Life and writings of Grant Thorburn

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E. Walker, 1852 - Business & Economics - 276 pages
 

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I enjoyed this book immensely. The humor and reality of life in New York City in the late 1700s and early 1800s is so clearly portrayed. Grant Thorburn is an "everyman" who could easily have lived in this century. A short man (under 4'10") who made up for his deficiencies by his extreme intelligence, clear Christian principles, hard work and courage in the face of many obstacles, he made me want to go back in time to meet him. I have read the e-book once all the way through, almost non-stop, and am re-reading it.
My great-grandfather's grandfather, Joseph Rennie, was also a seedman in Richmond, VA, and arrived in NYC from Kelso, Scotland in 1818. I have imagined that he met Grant Thorburn on board on the voyage which Thorburn described, when he was returning from a visit to Scotland in 1818. Since both were from neighboring villages, and both were Presbyterians, I can easily imagine they would become friends!
 

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