British soldier

Joseph Chamberlain

Methodist evangelical minister in England, teaches eternal suffering for those not repenting sins and accepting Christ, founds the Salvation Army in 1865 to help the poor, expands to 58 countries with Booth as “army general.”

Henry Morton Stanley, likely a made-up name, survives after being abandoned as a child in Wales, and makes his way to New Orleans in 1859 at age eighteen. He is swept up into the Confederate Army when the war breaks out and fights at the Battle of Shiloh, where, after being captured, he enlists in the Union Army for eighteen days before being discharged. He decides to become a reporter and joins The New York Herald in 1868 as a foreign correspondent. As such he journeys to Africa to solve the mysterious disappearance of the missionary, David Livingston. He is accompanied by a young slave boy he adopts named Kalulu (shown in the photograph) and is later knighted for locating the Doctor and for his subsequent adventures in Africa.   

Horatio Nelson

John Russell, Earl of Kingston

Governor General of Canada (1847-54) and laterViceroy of India (1862-63). The orders destruction of the Old Summer Palace in Beijing during the Second Opium War in 1860.Type your paragraph here.

Soldier in kilt with feather hat

Dubar and Chinese class

Opium man with clever

Stratford on Avon photos

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Alfred Lloyd Tennyson (1809-1892)

Florence Nightingale


Duke of Wellington

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Reverend Thomas Binney

Royal ancestry, but father a modest vicar, at 20 wins prize for poem at Cambridge U, father dies and money troubles, to London, 3rd publication poems including Locksley Hall, break through, secedes Wordsworth as Britain’s Poet Laureate in 1850, marries, two sons, ’55 Charge of the Light Brigade, first poet to earn peerage

Bishop Edouard Dubar

Man from China

Only British PM (1874-80) born a Jew; founds modern Conservative Party, for neutrality in US Civil War, while Liberal Gladstone was pro-CSA. Close to Queen Victoria.


French Jesuit Bishop (1826-78) served as missionary in 1846 in Peking.

Robert Peel ​(1788-1850)

Queen Elizabeth

James Bruce - Gov. Gen


Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618)

Charles Dickens

Lord Granville

In 1803 at age 14, James Sharman of Yarmouth is forced into  service on a British warship. Two years later he is aboard the HMS Victory when the French invasion fleet is defeated by Lord Nelson. James helps carry Nelson below decks after his mortal wounding, and wins the medals he displays in the photo for his actions.

Trafalgar Square

James Sharman - Trafalgar on Victory

Earl Grey​(1764-1845)

Nelson's ship HMS Victory

English explorer under Elizabeth I who attempted to found a viable colony in Virginia in 1587. Subsequently executed by James I.

Oxford, guided by Wellington, Conservative Party, Home Secretary (1822-27),  Prime Minister twice (1834-35 and 1841-46), supports Lord Ashburton negotiations with Webster leading to Treaty on US-Canada borders, founder of British police force.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English Poet

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)


Dr.David  Livingston

British Editor Mark Lemon


Henry Morton Stanley

W. H. Russell

Carlyle is from Scotland, Calvinist, intellectual, essayist, satirist, moves to London ’34, writes The French Revolution: A History, link to Emerson, existentialism, “great men” theory of progress,  opposes democracy and favors hero autocrats, Nietzsche-like themes, writes Occasional Discourse On The Negro Question in 1849, arguing in favor of slavery or serfdom so the lazy work for a living, extols Frederick The Great, womanizer, rector of Edinburgh U, global fame.

James Wolfe, killed at Quebec vs. French in 1759

Albert, the consort

John Stuart Mill

Lord Salisbury

Miguel Lisboa (1801-1889)

War of 1812 General

Victoria's family

William Booth  (1829-1912)

Tower of London


Victoria and J Brown

Gordon (Chinese)

Lord Charles Beresford

Charles Darwin

Dr. David Livingston grows up in abject poverty in Scotland, working 12 hour days in a cotton mill as a boy of ten. But his father, a Sunday school teacher, encourages his educational progress and his Christian devotion, the latter influenced by the American revivalist minister, Charles Finney, an ardent opponent of slavery. He studies medicine and becomes a minister before sailing in 1841 to South Africa as a missionary. Over the next three decades he becomes famous for traversing the continent, caring for the natives and trying to combat the slave trade. His final expedition begins in 1866 and he quickly loses all contact with western civilization. In 1871 a reporter for the New York Herald, Henry Morton Stanley, finds him alive along the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika, greeting him with the famous line, “Dr. Livingston, I presume.” He dies in Africa in 1873 and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

Victoria and baby Kaiser Wilhelm II


PM Palmerston reading book

​Photography Book



Mrs. Beresford

Horatio Nelson death scene/HMS Victory