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Introduction, Part 1 to the Life & Works of
Samuel Cunard

Samuel Cunard lived through very important years when the world was transformed due to the railroad, the steamboat and the electric telegraph: inventions which changed the whole pattern of transportation and communication. Cunard was one of the major transformers in the dawning of this new age. One might think he happened to be simply at the right place at the right time. That may be true but he happened also to be the right person.
"... a man of keen perception and sound judgment. Cool, calculating and long sighted his whole mind was given to the carrying out of any project he had in hand, and every legitimate means used to effect his object. And hence his general success."1
After my study of Cunard, I thought of what William Hazlitt wrote:
"There is nothing more to be esteemed than a manly firmness and decision of character. I like a person who knows his own mind and sticks to it; who sees at once what is to be done in given circumstances and does it. He does not beat about the bush for difficulties or excuses, but goes the shortest and most effectual way to work to attain his own ends or to accomplish a useful object. If he can serve you, he will do so; if he cannot, he will say so without keeping you in needless suspense, or laying you under pretended obligations. ... There is stuff in him, and it is of the right practicable sort. ... [He gives no thought as to whether he be] a friend or a foe, a knave or a fool; but thinks that life is short, and that there is no time to play fantastic tricks in it, to tamper with principles, or trifle with individual feelings."2


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