Jeanne Denig
WS Thomas



The Bellevue Stratford
March 25, 1917

Dear Cousin:-

It is a curious coincidence that Grandfather Livingston & his son Edwin employ in their respective poems the words "visions" "hoof" & "lustre." An unusual grouping of perfectly ordinary words, however. Back in Edwin's brain sang the words "While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads," & so he wrote "The visions of gaiety, cheering the morn". Read the letter of Edwin several times & I am sure you will be convinced that he was familiar with "The Visit of St. Nicholas" in 1821!

I'll be glad to hear what you think about it.

Love & all affectionately your cousin
Jeannie L.H. Denig

I saw Helen Blackwell in Boston this winter and she told me you were going to search the records in Worcester.

Uncle Edwin Livingston wrote rhymes. I have a letter before me now written by him to my grandfather when he was in Kaskaskia - in 1821. A Year before Pelletreau claims that Clement C. Moore wrote the poem. This letter is in the same xx as the Night before Xmas.

"Jane, Helen & Pa tomorrow set sail
And anxiously wait the glad summons to hail
That calls all a board, & off for New York!
The tight Sally-Frances plies shrewdly to work,
A fortnight at least they'll stay in the city,
Or anxious to see strange things new & pretty"
"Your Uncle Steph's family's hearty & fat
And he, although feeble, is full of his chat"
"The House at the River is about status-quo,
All very well, the old Lady "So So."

I'll decipher this jingle & have it type-written for you. It is torn & difficult to read.

I hope Cousin Emmy & the dear Kiddies are well-

I will surely see you when I again go to New York- I remember with pleasure our coming visit you & the good dinner - such a famous chicken! One gets so weary if it xx fare.

Again with love-
Jeannie L.H. Denig

Thomas Collection


Arguments,   Quest to Prove Authorship,   Scholars,   Witness Letters,   Early Variants,   Sources,   Publicity,
First Publication,   Timeline,   Smoking Gun?,   Clement Clark Moore's Poetry,   Fiction,   Letters from You

Xmas,   The Man,   Writing,   History,   The Work,   Illustrations,   Music,   Genealogy,   Biographies,   Locust Grove

Henry's Home

Mary's Home

IME logo Copyright © 2003, InterMedia Enterprises