Without naming Melville or identifying any source, one Minnesota writer
quoted from a newspaper account of Melville's 1857-8 lecture on Statues in Rome and attributed
Melville's words to "one of our finest minds."
Melvilliana: Melville on Justinian and Juvenal, remembered in Minnesota...: Herman Melville was born 202 years ago on August 1, 1819, a Sunday just like today. Here's a surprising find with a suitably philosophical...