Category: Ephemera

Found Letter: Astronomer Richard Proctor “The Poetry of Astronomy” Citizen’s Lecture Association

Richard Anthony Proctor was an English astronomer. He is best remembered for having produced one of the earliest maps of Mars in 1867 from 27 drawings by the English observer William Rutter Dawes.

This is a letter sent from Logansport Indiana in 1880, flaunting the coming of Professor Proctor. Proctor was traveling the United States giving his lecture on “The Poetry of Astronomy” or “The Birth and Growth of Worlds”.

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Found Ephemera: Abraham Lincoln in Kansas Territory December 1-7, 1859

When Lincoln made his one and only Kansas sojourn in 1859, however, he seemed like just another politician, aspiring to the nation’s highest office. His senatorial debates with Stephen A. Douglas the previous year had gained Lincoln a national reputation and a modest following, but most Kansas Republicans favored his better-known rival for the young party’s nomination, William H. Seward. Thus, Lincoln’s trip to Kansas Territory received only slight press coverage and was relatively brief. His message, nevertheless, was one of significance for the territory and nation at a pivotal moment in our country’s history.

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