Title: An Address upon the Close Connection of Education with the Welfare of “Our Country.”
Creator: Walker, Isaac R.
Place of creation: America [Pennsylvania?].
Physical description: Paper, 22 leaves (final 2 blank) ; 18 x 12 cm.
Summary: “An address...delivered before the Great Valley Debating Association on the evening of Wednesday October 21st, 1846.” The manuscript records a rather immoderate patriotic speech delivered by Dr. Walker before this debating association. The text begins with a bit of doggerel verse, the first few lines of which read: “There lives in the bosom a feeling sublime, / of all ‘tis the strongest tie; / Unvarying through every change of time, / And only with life does it die.” The manuscript continues in this vein, primarily in the form of an exposition of the phrase “Our Country.” A representative passage reads: “‘Our Country!’ What an infinite number of thoughts and ideas this short sentence calls up in the mind of every patriotic American citizen – I ponder the phrase: Our Country! My Country! Sweet land of liberty! America, ‘tis of thee I speak.” The precise location of the debating society has not been identified, as there are several “Great Valleys” in the United States, though the most likely candidate is a town in Pennsylvania. Likewise, no additional information is known about the author of the manuscript, Dr. Isaac R. Walker.
Note: Notebook of 22 leaves ruled in red in four columns. Leaves sewn in a single gathering ; binding is limp undecorated leather over thin paper boards ; spine reinforced by buckram library tape. Written in a single hand. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Apfelbaum, Mr. and Mrs. Kronenberg, and Mr. and Mrs. Richter in honor of Donald Menchel on his fifty-fifth birthday, n.d.
Call #: Manus 19