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London Letters home

Thursday Sept. 8: London Letters Home with Penny West at 7:00 pm

This talk and slide show by Penny West, author of “London Letters Home” will present a glimpse of four years in the life of Gus Farley, of the Ipswich Farleys. He shipped to London as a teenager, apprenticing as a tea taster, preparing to join his cousins’ firm of Augustine Heard & Co. from China – 1861-1865. Gus’ letters describe the daily workings of the mid-19th century tea business in London, the different political perspective of the English about the American Civil War,  and hint at his coming of age there.