Duncan’s Ledger: A Proposal

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:

That doesn’t really tell me anything different than the information I already had, but it was interesting to see.

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:

(click on the image  to enlarge)


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!

10 Responses to Duncan’s Ledger: A Proposal

  1. Linda says:

    Oh, I love this! It would have worked on me. But then, after 42 years of singleness, almost any proposal would have worked on me. 🙂

    I felt honored to have seen and touched Duncan’s ledger when we were together last week. What a treasure.

  2. Sandra says:

    Linda — The way I see it, someone as special as Doug only comes along about every 42 years, so you were smart to wait! 🙂

    I DO treasure the ledger and I plan to publish more entries. I figure this is a good way to preserve words that someday will probably just literally turn to dust.

  3. C. Beth says:

    Love the handwriting and the proposal! And wow, 1899…that’s so cool!

  4. Dave says:

    Sandra, if your Grandfather wrote that I think he was very poetic. What a nice way to put a proposal? – Dave

  5. Sandra says:

    Beth — Thank you. 🙂

    Dave — He did “write” it, but I have no idea if they were his words or he just wrote down someone else’s words. Most of the things he wrote in the ledger don’t assign ownership. I know for certain that when he was writing these things down he couldn’t have envisioned his grandchild putting those words out on the internet! 🙂

  6. A very charming proposal! I love perusing an old box I have from my grandmother of old letters, poems, etc. I can spend hours reading it!

  7. Sandra says:

    I feel the same way about this ledger, V. There is just something so interesting about words written long ago.

  8. Hilary says:

    What a great treasure you have there. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was publishable. Duncan’s Ledger is a great name.

  9. carlahoag says:

    What a lovely legacy, and especially since it’s in his own handwriting!

  10. Sandra says:

    Hilary — I do love it, but I’m not sure the whole thing would be very interesting to others. But it’s an interesting idea. Hmmm. An interesting idea from you — what a surprise! 🙂

    Carla — I agree. 🙂

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