Egypt and Its Betrayal: Personal Recollections by Elbert Farman

by Elbert E. Farman

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Elbert E. Farman was a diplomat, jurist and author of two works, Along the Nile and Egypt and its Betrayal. BookCoverImage-7The works were highlight influenced by Farman’s perspective as the United States Ambassador to Egypt, where he served from 1876-81. During this time, he traveled with Ulysses S. Grant and his family after Grant had finished their time in the White House. Farman showed them around Egypt, visiting Cairo, Alexandria and the Nile. In Betrayal, Farman sharply criticizes the many labor, architectural and financial issues that the English occupation had caused in Egypt.

Gems of Poetry and Song on James A. Garfield

by J. C. McClenahan

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Gems of Poetry COVER FRONT ONLYThe outpouring of grief over the assassination of James Garfield coincided with a Victorian high tide in emotional display about the dear departed, and produced enormous amounts of glassware, statues and other memorabilia to preserve the memory of the martyred president. This not atypical volume includes an eclectic selection of tributes to him, some tearfully maudlin but all a reminder that, after recovering from Lincoln’s murder, the country regretfully went through still another similar trauma just a few years later.

The Historic Codfish

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by George H. Proctor, Samuel D. Hildreth, and William Frank Parsons

There may be 160 representatives in the Massachusetts legislature, but there is only one codfish. The nearly five-foot carving hanging from the ceiling is the third reminder of the importance of fishing to the state. The first was burnt in a 1747 fire and the second destroyed during the Revolution. The present fish was enshrined in 1784.  Dubbed the “faithful friend” because its availability saved early settlers from hunger, its supporters allege that the Pilgrims dined not on turkey but cod at Thanksgiving. Of course Cape Cod remains a favorite geographic attraction of the state. In less tolerant days when Catholics were berated for using statues in their churches, they replied that at least they didn’t worship a wooden fish!

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Maxims of James Abram Garfield

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by James A. Garfield

James A. Garfield (1831-1881) was the 20th President of the United States. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1863 to 1881.

He is the only president to have been an ordained clergyman and was president of Hiram College in Maxims of James Abram Garfield COVER FRONT ONLYOhio, and a general in the Civil War. Widely read, he had a propensity for apt pithy observations on life. His presidency lasted only 200 days as he was shot by a disgruntled office seeker on July 2, 1881 and died some weeks later.

One of his sons, Harry Garfield, was the longest serving president of Williams College and a close friend of Woodrow Wilson. Harry maintained a home in Washington at 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, which is now the headquarters of Westphalia Press and the Policy Studies Organization.

President John Quincy Adams’ Quarrel with the Freemasons

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Edited and Introduced by Guillermo De Los Reyes

Such was the revulsion in the United States over the purported murder of William Morgan, an upstate New Yorker who in 1826 disappeared after threatening to expose Masonic secrets, that political groups campaigned to drive Masons out of office and close down their lodges. President John Quincy Adams devoted considerable energy to the controversy, as this remarkable set of letters shows. He not only scorned Freemasonry but opposed college secret societies as well, and his feelings about secrecy continue to be of interest as in a new era we face Wikileaks and other challenges to covert activities.

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Mr. Garfield of Ohio: James S. Brisbin’s The Early Lfe and Public Career of James A. Garfield

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Edited and Introduced by Paul Rich

There is a lot more to the life of President James Garfield than being shot. He was an educator, clergymMr. Garfield of Ohio COVER FRONT ONLYan, and congressman who carried on those duties with considerable distinction, as well as being a mathematician who discovered, after everyone else for thousands of years had not, an alternative Euclidean proof. While he is honored at Williams College, where his son Harry was longtime president, and as a huge statue on the grounds of the United States capitol, he deserves more attention and this new edition of a useful biography may encourage that.