Friday, January 14, 2022

Remembering Gansevoort Melville

Gansevoort Melville
The New York Public Library Digital Collections

Portions of an "Interesting Letter / From London" dated June 18, 1846 appeared in the New York Sunday Dispatch on July 19, 1846. In one extract the writer, identified only as "an American gentleman," reveals that he knew Gansevoort Melville in London and laments his recent death. The rumor of Gansevoort's engagement there "to a beautiful and accomplished lady" is news to me.

 

You will, no doubt, hear of the death of Gansevoort Melville before this letter reaches you. Poor fellow, his death was sudden and unexpected, he was called from among us in the bloom of youth and full vigor of manhood, he was the delight of every circle in which he moved here, and, by his amiable disposition and the blandness of his manners raised up amongst the English people a host of friends for himself, and, if Madame Rumor is to be credited, had he lived for a few months longer, he would have been married to a beautiful and accomplished lady, who, in addition to her beauty and accomplishments, had fifty thousand golden charms. Peace to his remains.  

-- "Interesting Letter from London," New York Sunday Dispatch, July 19, 1846; found on genealogybank.com.

As will be shown, hopefully, in subsequent posts, the Sunday Dispatch warmly endorsed the first two books of Gansevoort's younger brother Herman Melville. 

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