I love it when a story comes together….
Lucy Grant Colony(?), 1891
In the “A-Team”, a television series in the late 1980s, George Peppard, playing
Smith, after another incredible accomplishment of this team of good/bad guys,
would say, “I love it when a plan comes together!” Hannibal
In my mild world as a book sleuth, I bought a whole raft of books that had sat in the same bookcase, apparently, for the past 110 or so years.
I bought them at an auction in
but bit by bit, I could see that they came from a home in . Wilton, NH
You can tell a lot about people from what they read—at least the books they buy that they intend to read, and these books tell the story of an intelligent, interested family.
One huge, elegant volume was a Biographical Review of all the distinguished citizens of two
counties. In that volume was the
biography of a man named Frederick H. Colony who made his fortune in the wool
manufacturing business, with a plant in Wilton.
By skimming through these books, and reading what others have said about them over the years, I’ve started to feel more familiar with Fred and Lucy. Their story is starting to come to view, over all these years.
Lucy was born in
in 1845, so she was 16 when the Rebellion
began. Lyme, NH
Her parents were Erastus and Samantha Jenks Grant; the Grants had lived in Lyme since before the American Revolution.
Frederick H. Colony, born in
February 3, 1850, married Marie E.
Coffin, but she died at age 28. Keene, NH
Next, on October 15, 1879 he married Lucy Grant and they had two children, Henry Grant Colony, born in 1880 and Louise Grant Colony, born in 1883.
Finally we learn that Frederick Colony was a Democrat, and a Unitarian, and
a member of Keene Lodge of the Temple F&AM.
If you drive through
Wilton today you see a 19th century mill town, with 20th and a
few 21st century trappings.
The old mill buildings are still there, like in many New
England towns that once drew their wealth from the power of water
racing through rivers. For many towns,
bringing themselves up to the grand state they enjoyed in their 19th
century heyday is a long and difficult process.
In the old days, men like Frederick Colony built large buildings like the
Wilton mill shown in this 1912 postcard:
Today, in many old mill towns, the modern buildings are fast food restaurants and filling stations. Every former mill town has struggled with the problem of whether to demolish those huge old structures, or to make them productive and attractive parts of the modern life of the town and city.
You start to grasp a bit of the life of Fred Colony, and his wife, Lucy Grant Colony, in this biographical review.
You can drive through
and see where the
company owners lived. They are still
fine old Victorian structures. Wilton
But, down in the lower part of town are the homes of the Canadian, Irish and Italian immigrants who came to work in the mills, and for them, the 19th century was no heyday. But it was probably a whole lot better than the lives they left behind.
As you look through the descriptions of the books below, you can do your own sleuthing, to see for yourself what kind of people read these books.
I found that many of these titles have been captured in digital files and are available as Print on Demand copies.
I hope you’ll see that there are some that you like so much you want to buy them and enjoy the original books. Note that many contain little inscriptions that relate to the Grant and Colony family.
Biographical Review Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of
and Cheshire Counties, New
Hampshire, Volume XXIII 1897 : Biographical Review
Publishing Company. 482 pp. 22 x
28 cm. Marvelous volume contains biographical articles on leading citizens of
these two New Hampshire counties, with photographic or engraved portraits of
28. Includes frontispiece and sketch of Horace Greeley of Boston,
NH; Zachariah Shattuck of Nashua,
NH; Robert Cristy of New Boston, NH; Joseph A.
Hall of Brookline, NH; Frederick H. Colony of ;
and many more. Extensive listing of
lines of descent in these life stories which include many Civil War veterans,
many descendents of men who fought in French and Indian, American Revolution
and War of 1812. Many men who made their fortunes in farming, manufacturing,
and banking. An interesting addition is Certificate of Marriage inserted on
page of sketch of Frederick Colony. Certificate (1916) is between Philip Albin
Johnson of Keene, NH Milford, NH
and Louise Grant Colony of . She was daughter of Frederick H. and Lucy
Grant Colony. Wilton,
was a woolen manufacturer, born in
decorated full leather volume with gilt edged pages, very tight and clean,
edges of cover contain minor rubbing, scuffing. Weight about 7 lbs. (3.18 kg.)
Very good condition. (8284) $95.00. Biography Frederick
Koradine Letters, A Girl's Own Book; Also Creative Life, A special letter to young girls by Stockham, Alice B, M.D. and Talbot, Lida Hood 1893 Chicago, IL: Alice B. Stockham & Co. 424 pp. 13.5 x 19.6 cm. This is a delightful collection of 35 letters from Koradine, a young girl sent away to boarding school. She relates events in her life which teach the reader (intended for young girls) life lessons, with humor. Story about blind Tommy, and the black boy who learns about Toussiant L'Overture (sic) and wins the prize. Koradine is one wise young girl! Tan paper on board, edges worn and scuffed. On title page is inscription in pencil, "Louise G. Colony from Angie Loveland". Good.(8285) $30.00. Educational/Children's
Essentials of Mental Healing, The Theory and Practice, Second Edition Revised 1886 by Marston, L.M., M.D. Boston, MA: L.M. Marston, M.D. 122 pp. + Adv. 13 x 19.8 cm. Book embodies the truths common to all forms of mind healing, and excludes whatever is dogmatical or tends to discriminate in favor of any particular school or way of practice. It recognizes and explains the principles of "Christian Science." Thought Defined. The Theory of Kant. Reality and Appearance. The True Law. Thought Atmosphere. Right Thought is Power. Includes eight pages of advertisement for Boston College of Metaphysical Science, incorporated November 1886, Dr. Marston, President. Books and pamphlets. Red cloth on board with gilt lettering; beveled edges. On ffep is pencil inscription ca. 1886: "To Louisa (Grant)--Peace, Health + Happiness now & evermore. M.E.H." Very good. (8277) $48.00. Educational
Locksley Hall by Alfred Tennyson with Illustrations 1869
: Fields, Osgood, & Co.
Successors to Ticknor and Fields. 75 pp. 12.8 x 17.4 cm. Alfred Tennyson, 1st
Baron Tennyson (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) was Poet Laureate of the Boston,
and is one of the most popular English poets. This poem (written in 1835) is
about an unnamed soldier, marching with his unit near his childhood home. He takes the time to think back to his
childhood, and his love, and the man she married. Dramatic monologue, written
as a set of rhyming couplets. United Kingdom Burgundy cloth
on boardwith embossed gilt title, blindstamped title on back cover, edges beveled,
gilt edged pages. Spine faded, minor mottled blemishes on cover. Title page
loose. "A.E. Grant" stamped
on ffep with pencil inscription, "To
Abbie from GKc." Good. (8275) $75.00.
In Tune With The Infinite, or Fullness of Peace, Power and Plenty by Ralph Waldo Trine ("The Life Books") 1897
: Thomas Y.
Crowell & Company. 222 pp. 12.5 x 20.7 cm. The golden thread that runs
through every religion, runs through the lives of all prophets, seers, sages
and saviours in the world's history--- this same golden thread must enter into
the lives of all who today would exchange impotence for power, weakness and
suffering for abounding health and strength, pain and unrest for perfect peace,
poverty for fullness and plenty. Cream-colored
cloth on board, lightly soiled and worn. Pencil inscription on ffep: "Louise Grant February 1899, Nellie S.
York, NY " Very good. (8272) $70.00. Educational/Spiritual/Inspirational William, N.H.
Fly-ing Dutchman, The; or, The Wrath of Herr Vonstoppelnoze with sisteen comic illustrations by John G. Saxe, 1862
Carleton, Publisher, 413 Broadway. 35 pp. + adv. 13 x 19.3 cm. This book is widely available in new reprints, but
this is the 1862 edition with clever
cartoons and a poetic story about the combat between and annoying fly and Herr
von Stoppelnoze. Dark brown blindstamped and decorated cloth on
board with gilt title. Inscription on ffep: "Miss
Louisa Grant". Slight wear on corners. Very good. (2932) $18.00. Humor New York, NY
Sermons by the Late Rev. George Shepard, Professor in Theological Seminary,
With a Memorial by Prof. D.S.
Talcott, first edition 1869 Bangor,
Nichols and Noyes. 368 p. 13 x 19..5 cm. This book today is widely circulated in Print
on Demand and electronic versions, but this original 1869 edition is the one
that captured the attention of so many. Rev. Shepard (1801-1868) preached the
Gospel, and was unsparing in his criticism of slavery. At his death he was praised by the noted abolitionist,
William Lloyd Garrison. Memorial by Prof. Talcott relates life and brilliant
theological path of Rev. Shepard, from birth in 1801 in Boston, MA Plainfield,
CT on to preaching in
and Professorship at Bangor Theological Seminary. "The Diversions from Preaching" criticizes popish influences
in the contemporary Protestant churches. "The
Eclipsed Luminary" preaches from Matthew. When the Christian ceases to
shine, and darkness comes in its place, it is very great darkness. "Salvation in no Other" from Acts iv. 12. "The Shipwreck of Paul" from
Acts xxvii. 22, 31. Better to put trust in God, rather than bolts and planks. "Elijah the Tishbite" from I
Kings xvii. 1. "Not Fit for the
Kingdom" from Luke ix.62, preaches a stern message for the converted.
"The End at Hand" from I Peter iv.7. and more. Decorated brown cloth with gilt design and lettering on
spine. Engraving of Rev. Shepard at frontispiece. "Nellie Grant" stamped on ffep and " Hallowell, Maine " written
in pencil. Clean and tight copy. Very good. (2929) $48.00. Religion Isaac
Sovereigns and Courts of Europe, The by "Politikos" with Portraits, Authorized Edition 1893
D. Appleton and Company. 439 pp. w adv. 12.8 x 19.6 cm. This book today is
widely circulated in Print on Demand and electronic versions, but this 1893
authorized edition captured the
attention of many for its gossipy "insider-story” style. Sultan of New York, NY
mysterious 1876 death of ex-Sultan, five days after he was deposed on plea of
insanity. Alexander III of Russia's story begins with death by horseplay in
1865, assassination of his father, Alexander II in 1881 and Alexander III's
accession to the throne, celebration for half a million common folk at one huge
dinner... William II, Emperor of Germany, whose birth in 1859 was heralded all
by a 101-gun salute. Death of Victor Emanuel I, first king of unified Berlin brought
great sadness, and King Umberto I is now king.
He is the only man generally respected in Italy , author writes. Book ends
with long section on Queen Italy Victoria of , whose
portrait serves as frontispiece. Decorated
maroon cloth on board with gilt and red printing. Slight edge wear and worn
spot on back cover. Inscription on ffep: "Happy
New Year dear Nellie (Grant), 1893 Angelina P. England ." Very clean and tight.
Very good. (2939) $36.00. Biography Loveland
Title page, Complete Works of Burns
Complete Works of Robert Burns, The; Including his Correspondence, etc. with Letters to Clarinda, &c. &c. With a Memoir by William Gunnyon; the text carefully printed, and illustrated with notes 1873
P. Nimmo. 490 pp. + 16 pp. adv. 15.5 x 24 cm. Scarce edition from Nimmo of
Edinburgh. Preface explains that this edition contains Robert Burns' Poetical
Works, although title does not make that distinction. Dedication to the Second
Edition to the Noblemen and Gentlemen of the Caledonian Hunt. Includes 78 page
Biographical Sketch and Appendix to the Biographical Sketch. Woodcut engravings
include frontispiece portrait of Burns. Includes much General Correspondence,
and Correspondence with George Thomson and Letters to Clarinda. Green cloth on
board, slight wear on heel and toe of spine. Front free endpaper, frontispiece
and title page loose, the rest of the text block is intact and tight. Thus
good. (8287) $85.00. Literature Edinburgh,
Three Tales: The Ghost, The Brazen Android, The Carpenter by William Douglas O'Connor 1892
Houghton, Mifflin and Company. 320 pp. 12.5 x 18.1 cm. O'Connor, born 1832,
died in 1889, before this edition was published. Preface by Walt Whitman describes his respect
and affection for O'Connor, whom he met in Boston in 1860 and found him to be an ardent
abolitionist. O'Connor's first story,
The Ghost, is set in the plush environs of Boston Boston's
Beacon Hill. The Brazen Android centers around
Friar Roger Bacon in a science fiction piece set in the thirteenth century. The
Carpenter is set in a wealthy man's home north of
during the final Christmas of the Civil War. Dark blue cloth on board with gilt
decoration. Very tight and clean. Very good. (8288) $40.00. Literature Washington, DC
Zigzag Journeys in Northern Lands; The Rhine to the Arctic; A Summer Trip of the Zigzag Cub through Holland, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, Fully Illustrated by Butterworth, Hezikiah 1883.
; Estes and Lauriat. 320 pp. 17 x 21.5 cm.
Fifth volume of a series for youth, takes the reader to places most associated
with German history, tradition, literature and art, gives a view of events of those northern countries that once
constituted a great part of the empire of Charlemagne. Many black and white
illustrations. Decorated red cloth on
board, moderate wear, inside rear hinge cracked, stamped name "Philip C.
Johnson, Boston, MA Wilton,
N.H." on ffep; on second free endpaper is inscription: "Henry
Grant Colony, Dec. 25th 1889 from Aunt
Louise." Good condition. (8286) $26.00. Travel
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