were taken to the residences of Mr James S. Smith son in law to our friend Mr James Smith. We were very kindly received by the family. Spent a pleasant evening and being a little tired went to our beds early.
Edinborough Aug 1st 1874
After a very refreshing sleep had breakfast at 9 oclock and had a drive around this grand old city, the seat of learning and elegant life for Scotland. We were driven to all the places of importance passing up Princes Street by the celebrated Scotts Monument Museum and many other fine Structures on our way to the Castle [Stirling Castle] which is built upon an Eminence rising 7 to 8 hundred feet above the Sea and is a Marvel of Natural Grandure. On the side facing the city & the sea is perfectly perpendicular defying approach in these directions to the Summit but is of easy access from the rear a good carriage road up to the Castle gate. Here we have a most splendid view of the city, the sea at two miles distance and the multitude of high hills & mountains surrounding the city in the rear. We went into several of the apartments noted for events in the far back history of Scotland…
After the Manships returned to Glasgow, Scotland, they toured the city of Sterling upon the invitation of Mr. George Ure, a business associate of James Smith. Manship described their visit in his journal, in his own words:
Tuesday July 13th 1874
Mr Geo Ure Sen[ior] invited my wife & self to visit the old historic City of Sterling we accepted & at 11 oclock his Splendid Waggonette was at the door with his footman as driver and his Coach Dog as outside. Convay to this ancient and highly renowned old City a drive of nine mile brought in to the Hotel where we alighted there leaving our wrappings proceeded at once to Sterling Castle hear from its grand old dizzy hights a view incomparable break on this vision. A beautiful valley of about 2 miles wide with a Serpent like winding of the River extending as far each way up and down as the eye will reach. With lofty mountains reaching away up into the vast heavins in beautiful variety of lofty & still more lofty peaks all of which have their names and are closely linked in some terabel conflict of romance, War & poetry. Oposit Sterling Castle & about Midway across the valley beneath rises Abby Craig wheron stands Bruces Monument, a beautiful specimen of Monumental Architecture. This Craig rises 400 feet high & is about 40 feet higher than the castle hights as we were informed at this point, being as it were the throat of a great vally between the North & South of Scotland Most of the great conflicts have been had and hear they have usually ended in favour of the Scotts in the castle we were shown many curious relics, the Pulpit from which Knox preached & his communion table, the chair where sat Mary Queen of Scotts & some other Sovereign. We each sat down in thou old chairs. Bought a fine mentory [momento] of the castle, after a ramble through the old castle grounds & looking at the great old structure returned to the Hotel and dinner then taking a Hack had a drive through the best part of the city and around the base of Sterling Castle. It was as wonderful from below as its top…
After two weeks in Belgium, the Manships returned to London, where they spent two weeks exploring the world’s largest “modern” city. They enjoyed the hospitality of James Smith’s close friends and relatives who lived in London. Charles Henry Manship wrote about their experiences in a letter home:
…Well after spending over two weeks on the Continent of Europe we returned to London where we remained about two weeks more. I think I have already told you much that we saw whilst at Brussels and points we visited there and on the Rhine, so I shall only tell you something more of London. We were the guests of Old Mr. Smith + Mrs. Dobson from whom we received the very kindest attention Mr. Smith + his family staying with Mr. Thin. All of these kind friends being much at leisure gave us every attention carrying us to every place of interest in the great, this Enourmous [sic] City of London. Mr. Thin was [illegible] attentive to me and knowing every place and everything perfectly, was a very great advantage he carried me to the Bank of England + having friends there I was enabled to see the workings of this great depository of the money of most of the world and as a matter of curiosity held within its walls Bank notes in my very own hands to the amount of millions of Gold, but unfortunately for me I had to come away and leave right there where I handled it. He carried me to the Old Tower of London where I saw the wonders of the past History of England, the costumes and armes [sic] of all the Reigning Kings + Kingdoms from its earliest History down to the present day, all kept in the finest order. I also saw the little close rooms where the State Prisoners were kept until taken out and had their heads chopped off + saw the Block and axe that was used in the amiable taking off. Hear [sic] many men and women of Historic fame lost their precious heads. We were at a great many picture galleries. With Thousands + Thousands of the finest kinds of paintings + sculpture. We were at the Crystal Palace one of the most wonderful structures in the world + is a small world within itself as all the novelties and queer things posabil [sic] for this world to produce is seen here, its size I cannot give you but is very large as you will certainly say when I tell you that the orchestra seats 5000 performers very comfortably + has an organ in it equal to a large three story house. It is made exclusively of Iron + Glass has within it beautiful flower gardens, and even some quite large trees growing. It has an aquarium of several hundred feet in length with all the strange Sea fish + Sea monsters known. With Fountains and Every conceivable Splendour [sic] that the imagination can conger up + outside beautiful pick nick parks + grounds and still it does not meet the wants of this Great city and another is now being built even more spacious + grand….