PROPERTY FROM THE SPORTING AND TRAVEL LIBRARY OF ARNOLD "JAKE" JOHNSON
In the earliest of the volumes, Marriott writes: "One bright morning in the latter part of June I very unexpectedly received information that there would be nothing to prevent my taking a holiday, and as circumstances had prevented my getting away the previous summer, I could well appreciate the privilege." After collecting a party of anglers, they head to a "certain secluded little dell, deep in the hemlock woods; a valley shut in on all sides by the Allegheny Mountains, with scarce passage way allowed, for one of the brightest and most romantic little trout streams that Pennsylvania boasts." The second of the volumes continues in the same elegant fashion. "Beautiful Wyoming!" Marriot opens his diary. "The angler as he strolls through the quiet woods, or casts his fly upon the bright streams can scarcely realize the dark scenes enacted here; and yet the rocks at his side are the same rocks, and the stream—that flows on so brightly, is the same stream, and the sound of the water-fall is just as loud: the traitor Brandt and his murderous band have passed away, while the Indian warrior no longer lurks in the thicket or skims its waters in its birch canoe." The manuscript account is accompanied by pencil sketches and watercolors of dry flies. The third item in the lot is a brief manuscript diary entry relating details of an angling expedition at Bowman Creek, in Wyoming County. Marriot begins by copying out "The Old Canoe", a poem originally written by Emily Rebecca Page in 1849. Popular in its day, the verse was considered one of merit, and was often included in elocution primers of the period.
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