Brussels Attractions

On June 28, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones

Nineteenth century stereoview of a pulpit, Brussels, Belgium.

The Manships spent two weeks touring the sights in Brussels and the surrounding area.  Charles Henry Manship was particularly impressed by the architecture and its rich ornamental detail.  His journal entry for June 12, 1874, included the following:

...Passing through the arcade brought us to the street upon which the Cathedral St. Michael de Gudule where we spent about two hours, a description of this wonderful church would be impossible unless it were taken down whilst in it, there is several features that must be noticed a curiously carved pulpit designed to show the history from Adam and Eve to the coming of the Savior shown the artist to be a rare genius.  The Serpant is entwined curiously around and through a Labyrynth beautiful thought and execution commencing in the Garden of Eden and terminating at the dome of the pulpit where the head of the Serpant pertrudes and the Infant Jesus stands in triumph upon the monster head held by a beautiful female figure – - – It is certainly a masterpiece both in design and execution  The twelve Apostles are represented full size in the main aisle of the church at about 12 feet high on the collumns supporting the arches and in about twenty recesses stands a confessional where the priest can confess two at a time one to the right the other to the left and from the well worn kneeling steps many confessions have been made  There is 3 distinct ceremonial apartments, each highly enriched with relief work descriptive of many New Testament passages the Gothic windows in each about 30 feet high all also beautifully painted with some Scripture Emblims and all executed in the most exquisit style.   There is one of these apartments more exquisitly finished than the others – at the entrance of which I noted a place for contributions to get the unbelievers out of Purgetory with having no small change made no contributions.  But heartily wished the enterprise success…



Sightseeing in Brussels

On June 21, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones

Nineteenth century stereoview of the Cathedral of St. Gudule, Brussels, Belgium.

Following their ten-day voyage, the Manships spent a few days at the Smith family home.  From there, they traveled by train to Brussels, Belgium, by way of London, Dover, and Calais, France.  In Brussels they toured many cathedrals, museums, gardens, and galleries and attended performances and events.  Excursions took them to Antwerp, Cologne, and other sites in the area and to view ancient palaces and Roman ruins.  Manship described their arrival to Brussels in his journal:

…We reached Brussels at 5 & 1/4 oclock where we landed [at] the finest Passenger Depot I have ever seen anywhere.  Our party numbering eleven were detained until a deputation went up to the central part of the city to make arrangements for quarters for the whole crowd at the same house.  Taking lodgings at the Windsor Hotel temporarily.  European hotels are not equal to the Hotels of the United States any where we have been.  The table fare is medium good but the comforts & conveniences are deficient in comparison.  Brussels is noted for its laces, carpets and many other fine products.  Its iron works have a world wide fame and many articles excells [sic].  At Brussels travelers are expected to bring their soap along with them if they intend enjoying any of its clendsing [sic] effects after a dusty R.R. ride.  Knowing which our party was each armed with his or her cake of soap.  The water here is hard and some good jokes was indulged in at an effort to make the soap and water work well together.  A few of our party walked out after tea to see the beautiful display in the shop windows.  We noticed the wide use made of dogs in Brussels.  They are used to harness and are employed in doing work of the light drayage.  The milk carts are drawn by them exclusively and indeed all light drayage is done by them, and they work with a will but are certain true to their instincts and growl & snarl at any dog coming their way.

…Sunday 14th June.  Had breakfast at 8 1/2 oclock and all went to the Grand Cathedral St Michael De Guilde [sic] and listened to the great choir sing some splendid airs accompanying the service of the church.  This choir consists of one hundred of the best singers in Brussels and of course we were highly entertained.  After the Service ended we again stroled [sic] through the Wilderness of Collumns [sic] & defiles of the great building reexamining the beauties of the structure and the grand painting of the immence [sic] windows & the gilding & finish on its arched domes, which are splendid far beyond description…


Meanwhile, Back at the Manship House

On May 30, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones

Envelope addressed to Manship in Scotland, 1874. Call number Z/1129.000 MDAH Collection.

In 1874, the Manship household consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Manship and seven of the ten surviving children – all girls, ranging in age from nine to twenty-five years.  The Manships left their family in the charge of Charles Henry’s nephew Charles Clayland, a twenty-nine-year-old guard at the penitentiary.  Letters to and from Scotland were the only means of communication.  One letter home to daughters Addie and Anna reported that Charles Henry and Adaline,

…have passed through some very anxious days and hours on account of letters received from Charles Clayland relative to the serious illness of Jenny & Florence.  We had three or four letters from him in each of them till the last our fears had been much aroused for the recovery but knowing throughout that our very kind friends would be prompt and active in their attentions, and the impossibillity (sic) of any action on our part other than earnest prayer for their restoration and reliance on a merciful Heavenly father and the good offices of Dr Baly & our Dear Friends, had to await with as much patience as our anxiety would admit of for later and better news.  Well it came and the relief was that of a heavy load removed from our troubled hearts, Many thanks to those Friends who with so much promptness and zeal were with you as ministering angels.

Also living on the property were two African American domestic servants, Mose Davis, nineteen years old, and Daniel Willis, who was sixty-four.  A postscript to Manship’s letter states,

Tell Daniel and Mose to keep everything straight and all right till we get home at least C. H. M.


Journal of a Tour to Europe

On May 23, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones

Charles Henry Manship.

In 1874, Charles Henry Manship and his wife Adaline and daughter Kate traveled to Glasgow, Scotland at the invitation of family friend, James Smith.  Manship made extensive entries about the trip in journals and letters, now in the collection of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.  The following journal entry is in Manship’s own words:

Jackson Missi May 20th 1874.  My wife daughter Kate & myself started at 3 oclock A. M. for New York where we were to ship for Glasgow Scotland.  Arrived at N York on Saturday 23rd at 8 oclock A. M. put up at the Pacific Hotel.  After refreshing ourselves called at the offices of the Anchor Line of Steamers.  Secured our tickets for the trip or voyage across the Atlantic on the Good Ship Bolivia to sail on the following Tuesday, May 26th at 12 oclock hr.  This matter being disposed of we were at leisure to see as much of Gotham as Sunday, Monday & 1/2 of Tuesday would allow us.  At presizely 12 hr. Tuesday May 26th we set sail with fine weather passed out to sea at sun set.  Our beautiful ship of 425 feet length & 415 foot breadth is a masterpiece of nautical architecture.  Every part and parcel being as nearly perfection as any one traveling the great ocean.  The saloon being highly ornamental & the Music Hall above splendidly supplied with Parlor Organ, Piano, a fine Library & indeed all the comforts of life on shore or sea & being officed by Capt Morrow & a thorough Co of officers, the voyage was one of uneventful pleasure, with of course the usual, sea sickness attending a first voyage.  My wife & Kate having their full share.  Nothing of special interest occurring during our voyage except seeing the spouting of innumerable whales on the banks of Newfoundland and two or three Icebergs, two of them quite close to us.  The Cabin Passengers being from all parts of the Globe gave all the variety in that direction we could ask, the number being about 100 & Sterage passengers 175.  We made the trip in 10 1/2 days from port of N York to Glasgow, reaching the latter place at 6 oclock on Saturday morningWe found our friend Smith & his daughter Christina awaiting our arrival at the Anchor PeerMr Smith throwing to the breeze the Battle Flag of the 10th Missi Regiment Which had the effect of confusing me somewhat.  The bars in the corner of the flag being a close resemblance to the British Flag & the distance being so great as to prevent an identification of either person or Mr Smith or the Flag.  Still I could not but think it was him & a signal from him.  But as then the Pondrous ship was slowly drawn nearer & nearer to the peer, the whole mistery was solved & our Dear old Friends person identified which resulted in a wild shouting of joy from land & ship.



Manships Travel

On May 16, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones

USS Bolivia. Call number Z/1129.000 MDAH Collection.

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.


Reine des Violettes

On May 10, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones

Reine des Violettes rose in bloom.

This tough little rose bush survived the extensive foundation repair of the Manship House Museum, and is blooming once again.  Throughout all phases of the project, workmen took care to avoid damaging the plant, despite its location near the house.

The Reine des Violettes (Queen of the Violets) hybrid perpetual rose was first introduced in France sometime around 1860.  This old garden rose is an almost thorn-less variety with  fragrant  lilac and purple blooms.  A favorite in Victorian gardens, the Reine des Violettes rose was much admired for its unusual color.

Excavation work and scaffolding threaten the rose bush.


Sidewalks Return

On April 15, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones

South entrance during the re-leveling process.

Over the past several months, a great deal has been accomplished at the Manship House, and repair and restoration of the sidewalks is now underway.  Several brick walkways and large section of sidewalk were removed early in the project to facilitate re-leveling of the structure.  The walkways have been re-installed in their former locations, providing access to the front and side entrances.

South entrance after re-leveling, with reconstructed porch and steps.



Shutters Return

On April 8, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones

Manship House shutters reinstalled.

Despite the recent rainy weather, work at the Manship House has continued.  The Manship House shutters have all been repaired and painted the original green color.  All of the cast iron elements were carefully cleaned, removing many layers of old damaged paint.  Painters are at work applying primer to the cast iron and wood frame elements to prepare the surfaces for painting in the original colors.

Cleaned cast ironwork prior to painting.


Side Porch Nears Completion

On March 28, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones

The Manship House side porch, steps, buttresses, and cast ironwork were removed early in the foundation repair project to facilitate re-leveling of the building.  These features have now been reconstructed to their original dimensions.  The cast ironwork was carefully cleaned, and has been reinstalled within a chamfered wooden frame.  The porch, steps, and ironwork will be painted in the original color scheme.

The reconstructed side porch and steps.

Reinstallation of the cast ironwork elements on the side porch.


Hail Damages Manship House

On March 22, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones

The recent hail storm left a trail of destruction throughout the Jackson area, including the historic Manship House Museum.  The powerful hail storm broke windows in the Manship House and Visitors Center, and chipped paint off exterior surfaces.  Approximately eighty percent complete, the new cedar shingle roof sustained substantial damage and will require replacement.

Hail damage to historic windows.

Accumulation of hail on the Manship House roof.