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Voyages with a Merchant Prince: Secrets of the Ripley Diary Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1249 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Golden Bay Press (28 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007YT3OEY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #615,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a great book about a master mariner who has left a lasting legacy in his hometown of Lancaster. Little is known of Thomas Ripley, other than his lasting legacy of founding a major charitable institution, that has developed into a great school.
This book tells the story of how Thomas made his vast fortune in the early to mid 1800's. The story is fascinating and is based heavily upon the diary of his wife, Julia Ripley, who founded The Ripley Hospital and Trust in Thomas' name.
Ripley, a great friend and business associate of the Brocklebanks, whose family shipping firm became the Cunard line, rightly deserves this story of his life being in print.
Congratulations to JM & MF Hutchinson for bringing this wonderful diary to light!
A great book.............
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The majority of this book is taken up with Julia Ripley's account of a journey from Liverpool to China and back via Jakarta and Singapore. The account is interspersed with the authors excellent explanatory notes, which provide information on the political context, customs and even the characters they meet on the way. The effect is to give a real sense of what long distance travel must have been like in those days and how slowly information traveled around the globe. The Ripleys certainly have a tale to tell, though quite how the Ripley School feel about being founded on Drugs Money is any-ones guess. My only complaint is that the format that worked really well (Julia's journal interlaced with the authors research) doesn't extend further, though perhaps the journal didn't.
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HASH(0x9d66fb04) out of 5 stars Good Glimpse into Thomas and Julia Ripley 11 Oct. 2015
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I am happy that Julia's diary survived and was published with commentary. There was so much I found interesting from small tidbits like how many clothes Julia took on their voyage to more important facts regarding opium smuggling. The additional comments were fair, describing Thomas's (and others) good and bad characteristics.
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