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  • July 1857

    07/17/2017 11:43:50 AM PDT · 42 of 46
    Homer_J_Simpson to Tax-chick; colorado tanker

    My paternal Great X 5 grandfather immigrated from Germany and settled in Lancaster Co. PA, where he died in 1790. That line moved west with the country - Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, finally Oregon. My paternal grandmother’s parents both came over from Germany in mid-19th century and took the Oregon Trail as far as Durkee, OR, where the 2 branches of my family joined.

  • July 1857

    07/16/2017 8:31:55 AM PDT · 37 of 46
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    [Continued from July 14 (reply #28).]

    July 16. Stagnated at home in the evening till half-past ten, when an alarm of fire started me out and I chased the conflagration up Lexington beyond the bounds of civilization into desert places where Irish shanties began to prevail, and the region being lonely and suspicious and the fire still a dozen streets beyond and nearly out beside, I came back perspiring. It was a varnish factory in the latitude of Fifty-fifth Street.

    Coroner’s inquest in progress over the unlucky German, Miller or Muller, the “opfer” of the 17th Ward riot. Evidence hopelessly conflicting; impossible to form an opinion whether he was killed by the police or by one of his own party. Teutonia is watching the case with much interest, and some say that if the verdict be not against the police, there will be a grand insurrection and a provisional government proclaimed in Tompkins Square.

    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • July 1857

    07/14/2017 3:56:37 PM PDT · 36 of 46
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin
    I remember well the day I first discovered the 7th Symphony. I was just sticking my toe into the classical music pond and on an impulse picked up a box set of Herbert von Karajan and the Berliners doing the Beethoven symphonies. I came to #7 without expectations and it really grabbed me. It became the piece I had to hear on a daily basis for a while. The 1st movement got my full attention but it was the 2nd that hooked me for good. It turns out I was in line with popular opinion. According to the liner notes of that recording (that I just dug up after 20 some years) "it was the second movement, the elegiac Allegretto, which struck the most responsive chord in the minds and imaginations of the audience. It was encored and demanded da capo wherever and whenever it was played. In Paris it was used to sustain the (then ailing) Second Symphony; andd it was even inserted into the Eighth, ousting the popular Allegretto scherzando."

    Another interesting note on the Seventh Symphony: "When [Karl Maria von] Weber heard the chromatic bass line in the coda of the first movement [around 11:30 of the recording linked below], he declared the composer ripe for the madhouse." George Templeton Strong would probably agree. The Allegretto begins at 12:41.

    Beethoven "Symphony No 7" Karajan

  • July 1857

    07/14/2017 6:41:03 AM PDT · 28 of 46
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from July 7 (reply #23).

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    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • July 1857

    07/14/2017 6:36:19 AM PDT · 27 of 46
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
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    Continued from June 6 (reply #10).

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    Nicole Etcheson, Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era

  • July 1857

    07/07/2017 7:14:43 AM PDT · 23 of 46
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from July 5 (reply #19).

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    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • July 1857

    07/05/2017 7:16:54 AM PDT · 19 of 46
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from July 4 (reply #18).

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    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • July 1857

    07/04/2017 6:55:21 AM PDT · 18 of 46
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    [Continued from July 2 (reply #9).]

    July 4, SATURDAY. The customary din is raging without. The Chinese War has raised the price and diminished the supply of firecrackers, but our peace is not thereby promoted. The ingenious youth of the city adopt noisy pistols in their place. . . .

    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • July 1857

    07/02/2017 12:21:52 PM PDT · 12 of 46
    Homer_J_Simpson to Tax-chick; henkster
    They knew that boiling clothes and sheets would kill vermin and reduce disease, but they didn't know that boiling also kills germs in water or on surfaces.

    The failure of medical science of the time to make that connection would cost the Lincoln family a son a few years later.

  • July 1857

    07/02/2017 7:02:37 AM PDT · 9 of 46
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from June 25 (Reply #43). See the June 25 entry for a link to the Florence Wikipedia page. The evident dreariness of the place is not mentioned.

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    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • July 1857

    07/01/2017 6:23:31 AM PDT · 2 of 46
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Causes and Prevention of Epidemics – 2-11
    Monthly Record of Current Events * – 12-15
    Editor’s Drawer – 15-21
    Family Daguerreotypes, found every where – 22-23
    Fashions for July – 24-25

    * “The state of things in Utah has during the past month occupied a large share of public attention. In order to check the treasonable designs of the Mormon leaders, it has been determined by the President to send a considerable military force to this Territory, under the command of General Harney. Brigham Young is to be removed from his post as Governor . . .”

    Report on Kansas Governor Walker’s address of May 24.

    New York wants to move their Quarantine establishment from Staten Island to Sandy Hook, in New Jersey, but the legislature of that state forbids it. Meanwhile, a Staten Island mob burned the buildings there meant to temporarily house the hospital.

    The Burdell murder trial ended with no convictions.

    Federal authorities attempted to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act in Ohio and were vigorously resisted by Ohioans.

    Marines were called to quell a battle between Democratic and American Party combatants in Washington. Six were killed and 15 or 20 injured.

    Pearls discovered in Patterson, NJ.

    Dred Scott has been emancipated.

    Insurrection by Mexican Catholic clergy suppressed. Province of Sonora invaded by Californians led by Col. Crabbe.

    “The enterprise of Walker in Nicaragua has at length come to an end, for the present at least.” A lengthy account of same follows.

    Current events end with news of Europe and The East. Treaty negotiations between Great Britain and Persia included a battle costing 10 British and 200 Persian lives.

    Additional U.S. troops have reached China. “Seventeen piratical junks were destroyed by boats from the steamer Hornet.”

    And so on.

  • July 1857

    07/01/2017 6:20:50 AM PDT · 1 of 46
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents U.S. History, 1855-1860: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    Bleeding Kansas, Dred Scott, Lincoln-Douglas, Harper’s Ferry, the election of 1860, secession – all the events leading up to the Civil War, as seen through news reports of the time and later historical accounts

    First session: November 21, 2015. Last date to add: Sometime in the future.
    Reading: Self-assigned. Recommendations made and welcomed. To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by reply or freepmail.

    Link to June 1857 thread

  • June 1857

    06/26/2017 6:20:16 PM PDT · 50 of 51
    Homer_J_Simpson to Jim 0216

    No. I don’t know that religion played a prominent role in Douglas’s life. He belonged to several Masonic organizations.

  • June 1857

    06/26/2017 3:02:56 PM PDT · 48 of 51
    Homer_J_Simpson to reg45

    So I see. Starts at page 12. Thanks for the heads up. Here is another link that may have the complete speech.

    https://www.gilderlehrman.org/collections/b1a6a423-ba27-4400-9783-296089734550

  • June 1857

    06/26/2017 1:58:31 PM PDT · 45 of 51
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...

    I should have located and posted the text of Douglas’ speech on June 12 since it is simple enough to find. Here is a link now that I have posted Lincoln’s reply (reply #44).

    http://www.truthandgrace.com/1857DouglasSpeech0612.htm

  • June 1857

    06/26/2017 6:36:10 AM PDT · 44 of 51
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
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    Continued from March 6 (reply #22).

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    David Herbert Donald, Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln’s speech of June 26, 1857

  • June 1857

    06/25/2017 5:29:00 AM PDT · 43 of 51
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    [Continued from June 24 (reply #39).]

    June 25. . . . We’ve engaged a room at Round Hill (Northampton) for July 10. . . . My design is to stay at Munde’s till the sixth of July.

    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

    Charles Munde emigrated from Germany. He became familiar with the water cure methods of Vincent Priessnitz around 1836, and treated scarlet fever cases in Dresden during the winter of 1845-46.[2][3][4] From childhood recollections of one of his sons, Paul F. Munde, the family went to the area now (but not then, per Sheffeld) called Florence "in the early fifties", after his father had struggled "for nearly a year in New York in search of a practice". After the death of David Ruggles in 1849, Charles Munde learned "of the opportunity to take up his favorite method", which led him to pick up where Ruggles left off, thence to the naming of Florence,[5] and accordingly, the name of the Florence Water Cure, also called the Munde Water Cure.

    From Florence, Massachusetts Wikipedia page. Florence is a section of Northampton, MA.

  • June 1857

    06/24/2017 12:33:01 PM PDT · 42 of 51
    Homer_J_Simpson to henkster
    I wish I’d done this a year ago, I would have been able to contribute more.

    Not to worry. Dred Scott should be the main discussion topic here for some time to come. Your further thoughts on the matter are eagerly anticipated. In fact, A. Lincoln has had 3 months do chew on the decision and, now that Stephen A. Douglas has spoken on it (see reply 21 above) will respond to both in a speech the day after tomorrow.

  • June 1857

    06/24/2017 5:27:32 AM PDT · 39 of 51
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    [Continued from June 22 (reply #36).]

    June 24. There are positive reports that Court of Appeals has made up its mind to affirm the judgment of the Supreme Court that declares the “New Police Bill” constitutional, but I suppose them to be lying rumors, for the members of that Court are generally close-mouthed. Such will be their decision, however, I’ve little doubt, and it will be a sore blow to that King of Scoundrels, Wood – the arch-knave of our civic structure (!). It seems an extravagant, impossible suggestion, but I’m not sure that Wood has not been indulging a little in some vague dream of a coup d’état, and a “free city” with himself Doge or Protector or some sort of tyrant for life. He is profligate, ambitious, and energetic enough to entertain such projects, and though they are preposterous, there could be a plausible statement made out to prove them feasible. We shall soon be ripe for a bold effort to accomplish some such result, though it may be a little premature just now.

    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

    Fernando Wood Wikipedia page

  • June 1857

    06/22/2017 11:58:25 AM PDT · 38 of 51
    Homer_J_Simpson to colorado tanker

    All those horses not worried about their methane hoof prints.