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1862 Excerpt: ...his lodgings some time since. Nothing satisfactory
has been heard of the old gentleman since; but a very curious kind
of a written book has been found in his room in VOL. I. 0 his own
handwriting. Now I wish you to notice him, if he is still alive,
that if he does not return and pay off his bill, for board and
lodging, I shall have to dispose of his Book, to satisfy me for the
same. This device to call attention to the appearance of the
forthcoming work was sufficiently ingenious and original, and it is
an amusing incident, in this connection, that one of the city
authorities found his sympathies so much enlisted by the appeal, as
to call on the author's brother, John T. Irving, and consult him on
the propriety of offering a reward for the discovery of the missing
Diedrich. Though the author had carried the manuscript in a
complete state to Philadelphia, yet he afterwards made some
additions, as was not unusual with him, as the work was going
through the press. It was here that he wrote the voyage of Peter
Stuyvesant up the Hudson, and the enumeration of the army. Coming
home late one night, and finding himself locked out of his
lodgings, he repaired to the quarters of a bachelor friend, but
could not sleep after obtaining admittance. It was then that the
idea of that journey flashed through his mind; and so rapidly did
the images crowd upon him, that he rose from the bed to strike a
light, and write them down--but he could not find the candle, and
after stumbling about for awhile, to the annoyance of his sleepy
but wondering companion, he managed to get hold of a piece of
paper, and jot down some of his impressions in pencil in the dark.
The next morning he stopped the press, until he had finished his
picture and secured its admission. On the 6th of Decemb...
|Country of origin:
• Pierre Munroe Irving
||246 x 189 x 6mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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