Thursday, April 17, 2014
Books that came today: Matthews's GENERAL HENRY LOCKWOOD OF DELAWARE and Williams's HISTORY OF THE LOST STATE OF FRANKLIN
Bad time for fascinating books to arrive, the interim after cataract surgery where I can see sparrows a mile away but can't yet have reading glasses. At least, I read the Matthews book in printout and have a blurb on the back. The Williams book has many pages on my fascinating step-grandpa, William Cocke. [I still don't understand why the college he started (now the University of Tennessee) was called Blunt College instead of Cocke College.] He declined compromise, says the index, and used force, and looked the part: "Cocke was himself of an imposing presence, tall, swarthy, black-haired, black-eyed; and bold and eloquent in utterance" (p. 117). This is the man whose two story cross hall dog trot log house was on the bluff above the Tombigbee on the very spot where the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center now stands. What a man! Member of the US Senate and 4 state legislatures! And a good step-father to Grandma Sims's children.