Saturday, April 3rd
2.5 cups of coffee
Hello hat loving friends. I want to share an incredible story with y’all about Charles Knox, world renowned hatter and legend from a book I’m reading, entitled The Story of Two Famous Hatters, by Robert R. Updegraff.
“One morning in the year 1830 there limped into the harbor at Wilmington, Delaware, a little sailing vessel from Moville, sailing port of Londonderry, Ireland, badly crippled and blown far out of her course, for her destination had been New York.
When his little craft was safely moored, the Captain faced a perplexing problem: what to do with two of his passengers, a boy of twelve and his sister, a girl of ten.
The two youngsters had sailed with him, expecting to be landed in New York where they were to be met by their parents, sturdy Scotch folk who, with 8 older children, had come to America two years before to seek their fortune. Not a penny had the two children, nor the address of their parents in New York. What was to be done with them?
The captain pondered the problem and finally hit upon what he thought the solution. “If you’ll find your sister a home in Wilmington, I’ll take you on as cabin boy,” he told the lad.
But the boy would have none of his plan. His father had sent for him and his sister to join the family in New York, and to New York they would go.
“But New York is a hundred and eighteen miles from here and you have no money for the fare,” objected the captain. “How will you get there?”
It was the first serious problem the lad had ever faced and he met it with a courage and directness and a singleness of purpose that were to be characteristic of him in after years when problems confronted him at every turn.
“We’ll walk,” he said simply. “Come along, Margaret.”
And so the two children, Charles and Margaret, gathered up their simple belongings and set out on foot for New York…
Can you believe it?! When Paul #4 rented this book from the library, I was ecstatic to pick it up and read it. Anyway, the lesson learned is that when everyone asks us if we’re “mad hatters” and we say yes!, this story is a good example of what sort of things make a hatter a hatter, or madder. Oh, and if you’re wondering, they do make it to New York and get reunited with their family. I highly recommend you read the book too, but I won’t be returning it to the library until the 22nd.