Saturday, July 27, 2013

Can someone correct George Long Duyckinck's death year in Wikipedia? See Parker 2.533-534.

George Long Duyckinck

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George Long Duyckinck
George Long Duyckinck (October 17, 1828 – March 30, 1868) was a New York City writer.

Biography . . . 

On Parker 2:534 is Oakey Hall's masterpiece of a condolence letter.

HOOSICK, NEAR TROY March 31, 1863  Oakey Hall writes to Evert Duyckinck:
          In a little town to which business called me: in the midst of a driving snowstorm: just toward dusk: and with everything cheerless about me I learn of the death of George.  It is a great shock: for I did not even know he was ill: & I shall not, I fear, reach town to attend the funeral, but shall try.
          You know Evert I have knocked around the edges of society of all sorts & have for a man of my years seen a great deal of the bad side of life without being in it or of it.  I can therefore well admire & esteem such a meek and unaffectedly just man as was George.  To me he stands out in very bold relief as such a man.  He was guileless, charitable to the failings of others, detesting wrong & deceit.  You see I dwell on the things which to me seem great virtues.  Others will speak of his talents, & literary labors & of his mind & its acumen.  But to me a good man & that my friend is praise above all praise . . .  NYPL-D

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cousin Jane Hits the 10 Pound Note

It's a great week for descendants of Tom Leigh.

A Plea from Hershel Parker: Who Can Find an Unknown Printing of a Poem by Herman Melville?

Melville's copying out "The Age of the Antonines" on 31 March 1877 may have inspired him to try to get it (or perhaps another poem) into print.  On 17 June 1877 his sister Fanny wrote to Kate Gansevoort Lansing: "Ever so much love for Abe.  Did he receive the paper containing those lines by Herman?  'Why I am A Churchman' has arrived; many thanks for sending it on, I wanted to read it."  The context, members of the family passing on reading material, suggests strongly that Fanny or someone else had sent Abe a newspaper containing some poetry by Herman in it, but no such publication has been found. Can anyone find it?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

Cousin Francis Marion Dougherty in 1918

Over a million copies were distributed to soldiers in 1918. Every A.E.F. soldier in WWI, upon debarkation in England, was given an envelope with these words on it, "A Message to You from His Majesty King George."

Inside the royal arms embossed on stationary-style paper was a message from King George V, in facimile handwriting. Granddad scribbled a quick note at the bottom, added his initials & sent it home as reassurance that he had arrived without incident.