"That truth should be silent I had almost forgot"--Enobarbus in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, back in Rome after having been too long in Egypt.---------
Melville's PIERRE, Book 4, chapter 5: "Something ever comes of all persistent inquiry; we are not so continually curious for nothing."
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.
NEAR TROY March
31, 1863Oakey Hall writes to Evert
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
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?
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.
AND HOW MANY PEOPLE NOW REMEMBER HOW THIS COUSIN OF LBJ'S GOT THE NAMES FRANCIS MARION?--Family soldiers in many wars, remembering.