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The Death of Francis J. Meriam

On November 28, 1865, Francis Meriam, one of John Brown’s men, died in a New  York City boardinghouse at age 28. The grandson of Francis Jackson, a prominent Boston abolitionist, Meriam had been one of those left behind in Maryland on guard duty while John Brown and most of his other men proceeded to Harpers …

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Shopping with Francis J. Meriam

On October 13, 1859, 21-year-old Francis J. Meriam left Barnum’s City Hotel  in Baltimore to go on a shopping trip. The grandson of Francis Jackson, a prominent Boston abolitionist, Meriam had read of John Brown’s exploits in Kansas and may have even gone out there to join him, although he never caught up with Brown. …

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An Outtake: The Lincolns Meet the Strattons

During the editing of The First Lady and the Rebel, some sacrifices had to be made, and the following is one of them: a deleted scene where the Lincolns play host to Charles and Lavinia Stratton, better known as Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thumb. So here it is! “You should wear pink more often, Molly,” …

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Photo Wednesday: A Girl from an Album

For my photo Wednesday, here’s a photograph of an unnamed young girl from an album I own.  Victorian photograph albums range from the simple to the elaborate–some even played music! Sadly, many have been broken up by photo dealers–understandably, as many albums are in poor condition, and selling photographs individually is often more profitable–but it’s great …

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We Have Winners!

The cat-naming committee convened this morning, and, after giving the matter great thought, selected a name: Rochester! Several of you thought of this name, so there are multiple winners. Congratulations, Evelyn Dangerfield, Cyndi Williamson, Julia, Jayne Smith, and Libby Hunt! (Some of entries were via e-mail or private message on Facebook, so you won’t see …

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Blogging Hiatus: A Bulletin From the Duchesses

We, the Duchesses of Suffolk and Northumberland, wish to inform the gracious readers of this blog that until Susan Higginbotham delivers a completed manuscript about us to her publisher on or about August 1, 2011, she will not be posting on this blog. (Even if it’s something really interesting? Susan asks forlornly.) (Nay, say the …

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