In introducing the subject of this article the writer is not quite sure whether an apology is due to its Baders.
Captain Marryat was at one period of his career in very bad odour in the states. During his visit in 1837 the newspapers declared that they would lynch him. He was burnt in effigy and copies of his novels were thrown to feed the flames. He himself wrote, “I shall be tarred and feathered yet before I get out of the country.” They though he was a “spy,” intent on making a book ridiculing the American nation, and he did not improve matters by a speech he made in Toronto. As a matters by a speech he made in Toronto. As a matter of fact he had no idea of being offensive, as the subsequent reconciliations proved. Boston took him to its heart, and the New England Galaxy came out with a headline, “Marryat at Boston Boy,” and went on to point out that his maternal grandfather was Frederick Geyer, an eminent merchant of that city. His mother Charlotte and her two sisters were born on Summer Street.