Vincent Otto Nolte.

Fifty years in both hemispheres; [microform] or, Reminiscences of the life of a former merchant. Translated from the German online

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pay, and was abandoned afW three nsonths' publication.

During my editorship, I waa often told to attend to the
views of the " Hamburgh Exdiange," bat never could ind out
where they were expressed. Every man had his own ideas; .
and the political ideas of merchants are of but little value, aa they
result not fh>m a co^opoUtan way of thinkkig, but simply firom
the consideration of private interests, and it is very sddom that
a merchant's opinions are founded upon the general wdl being of
the mass.

1 now returned to my " System of Assurance and Bottomry ;"

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•FINia* 481

began on October 2, 1849, givea up until January, 1852, and
then finisbed in fiiree months. I had begun thia woric in mj
seventieth year, and finished it in my seventy-tliird. Its recep-
ti<m by the public has proven its usefulness, and therefore I may
be allowed here to rq>eat the closing words:

^'My greatest desire in publishing a work, the difficulties of
which no man can comprehend, is to free myself from all iUusioDs
about my own force, and to prove that I have not over estimated
my capabilities. If it be true, I shall enjoy the pleasing con^
sdousness that my life, so full of action, has left behind it some
traces of usefulness."

The dose of my life is probably not &r ofl^ and in writing the
last lines of this volume I would say a word about these sketohfBS
from life. For the great mass of readers they will possess but
little interest, but for those who have known me, this work may
awaken a fresh interest in the past, nor will it be unacceptable to
them to walk with me along that varied way which I have tra-
velled for so many years. This I deemed their due and mine,
and for it I hope that this work will not be quite ov^ooked*

Hamburgh, May, 1858.

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Thb reader must bear in mind that this work is a translation, and that the
free uBe of personalities is indulged in by a foreigner, and a man who has
evidently formed hasty conclusions.

The financial aUusions to Edward Livingston and Mr. Davezac are upon
matters not thoroughly understood- by Mr. Nolte. They belong to the political
animosities of the past, and would have been suppressed were it not ooosidired
that the duty of a translator is £uthfulness to Ins text

The allusions to General Scott's appearance in Paris, after the battle of
Wa-terloo (page 249), were na doubt occasioned by ill-feeb*ng for some fimcied
sli^bt, growing out of the circumstances described below — ^whicb has been fiir-
nisbed, from recollection, by a' gentleman who was in Paris at the time, and
was personally cognixaut of what be states.

General Scott, soon after the battle of Waterloo, was in Paris. France,
then occupied by more than half a million of hostile troops, did not be-
long to Frenchmen. Some of the British regiments which had been with
General Roes and Admiral Cockbum, at Washington, were now quartered
in Paris, and, as a pleasant conceit, got up a dmner in that capital, to cele-
brate the anniversary of the burning of the national buildings [civil], the
archives and library, in the capital of another hemisphere. Hundreds of
other British officers, of high rank, were present, as approving guests. This
continued want of shame on the part of the Vandals, fired (General S.
with indignation, and he employed months in arranging a retaliatory cele-
bratioa Receiying the hearty support of the American officers, and many
other citizens, then in Paris — ^Mr. Jackson, Charge d'Afiaires ; Colonels Dray-
ton, M'Ree, Thayer and Archer; his aid-de-camp, Major Mercer, his oom-
panion, N. Leathenworth, Esquire, of New York, <fec. ^ <fec Aa, — General &,
passing by the war events in 4hich he himself had participated, fixed upon the
8th of January — ^the first anniversary of the battle of New Orieans — ^when
some ninety Americans met, to give yent to their feelings. It is possible that
Mr. Nolte, as a resident of New Orleans, may have been called upon to sub-
scribe ; but if not, he, certainly, being on the spot, learned the whole history
of this dinner. General S. presided. The leading or retaliatory toast, was, of
course. General Jaektan and his gloriout defence of New Orleans! given by
Soott with warmth, and all the circumstances which enhanced the victory and

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IMik^ mm neglected that oould gire poblicitj and erlc< to tiie reteliatko.
Tlie elaboraU prqpaiwtkNie were meotiooed m the hig^
GemiaD cirelee^ with whieh Gea Seott and his Ainerieaii friende were od the
moet emieaUe terme. Hie ffM JMert wae the plaoe eeleeted for meetiQ^
where the allied iovereigM>whM fa IHufi^ had hahil^
Wtl< of the BritJAenyre were daily to be eew, fa January, 181»— (Bertiemwrf
metamontli kter>— Lord Hlffi head-qovterm wttii a battalkxi of hoiMhold
troope» wae withfa half pvtol shot; all the Americao offiecfa were mfidleoe-
tame, Aa,Aa,Aa,Aa, General S. drew \xp a loll aeoooot oi the toiler, whioh
Tk$ Obfi<<t<iidofMi;tho«igh a liberal paper, did not dar« to p«il)^
eeneonhip) till the name of & Edward PiAenham Q» bong Uie brotbar^
law of the Duke of WeUiDgton) was eipo^ged, aa weU aa the relaliTe nom-
be|p engaged at New (Meane—becaiMe of the great ezoeea on th^Britnh ride.
Oea On howerer, at the ezpeoie of aome gcdneaa, oanaed the faE aoeoont to be
pobiiihed, aa an adrertieement, fa one of the London joanMJa. SoeKnodoiibt^
were the gromidi of Hr. Nolte's ane^m at the Ameriean wu^ general (knr
rank eertaiolyX fa a crowd of field mamhala, fiiU generala, and lieotenuft g«D-
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Online LibraryVincent Otto NolteFifty years in both hemispheres; [microform] or, Reminiscences of the life of a former merchant. Translated from the German → online text (page 46 of 47)