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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 42, October 15, 2000, Article 7

JAMES ROSS SNOWDEN BOOK 

   You people are just too smart.  Last week, I mentioned a 
   non-numismatic book by Mint Director James Ross Snowden, 
   and practically dared you to guess its title.   Well, Mike Paradis 
   and Pete Smith both responded swiftly and correctly - the 
   answer is "The Cornplanter Memorial", 1867. 

   Great minds think alike, as you'll see. When I asked how they 
   knew the answer, Pete Smith replied:  "As a biographer, I am 
   interested in things people do outside numismatics as those are 
   frequently more interesting. Often my sources have been 
   publications for specific professions. (Who's Who in Insurance 
   or Who's Who in Medicine, as examples.)  Last week I bought 
   a copy of William Sheldon's "Atlas of Men" for $10.50 which I 
   consider a very good price. I already had two other books he 
   wrote on non-numismatic topics. Sheldon is one of very few 
   authors where I collect non-numismatic titles. 

   I will give you two answers to your question and you can pick 
   the one you like best. 

   1)  I have devoted my life to memorizing the titles of 
        non-numismatic books written by people important in 
        numismatics. 

   2)  I took two minutes to search the Library of Congress 
        website for titles by Snowden. 

   As with magic, often the fun is lost when you learn how a trick 
   is done." 

   Mike Paradis confessed as well: "No, I don't own a copy. 
   I found it at the Library of Congress web site.  However,  this 
   is on ABEBOOKS."   [Editor's note:  the bookseller web site 
   address is:  http://www.abebooks.com/   And so I don't have 
   to retype the full citation, I'll quote the listing Mike forwarded: ] 

   "Snowden, James Ross: THE CORNPLANTER MEMORIAL. 
   AN HISTORICAL SKETCH OF CY-ANT-WA-CHIA - 
   THE CORNPLANTER, AND OF THE SIX NATIONS OF 
   INDIANS...AND THE REPORT OF SAMUEL P. 
   JOHNSON, ON THE ERECTION OF THE MONUMENT 
   AT JENNESADAGA, TO THE MEMORY OF 
   CORNPLANTER.  Harrisburg, Pa. 1867. 115pp. Frontis. 
   Half title. Dbd., stitched. 

   Cornplanter was chief of the Six Indian Nations. Also printed 
   herein are speeches by John Luke, councilor of the Seneca 
   Nation, and Stephen Smith, chief of the Six Nations. 

   Appendices provide speeches of Cornplanter, an address to 
   him by President Washington, and the present condition of 
   the Six Nations." 

   For more information on Cornplanter, see this web site: 
   http://salisburypa.com/indian.html 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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