ladybranwen: (L5Y - dreams)
My brain finally decided to unfreeze itself today, so while before I had an Elton John sized roadblock ahead of me, I think I figured it out. Though not in time for tonight. Hopefully that means a double batch for tomorrow. Though what I do might not be completely satisfactory for some people. Oh well. And I promised myself that this one wouldn't be a long one.

I finally got around to posting something, well, a couple somethings, over at my Davidge research journal ([ profile] annie_davidge). Go me! I feel accomplished. But I have to admit that I find it rather annoying when people are like: I'm related to TJ as he was my half-brother's sister's husband's step-cousin's neice's... well, you get the point. I'm sure if I stretched myself wide enough I could be related to TJ and half of you, as well.

I think my shiny new shockingly old Shakespeare book has a mold issue. I'm not certain, and I probably won't be able to find the page again as it is a rather dense book, but it looked it to me. Thus, it needs to be quarentined from the other books. Though, the paper seems dry enough, however much foxing there is, but it just never goes away. Or at least I don't know yet how to make it go away. But, if your books are flooded out, be sure to stick them in a freezer. Then you can rehab them one at a time when there is time to do it.

Speaking of paper, I got to watch a Japanese Tourist Bureau film on Japanese paper making. It was quite fun. I think I want to set up shop. I like that class, even though it isn't hands on.

My mom said I couldn't go to Disney World when I visit in a few weeks. I will apparently be occupied in other places.

PSA #42

Nov. 7th, 2005 11:53 pm
ladybranwen: (so pretty)
It is certainly one of the most tantalizing things in the world, to be kept in weekly, nay, daily expectation.

This is mostly aimed at [ profile] philosphercat and [ profile] shawk, because I have decided to change over my NaNo journal from last year ([ profile] annie_davidge) and make it my research journal for the Davidge family. So here is your chance to defriend it before I start boring you with what I find exciting and interesting facts about the family! Run and save yourselves now. Well, hopefully that will keep all of my thoughts in one space and spare you all from my historical dorkiness excitement.

I plotted this out in my tech class this afternoon. In my defense, we were learning about blogs and wikis at one point. I also didn't get my test back; he had just started to look at them, and said we should get them back within the next two weeks. Joy. Personally, I wish he would just keep it. So much better that way, blissful ignorance!

AS was really off his game today. He had a family emergency and it was really quite alarming. I mean, in expensive DIALOG mode, he was making lots of little errors. We were worried for him.

We had some really interesting reference books to go through today. Take for instance Current Biography Yearbook 2004 which claims to "provide reference librarians, students, and researchers with objective, accurate, and well-documented biographical articles about living leaders in all fields of human accomplishment". But then, instead of having world economic leaders like Bill Gates, we had people like Colin Firth and the group Outkast. Huh? Living leaders? I mean, I love Colin Firth, but he is no leader in acting. Unless he leads the British literary film actors guild. Cause, yeah.

Then take Dictionary of American Biography for example. It included no living person, you had to be dead by 1920, and considered more than just merely average or a typical American. There was no room for you in the 20 volumes in that case. So all I could do was picture lots of Americans who thought they were important killing themselves off in 1920 so they could be included. Maybe that's why it is twenty volumes long. I did learn that John Beale Davidge's first wife's name was not William as the will stated but Wilhelmina. I'm not sure what is better. The funny thing is that she was Scottish.

Contemporary Artists included Nancy Spero. Nobody knows her here, I bet, but she had an exhibit at our school's art gallery my first year working there. One of her art installations included a clothesline that had Sheelas and some underwear on it. My co-worker Jess plotted out ways to steal a pair so she could say she was wearing art. Alfred Leavitt, lecherous 102-year-old man, was not included. He went after undergrad students when he was visiting our college at the age of 90-something!

And lastly, reference questions for [ profile] decken, cause you know you love them!
1. What is the range of motion of the thumb (flexion) in degrees?
2. In August, 55 BC, Caesar first invaded Britain. What information can you find about the catapults used against Britons on the beach.
3. What information can you find on biblical lamps?
4. Where could one find an article on monitoring neuromuscular blockade?
5. What are some methods of parlimentary obstruction?
6. Could you please find the notation for the first theme, second movement of Shostakovich's Symphony #5, Op. 47?
7. What is the function of the magistrate courts in Britain?
8. Where could one find a discussion of Arthurian illuminated manuscripts?
9. We often hear the Pew Charitable Trust mentioned on NPR. How many employees does it have?
10. What are the ceremonial robes of the Lord Mayor of London and what occasions are they used for?
11. What were some of the popular songs of 1941?

There you have it, a day full of reference. Yay!
ladybranwen: (Universal control!)
And besides, if my next entry is going to be on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, this Sunday story won't fit. So there.

I was doing reference work at the library on Sunday, and one of the books I had to go through was the Dictionary of American English on Historical Principles. It "covers words and phrases which are clearly or apparently of American origin (blah, blah, blah) terminating at the end of the 19th century." As I was putting the book away, I had the brilliant idea to look up a word I had run across during my time archiving the Davidge papers. I knew it wasn't right, but couldn't pick out of the 19th century handwriting what it was. My best guess was...


And really, I knew that that couldn't be it. Or at least I was quite sure they didn't. It was found in a letter from a Tisdal and Bordeau to Walter Davidge (I believe) on March 21, 1848. It was something like "'Peter-fucking', or to run it up or cause it to be run up to a pretty high mark." Yeah, that was the definition T&B gave of the word. A later letter, dated April 25, 1848, continues the discussion of the the man doing the "running up" with, "We almost think however, judging from his previous success in hocus pocus work that Mr. Rynmy will manage to stave off a sale." Go him, the little "peter-fucker".

So, I was always curious as to what is the actual word. And now I know. They had the definition pretty much spot on to what was in the dictionary. Ok, so maybe not quite the same, but still. But, the word is...


Such a difference one small letter makes! I think that AS should put "What does the term 'Peter-funking' mean?" on his list of reference questions.

And according to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable "Gretchen" (or "Maggie") is a stock name for any German girl. Doesn't that make you feel special, [ profile] decken?
ladybranwen: (In the past - Veronica)
At least the archives. I went there today for part one of my checking out an archival repository for my archives class (which I had today). Part two was supposed to be completed tonight, a two page report on what I observed at the repository, but auditioning for the choir took too long. I did get in, by the way, though I think I went overkill with all of the different choirs I have been in in the past. Especially because I sounded like crap.

But back to Harvard. There are too many brick buildings and sidewalks in Harvard. Once you're in those walls, which happily I didn't have to blast down to get through, you are trapped! Actually, I didn't get lost, just headed east and found a big building with huge stairs and determined that that must be the main library (since what appeared to be the church was opposite of it), and headed to the left. Then I found signs and it was wonderful. They checked my id and such when I came in, and checked my purse when I left to make sure I didn't waltz away with anything important.

More Davidge family stuff )

Reference questions du jour?
1. Please find a published interview with Captain Beefheart.
2. Please find an article on psychoanalytic approaches to creativity
3. When is National Split-pea Soup Week?

Just think, hopefully at the end of this semester, you can ask me all sorts of crazy questions and I will be able to find an answer for you!

Oh, and Meredith has declared to me today that I'm going to help her cut her hair tomorrow. We'll see if that is really true and if I actually do it.
ladybranwen: (tea & music perfection)
Oh my goodness. I just found this article from 1870s. It's of Walter Davidge at a trial, he is cross-examining a Michael Hayes. Well, the trial is for "The Safe Burglary". He amuses me muchly. (Walter Davidge was part of the family whos papers I worked on three years ago. I heart that family.)

Anyways, an excerpt from the cross-examination:

Mr. Davidge(WD): Witness was engaged in the shipping business in 1872. Was solicitor for shipping crews, and sometimes solicited captains. Did you not tell me yesterday that you never acted in that capacity?
Mr. Hayes(MH): No, sir. You asked me if I was a runner for a sailor boarding-house. I do not recognize any such term. I never found it in a dictionary.
WD: Well, you may be right about the vernacular, but I am right about the truth.

Some reports are read. Now Walter gets in trouble with the judge.

WD: Well now, Hayes, you ust behave yourself or you will be made to do it, or the Court will take hold of you.
Judge Humphreys(JH): Well, Mr. Davidge, the witness has a right to protect himself.
WD: Not by impudence, your Honor.
JH: I can't tell how far impudence may be retorted.
WD: Well, I am not aware that I merit that remark.
JH: Now, sit down, Mr. Davidge, or you will be made to do so.
WD: Very well, sir.

Now he gets in trouble himself for using vernacular.

WD (talking to MH): Did you not so swear?
JH: Mr. Davidge, you must not repeat the word swear so often. It is objectionable. The witness is sworn to state the truth at the beginning. He swears but once, and it is a continuous oath. You must use the words "did you so state".
WD: Does your Honor object to my vernacular?
JH: No. I do not rule it, but you know what I mean. Go on now, go on.

Later on he wants to read an extract from the report, the judge refuses him...

WD, interupting: Your Honor, I cannot proceed in this case if I am to be-why, this is an insult.
JH: Will you just sit down a minute now? This word pretense is not used in the sense of impeaching your sense of honor, or is any such objectionable manner, but in a legal way. You are introducing what has not really a right to be admitted.
WD: Well, your Honor can at least allow me to reduce the proposition to writing, and note an objection. [Mr. Davidge commenced to write...]

Ok, I'm a dork, but it amuses me to read the dialogue from one of his trials.
ladybranwen: (History by saava)
I was going to research the Duncan/Anthony/Roberts families today after work at the library for work, but I became to distracted with my research love, which would be the Davidge (and the Britton) families. It was all quite innocent; I was just looking at the index to the collection and came across “Fort Fanning”. That is where Forbes Britton spent some of his months during one of the Seminole Wars. When he was not, what was it called, oh yes, “transferring” Indians. I guess that is the politically correct way of saying forced removal. Except, the Fanning file wasn’t there, and after looking in some books and microfilm, he could not be found. Pam and I didn’t find him until I suggested looking in a Mexican-American War pension book, and there he was! Or rather his wife Rebecca to get his pension.

I noticed that there was a War of 1812 pension book, and knowing that Francis Davidge volunteered for that war, I decided to look him up. He was actually shot in the butt area during that conflict, one can only imagine how. Was he running away from the enemy? Or was he flashing them, a la Braveheart. I somehow doubt that. More amusingly, I had previously done some research on his descendents, and his great-great-whatever grandson was in WWII and was also shot in the butt. A family trait? I can’t remember his name, but his profile is wandering around the IMDB as he was in movies. But, I could buy their pension records, well some of them for $14.75, or the complete file for $37. One more thing to flit away my money on. Perhaps I should go apply for jobs at the National Archives once my schooling is done.

I did find an exciting tidbit from the National Intelligencer out of D.C. I skipped right past a notice saying that a Mr. and Mrs. Davidge’s Academy for Young Ladies was being opened on the first Mon in Sep. But then in the Sat Oct 5, 1839 edition, I found this:

Letter from David Hoffman, of Balt, to a gentleman in VA: regarding Mr. & Mrs. Davidge’s Academy for Young Ladies. Mr. Davidge is a middle-aged gentleman, s/o the late learned Pofessor Davidge, or Medical College in this city & was educated in part in Cambridge, Eng. Mrs. Davidge is the d/o the late learned Judge Dorsey: accomplished in music, harp & piano being decidedly good.

I had absolutely no idea they ran a girl’s school back in the day. It was mentioned that Mrs. Davidge might have to take up teaching music lessons again while they were in the board house and Francis was off finding work in NY. There was another notice that has him singing a hymn along with a Mr. J.H.B. Latrobe (a name I recognize from the letters, just think! I touched their correspondence, the last thing that remains of them) for the dedication of the Green Mount Cemetery. The Sat Aug 20, 1836 edition also notes that he has taken over the position of editor of the Balt. American newspaper. So, I think he was a multi-talented guy. Either that he was a jack-of-all trades. And, I think I figured out his other sister’s name was Sarah. As I found one mentioned in a marriage book as “Sarah Davidge, daughter of John B.”

I was excited. Having a brie and apple baguette for dinner was also exciting- especially seeing as yesterday was my three-year anniversary of the end of my joyous study abroad experience. B&A baguettes were tradition for us in Wales, especially while watching P&P.

The “Shakespeare in the Park” commercial was also a winner to me. I am amused by little nothings.


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