Punch,  35 (1858), 66.

From John to Jonathan



News-Commentary, Drollery


Telegraphy, Progress, Internationalism, Monstrosities

Institutions mentioned:

Atlantic Telegraph Company

    Argues that the recently laid Atlantic telegraph supports the well-known claim that 'Jonathan was descended in a straight line from John'. Adds that the channel of communication will help 'keep the members of a great family constantly alive in each other's affections'. Observes that the shipping firms of Mr Collins and Samuel Cunard were considered too slow for sending messages. Believes that now the 'Union is again restored' and Britain and America now have family ties, but hopes the sea serpent does not 'snap those ties asunder'.

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