The Philadelawareans, and Other Essays Relating to Delaware

The Philadelawareans, and Other Essays Relating to Delaware

The Philadelawareans, and Other Essays Relating to Delaware

The Philadelawareans, and Other Essays Relating to Delaware

Synopsis

This volume presents a varied sampling of the author's writings from the past sixty years, along with some previously unpublished materials. It begins with a long prologue that the author calls a literary autobiography, and this story is continued and amplified in introductory notes that accompany each of the following items. the relationship between Delaware and the city of Philadelphia. This theme reappears in many guises in the background of other items as, for example, in a summary of New Castle's history, in an investigation of an experiment in nonresident representation in Congress, and in explanation of the unique importance of an early Wilmington collector of customs. In the last essay, previously unpublished, the relationship is personalized in a reminiscence contributing to the autobiographical theme with which the book began. at the University of Delaware.

Excerpt

Reminiscing in old age about events, largely happy ones, over the last eighty years, it occurred to me that there might be interest in some of the articles I wrote during that period. Published in various places, they are not easily accessible today. Very few people have seen them all.

In choosing items for this collection I begin and conclude with essays connecting Delaware and Philadelphia. the first is set in the late eighteenth century and appeared originally in a Philadelphia journal. the last, hitherto unpublished, was written for my friends and family and draws on my own experiences in the early twentieth century.

The connection is an obvious one for me inasmuch as my serious historical studies began at the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania, forty miles apart.

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