• Page 2 of notebook belonging to Margaret (Morris) Simcox James, Dowlais, 1863

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Transcription (p.2a):

Falls of Niagra
¾ mele in width, plunges
Over the rocks in two
Columns to the depth of one
100, And 70 feet each;
Valley it contains
Five 500000 Mills.
River Mississippi four
400000 Mils And one
hundred long;
From mountain of Missour[i]
[I]t is three hundred And
fifty feet high and –
Two meils in circuit
The longest railroad in
The world is the Pacific –
Railroad over 3000
Miles long;

Note: Mile(s) spelt: mele, mills, mils, meils, miles

Translation (p.2b):

It’s awful to think
Of the number of [our] sailors
are drowned, every year
In 1868, 2,488 drowned
In 1869, 2,821 drowned
In 1870, 3,411 drowned
In 1871, 2,206 drowned
The total is 11,016
Mr Plimsoll believes that
Four fifths of [the]
2,700 who drown every
year needlessly;

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