A Better Man Than His Father

The Little Tin Box with the Hole on the Top

Yankee Pedlar (manuscript periodical).

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This handwritten newspaper is a welcome addition to our Manuscript Amateur Newspapers and Periodicals Collection.  The Yankee Pedlar was produced in New York in 1842.  According to the masthead, the title was “published every Saturday Morning at 31 Broad St.”  The cover features a piece titled “The contents of the little Tin Box with a hole on the top / A Legend of the far west (original),” along with a wonderful engraving of Shakespeare.  In describing the artist of the engraving, the authors of the paper write “Our artist shows genius, and may some day or other become a great Engraver…We are told that he has a turn for almost everything, as Painting, scetching [sic], carpentering, and shoe making, we hope he’ll flourish and make a better man than his father.”

Adopted by Charles Steven Bolick

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