Ahh, this is really neat...this Milton has an inscription in the front cover, just the owner's name, some words I couldn't decipher, and the date. Well, the owner was James Travis...maybe Birney, I think...and I could read the word Peculiar and then something indecipherable, and the date was Dec. 25th/76.
But what were Peculiar, and the next word...it began with "Mi" and had some vowels and an "i" at the end...? For the first time in four years, my year of German class helped me. They used an older form of writing a double 's', so it looks like a cursive lowercase f and an 'o' after it. This book was given by or to James Travis Birney on Christmas of 1876 in Peculiar, Missouri.
It was in the time that Peculiar was even made into a town, the time that it was mapped out and surveyed and named. What was this James Birney doing then? Did he go by the name Jim? Was he an educated man, to be carrying Milton's works? Was he a child? Rich? Poor? Did the person who knew him know him so well as to give him a personal sort of religious book as Paradise Lost?
Ahh...this'll keep me busy for a while...
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