Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Album of the Heart ~ January 7, 1882

To Flora
 
"Tis education that forms the common mind,
Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined."
"Do good by stealth
and blush to find it fame."
 
Yours truly, L.G White
San Francisco
 
The Tree-Spirit - limited edition 13x19 archival quality digital print
Tree Spirit
 
The quotes above are from Alexander Pope (1688-1744). He was an 18th-century English poet and satirist best known for his poem The Rape of the Lock and his translation of Homer's Iliad. His epigrams are some of the most frequently quoted passages in the English language.
 
I don't know if L.G. White was part of Flora's family or a friend. I've found nothing so far, but will be digging further into the family tree this winter so perhaps another mystery will be solved. Half the fun of this project is the research involved: the love of the chase, a chance to learn something new, and finding insight into my Great Grandmother's 19th century world.