|Mail Coach in snow|
Talking about climate change in the early 1800s? This was something of a surprise to me at first. Then I realized that this piece was written only a decade after the Year Without a Summer, during what is known as the Little Ice Age.
In that context, the theories become quite interesting.
In the discussion of cold weather in North America and Europe, you’ll notice no mention of a volcanic eruption. And can you imagine 19th century naval vessels trying to move glaciers?*
*The asterisk in the article refers to a Morning Chronicle piece I’m unable to access. Undoubtedly another publication—probably several—will have stolen it, but which one(s) and where will take some tracking down and may elude me altogether.
Image: James Pollard, The Mail Coach in a Drift of Snow (1825).
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