Moore, E. Carey
Manuscript Diary of E. Carey Moore, former Consul General to Mexico, kept while on a trip to England, while acting as broker for mining and landed interests in Mexico, dated 1890

12mo, 205 manuscript pages, bound in the original quarter black leather, gilt stamped cloth covered boards, written in ink, in a legible hand. The diary consists of 1 page per day entries. The diary was kept from January 1st to July 24th, 1890. The rest of the pages are blank, with the pages for October 8th to December 18th, 1890, torn out. There is no indication that these pages were ever used. The pages upon which Moore records his entries are generally full page entries.

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The diarist, E. Carey Moore, is a prominent American citizen who has gone to England on business. He is travelling with his wife Elizabeth ("Bess"). He attends some very important social events and visits and dines with an elite crowd. His business has to do mainly with property and plantations in Mexico. He appears to be a broker who is abroad looking for investors in coffee plantations, rubber lands, mining and other interests, or negotiating the sale of large operations there.

While the diary is not signed, internal evidence shows that our diary writer is E. Carey Moore, Consul General to Mexico from 1887-1889. The diary picks up right after he leaves the consul's office at the end of his appointment and travels to London. The travel diary begins with the arrival of  Moore and his wife in Liverpool, England, from the steamer "City of Paris" on January 1st, 1890. After a night of rest at their hotel room, they immediately the next morning call on Robert Todd Lincoln, who at this time is the U.S. Minister to Great Britain. A little later in the month he calls on Lincoln again to acquire tickets for the funeral of Robert Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala, who died on 14 Jan 1890 and was buried from St. Paul's Cathedral.

On the same day Moore originally called on Lincoln, he also called on John C. New, the U.S. Consul General. John Chalfant New (1831-1906) was a United States banker and lawyer who held a variety of government positions, including Treasurer of the United States from 1875 to 1876. He was US Consul General in London from 1889 to 1893.

The diary continues with an entry for everyday from January 1st to July 24th, until he arrives back in America aboard the steamer "Lahn" on July 25th, 1890. There are a few shipboard entries going home.  A ship passenger manifest for the Lahn (available on shows the ship originally leaving from Bremen, Germany and picking up 102 passengers at Southampton, England. The diary reveals that Moore and his wife board the ship Lahn at Southampton and arrived in New York on July 25th, identical to this ship passenger manifest on "E.C. Moore" and "wife" are amongst the passengers who boarded at Southampton, as seen on the ship manifest.  The manifest also mentions they were in London and that they were U.S. citizens.

The New York Herald of 18 Oct 1889, states that "Ex-Consul General E. C. Moore," was leaving Mexico City for London, by way of the United States. This trip to London would appear to be the trip described in this diary.

The Congressional Serial Set, for 1890, shows the U.S. Consulate expenses for 1890 listing the monies paid to E.C. Moore, whose residence is listed as Mexico. The "Mexican Mining Journal, August 1, 1908" shows that an E.C. Moore has resigned as superintendent of the American Mining & Milling Co., Guanajuato, Mexico.  Moore is likely to be the E. C. Moore that was listed as being from Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, and acted as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Missouri in 1876 and 1892.

Some of the companies, estates, and plantations mentioned by Moore in the diary are: Tepis; Colonia Coffee Plantation, a property in Tamaulipas; the "Gonzalez" property; Canara and Escuadron Coffee Plantations; and Rubber Concerns in Liberia. He appears to be an international broker for Central and South America and elsewhere, apparently using his connections from his wife's family and as Consul General to Mexico for two years, in order to secure British investors capital in Mexican mining and other interests.

Moore also mentions that his boyhood days were spent in Paris where he lived with his brother and some others, apparently going to school there. Moore mentions attending an event of social importance that happened on May 31st (see quote below). It was the "American Testimonial Banquet" held in honor of the great explorer Henry Morton Stanley. He states he even obtained Stanley's autograph while there. In 1890 a complimentary Dinner was given in London to Sir Henry Morton Stanley after his return from the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition. Sir Henry Wellcome was honorary Secretary of the Committee which organized the Dinner.

Sample Quotations from the Diary:


"January 1st,

Happy New Year to us all. During the past night, the good steamer, "City of Paris" reached Liverpool and anchored in the harbor. This morning we were around rather early in order to have us ready for debarkation. About 8 the tender came alongside and we were taken over to the custom house where our baggage was mildly inspected. I had to pay 5 shillings duty in cigars. Came to Adelphi Hotel. Took a room and went to bed, not feeling at all well. Apparently a bilious, malarial attack. Been coming on several days."

"January 6th,

This A.M. took a cab and called on Mr. Robert Lincoln, U.S. Minn., Mr. John C. New, U.S. Consul Gen. and one or two others, including Mr. Gent. Got back to the hotel about night. This eve. Mr. Shiver came in and smoked and talked with me."

"January 15th,

This evening we went to the Grand Hotel where we met Mr. and Mrs. Gent. We dined with them by previous invitation and afterwards in the same way we went to Toole's Theatre with them and heard Toole & Co. play "The Don" and two other small plays. One infernal piece of small meanness exhibited at said theatre consisted in this: An usher (female) handed us programs which we took in the innocence of our hearts. Immediately afterwards Mr. Gent had to pay for them six pence apiece. 2 shilling for the 4.  An outrage. We ought to have had presence of mind enough to have handed them back. Mrs. G. had a slight fainting spell just at the close."

"January 21st,

Today Lord Napier of Magdala was buried with great pomp and ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral. Bess and I went in company with Miss Vinnie Shriver. Some trouble getting in, but we finally all got in. I missed my appointment with Mr. Richardson. Called on Mr. Renshaw who gave me a line of introduction to Mr. Beeton. Went to see him at his office and this eve after dinner went to his house and had a long talk with him in business. Got back to the hotel rather late."

"February 12th,

This evening by invitation I went to Sir Clement Hill's about 8 o'clock and participated in an elegant dinner given to me. I met, at dinner besides our best Sir Arthur Birch, Mr. Balfour, Mr. Coates and Mr. Staniferd. After dinner we smoked and talked and dispersed about 11 or half past. A very agreeable affair. Sir Clement took me into dinner and seated me on his right hand. No ladies were present."

Sir Clement Hill was a unionist member of the House of Commons. Born in 1845 he entered the foreign office in 1867 and five years later was appointed secretary to Sir Bartle Fere's mission to Zanzibar. In 1876 he became Charge d' Affaires at Munich and ten years after Commissioner to Tavti. In 1900 he was appointed superintendent of African Protectorates under the Foreign Office, retiring in 1905. A year later he was elected Unionist M.P. for Shrewsbury, which he represented up to the time of his death.

"February 13th,

This summer Bess and I went to dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Westlake. Some other ladies and gentlemen were on hand. We spent a tolerably pleasant evening. This afternoon I called at the Foreign Office about 3 o'clock for Sir Clement Hill and we went together to the St. James Club where he had presented my name as a visiting member for 3 months. After going all over the club we took a glass of sherry and walked to Trafalgar Square where we parted. I feel quite complemented by Sir C."

"March 21st,

Went to London this A.M. in early train. Called at the Hotel Savoy and saw the Water's. Also called for Mr. Rogers but did not find him in. Called on Mr. Pond twice. Had long talks with him on business. Called to see Mr. Browne who seemed to feel rather busy and with regard to our business. Called on Mr. Gent. Got my cards (visiting) from the store on Chancery Lane. Came home on the 5 P.M. train."

"March 27th,

This morning Mr. Hill and I took the train and went to Shrewsbury. There we mounted our fox hunters and rode to the "meet". We saw some of Mr. Evan's fine sheep, Shropshire Downs. His place I think is called Huffington. Well! We hunted foxes from about 11-till 3:30 or thereabouts. I took the hedges and ditches like the rest of the Cavalcade. I suppose there were nearly one hundred gentlemen and ladies out. Quite a lively scene. I saw two foxes. We caught none. Near 4 o'clock in the P.M. I felt tired and sore and a little sick so we quit and rode to the Inn at Hawkstone Park."

"April 12th,

Went to the city this A.M. Saw Capt. Pavey. He did not give me much encouragement about my Mex. business. Saw Mr. Pond, who says he has not yet heard from his agent with reference to the Canara and Escuadron Coffee plantations. This eve after mailing a letter to Wood about the Pimentel property we went for a little while to the Tudor Exhibition. Very interesting. After supper we visited the "International Cyclorama" Hall and took the pictorial tour thro Scotland. Quite good."

"April 22nd,

This P.M. I went to see Capt. Manly at his club (The St. George) in Hanover Square. Had a pleasant hour or so with him. He told me how he expected to better his condition some time before long by a marriage with a lady some older than himself. This eve Bess and I went to see the "Gondoliers" 2nd time. We liked it very well."

"May 12th,

Went to the city this A.M. Called on Mr. Woodrow. Also on Mr. Duncan. Mr. D. did not wish to take up the bonds from Kansas City. After lunch Bess and I went by train to Windsor. We drove out to the new monument of Prince Albert, which the Queen was to unveil. We did not try to get near the statue. Got good places and saw the Royal family as they passed by within a few feet of us.  After the ceremony and the brief review of troops was over. Came back with a nice Scotchman and his pretty daughter."

"May 14th,

This P.M. the Prince of Wales and various members of his family went to the Savoy Theatre which is very close to our hotel. Bess and I were at the door (royal entrance) when they came out and we had a good view of those _____of royalty."

"May 31st,

Tried on my new suit at Hobson's. Saw Mr. Rogers about going together to the Stanley banquet tonight. This P.M. I went to Poole's and tried on my fine new suit. This evening I attended the Stanley American Banquet. Quite a nice affair. Handsome dinner. Good speeches &c. Like Stanley's speech the best. I introduced myself to Mr. Stanley. Pleasant man. Got his autograph on my menu book which is quite a handsome souvenir of the occasion. Rogers could not go."

"June 13th,

This A.M. late went to the city. Saw Mr. Pond and left with him my Gonzalez property description papers tho with much disgust for the dirty skunk Pond. Think my self an ass for being seduced into leaving any new business with him. This P.M. we joined Mr. Gent at the Paddington Station and went to Oxford. Ride through beautiful country in going there. Stop at Randolph Hotel. Had a walk around the city of colleges before and after dinner."

"June 17th,

Went to the city this A.M. Called to see Pond. Not in. Called to see Woodrow. Not in. Called at the bank of Melville, Evans and Co. and got credit for my Carpenter draft. Saw Brenne who thinks the India rubber business we formerly were trying to place, is back again in some way. This P.M. I investigated the ocean steamer business partially."

"June 28th,

Went to "Au Bon Marche" store and made some purchases. Very large establishment. Something like Wanamaker's in Philadelphia. I went to No. 8 Rue Garanciere where I used to live with Mr. Talbot when we were in Paris so many years ago. My dear brother was with me there; and our dear father was in Paris also. Found Mr. Eugene Plon who still lives there and is conducting his father's old business, printing. He remembered me well and gave me news of the Talbot's and of his own family. I am to go and see him again next week."

"July 17th,

Up early. We finished our preparations and left the Savoy Hotel after saying goodbye to our friends about 11:30 A.M. We came to Waterloo Station and took the Southampton train. Met the Stephenson's at the train. Came to Southampton and took the steamer "Lahn" for New York. We had a wet, disagreeable time getting aboard, per the tender, as it was raining. We like the steamer very much so far. Had a good dinner."

"July 18th,

Today has been somewhat rough. Not really rough but enough so to make a good many of the passengers sick. The Stephenson family all had to turn in. Bess was not well and did not appear at the dinner table. Only three persons at our particular table; I and two ladies. We had a good dinner and I have felt pretty well all day."

"July 24th,

 Took in pilot early this A.M. that is to say about 8 o'clock. The weather has been foggy off and on all day until about dinner time when the fog lifted and we have had a pleasant evening. Saw the lights on the American shore. So glad to be again nearing our dear native land, the best in the world and we ought to feel so thankful and I believe we do."