Thomas Colley Grattan

(1792—1864) journalist and novelist

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(1792–1864), British consul at Boston (1839–46), whose book, Civilized America (2 vols., 1859), which he calls “a record of events, a gallery of portraits, and a miscellany of opinions,” is an important contemporary record combining contempt for U.S. social standards with praise for the country's independence, order, and energy.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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