A Mouse in Henry Livingston's House

Four years after Sally's death, Henry was finally recovering. 1787 saw a large number of poems flowing from Henry's pen.

One was a poem for Rev. Timothy Dwight's son Timmy. It's a sparkling piece that is extremely unusual for a birthday poem because it offers wishes a child would want, rather than those that an adult would usually wish for a child.

Never may thy cricket ball,
In a well or puddle fall.

Even though Timmy lived in Connecticut, when Henry published his poem in his local Poughkeepsie newspaper, he changed the names of Dwight's children from Timmy and Ben to Tommy and Jack.

Chapter 3:   0,   1,   2,   3,   4,   5,   6,   7,   8,   9,   10,   11,   12,   13

Slideshow Index,
Introduction,   Ch1: Mouse,   Ch2: Sarah,   Ch3: After Sarah,   Ch4: Locust Grove,   Ch5: Know,  
Ch6: Dunder,   Ch7: War,   Ch8: Unexpected,   Ch9: Economy,   Ch10: Dutch,  
Ch11: Politics,   Ch12: Religion,   Ch13: Work,   Ch14: Myths,   Ch15: Happy Xmas,   Epilog


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