Punch,  35 (1858), 73.

'Nearer and Dearer'—The Subatlantic Cable



News-Commentary, Drollery


Telegraphy, Technology, Engineering, Internationalism, Cultural Geography, Domestic Economy

Institutions mentioned:

Atlantic Telegraph Company

    Likens the Atlantic telegraph cable to a 'wedding-ring' joining Britain and America, a union that has 'long been ardently desired'. Playing on the analogy between telegraphic and marital connection, notes 'many and great obstacles' that 'had to be surmounted', that 'the course of love as usual did not run quite smoothly' and that 'it long seemed doubtful if the splice could be effected'. However, believes that the union has now been 'successfully accomplished' and goes on to describe the six-day ceremony in celebration of this engineering feat. Concludes by noting that Britain and America 'have both henceforward unity of interest, and must go hand in hand in all they undertake'.

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