Title: New York lawyer's journal Creator: Anonymous Inclusive dates: 1895-1906 Bulk dates: 1902-1906 Extent: 1 volume Abstract:
The New York Lawyer's Journal, which contains an account of the author's activities during the years 1895 and 1902-1906, includes discussions of 'horse racing and travel to Europe, as well as observations about several members of New York City's upper class.
Language: The material is in English Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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New York lawyer's Journal, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The anonymous author of this volume practiced law in New York City around the turn of the 20th century; one of his clients was the Consolidated Gas Company. He was a close friend of Joseph Pulitzer and Russian painter Vasily Vereshchagin, and was acquainted with Theodore Roosevelt, T. P. O'Connor, and Henry James. He maintained a vigorous interest in horse racing and traveled widely, including trips to Maine, Georgia, Europe. He had at least two children, Harry and Gertrude.
The New York Lawyer's Journal (115 pages), which contains an account of the author's activities during the years 1895 and 1902-1906, includes discussions of 'horse racing and travel to Europe, as well as observations about several members of New York City's upper class. Roughly half of the pages are typed, and newspaper clippings are interleaved.
The author often mentioned Joseph Pulitzer, a close friend with whom he travelled to Jekyll Island, Georgia (1895); Bar Harbor, Maine (1904); and Europe (1906). Early entries also reveal his friendship with Russian painter Vasily Vereshchagin. The author wrote to Theodore Roosevelt in an effort to get Vershchagin a commission for a painting of the Battle of San Juan Hill and reacted to news of Vershchagin's death. The author's visits to Europe included trips to Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium, and Holland, where he described the local people and architecture. In the final pages of the journal, he wrote about his European trip with "J. P." (likely Joseph Pulitzer), and his disappointing visit with novelist Henry James. Though preoccupied with social news and horse racing, the author sometimes wrote about domestic and international political issues, such as Irish nationalists' efforts to revive the Gaelic language.
The journal has been dis-bound. Newspaper clippings include an article about Vereshchagin (November 9, 1902) and results of a recent horse race (August 29, 1903). A blank form from the Chief Bureau of Navigation is enclosed.