decade: 1820

 “I deny that the family exists in a society which, on the death of the father or mother, divides up the property and tells each member to go his own way. The family is now a temporary and fortuitous association, which is dissolved immediately by death. Our laws have broken our homes, our inheritance, and the perennial of example and tradition. I see only ruins around us.”
— Honoré de Balzac

It is astonishing how much the state of the body influences the powers of the mind. I have been thinking all the morning of the very delightful and interesting letter I would send you this evening, and now I am so tired, and yet have so much to do, that my thoughts are quite giddy, and run round your image without any power of themselves to stop and admire it. I want to say a thousand kind and, believe me, heartfelt things to you, but am not master of words fit for the purpose; and still, as I ponder and think on you, chlorides, trials, oil, Davy, steel, miscellanea, mercury, and fifty other professional fancies swim before and drive me further and further into the quandary of stupidness.
—  Michael Faraday to Sarah Barnard, December 1820

On this day in 1820, William Tecumseh Sherman was born. One of 11 children he was born in Lancaster, OH near the Hocking River. His father died when he was 9, and he was raised by a neighboring family. He went on to be become a General in the American Civil War and received  recognition for his outstanding command of military strategy.

 “You might as well appeal against a thunderstorm as against these terrible hardships of war. War is cruelty, there is no use trying to reform it; the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.”

RUBY AND DIAMOND PARURE, 1820S AND LATER The necklace designed as a series of ribbon scrolls set with old-mine, cushion- and rose-cut diamonds, each set to the centre with a cushion-shaped ruby in a cut-down collet and accented with a pair of ruby and diamond florets, interspersed with old-mine diamond trefoil sprigs, length approximately 395mm, accompanied by a tiara frame, a pair of pendent earrings en suite and a ring, size 48, fitted case,