After the Civil War, Mississippi was wracked by economic depression and political upheaval. During this difficult time, Charles Henry Manship’s lifelong friend James Smith invited Manship and his wife Adaline and daughter Kate for an extended holiday in Scotland, England, and Belgium. Charles Henry Manship wrote about this trip for many years, recounting one of the most significant events in his long life.
Departing in May of 1874, the Manships traveled by rail for three days to reach New York, where they took lodging in the Pacific Hotel on Greenwich Street. They booked passage on the steamship Bolivia, departing two days later for Glasgow, Scotland. Following the ten-day voyage, they spent a few days at the Smith family home, Benvue, a cream-colored stone villa in Dowanhill Gardens, a small and exclusive suburb of Glasgow. From Smith’s home they journeyed to England, France, and Belgium, visiting ancient Roman ruins and viewing historic castles, cathedrals, galleries, museums, and gardens.
Returning to America aboard the steamship Utopia in late August, they spent a few days in New York touring, including an excursion to Niagara Falls. Before returning to Mississippi, they traveled west by rail to St. Paul, Minnesota, to spend time with Charles Henry Manship, Jr., and his young family, including a newborn baby daughter.