Table of Contents Number 13
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Editorial Notes to Horatio Collins King's Journal

1James Andrew Munroe, Class of 1855. Unless otherwise noted, all identifications of persons mentioned in the journal are based on Reed, Alumni Record; and Sellers, Dickinson College. For most people unaffiliated with Dickinson College, full names and biographical information are unavailable.

2On King's relationship with Mattie Porter, see pp. 00-00, above.

3King's uncle, who was president of Dickinson College, 1852-1860. See pp. 00-00, above.

4Joseph F. Culver, Class of 1857 (non-graduate).

5Otis Henry Tiffany (Class of 1844) taught mathematics from 1848 to 1857.

6James Franklin Purvis, Class of 1856.

7Herman Merrills Johnson taught Latin, Greek, and French from 1850 to 1868.

8William James Stevenson, Class of 1858.

9James R. E. Perrie or William B. Perrie, Class of 1858 (non-graduates).

10Francis Asbury Awl, Class of 1858 (non-graduate); William H. Harkness, Class of 1857 (non-graduate).

11Frank Smith Findlay, Class of 1857.

12Phillip W. Downes, Class of 1858.

13William Paley, Natural Theology: Or, Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity, Collected from the Appearances of Nature, originally published in 1802 and repeatedly reissued in the first half of the 19th century, was a standard college text of the day.

14Samuel Cushman Caldwell, Class of 1858.

15Milton C. Stayman, Class of 1856 (non-graduate).

16John McClintock taught mathematics, Latin, and Greek from 1836-1848 and was a trustee of the college from 1848-1859. An abolitionist (a rare breed at the college and in its town), he is perhaps best remembered for his role in Carlisle's "McClintock Riot" of June, 1847, which was sparked by the capture of three alleged fugitive slaves. See Sellers, Dickinson College, 224-227.

17"Signor" Jerome Blitz was a ventriloquist and magician, whose national tours stopped in Carlisle at least nine times between 1850 and 1869. His act featured some 100 trained canaries; exactly what those birds did to so amaze King and others in the audience remains unclear. See Clarke W. Garrett, "The Artificial Swan, the Elephant, and the One Hundred Educated Canaries: Public Performance in Cumberland County, 1800-1870," Cumberland County History, XIV (1997), 37-39.

18George Barton Keen, Class of 1857, Clement Woodward, Class of 1857 (non-graduate), J. Emory McClintock, Class of 1858 (non-graduate).

19John Josiah White, Class of 1858.

20William H. Miller, trustee 1855-1877.

21Alexander Jacob Schem taught Hebrew, French, and German from 1854-1860.

22James William Marshall (Class of 1848) taught Latin, Greek, and French from 1848 to 1862.

23Jacob F. Stoek, Class of 1857 (non-graduate).

24This rare mention in King's journal of national politics refers to the two-month long struggle over the speakership among members of the House of Representatives elected in 1854 (which, according to standard early-nineteenth-century practice, did not convene for its first session until Dec. 1855). Sectional tensions resulting from the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the ensuing civil war in the Kansas territory had caused the collapse of the Whig Party and led to the election of a number of candidates on the new Republican and Know-Nothing tickets and of others clearly affiliated with no party. Democrats held the most seats, but not a majority, and so no coalition could elect a speaker until Banks, described by historian David M. Potter as "formerly a Democrat and recently a Know-Nothing, but now plainly a Republican, . . . accumulated enough anti-Nebraska support to win" (Potter, The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861, completed and ed. Don E. Fehrenbacher [New York, 1976], 255-256).

25James Edward Jester, Class of 1856.

26Joseph Culbertson Snively, Class of 1857.

27Joseph Benson Akers, Class of 1858.

28Class of 1855.

29Rignal Woodward Baldwin, Class of 1856.

30James Kent Dukes, Class of 1858.

31Edward B. Newman, Class of 1858 (non-graduate).

32Henry Marriot, Class of 1858. The copy of "The Bee" referred to in the text does not survive.

33William Henry Effinger, Class of 1857.

34James P. Riley, Class of 1858 (non-graduate).

35John Donahue, Class of 1856 (non-graduate), James Pede Marshall, Class of 1856, Edward Noel Eccleston, Class of 1856, Samuel Middleton Dickson, Class of 1856.

36John R. Long, Class of 1858 (non-graduate).

37John Wesley Duvall, Class of 1858 (non-graduate).

38This copy does not survive.

39The "Programme" mentioned here has not survived.