I've been learning many wonderful things while reasearching Edgar Allan Poe, George Lippard and Philadelphia circa 1840. But today was a real treat at the Library Company. They have two personal Bibles from Lippard, one a small (12mo) English Bible printed by Thomas Cowperthwait (Phila, 1843) and another large (27 cm) Pictorial Bible. Both were donations from Lippard's Brotherhood of the Union, which finally disbanded in the mid-1990s. The small Bible was a gift from George to his future wife Rose Newman. In it he wrote a poem for his future wife (they would marry in 1847). It reads:
This Book containing the words of
The “Unfadeing, eternal and all-mighty”
January 1st, 1844—
The stream may cease to flow, the sun may cease
The air may lose its life, all things of life
But maiden I am thine, and maiden thou
Mine in life on life, mine in despair or
Mine by the wanes of fate that onward round
Mine in life, and mine in death; the Vow
is on my soul.
That's very exciting to find-- personal verse written to his beloved.
The Pictorial Bible finally solved the question of the date of the Lippards' marriage, as well as some of it's details. One of the pages serves as their marriage certificate:
Philada: — Saturday May 15th, 1847——
I hereby certify that I have this day joined
In marriage, according to the laws of this
State, George Lippard and Rose Newman,
Both of the County of Philadelphia, State of
C Chauncey Burr
There is also a Parents' Register in the family pages of the Bible:
FATHER George Lippard, born April
Tenth, (10) A.D. 1822—
Son of Daniel B. and Jemima
MOTHER Rose Lippard, (daughter of
John and Catherine Newman,
Born, January ninth 1825.)
Married on the Wissahikon,
May 15. 1847. by Rev. C. Chauncey
Burr, in the presence of Harriet N. Lippard
a Marriages page:
On the Fifteenth of May, 1847—
George Lippard and Rose Newman
were married, by Rev. C. Chauncey Burr,
and in the presence of Harriet N. Lippard.
The marriage took place on the Rock
Of Wissahikon, at sunset.——
March Thirty first, A.D. 1848, a
Daughter born, named Mima.
(4 o’clock and five minutes, P.M.)
Tuesday, June 11th 1850, at
12 1/2 o’clock, mid-day, a son
born named Paul Newman Lippard
On Friday morning, December
29th. 1848, at 8 1/2 o’clock,
Harriet N. Lippard.
On Tuesday morning, October
23rd. 1849, at 3 o’clock,
Mima Lippard, daughter
Of George and Rose Lippard.
On Saturday morning March 1st 1851
Paul N. Lippard, son of George and Rose
On Wednesday morning, May 21st 1851
Rose Newman Lippard, wife of
Someone even recorded the author's death:
On Thursday morning at 4 oclock Febr 9th 1854
And I love this: pasted into the book was a strip of paper recording Lippard's promise of marriage:
On the 6th of Ecember 1842 it was resolved by G Lippard and R. Newman that 10 years from that day they would wed R. Newman
So we now know the date of the Lippards' marriage, May 15, and that it was at sunset on "the Rock" of the Wissahickon. But the personal details are also very touching, especially the early deaths of both children and parents and the youthful promise of love in that promise to wed.