Photo, Print, Drawing The laying of the cable---John and Jonathan joining hands / W & P.

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Title
The laying of the cable---John and Jonathan joining hands / W & P.
Summary
A crude but engaging picture, celebrating the goodwill between Great Britain and the United States generated by the successful completion of the Atlantic telegraph cable between Newfoundland and Valentia Bay (Ireland). Laid by the American steamer "Niagara" and British steamer "Agamemnon" (which appear in the background of the print), the cable transmitted its first message on August 17, 1858. The artist shows Brother Jonathan (left) shaking hands with John Bull. The two figures stand on opposite shores, set against a stormy, lightning-streaked sky over a choppy sea. "Brother Jonathan: "Glad to grasp your hand, uncle John! I almost feel like calling you Father, and will if you improve upon acquaintance! May the feeling of Friendship . . . be like the electric current which now unites our lands, and links our destiny with yours! May our hearts always beat together; and with one pulse--one Purpose, of Peace and Good-Will, we yet shall see ALL NATIONS speaking our Language, blessed with our Liberty, and led by that spirit of Love and Justice which leads to the only true happiness and Glory of Nations!" John Bull: "Happy to see and greet you, Jonathan! You feel like 'bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh!' You have grown to be a tall and sturdy man--quite as big as your Father! Great times these, my boy! We won't think of quarreling any more. I have grown too wise for that; and I hope we will both agree to let by-gones be by-gones! Henceforth we treat each other as equals, and only strive which shall do most in making 'all the world and the rest of Mankind' (as one of your good old Presidents once said) realize 'How good and pleasant a thing it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.'"
Contributor Names
Baker & Godwin.
Created / Published
[New York] : Published and for sale by Baker & Godwin, Printers, Printing House Square, corner Nassau and Spruce streets, New York, c1858.
Subject Headings
-  Brother Jonathan
-  Great Britain
-  John Bull
-  Telegraph
-  Transatlantic Cable
Format Headings
Political cartoons--1850-1860.
Woodcuts--1850-1860.
Notes
-  Title from item.
-  Signed: W & P.
-  "Entered ... 1858, by Baker & Godwin ..."
-  The Library's impression of the print was deposited for copyright on August 28, 1858.
-  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1858-3.
Medium
1 print on wove paper: woodcut with letterpress ; image 42.5 x 56.5 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
PGA - Baker--Laying... (D size) [P&P]
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id
pga 00117 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.00117
cph 3a08620 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a08620
Library of Congress Control Number
2004665357
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-pga-00117 (digital file from original print) LC-USZ62-5309 (b&w film copy neg.)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Online Format
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Description
1 print on wove paper: woodcut with letterpress ; image 42.5 x 56.5 cm. | A crude but engaging picture, celebrating the goodwill between Great Britain and the United States generated by the successful completion of the Atlantic telegraph cable between Newfoundland and Valentia Bay (Ireland). Laid by the American steamer "Niagara" and British steamer "Agamemnon" (which appear in the background of the print), the cable transmitted its first message on August 17, 1858. The artist shows Brother Jonathan (left) shaking hands with John Bull. The two figures stand on opposite shores, set against a stormy, lightning-streaked sky over a choppy sea. "Brother Jonathan: "Glad to grasp your hand, uncle John! I almost feel like calling you Father, and will if you improve upon acquaintance! May the feeling of Friendship . . . be like the electric current which now unites our lands, and links our destiny with yours! May our hearts always beat together; and with one pulse--one Purpose, of Peace and Good-Will, we yet shall see ALL NATIONS speaking our Language, blessed with our Liberty, and led by that spirit of Love and Justice which leads to the only true happiness and Glory of Nations!" John Bull: "Happy to see and greet you, Jonathan! You feel like 'bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh!' You have grown to be a tall and sturdy man--quite as big as your Father! Great times these, my boy! We won't think of quarreling any more. I have grown too wise for that; and I hope we will both agree to let by-gones be by-gones! Henceforth we treat each other as equals, and only strive which shall do most in making 'all the world and the rest of Mankind' (as one of your good old Presidents once said) realize 'How good and pleasant a thing it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.'"
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Baker & Godwin. The laying of the cable---John and Jonathan joining hands / W & P. , ca. 1858. [New York: Published and for sale by Baker & Godwin, Printers, Printing House Square, corner Nassau and Spruce streets, New York] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2004665357/. (Accessed February 19, 2018.)

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Baker & Godwin. (ca. 1858) The laying of the cable---John and Jonathan joining hands / W & P. , ca. 1858. [New York: Published and for sale by Baker & Godwin, Printers, Printing House Square, corner Nassau and Spruce streets, New York] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2004665357/.

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Baker & Godwin. The laying of the cable---John and Jonathan joining hands / W & P. [New York: Published and for sale by Baker & Godwin, Printers, Printing House Square, corner Nassau and Spruce streets, New York] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2004665357/>.