Charles Burroughs, Dante Alighieri, Dante Society, Guido Guinizelli, Harvard University, Henry Wordsworth Longfellow, Lewis Freeman Mott, Scranton, Steamships, The Crisis, The Divine Comedy, Virgil, White Star Line
It was one of the few times I returned to New York City.
The reason was not my doing. And it wasn’t Bogdan Yelcovich’s either; well, not directly.
However, I was introduced to a different part of the world than I am used to.
No, I am not speaking of my wanderlust. I am speaking of a steamship passenger.
Word got out that I was heading to New York City. There were two ladies, one from Scranton and another from Binghamton, who desperately needed to get their letters to that passenger. All I could imagine was some sort of tryst.
But that was not the case. It appears that this special passenger, once aboard the ship, was no longer able to receive mail. Whatever he would receive required hand-carried delivery.
That was my task.
The gentleman who I was to deliver the letters to was Lewis Freeman Mott.
I am not at liberty to say who the two ladies were.
Now this Mott fellow was happily married so that ruled out the tryst. It appears as though he was very important in the “Dante Society.”
Mott, being an influential fellow on the subject, was going to make a presentation in Italy on Dante Alighieri’s famous piece of literature; “The Divine Comedy.”
Mott was also prepared to give additional presentations. These presentations would be on the work of the two ladies; from Scranton and Binghamton respectively.
The emergency delivery was for their most recent updates to their work. They wanted Mott to have perfect manuscripts to present from.
It seems (at least to me) as though everyone and his brother had previously visited the topic; but what do I know.
All this was pretty hot stuff.
Or if they had not commented – – – then they were mentioned in the works.
However, Mott had written a short treatise on the subject that was hot off the presses.
A copy was given to Harvard.
Mott was a professor who gave the underdog a chance to be heard.
Bourroughs was cited in various magazines.
So I personally delivered the letters to Professor Mott. He thanked me and offered me some currency but I had to refuse.
My payment had already been made when I was introduced to this new part of the world.