My grandfather’s ledger, begun when he was a cowboy in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, has many, many poems and song lyrics written in it.
Recently a person contacted me about a poem I had previously published from Duncan’s Ledger and asked if the ledger had any dates. I looked through it and couldn’t find even one and responded to that person’s e-mail with that result.
But I have finally found one dated entry:
This search has re-kindled my interest in reading the ledger and sharing some entries. Here’s a short one (those are rare!) that I thought was interesting:
If you are, like myself, of the opinion that
an unmarried person is like a half of a
pair of scissors, lacking the other half, I
have the honor to put myself at your complete
disposition, in order that we may cut out
the fabric of life together.
Not exactly a proposal you might hear today, but I find it very charming and elegant. I wonder if it worked!