Letters presents readers' comments and reactions to specific articles in Pennsylvania Heritage, the initiatives of PHMC, and other developments in the historical, cultural and museum communities of Pennsylvania.

Wild Side

As a regular subscriber, I read with great interest the article by Susan Oyama entitled “A Walk on the Wild Side: Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Creek” in the fall 1993 edition. I was excited to find in this article an account of my ancestor John Wise’s death in 1803! We knew he had drowned in the mill stream, but had no other details.

Hildegarde P. Wise
Philadelphia, Pa.

 

By George!

The Apotheosis of George Washington: America’s Cincinnatus and the Valley Forge Encampment” by William C. Kashatus in the winter 1994 issue is a superb essay, and I am grateful to him for revealing to me why the general became my father Sol Feinstone’s hero. I can now understand why there are more than three hundred letters by George Washington in my father’s collection of manuscripts that forms the core of the extensive holdings of The David Library of the American Revolution, of which my father was the founder and first director. We are proud of Pennsylvania and our heritage.

Ezra Stone
Washington Crossing, Pa.

Ezra Stone is president and director of The David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing, Bucks County.

Established in 1959 by Sol Feinstone (1888-1980), the David Library of the American Revolu­tion is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 A. M. to 5 P. M. Admission is free. For more information, write: The David Library of the American Revolu­tion, P. O. Box 748, Washington Crossing, PA 18977; or telephone (215) 493-6776.

 

Courtly Commoner

I found the article entitled “A Pennsylvania Yankee in King George’s Court” by David M. Glixon in the sum.mer 1993 edition to be very interesting and informative. The accom­panying photographs were also much appreciated. May l suggest adding to articles such as this a short supplement on places we may visit to learn more about Benjamin West and to see his art? I have stood by his grave at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London, and have passed the West house in Swarthmore. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, prominently displays the giant works Christ Rejected and Death on a Pale Horse. If I recall correctly, I believe the Academy also has Penn’s Treaty with the Indians and The Death of General Wolfe. Last summer I saw a painting by West in the Delaware Museum of Art. I am sure I have seen West’s paintings elsewhere, but do not recall specifics. Clearly, to enhance one’s opportunities to see Benjamin West’s works, a list of locations would be very useful.

Donald L. Walters
Gwynedd, Pa.

Your idea is excellent and the editor greatly appreciates your response to this article. Limited staffing hampers such a compilation, and limited space prevents its publica­tion. However, every article appearing in Pennsylvania Heritage includes a list of books for further reading, and renders will find these suggested selections invaluable for learning more about subjects and related topics. For additional information about Benjamin West, as well as the locations of major works of art, readers should consult the following books: Benjamin West (1968), by Robert C. Alberts, and Drawings by Benjamin West (1975), by Ruth S. Kraemer.

 

Questions

I must say your magazine is keeping up with the times. With all the endless talk about ethnic diversity and multiculturalism, you must be proud that Pennsylvania Heritage was one of the leaders in exploring topics that other history publications are now just beginning to address. The guest essay by Julian Bond (“Some Questions for Examining Pennsylvania’s Black History,” winter 1994) is just one more feather for your cap. Congratulations. Your magazine is a joy – and a wonder! Keep the vision.

Hillary L. Morgan
New York, N. Y.