Mrs. Pruyn knew the author. Her daughter Huybertie Pruyn recalled that Herman Melville had addressed her mother as "Anna" when they ran into him once at the Albany home of Catherine (Kate) and Abraham Lansing. According to Huybertie, the surprised Mrs. Pruyn said:
"Why, Herman, I didn’t expect to see you."For the rest of Huybertie Pruyn's reminiscence, as reported by C. R. Roseberry in the Albany Times-Union, check out the melvilliana post
words Herman Melville is reported to have spoken. In another column, Roseberry mentioned that Huybertie Pruyn's Melville story was told at the 1953 dedication ceremony for the historic Melville marker in Albany. And was broadcast on a local radio program:
Mrs. Hamlin recounted on a radio program from the Albany ceremony, how she met Herman Melville at the home of “Aunt Kate” Lansing, on Washington Ave., when she was a little girl and he was an old man.” --Albany Times-Union, July 31, 1953
|Albany Times-Union, Saturday, June 27, 1953|
found at Fulton History
|Photo Credit: Tom Arthur - New York State Historical Markers|
Mr. Pruyn married (second) September 7, 1865, at St. Peter's Church, Albany, by the Rt. Rev. Horatio Potter, D.D., LL.D., D.C.I., Oxon, Bishop of New York, Anna Fenn Parker, born at Delhi, New York, March 26, 1840, eldest daughter of Hon. Amasa J. Parker and his wife, Harriet Langdon (Roberts) Parker, of Albany (see Parker VII). Two children were born of this marriage:
Mrs. John V. L. (Anna F. Parker) Pruyn, spent the greater part of her life in Albany. She was a woman of vigorous mental powers, of broad culture and of extended travel. She was deeply interested in Albany affairs where her house was a centre of wide hospitality. Generous by nature, she gave liberally of her means both to public and private charities. The Pruyn public library in Albany was a gift from Mrs. Pruyn and her family in memory of her husband. She died at her summer home in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, October 7, 1909. Her two daughters, Mrs. William Gorham Rice, of Albany, and Mrs. Charles S. Hamlin, of Boston, survive her. --Schenectady Digital History Archive
- Harriet Langdon, born January 31, 1868, at Washington, D. C., married William Gorham Rice and their son, William Gorham Rice, Jr., was born December 30, 1892.
- Huybertie Lansing, born in Albany, New York, April 8, 1873, married Charles Summer Hamlin, of Boston; their daughter, Anna, was born October 26, 1900.